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CSX To Appeal Jury Verdict For Camerawoman Killed

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CSX Railroad intends to appeal a jury verdict ordering it to pay $3.9 million to the family of a woman killed on the set of “Midnight Rider,” a movie about the life of singer Gregg Allman, after it had just started shooting in southeastern Georgia. Sarah Jones, a 27-year-old camera assistant, was killed when she was hit by a CSX train Feb. 20, 2014, on a railroad trestle spanning the Altamaha River in Doctortown, Georgia. Six other members of the film crew were injured by flying debris and shrapnel. Richard and Elizabeth Jones, Sarah’s parents, sued CSX and 11 others ... Read More

‘Is there something wrong with Invokana?’


“Is there something wrong with Invokana?” The Motley Fool posed this question as part of a roundup of elements leading up to Johnson & Johnson’s quarterly report, which the media source says “often sets the tone for the pharmaceutical industry.” Johnson & Johnson is expected to produce $18.97 billion in sales – a growth of 2.6 percent over last year’s quarter. But, The Motley Fool says, “there is so much more to pay attention to than just a single sales and profit-per-share figure.” This includes the status of Johnson & Johnson’s top selling diabetes drug Invokana, which is manufactured by subsidiary ... Read More

Egg donation center slapped with FDA warning

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cracked down on a fertility clinic for not properly screening its egg donors for exposure to Zika, HIV, syphilis and other diseases. The agency issued Illinois-based Center for Reproductive Health a warning letter for deeming at least four women eligible to be egg donors before receiving the results of communicable disease tests. The FDA also found other concerning violations such as donor records with multiple or altered assessment dates. Medical history forms also had confusing dates and didn’t include questions related to conditions such as West Nile virus and syphilis or behaviors that ... Read More

Battery Fire Risk Prompts Latest Honda Recall

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A defective battery sensor at risk of catching fire is forcing Honda to recall approximately 2.1 million Honda Accord vehicles worldwide, Reuters reports. The vehicles are from the 2013-2016 model years and include 1.15 million vehicles in the U.S. where 3,972 warranty claims relating to the issue have already been submitted to the auto manufacturer. The sensor on a 12-volt battery may not be sealed adequately, which allows moisture to breach the seal. The trapped moisture may attract other material, such as road salt, over time that causes the sensor to rust and ultimately short circuit. At least five engine ... Read More

Virginia Chipotle reopens after food poisoning outbreak


Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. reopened one of its Sterling, Virginia restaurants this week after having closed the burrito fast food chain for two days after receiving several reports of customers who became ill after dining at the restaurant, Reuters reported. The incident brings back sore memories for Chipotle. In 2015, the company faced multiple foodborne illness outbreaks at several restaurants across the country that sickened more than 500 people with E.coli, salmonella and norovirus. Symptoms of those illnesses include nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea that can be bloody. The outbreaks led to Chipotle falling under a federal investigation and getting hit with around ... Read More

Axiron safety label updated


The Patient Counseling Information/Patient Information/Medication Guide for the topical testosterone gel Axiron has been updated to include clarifications such as ensuring patients know how to administer the correct dosage as well as understanding that they should not drink the product. Axiron is a testosterone supplement intended for men with low levels of the male hormone due to injury or disease. It is a topical gel that is applied to the armpits. Patients are advised to wash their hands right away with soap and water after applying the gel and, once the solution has dried, to cover the area with clothing to ... Read More

Supplement maker slapped with FDA warning letter

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) came down on a manufacturer of dietary supplements for promoting its products to treat, cure or prevent diseases, which renders them unapproved drugs as defined by federal law. In a warning letter to Dr. Carolyn Dean, who runs the website and takes orders for the products ReMyte, ReAline, ReMag, ReStructure, and ReCalcia Pico Meter Calcium, the FDA said it found that some of the website claims and testimonials “provide evidence that your products are intended for use as drugs.” For example, the company’s ReMyte boasts protection against cancer, claims to treat arthritis, to ... Read More

Lawsuit Filed Over Construction Worker Crushed to Death

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A wrongful-death lawsuit has been filed over a construction worker who was crushed to death by a large conveyor hoisted by cranes in Staten Island, New York. The lawsuit was filed by Maria Veloso, the wife of Antonio Manuel Veloso, who died from injuries sustained after the conveyor slammed into him. On March 10, Antonio Veloso, 54, was severely injured “when a drag slat conveyor in the process of being hoisted by two cranes operated by Cranes, Inc. and John J. Gall Crane Service Inc. and rigged by JV Trucking & Rigging LLC, were caused to swing into, strike and ... Read More

Oklahoma Woman Says Roundup Caused her Cancer

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An Oklahoma woman who spent much of her life working with and around the weed killer Roundup has filed a lawsuit against its maker Monsanto, alleging the herbicide’s ingredients caused her to develop chronic lymphoma leukemia. Francene Lisle, a recent transplant to Oklahoma from Kansas City, told Fox 4 Kansas City that she was diagnosed with leukemia in March 2015 after her doctor found her white blood cell count was abnormally high. Ms. Lisle began searching for clues to her illness. She had no family history of chronic lymphoma leukemia, so she probed other possible causes. That’s when she discovered ... Read More

FDA finds hidden drugs in sexual enhancement supplements


The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is advising consumers not to purchase or use specific dietary supplements marketed for sexual enhancement because they contain hidden drugs that could cause serious health risks. FDA laboratory analysis found that Platinum 500 contains sildenafil, the active ingredient in the erectile dysfunction drug Viagra; and Kingdom Honey for Her, Kingdom Honey for Him, and Royal Honey VIP, contain tadalafil, the active ingredient in the erectile dysfunction drug Cialis. Undeclared Viagra and Cialis in these dietary supplements may interact with nitrates found in some prescription drugs, such as nitroglycerin, and may lower blood pressure to ... Read More