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Texas woman sues Yamaha for daughter injured in Rhino rollover

The Yamaha Rhino’s unsafe design makes it unreasonably dangerous. So alleges the lawsuit filed by a Texas woman whose daughter was injured when the Rhino she was in rolled over, pinning her legs underneath. Her lawsuit is among more than 50 lawsuits nationwide filed against Yamaha Motor Company. The woman filed her lawsuit in January in U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas, Marshall Division. According to a report in the Southeast Texas Record, her suit, like the other suits filed against Yamaha throughout the county, alleges that the “Rhino is excessively prone to tip over even at low speeds, ... Read More

More Canadians harmed by Chantix as government revises warnings

Health Canada has received 818 reports of adverse side effects caused by the smoking cessation drug Chantix (marketed in Canada and elsewhere as Champix) since it first became available to Canadians nearly two years ago. The majority of complaints concerned psychiatric problems. Chantix is known to cause or exacerbate a spectrum of psychiatric and physical reactions, including moodiness, depression, violent behavior, lack of sleep, blackouts, and suicidal thought and actions. Last month we reported that Health Canada was preparing to strengthen warnings on Chantix labels. However, Health Canada still has not taken action. In a report by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Health ... Read More

TVA found in violation of federal Clean Water Act

Following the investigation of the Kingston, Tennessee coal ash impoundment that failed and spilled more than a billion gallons of toxic material on to 300 acres of east Tennessee property, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has found the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) in violation of the federal Clean Water Act, according to Knoxville Biz. In a letter released late last week, EPA regional administrator Stanley wrote that the EPA “considers the Kingston spill to be an un-permitted discharge of pollutant in contravention of the Clean Water Act.” The TVA has been ordered to produce a plan to correct the violation ... Read More

Insurance institute boosts roof crush standards

For years, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers have resisted even the slightest boost in roof crush standards. Now, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has stepped in to raise the bar on roof strength standards. The IIHS performs dozens of car crash tests every year, the results of which prompt car manufacturers to improve many safety and performance features in their vehicles. Safety-minded car buyers around the world turn to IIHS test scores to determine which vehicles rank the highest. Auto manufacturers who produce high-scoring models wear the ranking as a badge of ... Read More

Canadian nursing shortage leads to resident neglect

Serious staff shortages at nursing homes in Alberta, Canada, are contributing to resident neglect according to provincial New Democratic Party (NDP) reports in the Edmonton Sun. Last week, the party released 300 reports from unionized workers that allege that staff is so overworked at homes there that they routinely do not feed, bathe, turn or take residents to the bathroom, ultimately denying them their dignity. The report warned that seniors in long-term care were treated like “castaways” and left by staff unattended for hours. The NDP reports were created by a union representing health-care workers. Those producing the report recorded ... Read More

HIV treatment linked to slight risk of SJS/TEN

Drug maker Tibotec, which specializes in innovative therapeutic and diagnostic solutions for infectious diseases such as HIV/AIDS, is seeking approval from the FDA for its latest HIV treatment, Intelence, based on data from its phase-three studies of the drug when used in combination with other antiretroviral agents, according to a press release from Hays Pharma, a global pharmaceutical and biotech staffing and recruitment business. Intelence is a tablet available only by prescription. It is a type of anti-HIV medicine called a non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor (NNRTI), also known as a non-nuke. It is used to control HIV infection in adults and ... Read More

Advocacy group demands answers from state

A watchdog group that advocates for the developmentally disabled is pressuring Nebraska state leaders to look into the care at the troubled state-run Beatrice State Developmental Center, according to the Fremont Tribune. Three deaths that occurred in three weeks on the same floor of the 240-bed home for the developmentally disabled have raised the suspicions of Nebraska Advocacy Group. “This demands an immediate response, not a promise to do something in the future. They’ve had a history of un-kept promises,” Nebraska Advocacy Group litigation director Bruce Mason told the newspaper. The group sent a letter last week to state leaders including ... Read More

Case worsens against Peanut Corp. tied to salmonella outbreak

Federal officials have been reporting that that the Peanut Corporation of America had salmonella-contaminated peanut butter retested in an apparent effort to obtain negative results. however, this week the Food and Drug Administration corrected its report, saying that in some cases the peanut processing plant in Blakely, Georgia, didn’t wait for results of the second tests before sending shipments of peanut butter. In other cases, independent labs hired by the Peanut Corp. found salmonella in some peanut butter, but the company shipped it out anyway, without retesting. These latest findings indicate that the Peanut Corporation was either grossly negligent or, ... Read More

High school wrestler’s fight against SJS heroic

At a mere 139 pounds, Ryan Mead was a far cry from his 167-pound fighting weight. The Marysville-Pilchuck, Washington, high school senior is the captain of his wresting team. The fact that he showed up for the Class 4A District 1 Wresting Tournament in the first place was heroic, according to the Herald Net. Ryan had just recovered from a serious, life-threatening condition known as Stevens Johnson Syndrome, or SJS. Late last December Ryan was diagnosed with pneumonia and days later he suffered a severe adverse reaction to the medication he was given to treat his illness. A rash formed ... Read More

leaking fuel tanks: a cold war legacy

In the 1960s, during some of the tensest years of the Cold War, the federal government gave fuel tanks and generators to radio broadcasters throughout the country. The program intended to give the radio stations a means to broadcast news and vital information in the event of an emergency. The Federal Communications Commission and the Civil Defense Preparedness Agency managed the program, which involved some 700 stations by 1979, when the Federal Emergency Management Agency was formed. Now, decades later, federal officials believe that hundreds of the tanks are leaking. The old tanks are made of steel, which is highly corrosive. ... Read More