Health Highlights: Oct. 28, 2016

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:

Soylent Halts Sales of Liquid Meal Powder After Illnesses

Sales of a powder to make liquid meals have been halted by Soylent due to customer complaints about stomach illness.

The Los Angeles-based company previously stopped sales of its nutrition bar after customers said they suffered diarrhea, vomiting and upset stomachs, the LA Times reported.

Soylent said Thursday that a common ingredient may be causing trouble with the two products and that an investigation is underway.

The powder is mixed with water or other liquids and contains enough fats, carbohydrates and other nutrients to replace a traditional meal, according to the company.

It said there are no problems with its premade drinks, the Times reported.


Woman Awarded $70 Million in Baby Powder/Ovarian Cancer Lawsuit

A California woman was awarded $70 million in her lawsuit alleging that long-term use of Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder caused her ovarian cancer.

The decision in favor of Deborah Giannecchini by a St. Louis jury was announced Thursday. Johnson & Johnson plans to appeal, the Associated Press reported.

This verdict follows two similar lawsuits in St. Louis in which juries awarded plaintiffs a combined $127 million. However, two other lawsuits in New Jersey were dismissed by a judge who said there wasn’t reliable evidence that talc leads to ovarian cancer.

Similar lawsuits have been filed by about 2,000 women and lawyers are reviewing thousands of other potential cases, the AP reported.

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