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Study links PPIs to stomach cancer

Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), one of the most commonly used drugs the U.S., have been linked to an increased risk of stomach cancer, according to new research conducted by the University College London. The new research backs earlier research that linked the drugs to stomach cancer in previous studies. The heartburn and acid reflux medication sold both by prescription as well as over the counter, is often taken for months – or even years – despite the recommended maximum time-frame of two to four weeks. The latest study found that people who took PPIs for two weeks were twice as likely ... Read More

E-Cigarette Lithium-ion Battery Explosion Triggers Wisconsin Lawsuit

A Wisconsin woman who suffered severe burn injuries when an e-cigarette exploded in her pants pocket is suing the vape shop that sold her the device, the distributor of the allegedly faulty device, and the manufacturer of the lithium-ion batteries that caused the blast. The Madison County Record reports that plaintiff Audra Buckley says she bought an e-cigarette with two mini lithium-ion batteries from Green Forest Vapor Shop in Waterloo, Wisconsin on Jan. 4, 2017. The lithium-ion batteries, she claims, were unreasonably dangerous because they exploded in her pocket. The exploding lithium-ion batteries left her with burn injuries on her ... Read More

SEC Awards Whistleblower $4.1 Million For Insider Tips

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on Dec. 5 announced a whistleblower award of more than $4.1 million to a former company insider who alerted the agency to a “widespread, multi-year securities law violation.” The SEC said that after initially contacting the agency about the alleged violations, the whistleblower continued to provide important information and assistance to the SEC throughout its investigation. The whistleblower was the third awarded by the SEC in less than a week’s time. Jane Norberg, Chief of the SEC’s Office of the Whistleblower, said that whistleblowers are instrumental in helping federal regulators finding and investigating violations of securities ... Read More

Keystone Pipeline Spills 210,000 Gallons of Oil in South Dakota

TransCanada’s Keystone Pipeline spilled about 210,000 gallons of oil Thursday, Nov. 16 in northeastern South Dakota, just days before regulators decide whether to allow another extension of the pipeline – the Keystone XL – to move forward. Brian Walsh, spokesman for the South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources, told CNN that Thursday’s oil spill was the largest to date in the state. The oil spill occurred about three miles northeast of Amherst, South Dakota. “It is a below-ground pipeline but some oil has surfaced above ground to the grass,” Mr. Walsh told CNN. “It will be a few ... Read More

Exploding Lithium Battery Triggers Evacuation of Orlando Airport

An exploding lithium battery inside a camera bag sent people at Orlando International Airport into a panic Friday and prompted the evacuation of the main terminal building. The noises the lithium battery made as it overheated and exploded were mistaken by many in the airport for a bomb or other terrorist incident, according to various reports. News of a shootout at the airport circulated on social media immediately following the blast. No injuries were reported. According to WKMG ClickOrlando, the lithium battery explosion occurred around 5 p.m. at the security checkpoint at the entrance to gates 1-59. “As a result ... Read More

Choosing Wisely seeks to empower patients in choosing treatment, tests

Choosing Wisely is an initiative of the ABIM Foundation in conjunction with Consumer Reports that began here in the United States and has spread across the world. The ABIM Foundation is part of the American Board of Internal Medicine that works toward “advancing medical professionalism to improve health care.” Choosing Wisely’s goal is to minimize wasteful or unnecessary medical tests, treatments and procedures. The initiative encourages dialogue between patients and health care practitioners, giving patients permission to ask medical professionals questions such as: Do I really need to have this test, treatment or procedure? What are the risks? Are there ... Read More

FMCSA To Test Hours-of-Service Rule Change For Commercial Drivers

Federal transportation regulators are planning to test new hours-of-service regulations for commercial truck drivers that would allow them to split their off-duty time into two shorter segments without exceeding current on-duty driving limits. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) hopes to enroll about 200 commercial truck drivers in the pilot program, which essentially rolls back hours-of-service regulations to a previous standard that allowed drivers to split their sleep berth time. Under the program, commercial truck drivers who regularly use a sleeper berth would be allowed to divide their 10 hours of off-duty time into two separate sleeper berth splits ... Read More

Long Island Woman Required Amputation After Festival Accident

A woman who was critically injured by a runaway Army Humvee at a Long Island bacon festival has undergone an arm amputation due to injuries she suffered in the accident. According to the Associated Press, the accident happened Saturday, Sept. 23 when a Humvee the U.S. Army Reserve was displaying at the Long Island Bacon Bash apparently popped out of gear and careened 30 feet down a hill through throngs of people. The U.S. Army Reserve says it is conducting an internal investigation of the accident. “Everyone was running and screaming and we just wanted to make sure that she ... Read More

Is Equifax Lying About its Executives’ Share Sell-off?

Just days after Equifax discovered its databases had been accessed by hackers, its chief financial officer and two other top executives unloaded company shares worth about $1.8 million combined. Equifax discovered the data breach July 29, about six weeks after hackers broke into the company’s website and started harvesting the personal and financial information of about 143 million U.S. adults. Hackers obtained sensitive consumer information, including names, social security numbers, dates of birth, addresses, and driver’s license numbers. Additionally, the credit card numbers for 209,000 consumers were stolen and the personal information used in disputes for about 182,000 people was ... Read More

TBI Study: Breakthrough Findings Could Help Treatment

University of Maryland researchers have identified an inflammatory process the brain undergoes in response to an injury that could better our understanding of how neurodegenerative diseases develop and potentially lead to better treatment of traumatic brain injuries. The study, published in the Journal of Neuroinflammation, found that levels of microparticles released from the brain’s immune cells, or microglia, soar in both the blood and brain following a traumatic brain injury (TBI), such as a concussion or severe blow to the head. In tests, researchers found these microparticles promoted inflammation and activated normal immune cells, making them potentially toxic to brain ... Read More