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Texas woman seeks damages for injuries sustained in Rhino rollover

A Texas woman who injured her right leg when the Yamaha Rhino she was a passenger in rolled over is taking the manufacturer to court, claiming that the UTV is “defective and unfit for its intended use.” The lawsuit, filed Wednesday in the Texarkana Division of the Eastern District of Texas, accuses Yamaha Motor Corporation, Yamaha Manufacturing, and Yamaha Motor Company of “strict liability, negligence, and breach of implied and express warranties,” according to the Southeast Texas Record. According to the lawsuit, the rollover occurred on “relatively flat terrain.” The vehicle tipped over on the passenger side where the plaintiff ... Read More

Nestle cookie dough products recalled after E. coli outbreak

The Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are investigating reports of E. coli illness caused by consumption of Nestle’s Toll House refrigerated cookie dough products. Nestle’s U.S. operations announced today that it was voluntarily recalling the Toll House products. According to the FDA, Nestle is cooperating fully with an ongoing epidemiological study being conducted by the CDC and several state health departments. Authorities say there have been 66 reports of E. coli food poisoning linked to the cookie dough products. The reported illnesses span 28 states. Of the reported illnesses, 25 people have been hospitalized. ... Read More

Recovery more likely after shoulder surgery than in years past

Many athletes who rely on their throwing motion for their livelihood consider the torn shoulder labrum one of the most fearsome injuries. In many cases, it can ruin a career or at the very least, leave them benched for weeks if not months. The labrum is a cartilage found in the shoulder’s ball-and-socket joint where the arm meets the body. It serves to deepen the socket so that the ball stays in place and helps stabilize the arm. When the labrum is torn due to injury, the ball may slide part or all of the way out of the socket. ... Read More

Women with diabetes more likely to suffer postpartum depression

Pregnant women and new mothers who have diabetes are nearly twice as likely to suffer from symptoms of postpartum depression compared to pregnant women and new mothers who do not have diabetes, according to a Harvard Medical School and University of Minnesota School of Public Health study. The study, published earlier this year in the Journal of the American Medical Association, examined more than 11,000 low-income mothers in New Jersey. The data indicated that 9.6 percent of women with diabetes who had no indication of depression during pregnancy, developed depression during the year following delivery. Researchers say that the findings ... Read More

years after accident, TBI victim suffers but hasn’t lost her spirit

On July 10, 2002, Susan Riddle was driving with her family when a drunk driver’s SUV landed on her windshield. Riddle’s husband and son emerged from the vehicle unharmed, but Susan was not as fortunate. Kent Riddle had to perform CPR on his wife as he waited for help to arrive. Having sustained a serious traumatic brain injury (TBI) in the crash, Susan would spend weeks in a coma, months in a hospital, and years in rehabilitation. Her fascinating story was told in BE Healthy magazine. Riddle’s experience illustrates how the symptoms of TBI can vary dramatically between victims, depending ... Read More

Patients with gastroparesis should weigh treatment options

Gastroparesis, also known as delayed gastric emptying, is a disorder that affects people with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes in which the stomach takes too long to empty its contents. It is caused when the vagus nerve to the stomach becomes damaged or stops working. When not working properly, this nerve is unable to send a message to the muscles that move food through the digestive tract, and food is either slowed or stopped in the process. Diabetes can cause damage the vagus nerve when blood glucose levels remain high over a long period of time by damaging ... Read More

Note to Chantix flunkees: there’s still hope even after the magic pill fails

“It’s my mind-set this time,” Eric Wolbert told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “This time I’m going into it celebrating that I’m quitting rather than worrying about not being able to and how hard it was.” Wolbert, who has been a non-smoker for 30 days, attributes his success to seven-week group therapy session at Washington University’s Siteman Cancer Center. Like many others who have tried to quit smoking, Wolbert used Chantix unsuccessfully in his previous attempts to quit. I can relate to Wolbert’s experience. I also used Chantix unsuccessfully for months, spending well over $400 for the drug. After a couple ... Read More

Economy, regulations create tough times for Florida gas stations

In the United States, Florida has some of the toughest state laws governing the ownership and maintenance of underground storage tanks. In just a few months, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection will enforce its Dec. 31, 2009 deadline for all single-wall USTs and piping to be replaced with modern, double-wall tanks and pipes. Then, on Jan. 21, 2010, the agency’s deadline for replacing above-ground tanks without underlying spill containment systems arrives. The new regulations leave many Florida gas station owners worrying about the future of their businesses. The cost of replacing the tanks is extremely prohibitive, especially for the ... Read More

New Orleans is ‘Ground Zero’ of national wage theft epidemic

Hurricane Katrina, a powerful storm surge, and a system of inadequate levies teamed up in 2005 to create an unprecedented level of disaster in the United States. In the wake that followed, New Orleans (along with many other coastal communities in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama) resembled a sea of destruction. New Orleans relied heavily on day laborers to clean up, repair, and rebuild. Sadly, however, recent surveys found that 80% of the Hispanic workers had been cheated out of compensation. The rampant injustice plaguing manual laborers compelled New Orleans City Council President Arnie Fielkow to promote an ordinance that would ... Read More

High fiber diet is safest way to clean colon

News of serious and permanent kidney problems associated with colon cleansing products has left many colon-cleansing devotees looking for healthier alternative ways to detox. Alive, a Web site for holistic healing, suggests looking no farther than your grocery store for natural ways to rid toxins. A clean and productive colon is key to preventing non-digestible bacteria and toxins that linger in the intestinal wall from reabsorbing into the body. That means, for optimal health one should eliminate waste two to three times a day – or within six to 18 hours after every meal. The best way to get things ... Read More