Natalie Cone

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Natalie Cone is a freelance writer from Birmingham, Alabama. As a nature enthusiast and mother of two boys, she publishes articles about all things outdoors and blogs about the mishaps of motherhood. Her fiction short stories have won three first-place contest awards, and have appeared in various magazine publications and anthologies. You can connect with her at, on Facebook at, or on twitter @nataliecone.

More Information revealed following Mahoney’s Auto Mall hazardous waste Indictments

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Recently, Mahoney’s Auto Mall and employee Andrew Fuller in Potsdam, New York, were indicted for burying 55-gallon drums full of used oil, containers of used oil filters and tires, totaling 140 gallons of hazardous substances. The hazardous waste was discovered buried on the auto dealership’s property, which led to 12 counts of felony third-degree endangering public health, safety or the environment, and eight counts of misdemeanor fourth-degree endangering public health, safety or the environment. “Failing to properly dispose of hazardous material jeopardizes the health of New Yorkers and the surrounding environment,” Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman said in his press release. “We will continue to hold ... Read More

Plaintiffs Push to Consolidate Smith & Nephew Metal-on-Metal Hip claims in MDL

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On Feb. 1, plaintiffs filed a petition asking the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) to consider consolidating complaints against Smith & Nephew over its Birmingham Hip Resurfacing (BHR) and R3 Acetabular System devices. As many as 31 cases are still pending in 22 federal district courts, according to the petition, and dozens more are expected to flood in. Pretrial coordination before a single judge in Maryland would facilitate resolution of the claims, the plaintiffs say. In June of 2012, Smith & Nephew recalled its R3 Acetabular System, an optional metal liner component used in hip implant devices. This includes about 7,700 metal liners that ... Read More

Noted sportscaster Craig Sager Dies of AML

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Acute myeloid leukemia (AML) is a devastating disease that affects 20,000 Americans and claims the lives of 10,000 every year. Last December, it claimed the life of Craig Sager, longtime NBA and Turner Sports broadcaster. “There will never be another Craig Sager,” said Turner president David Levy. “His incredible talent, tireless work ethic and commitment to his craft took him all over the world covering sports. While he will be remembered fondly for his colorful attire and the TNT sideline interviews he conducted with NBA coaches and players, it’s the determination, grace and will to live he displayed during his ... Read More

Vaping Exposes the User and Others to Carcinogens

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A team of atmospheric scientists, experienced in more than 30 years of air quality research in the most polluted urban environments in the world, have tested the effects of vaping on human health. The study, published in November 2016’s issue of Environmental Science & Technology, focuses on the affects of aerosols, or “vapor,” produced by flavored e-cigarettes. The study confirms that the aerosols contain high levels of carcinogens, providing a dangerous risk for the user and dangerous second-hand vapor to others. Flavoring compounds release aldehydes, such as formaldehyde, which is formed by the chemical breakdown of the flavored variety of e-cigarette ... Read More

Study examines Cardiovascular Risk of Vaping

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E-cigarettes were first introduced into the United States in 2006 and have rapidly increased in popularity, often due to vape sellers’ claims that e-cigarettes are safer than traditional cigarettes, while also delivering the craved nicotine hit. A study led by Dr. Holly R. Middlekauff of the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California in Los Angeles points out that e-cigarettes may certainly have a significantly lower number of carcinogens, but appear to be just as harmful to the heart as smoking. Nicotine addiction is as prevalent with e-cigarettes as it is with traditional cigarettes. E-cigarettes produce little or no tar, ... Read More

Study: Vaping Linked to increased Risk of Heart Disease

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A research team at UCLA recently found that vaping may increase the risk of heart disease. In the study, which was published in the Feb. 1 issue of online journal JAMA Cardiology, researchers discovered that two risk factors for heart disease were present in 16 e-cigarette users, compared to the absence of the risk factors in 18 nonsmokers. Cardiologist Holly Middlekauff, a coauthor of the study, said “the pattern was spot-on” for what has been found in heart attack victims as well as heart disease patients and diabetics. The participants of the study who used e-cigarettes displayed a heartbeat pattern that is associated with epinephrine, ... Read More

E-Cigarette Use Tied to Heavy and Frequent Tobacco Use Among Teens

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New research indicates that teens who regularly use e-cigarettes are more likely to become heavy and frequent smokers of traditional cigarettes. Students at 10 Los Angeles County public schools were surveyed, and the results were surprising. The survey found that teens who regularly vape are more than twice as likely to pick up smoking traditional cigarettes on a weekly basis. The findings also showed double likelihood that the teens would smoke more cigarettes on days when they do smoke as a result of vaping. “The more you vape, the more likely in the future you’re going to be smoking (cigarettes). You’re going to ... Read More

Suit Filed Against ExxonMobil alleging cover up of leaky petroleum storage tanks

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The owner of property bordering a former ExxonMobil gas station has filed a lawsuit against the petroleum giant alleging contamination due to leaky petroleum storage tanks. The property is planned for development, but the plans were halted when groundwater testing found benzene levels at nearly 100 times the allowed regulatory levels. Other chemicals exceeded regulatory levels including toluene, ethylbenzene, xylenes and methyl tert-butyl ether. The suit alleges that Exxon never told the property owner about the leaky petroleum storage tanks when they were discovered in 2003. The “constant and continuous, not intermittent or recurrent” contamination and the resulting damage has diminished the property’s value, and ... Read More

Metallosis Linked to Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant may lead to Dementia-Like Symptoms


Recently, a Texas jury awarded six plaintiffs with a $1 billion verdict against DePuy Orthopaedics, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, over its metal-on-metal hip implant design that many patients claim has caused them pain, inflammation, bone erosion, tumors and tissue death. The company is facing a total of 8,900 lawsuits from people who say they have experienced adverse effects from the artificial hip. The metal-on-metal hip implant is a design meant for younger patients, or patients who have a more active lifestyle. They were intended to be more sturdy and durable with a longer lifespan than traditional ceramic implants, but have been ... Read More

Benzene Levels Found to be Higher than Standard in Longmont Oil Well


Last December, the residents of Longmont, Colorado, were informed in a city council meeting that a TOP Operating well leaked benzene. When the water table around the Serafini well was tested in August, the results showed benzene levels at well above state limits. TOP Operating, the only oil and gas operator in Longmont, is working with the state to restore the well back to safe levels, although there was no time frame given for the process. The Serafini well, located “in the middle of a field” according to Longmont general manager of public works and natural resources Dale Rademacher, isn’t anywhere near ... Read More