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Florida Opioid Pill Mill Doctor, Staff Go to Prison

A South Florida doctor busted for illegally dispensing prescription opioid painkillers to cash-paying “patients” has been sentenced to six-and-a-half years in prison. Dr. Andres Mecia, 64, of Fort Lauderdale, ran an opioid pill mill in his Oakland Park, Florida clinic, Adult & Geriatric Institute of Florida Inc., which operated under the name AGI Medical & Dental. According to the government’s allegations, Dr. Mencia and office personnel — Oscar Luis Ventura-Rodriguez, 41, of Ft. Lauderdale; Nadira Sampath-Grant, 51, of Margate, and John Mensah, 50, of Miami, performed sham consultations with patients seeking opioid drugs. In these consultations, Dr. Mencia and his co-conspirators ... Read More

Bus accident injuries several UAB pediatric residents

Nearly two dozen University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) employees were treated for injuries and six hospitalized after the bus they were riding in careened into a tree. The bus was carrying 26 pediatric residents from UAB who had been at a retreat at Camp McDowell. The group was headed to the home of the program’s director for a final social event around noon on Friday when the single-vehicle accident occurred in Winston County near Arley, about 60 miles northwest of Birmingham, Alabama. The bus was reportedly traveling down a steep hill through an intersection when its brakes appeared to ... Read More

CBS CEO steps down among new sexual harassment allegations

Three hours after The New Yorker published new allegations of sexual harassment against CBS CEO Leslie Moonves, the network reported that Moonves had left the company and would not receive any of his compensation package until after an independent investigation into the allegations. CBS also said it would donate $20 million from any severance payments due to Moonves to organizations that support the #metoo movement and workplace equality for women. Allegations of Moonves’ sexual misconduct have been swirling for months. In August, actress Illena Douglas was one of six women who came forward with claims they were sexually assaulted by ... Read More

Engine Failure Forces Delta Jet Back to Atlanta

Federal safety investigators are looking into an engine failure that forced a Delta Air Lines jet with 121 Orlando-bound passengers to return to Atlanta shortly after takeoff. The emergency occurred Wednesday, Sept. 5, aboard Delta Flight 1418. According to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), the “uncontained” engine failure in the 27-year-old Boeing 757-200 jet happened at about 18,000 feet. Data from the flight tracking website FlightAware.com shows that Delta 1418 took off shortly after 11 p.m., climbed to 18,000 feet in eight minutes, and then started slowing down. The plane leveled off and began a measured descent back to ... Read More

CDC Issues New Pediatric Concussion Care Guidelines

Federal health authorities have issued new clinical recommendations for the treatment of mild traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) — commonly called concussions — in children. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) guidelines for the treatment of pediatric concussions consists of 19 sets of clinical recommendations covering the diagnosis, prognosis and management, and treatment of these mild traumatic brain injuries, which government sources refer to as “mTBI.” “More than 800,000 children seek care for TBI in U.S. emergency departments each year, and until today, there was no evidence-based guideline in the United States on pediatric mTBI—inclusive of all causes,” ... Read More

How the Flint Water Crisis Starred in the Miss America Pageant

Miss America 2019 contestant Emily Sioma used her brief introduction during the pageant Sunday night to call the nation’s attention to the water crisis in Flint and her home state of Michigan. “From the state with 84 percent of the United States’ fresh water but none for its residents to drink, I am Miss Michigan, Emily Sioma,” she said. The words were brief, honest, and unspecific, yet they served as a scathing indictment to the public officials in her home state and their failed leadership that have contributed to “the Flint Water Crisis and the broader issues surrounding unsafe water ... Read More

Cancer cluster identified at NYC school near Ground Zero

Michele Lent Hirsch was 16 and a senior at the elite Stuyvesant High School in New York just blocks from Ground Zero, when she watched from the window the first World Trade Center tower fall during the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The school was used as a staging area by rescue and recovery workers in the days and weeks after the attack. The school reopened a month later despite public outcry about whether the building might still be contaminated and pose a health risk to students and faculty. When the towers caught fire and collapsed, it covered the area in a ... Read More

Man sues employer over sexual harassment claims

Kevin Michael Shaw of Katy, Texas, is suing San Jose technology firm Cisco Systems alleging he was forced to show his genitals after missing a tee shot during a golf game while on a business trip in Australia with his coworker, Cisco Practice Director Randal Kenworthy. His lawsuit was filed in the Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas. Shaw’s lawsuit claims the sexual harassment and ridicule continued even after they returned to the United States, and that Kenworthy “clearly demonstrated a sustained campaign of disparagement and denigration amongst senior leadership within Shaw’s direct command-chain.” For months, Shaw endured ... Read More

Temp worker sues Estee Lauder over finger amputations

A temporary worker is suing cosmetic giant Estee Lauder in federal court accusing the company of having a faulty paper cushioning machine in its shipping facility that caused the traumatic amputations of three of her fingers with its guillotine-type mechanism, leaving her with pain, embarrassment, and discomfort in performing everyday routines. Alexis Bookard of Levittown, Philadelphia, filed the suit in the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas against The Estee Lauder Companies Inc., of New York, New York, and Northtec LLC of Bristol, Pennsylvania. The case was later removed to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. ... Read More

Houston Psychiatrist Gets 12 Years For Health care Fraud Scheme

A Houston, Texas, psychiatrist convicted by a federal jury of engaging in a $155 million health care fraud scheme has been sentenced to more than 12 years in prison. Riyaz Mazcuri, 67, a former attending psychiatrist at Riverside General Hospital in Houston, received the sentence after a five-day trial that found him guilty on five counts of health care fraud and one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud. In addition to the prison sentence, federal Judge Vanessa Gilmore in Houston ordered Dr. Mazcuri to pay $20.6 million in restitution to Medicare and $2.25 million in restitution to Medicaid. ... Read More