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Blood pressure meds contaminated with carcinogen recalled

Several brands of the high blood pressure and heart failure drug Valsartan nd Valsartan/Hydrochlorothiazide are being recalled because the medication is contaminated with trace amounts of a known human carcinogen called N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA). The presence of the impurity was unexpected and is thought to be related to changes in the way the active substance was manufactured. NDMA is classified as a probable human carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), an intergovernmental agency forming part of the World Health Organization of the United Nations. Studies have linked NDMA exposure to liver, respiratory tract, kidney and blood vessel tumors ... Read More

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Leads To Steep Penalties for Illinois Company

An Illinois pallet manufacturer whose employees were sickened with carbon monoxide poisoning on the job earlier this year faces more than $216,000 in fines for safety and regulatory lapses that expose its workers to the risk of injury and illness. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited Cleary Pallet Sales Inc. of Genoa, Illinois, for multiple safety violations after inspecting its facility in January. The inspection was prompted when 10 employees required emergency medical treatment for carbon monoxide exposure, OSHA said. Some of the sickened workers were hospitalized. OSHA’s inspection of the plant found that workers were exposed ... Read More

Water Pik toothbrushes recalled due to fire risk

Water Pik Inc., is recalling 3,800 Sonic-Fusion flossing toothbrushes because the charging base may overheat and catch fire, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reported. The company initiated the recall after receiving reports of the toothbrush malfunctioning with the base overheating causing localized melting and sparking, possibly causing fire, shock or burns. Toothbrushes affected by this recall include the Sonic-Fusion model SF-01 with the serial/lot numbers SF01 17 06 01 through SF01 18 06 28, and model SF-02 with the serial/lot numbers SF02 17 06 01 through SF01 18 06 28. The serial/lot numbers can be found under the product’s ... Read More

Duck Boat Sinks in Branson, Missouri, Killing 17 People

Seventeen people died when an amphibious duck boat capsized in a Branson, Missouri, lake Thursday evening as a severe storm swept through the area. The duck boat was one of two amphibious tour boats in Branson’s Table Rock Lake. Both duck boats battled waves crashing from all directions and strong winds. One boat made it safely back to shore but the other was inundated with water and sank quickly. There were 31 people aboard the duck boat at the time, including two crew members. Various reports say that a number of children were among the 17 people killed. Fourteen of ... Read More

Miami Beach Apartment Settles Negligent Security Case For $3 Million

A Miami man who sued the owner of a North Miami Beach apartment complex for negligent security after he was shot multiple times on the property has reached a $3 million settlement. According to the Daily Business Review, Dennis Gore was visiting his mother’s apartment with a friend one night after work in May 2014. After watching a playoff basketball game there, Mr. Gore and his friend left to go to Walgreen’s after the game. While walking to the car, Mr. Gore realized he left his wallet in the apartment and ran back inside to retrieve it. While making his ... Read More

Whistleblower Dentists Describe Harrowing Kool Smiles Practices

Whistleblowers who risked their careers, reputations, and potentially even their personal safety are calling out Kool Smiles, a national pediatric dental chain, for businesses practices that allegedly put children through painful and unnecessary procedures, just so they could increase their billings. Dentists Dr. Rai and Dr. Greenwald recounted their experiences at Kool Smiles to CBS News as part of a new series the network is airing about whistleblowers who risk everything to expose wrongdoing. In the Whistleblower series’ first segment, Dr. Rai told CBS News that she “lived in fear every day” about what she would face at Kool Smiles. ... Read More

Many opioid addicts die from treatable infections

People addicted to opioid painkillers are not only dying from overdose, they are also dying from infections that can’t be fully treated. For that reason, patients who show up for medical care with certain infections should also be screened for opioid use disorder, according to a panel of experts convened by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. The recommendations are part of a call-to-action that arose from a National Academies workshop at the request of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). Panel members noted outbreaks of hepatitis C virus and HIV infections, as well as an ... Read More

NYC Steam Pipe Explosion Covers Fifth Ave. In Asbestos

A massive steam pipe explosion in the middle of New York City’s Flatiron District Thursday morning miraculously left just five people with minor injuries, but it’s the asbestos debris released by the blast that city officials are most concerned about. Fifty buildings around the epicenter of the explosion at Fifth Ave. near 21st St. were evacuated out of concern that asbestos dust may have gotten into ventilation systems and conditioners. The 20-inch high-pressure steam pipe is lined with asbestos, city officials confirmed. Mayor Bill de Blasio said that the air in the immediate vicinity of the blast is safe and ... Read More

Norovirus Outbreak Sickens Hundreds at Tennessee Zipline Attraction

Tennessee health officials are investigating a widescale outbreak of norovirus that has sickened more than 500 visitors to a Gatlinburg zipline attraction. The Tennessee Department of Health said that the norovirus illnesses stem from the CLIMB Works Zipline Canopy Tour in Gatlinburg, which offers zipline and mountain bike excursions in the Smoky Mountains. Hundreds of people have tested positive for norovirus since June after visiting the CLIMB Woks facility. Norovirus causes nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain, and other gastrointestinal distress, typically up to three days. Dr. John Dunn, the Tennessee Department of Health’s chief epidemiologist, said the norovirus outbreak could ... Read More

Walmart coincidentally deeply discounts J&J products after landmark talc verdict

In the wake of a $469 billion verdict in which a jury found Johnson & Johnson talcum powder products contained cancer-causing asbestos and contributed to the development of ovarian cancer of 22 women, it appeared Walmart was trying to ditch its stash of the consumer health care giant’s products. One shopper claimed that Johnson & Johnson products in her Walmart were marked down to $1. “Make sure you scan them because even though it says a different price on the tags, they are ringing up at $1!” she posted on Facebook. Another shopper spotted the same sales on “Johnson & ... Read More