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Petition urges OSHA to require employers to protect workers from heat-related injury

High temperatures can pose serious health risks, especially to workers who spend hours a day, day after day, working in hot conditions – both indoors and out. Heat stress, or heat exhaustion, can cause confusion, fatigue, nausea, muscle cramps and dehydration. It can also lead to heat stroke, a serious condition that can cause fainting, seizures, coma and organ failure if treatment isn’t administered right away. In 1972, 1986, and 2016, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) recommended that the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) set specific standards to protect workers from heat stress so ... Read More

Sepsis sends 25,000 nursing home patients to hospitals annually

Sepsis, a life-threatening complication of an infection, was the most common reason for transfers of nursing home patients to hospitals, and these patients were much more likely to die from sepsis than any other condition, according to a federal report cited in MedPage Today. Just as devastating is the human and financial toll of these cases. According to an analysis conducted for Kaiser Health News by Definitive Healthcare, a private health care data firm, 25,000 nursing home residents each year developed sepsis and other conditions and were transferred to hospitals, costing Medicare more than $2 billion a year. “This is ... Read More

EPA rule will allow more climate-damaging methane into the environment

It is bad enough for the environment – and especially human health – that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under the Trump administration is allowing new uses of cancer-causing asbestos whereas 60 other countries around the globe have banned the mineral due to its toxicity to humans. Now the agency – under the same Trump regime – is proposing to ease Obama-era requirements for oil and gas companies regarding the monitoring and repairing of methane leaks, the New York Times reports. Methane is among the most powerful greenhouse gases. It damages the climate when it is released during natural gas ... Read More

J&J released from mesothelioma lawsuit

Days before a trial was to begin in a case of a man accusing several companies, including Johnson & Johnson, of exposing him to dangerous asbestos, which he claims contributed to his mesothelioma diagnosis, the plaintiff agreed to dismiss his claims against the consumer health care giant. The man’s lawsuit alleged that J&J’s talcum powder products were contaminated with asbestos. Attorneys for Dwaine Waters and his wife Janice refused to say whether the Waters had reached a settlement with Johnson & Johnson. As of Monday, no such stipulations were made against the other defendants in the case, which include J&J ... Read More

Oregon Family Sues Delta, Aeromexico Over Plane Crash Injuries

An Oregon family that survived a July 31 Aeromexico airplane crash is taking the airline and its partner Delta Air Lines to court, alleging they were negligent in decisions pilots made that day. Colleen McCormick, her husband Donald Hudson, and their four children were on Aeromexico Flight 2431 from Durango to Mexico City when a storm moved into the area. Angel Hudson, who was on the Aeromexico flight with her dad, stepmom, and siblings, told Portland, Oregon’s KOIN News that the plane taxied on the runway and stopped. Ms. Hudson said she thought the plane was going to wait out ... Read More

AbbVie reaches tentative settlement deal in testosterone MDL

AndroGel maker AbbVie Inc. has reached a tentative agreement to settle about 6,000 lawsuits pending in a multidistrict litigation (MDL) alleging its testosterone replacement therapy causes heart attacks, strokes and blood clots. All cases against AbbVie and its subsidiaries Abbott Laboratories, Solvay Pharmaceuticals Inc., and Unimed Pharmaceuticals LLC, have been stayed per an order by U.S. District Judge Matthew Kennelly as the companies work toward finalizing a global settlement. The multidistrict litigation was centralized in the Northern District of Illinois in 2014 against several testosterone manufacturers, over claims that the companies hid cardiovascular side effects from consumers. Beginning in July ... Read More

Employee Settles Amputation Lawsuit with Norwegian Cruise Line

A Norwegian Cruise Line employee who went to the onboard ship doctor for nausea but got an arm amputation instead has settled with the cruise company for $3.3 million. Ilija Loncar, a waiter aboard Norwegian’s Breakaway, sued the Bermuda-based cruise company in June 2016 for negligence, alleging the ship’s doctor grossly mistreated his flu-like symptoms with a potent drug and caused him a debilitating injury that led to his arm amputation. According to his lawsuit, Mr. Loncar admitted himself to the ship’s infirmary in March 2016 with nausea and other flu-like symptoms. Dr. Sebastian Campuzano injected him with a massive ... Read More

Tonight Show axes Norm Macdonald for dissing #MeToo movement

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon canceled comedian Norm Macdonald’s appearance Tuesday night after he made disparaging comments about the #MeToo movement, minimized the pain of victims of sexual abuse and harassment, and sympathized with celebrities Louis C.K., Chris Hardwick and Roseanne who he said “lost everything in a day” for their misconduct. In a statement, The Tonight Show said it decided to drop Macdonald from Tuesday’s show “out of sensitivity to our audience,” following an interview with the Hollywood Reporter. During that interview, Macdonald said that he was “happy the #MeToo movement has slowed down a bit,” and that he ... Read More

Tractor-Trailer Struck By Train On Steep Virginia Crossing

A tractor-trailer was split in half by a freight train in Virginia after it became stuck on the tracks at a notorious high-grade railroad crossing that has seen multiple similar accidents in recent years. The accident occurred Sept. 6 at the Curtis Street railroad crossing in Chester, Virginia. Dash-cam video of another driver stopped at the tracks shows the three occupants of the tractor-trailer’s cab running from the tracks as a freight train barrels toward their stranded truck. Moments later, the train rips through the trailer “like a knife in butter,” one witness told Richmond, Virginia’s WRIC 8News. The collision ... Read More

NTSB Investigating Tesla Model S Lithium Battery Fire

Federal investigators are looking into a battery fire that broke out in 2014 Tesla Model S electric car in June to address the unique safety issues encountered by emergency crews responding to electric vehicle crashes. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said the Tesla fire occurred on June 15 as a driver was traveling west on Santa Monica Blvd. in West Hollywood, California. Other motorists flagged down the Tesla driver when they saw smoke coming from the vehicle. The driver pulled over, stopped the car, and got out. A nearby Los Angeles Police Department patrol car also stopped as smoke ... Read More