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Ohio ruling opens doors for decades-old CTE cases

The Ohio Supreme Court allowed a CTE lawsuit brought by a now-deceased Notre Dame football player to move forward, clearing a major statute of limitations hurdle. The ruling opens the door for former football players suffering from long-term brain injuries discovered years after their playing days to overcome initial statute of limitation defenses. The case was filed in 2014 by former Notre Dame football player Steven Schmitz and his wife against Notre Dame and the NCAA. Schmitz had played for the university from 1974 to 1978 and died in 2015. The lawsuit accuses the NCAA of failing to warn players ... Read More

6-year-old undergoes emergency surgery after swallowing fidget toy

Six-year-old Mikah Arvidson didn’t want his older brother to catch him playing with his spinning fidget toy, so he popped it in his mouth. When he accidentally swallowed the toy, he didn’t think to tell anyone, not even his parents. When he started complaining of awful stomach cramps and started vomiting, his parents assumed he had a stomach bug. But inside his body, the 14 magnets that were a part of the toy became lodged in his intestines. Three days later, Mikah wasn’t getting any better. His parents, Blake and Aubrey, took him to Utah’s Primary Children’s Hospital thinking he ... Read More

More doctors face discipline in opioid Death Certificate Project

A total of 23 physicians face new disciplinary actions by the Medical Board of California after being flagged because a patient they had prescribed opioids to suffered a fatal overdose. California’s Death Certificate Project, launched three years ago, was designed to curb the nation’s growing opioid epidemic that accidentally kills thousands each year. The project takes death certificates in which prescription opioids were listed as the cause, then matches them with the provider – or providers – who prescribed any controlled substance to that patient within three years of death. The provider is flagged regardless of whether the particular drug ... Read More

Window Blinds Injure Two Children Every Day in the U.S.

Window blinds injure two children every day and kill one child each month on average in the U.S., according to an epidemiologic study published in the journal Pediatrics. From 1990 to 2015, nearly 17,000 children younger than 6 years old were treated in U.S emergency rooms for window blind-related injuries. A little less than half the injuries involved being struck by a window blind, such as being hit by a falling blind. Just 12 percent of the injuries involved entanglements, mostly with the cords on the blinds, but these injuries accounted for most of the hospitalizations and deaths, researchers found. Data ... Read More

Panda Express Worker Suffers Burn Injuries in Kitchen Explosion

A worker suffered burn injuries in a suspected gas explosion in the kitchen of a Kailua-Kona, Hawaii Panda Express restaurant Nov. 5. Hawaii Fire Department Battalion Chief John Whitman told West Hawaii Today that the injured worker was taken to Kona Community Hospital for treatment of her burn injuries. A second person was also injured in the explosion, but the nature and extent of the injuries is unclear. The injured Panda Express worker told responders that she smelled gas after a rice cooker dropped on the floor in the kitchen area of the restaurant. When she bent down to pick ... Read More

Some farmers cautious about Roundup after multimillion-dollar verdict

Some Missouri farmers are taking more precautions while using the herbicide Roundup since a California jury awarded a school groundskeeper $289 million after finding that the weed killer contributed to his terminal cancer diagnosis. Some privately told KCTV5 that for decades they believed Roundup was as safe as table salt so they didn’t take precautions. Farmer Jeff Nail says he now wears long sleeves and gloves when he treats his fields. “I’ve been soaked a lot on accident,” he said. “But, if you use it, according to the label, there is no risk of cancer. That’s according to the EPA.” ... Read More

One in Five Pediatric Scald Burns Caused by Instant Soup

More than 20 percent of pediatric scald burns in the U.S. are caused by instant soup, ramen noodle soup, and similar soup products, according to a new study presented Nov. 2 at the American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference. Dr. Courtney Allen, a pediatric emergency fellow at Emory University who led the research, told CNN that it’s important for parents to remember that while instant soup is quick, easy and convenient, “these are just thin containers with boiling water in them.” For the study, Dr. Allen and her fellow researchers looked at 4,500 pediatric scald burns recorded over an 11-year ... Read More

Jacobs Engineering Failed to Protect Coal Ash Cleanup Workers, Jury Finds

Jacobs Engineering, the government contractor hired to clean up and remediate the Tennessee Valley Authority’s (TVA) disastrous 2008 coal ash spill, failed to protect its workers from the slew of toxins in the sludgy waste, a federal jury has found. The Dallas-based global contractor employed hundreds of construction workers to clean TVA’s coal ash spill, which occurred when the company’s retaining ponds and facilities in Kingston, Tennessee failed. The resulting food of coal ash sludge – the byproduct of coal burning to generate electricity – knocked houses from their foundations, contaminated two rivers, and covered hundreds of acres of land ... Read More

J&J should pay for deceased talc user’s death, attorney says

Counsel for the husband of an attorney who died from a rare and deadly disease allegedly caused by years of using asbestos-tainted Johnson’s Baby Powder told a South Carolina jury this week that Johnson & Johnson should pay more tens of millions of dollars for the woman’s wrongful death. Bertila Boyd-Bostic claimed she used Johnson’s Baby Powder her entire life containing talc that came from a particular mine in Vermont. Johnson & Johnson allegedly knew for years that the talc mined there also contained cancer-causing asbestos, yet the company continued to use the talc in its products and never warned ... Read More

Depression among elderly increases during winter months

The elderly are at greater risk of depression, especially when the temperatures drop and the days get shorter. This condition, called Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), is increasingly prevalent in our society, but is often misdiagnosed or undertreated in older adults, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). About 80 percent of older American suffer from chronic health conditions, which can lead to or exacerbate symptoms of depression. Needing home care, skilled nursing care, or hospital stays to treat illnesses are other factors that can lead to or worsen a depressive disorder. Depression is not a normal part ... Read More