J&J Hit with US$110 Million Loss in Talc Cancer-Link Lawsuit

The morning of May 4, 2017, certainly wasn’t good for Johnson & Johnson, which was ordered by a St. Louis jury to pay over US$110 mn to a woman from Virginia who blamed company’s talcum powder for being the root cause of her ovarian cancer. Imerys Talc America, the company which supplies talc to J&J, was also ordered by the court to pay a hefty amount to the woman as punitive damage. Imerys Talc is a part of the Paris-based Imerys SA. The overall verdict is said to be one of the largest jury awards in the U.S. so far in 2017.

J&J Accused of Neglecting People’s Health

There are more than 3,000 lawsuits accusing the healthcare giant of ignoring researches linking its shower to shower and baby talc products to ovarian cancer and failing to give heads up to customers about the potential risk. This defeat has broken the winning streak for Johnson & Johnson, which scored its first talc trial earlier this year and on Tuesday, this month, fended off the first bellwether trial over blood thinner Xarelto.

In other words, it can also be said that this verdict is an addition to the string of losses that happened last year. The sum to be awarded in this verdict has surpassed other losses. In the last year, other Missouri juries came out with verdicts of US$55 million, US$70 million, and US$72 million.

Officials from both J&J and Imerys call this verdict to be a contradiction to the studies of the government and professional scientific organizations who have pegged the talc safe.

“Gray Death” U-47700 that killed Prince Continues to Claim More Lives

Since opioid and related drugs are illegal, how can one be sure of what chemical compound they are buying out on the street and consuming, until repercussions unfold? Among the pills found at the estate of singer and performer Prince, where he was found dead in April 2016, contained U-47700, a category drugs that is rated by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration as most dangerous of all.

U-47700 is a lethal opioid combination
Gray death as it is nicknamed, looks like a concrete mix while varying in consistency of chunky and hard material to fine powdered stuff. Gray death is essentially a mixture of a number of opioids that have been linked to four-figure fatal overdoses in the U.S. in the past two decades including heroin, fentanyl, and carfentanil, which is at times used to tranquilize elephants! Users of gray death swallow, inject, snort, or smoke it, although the officials believe that this strong drug with much higher potency than heroin can even put you at risk merely by touching it as it can be absorbed through the skin.

Number of casualties continues to escalate
Prince’s death brought it to the forefront of news stories but gray death has been around for quite some time now, with investigators founding frequent cases in the states of Alabama, Ohio, and Georgia. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has had nearly 50 gray death overdose cases in the past three years, primarily from Atlanta area. In 2015, Ohio state health officials had to send for CDC scientists to help in escalating number of Fentanyl-related deaths. More than 33,000 people succumbed to opioids related cases in the U.S., with Ohio accounting for the maximum 3,050 drug overdose deaths in 2016.

Predicative Genetic Tests Exhibit Advances in Detecting Disease Risks

San Francisco, California, May 05, 2017: TMR Research discusses the future of the global predictive genetic testing and consumer/wellness in its comprehensive research report. The publication, titled “Predictive Genetic Testing and Consumer/Wellness Genomics Market – Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Trends, Analysis, Growth, and Forecast 2017 – 2025,” offers an extensive explanation of the various market drivers responsible for shaping the future of the overall market. The research report states that the growing interest in the study of human gene and the alterations it has gone through over the years has propelled the growth of the global predictive genetic testing and consumer/wellness genomics market.

The growing demand for predictive testing is attributable to the increasing interest in identifying the gene mutations that result in disorders and diseases. The rising pool of people with various types of conditions has also spiked an interest this type of testing as it helps in ascertaining the risk of diseases and their severity. Analysts expect the global market to thrive as effective implementation and usage of predictive testing are expected to change the methods of disease management, thereby giving the healthcare sector an additional boost. Users will be able to gain an insightful assessment of various types of cancer, autism, and heart diseases and their impact on the progeny, thereby allowing preventive care a fair chance.

Growing number of collaborations between big players and research institutes are expected to be the primary growth driver for the global market. The market is also likely to benefit from the plummeting costs of genetic sequencing and introduction of point-solutions in the field of genomics. Rapid technological advancements with integration of cloud solutions and data integration have also been identified as important factors likely to promote the growth of the global market.

The types of tests available in the global predictive genetic testing and consumer/wellness genomics market are predictive testing, consumer genomics and wellness genetics. The predictive testing offers tests such as predictive diagnostics, genetic susceptibility test, and population screening programs. On the other hand, the wellness genetics includes tests such as nutria genetics, metabolism genetics, and skin among others.

Some of the key players operating in the global predictive genetic testing and consumer/wellness genomics market are BGI, 23andMe, Inc, Illumina, Inc, Genesis Genetics, Myriad Genetics, Inc, Pathway Genomics, ARUP Laboratories, and Color Genomics Inc. The research report offers a thorough outlook of the competitive landscape present in the global market along with the assessment of the threat from new entrants and substitutes. The publication also evaluates the research and development strategies of these players, their financial outlook, and their business and marketing plans for the forecast period.

Wind Turbine Operations to Surge with Influx of Funds in Power Sector

San Francisco, California, May 04, 2017: A recent market research report by TMR Research presents a detailed overview of the global market for wind turbine operation and maintenance. The report, titled “Wind Turbine Operations and Maintenance Market – Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Trends, Analysis, Growth, and Forecast 2017 – 2025,” states that the market will expand at a promising pace owing chiefly to the soaring demand for wind energy across the globe.

The Wind Turbine Operations and Maintenance Market will also benefit from the increasing numbers of aging wind turbines across regional markets with established wind power markets such as Europe over the report’s forecast period. Rising influx of funds aimed at the development of the wind power sector from private and public bodies as well as from financial institutions is also expected to boost the demand for wind turbine operations and maintenance services in the next few years. However, factors such as lack of skilled professionals and the rising costs of logistics are expected to hinder market growth to a certain extent over the report’s forecast period.

From a geographical standpoint, the report covers an analytical overview of the market for wind turbine operations and maintenance across regions such as North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and Middle East and Africa. Europe holds a significant share in the market owing to the well-established wind power sector and is expected to continue to play a key role in the future development of the market as ambitious green energy targets drive an increased demand for new wind power projects.

Countries such as China, India, Scotland, Brazil, Spain, Scotland, and Germany are some of the key contributors of revenue to the global wind turbine operations and maintenance market and are likely to account for a large share in the global market throughout the report’s forecast period. In these countries, favorable legislations and policies are backing the overall development of the market.

The vendor landscape of the global wind turbine operations and maintenance market is witnessing the entry of a number of companies and an intensifying level of competition. To stay ahead of competitors, companies have started offering diverse and innovative services, such as the announcement by SgurrEnergy of using unmanned aerial vehicles or drones as a part of inspection services.

Some of the leading companies in the market are Xinjiang Goldwind Science & Technologies, Upwind Solutions, Inc, Nordex SE, Gamesa Corporación Tecnológica, GE Wind Turbine, Suzlon Group, Vestas Wind Systems A/S, Guodian United Power Technology Company Ltd., Siemens Wind Power GmbH, and Enercon GmbH. Companies are focusing on collaborations and mergers and acquisitions to expand across new regional markets.