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Hawaii Sushi Restaurant Chain Faces Class Action Lawsuit Over Hepatitis A Outbreak

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Hawaii’s Hepatitis A outbreak continues to grow even after state health officials identified the source of the virus. The outbreak, now the state’s largest-ever Hepatitis A outbreak, has prompted a class action against the Genki Sushi chain of restaurants that could potentially include 10,000 or more plaintiffs – essentially anyone who dined at a Genki Sushi location in Oahu or Kauai during the past five months, lawyers involved in the case say. On Aug. 15, the Hawaii Department of Health determined that raw, frozen scallops imported from the Philippines were the source of the Hepatitis A virus that has sickened at ... Read More

Pennsylvania Farmers Sue Insurer In Wake of Gas Explosion


A  Southwest Pennsylvania couple whose cattle farm was partially destroyed by a natural gas explosion likely caused by corroded underground pipes are suing their insurance company in federal court, alleging it is holding out on paying them their full policy limit until it gets paid by pipeline owner and utility Spectra Energy Corp. Randy and Wendy Gillis, whose family-owned farm has produced crops and pastured cows for nearly a century, sued State Automobile Mutual Insurance Co. of Columbus, Ohio, alleging the insurer is compounding the suffering they’ve already experienced in the aftermath of the April 29 blast. The gas explosion ... Read More

Texas State Representative Wants NTSB’s Hot Air Balloon Probe In Public Eye

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A Texas state representative from Lockhart, Texas, called upon federal investigators and lawmakers to hold a public investigative hearing on the hot air balloon crash that killed 16 people July 30 in a pasture outside of Lockhart. “As a former county commissioner and current state representative, I am no stranger to disaster, nor is our region,” Rep. John Cyrier, R-Lockhart, wrote in the American-Statesman. “In recent memory, we have endured floods, wildfires and transportation accidents. Yet none of this prepared me for what I witnessed on July 30 in a pasture outside of Lockhart.” The hot air balloon, operated by ... Read More

ALEX announces baby toy recall of various infant building sets for choking hazard

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According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), more than 90,000 ALEX Jr. Baby Builder, First Pops and First Snaps toys have been recalled due to a choking hazard. The plastic toys contain detachable smart parts which put young children at risk of choking. The baby toy recall includes all three ALEX Jr. branded sets of infant building toys produced prior to November 2010: the Baby Builder (model 1982), First Pops (model 1981P) and the First Snaps (model 1981S). Each of the three sets feature an assortment of various plastic shapes in bright colors, which were designed to be ... Read More

Major breakthrough in melanoma research: early detection, prevention may be possible


Earlier this year German researchers published their discovery that sildenafil, the active ingredient in Viagra, opens up the cGMP signaling pathway that melanoma uses to spread, thus potentially encouraging the dangerous cancer to grow much more rapidly. PDE5 normally works as a brake on the growth-promoting pathway, and sildenafil as a PDE5-inhibitor disables the brake, which may encourage increased tumor growth, the researchers report. Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer even though it accounts for less than 1 percent of skin cancer cases. What makes it so deadly is the way it aggressively spreads to other parts of the body, ... Read More

Giant Methane Hotspot Over Four Corners Attributed To Oil and Gas Industry

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A giant methane hotspot looming over the Four Corners area of the Southwest put the oil and gas industry on the defensive when NASA first reported on it two years ago, even though the source was undetermined then. According to Earthworks staff member Pete Dronkers, the big oil and gas polluters immediately started pointing fingers at landfills and claiming that natural seeps were responsible for the all the methane. But last week, NASA followed up its original report with another one specifically identifying 250 spots where all the methane is coming from. Those sources include gas well pads, storage tanks, ... Read More

Federal judge selects two Xarelto cases to serve as bellwethers


U.S. District Judge Eldon Fallon has selected two lawsuits to serve as the first bellwether trials among more than 7,200 cases involving bleeding risks with the blockbuster blood thinner Xarelto. The lawsuits, filed against Johnson & Johnson, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Bayer, and their related companies, claim the companies failed to warn about the severity of Xarelto bleeding risks and that there is no antidote on the market to reverse the bleeding effects of the drug in the event of a bleeding emergency. The first trial, scheduled for February 2017, involves the case of a Louisiana man who claims to have developed ... Read More

FDA warns aloe vera farm over numerous violations

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) slammed a Texas aloe vera farm with a warning letter over the marketing and labeling of its juice and dietary supplements that the agency says are in violation of the federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. One issue involved the Aloe Farms’ classification of aloe as a vegetable. “Although we do not dispute that aloe vera is a member of the vegetable kingdom in the broad sense of classifying an article as ‘animal,’ ‘vegetable,’ or ‘mineral,’ FDA considers the term ‘vegetable’ in the context of the juice definition to refer more narrowly to edible ... Read More

Indiana Clinic To Pay $190,000 To Settle Whistleblower’s Medicaid Fraud Accusations

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An Indiana clinic has agreed to pay $190,000 to settle a whistleblower lawsuit filed under both the federal and Indiana False Claims Act alleging its pursuit of public funds turned it into a profit-driven “pill mill.” According to the Anderson, Ind., Herald Bulletin, which obtained a copy of the agreement, Dr. Nilda Durany sued the Madison County Community Health Center in 2012, accusing the clinic of unlawful activities that needlessly cost federal and state health care coffers. The complaint triggered an investigation and raid by the health center by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), which turned up evidence to support Dr. Durany’s ... Read More

Iron oxide particles in Oxacillin injectable antibiotic prompt recall


Sagent Pharmaceuticals, Inc., has issued a nationwide recall of one lot of the antibiotic Oxacillin for Injection after a customer identified dark particles floating in the solution that was later identified as iron oxide. If metal particulate in an injectable product is administered to a patient it may result in local swelling, irritation of blood vessels or tissue, or blockage of blood vessels. Blocked blood vessels could lead to serious and potentially life threatening events such as stroke, heart attack, respiratory failure, kidney failure, or liver failure. The recall involves Oxacillin for Injection, USP, 10 g (NDC 25021-163-99) Lot OXT512 ... Read More