J&J stops selling devices after FDA cites cancer risk

Johnson & Johnson is halting sales of devices used to remove growths in the uterus following a government warning that the electronic surgical tools can inadvertently spread cancer to other parts of the body.

The announcement comes one week after the Food and Drug Administration discouraged doctors from using the devices, known as laparoscopic power morcellators.

The FDA said there is a significant risk that the devices can grind up undetected uterine tumors, spreading the cancer to the pelvis, abdomen and other regions. J&J said that three of its products have always included language cautioning doctors about this risk.

Warner Bros., HBO help Time Warner’s bottom line

Time Warner’s first-quarter net income climbed as revenue grew on the success of Warner Bros.’ “The Lego Movie” and the HBO show “True Detective.”

The performance topped analysts’ estimates.

Chairman and CEO Jeff Bewkes said that “The Lego Movie” helped create another franchise for the company and led all releases at the domestic box office. Warner Bros. revenue climbed 14 percent to $3.1 billion in the quarter.

Home Box Office scored with “True Detective,” the most-watched freshman series in the cable network’s history. Bewkes said that “Game of Thrones” continues its surge, with its season 4 premiere earlier this month drawing HBO’s biggest audience since “The Sopranos” finale. Revenue at HBO increased 9 percent to $1.3 billion.

Apple-Samsung jurors resuming deliberations

California jurors failed Wednesday to decide a patent-infringement case involving the world’s two biggest smartphone makers – Apple and Samsung – after their first full day of deliberations.

The four men and four women will resume deliberations on Thursday at the federal courthouse in San Jose.

– From news service reports