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Household Cleaners May Promote Obesity in Children, Study Shows

Do you have overweight children? If so, it could be that household cleaners and disinfectants are to blame for excessive weight gain in babies and toddlers, a new Canadian study has found. The study, led by Dr. Anita Kozyrskyj, professor of pediatrics at the University of Alberta in Canada and published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, collected fecal samples from 757 infants, measured different types of gut bacteria in each, and tracked the weight of the subject babies for three years. The study revealed that children from homes where antimicrobial cleaners and disinfectants were used daily were more than twice ... Read More

DEA Airplane Crash-Landed on Texas Road at Rush-Hour

A Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) airplane crash-landed Wednesday, surprising drivers on Voss Road, near Sugar Land, Texas. Only one of the three passengers on the plane was injured. The unidentified victim was treated and released from a nearby hospital. The plane, a single-engine Cessna, was on a training mission and was scheduled to land at the Sugar Land Regional Airport around 3 p.m. local time. According to a DEA spokesman, the plane suffered a mechanical problem, forcing the pilot into an emergency landing. He was attempting to land on the road when he snagged power lines and struck several cars. ... Read More

NOLA councilman blames his cancer on Roundup exposure

There was rarely a time that Jefferson Parish (Louisiana) Councilman Chris Roberts wasn’t around Monsanto’s weed killer Roundup. His father worked for a Monsanto supplier for more than three decades. Roberts often used the product around the house and always had a jug in his car, his garage and even his office. When he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin follicular lymphoma in April 2006 at the age of 29, his doctors were puzzled. Most people diagnosed with lymphoma are in their 60s or older, according to the American Cancer Society. Causes include exposure to cancer-causing chemicals. Roberts believes his regular exposure ... Read More

E-cigarettes can contain toxic ingredients that are especially harmful to teens

More and more teenagers are using e-cigarettes, and many of their parents assume they are less dangerous than traditional cigarettes so they don’t need to worry. But they are sorely wrong, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health warned. To help parents better understand what vaping is and the harm it poses, state health officials have launched a statewide campaign, “The New Look of Nicotine Addiction,” to arm parents with information they can use to talk to their kids about e-cigarettes. Contrary to what most people believe, these products – also known as e-cigs, e-hookahs, mods, vape pens, vapes, tank systems, JUULs and ... Read More

Duke Life Flight Helicopter Crash Lawsuit Blames Blocked Oil Line

The families of two people killed in a Duke Life Flight helicopter crash in North Carolina last year are suing the manufacturers of the aircraft and its engine, alleging that an oil line defect led to the crash. The Perquimans Weekly reports that the helicopter crash lawsuit was filed by the families of Mary Bartlett, a patient who was being airlifted Duke Hospital and Duke Life Flight nurse Kristopher Harrison. All four people aboard the helicopter were killed in the Sept. 8, 2017 crash. The other two victims were pilot Jeff Burke and Duke Life Flight nurse Crystal Sollinger. The ... Read More

Too many infants sent to ER with baby walker injuries

Nearly a quarter-million infants younger than 15 months were treated in emergency departments for injuries caused by baby walkers from 1990 and 2014, and more than 10,000 of those injuries were serious enough to land them in the hospital, according to new research published in the journal Pediatrics. “Baby walkers remain a serious and preventable source of injury to young children and should not be used,” urged Dr. Gary Smith, senior study author and director of the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. Baby walkers give infants who cannot walk on their own ... Read More

Ground beef products recalled due to E.coli scare

More than 132,600 pounds of ground beef products made from the chuck portion of the carcass are being recalled because the meat may be contaminated with Escherichia coli O26 (E. coli), a bacteria that can cause potentially life threatening illness in some humans. At least 17 people have been sickened and one person has died between July 5 and July 25, 2018, after eating the meat. The recall was initiated by Cargill Meat Solutions, a Fort Morgan, Colorado-based establishment. Affected ground beef products were produced and packaged on June 21, 2018, and bear the establishment number “EST. 86R” inside the ... Read More

Talc-mesothelioma case begins in NJ courtroom

Rosalind Henry regularly used Johnson’s Baby Powder on herself and her two young sons, assuming the product was safe even for babies. Through the years she bought hundreds of bottles of baby powder, never knowing they could contain cancer-causing asbestos. Decades later she was diagnosed with mesothelioma, a deadly type of cancer caused by asbestos exposure. Henry and her husband Frederick are suing Johnson & Johnson alleging the company knew its talc contained asbestos but continued to sell the product to consumers while failing to warn them of the risks associated with asbestos exposure, including the development of mesothelioma. Rosalind Henry ... Read More

SEC Awards 3 Whistleblowers $55.5 Million in Two Separate Cases

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Whistleblower Office recently announced it has paid out more than $55.5 million to three whistleblowers who assisted regulators in stopping violations, fraud, and other misconduct harming investors. On Sept. 6, the SEC said that it had awarded two whistleblowers who assisted regulators in the same case. One whistleblower will receive a $39 million award – the agency’s second-largest payout to date – and the other will receive a $15 million award for providing “critical information and continued assistance” that helped the SEC crack down on the offending company. On Sept. 14, the SEC ... Read More

Second cancer-causing impurity found in valsartan heart drug

Another suspected cancer-causing impurity has been found in the high blood pressure and heart failure drug valsartan manufactured by Torrent Pharmaceuticals. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced in July that several pills containing the drug ingredient valsartan by various manufacturers were being recalled because they were contaminated with an “unexpected impurity” called N-nitrosodimethylamine, or NDMA. The ingredient is considered a possible carcinogen by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). NDMA is an organic chemical byproduct of manufacturing some pesticides and processing fish, and can unintentionally make its way into manufacturing through certain chemical reactions. Not all valsartan-containing drugs are affected ... Read More