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Research finds talc doesn’t cause cancer; juries disagree

Two lawsuits ended in jury verdicts worth $127 million. Two others were tossed out by a judge who said there wasn’t reliable evidence that the talc in Johnson & Johnson’s iconic baby powder causes ovarian cancer. So who’s right? And is baby powder safe?

The amount of sugar contained in drinks is on display at a shelf in a supermarket in London, Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016.  Britain has unveiled a plan to battle rising child obesity by urging food manufacturers to cut down on sugar and getting primary schools to make pupils do more exercise. But health campaigners have slammed the government for failing to restrict junk food advertising aimed at children. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

Study details sugar industry attempt to shape science

The analysis published Monday is based on correspondence between a sugar trade group and researchers at Harvard University, and is the latest example showing how food and beverage makers attempt to shape public understanding of nutrition.

FILE - This Tuesday, April 30, 2013 file photo shows the label of a bottle of antibacterial soap in a kitchen in Chicago. The U.S. government is banning more than a dozen chemicals, including triclosan, long-used in antibacterial soaps and washes, saying manufacturers have failed to show that they are safe and prevent the spread of germs. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)

FDA bans antiseptic chemicals from soaps; no proof they work

Friday’s decision primarily targets two once-ubiquitous ingredients — triclosan and triclocarban — that some limited research in animals suggests can interfere with hormone levels and spur drug-resistant bacteria.

FILE - This Oct. 10, 2013, file photo, shows an EpiPen epinephrine auto-injector, a Mylan product, in Hendersonville, Texas.  (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski, File)

Mylan launching cheaper, generic version of EpiPen

Consumers and politicians have accused the company of price-gouging, since the list price for a pair of EpiPens has climbed repeatedly from around $94 in 2007, when Mylan acquired the product.

FILE - This Aug. 20, 2013 file photo shows blood donated in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

FDA expands Zika screening to all US blood centers

The move is intended to protect the nation’s blood supply from the mosquito-borne virus and follows recent pressure from members of Congress urging the FDA to expand Zika screening.

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Rabid bat discovered in Adams County

Despite the discovery, the Indiana State Board of Animal Health says residents shouldn’t be alarmed. The agency has provided guidelines on the best ways to avoid contracting the disease.