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Ethiopian Airlines Crash Kills 157, Could Signal More Trouble for Boeing

An Ethiopian Airlines plane crashed just minutes after takeoff Sunday morning, killing all 157 people on board, including eight Americans. Flight ET302 departed from Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, at 8:38 a.m. local time. The plane was headed to Nairobi, Kenya, when it lost contact with air controllers six minutes later. The Ethiopian Airlines jet was a new Boeing 737 Max 8 – the same type of plane that crashed in Indonesia Oct. 29, killing all 189 people aboard. According to The New York Times, the Ethiopian Airlines plane took off in good weather with clear visibility, but ... Read More

Environmental group urges Cape towns to stop using Roundup

Environmental advocacy group POCCA (protect our Cape Cod Aquifer) is urging all 15 Cape Cod towns to refrain from applying glyphosate-containing herbicides like Monsanto’s Roundup in an effort to protect the health of local citizens. “Glyphosate has proven harmful to people as well as bees,” said Laura Kelley, president of POCCA, and a beekeeper. “There are now 15 countries that don’t allow the sale or use of glyphosate products. We’re asking the town to become a leader and to do the right thing by just taking the next step.” Six months ago, the first lawsuit against Bayer AG’s unit Monsanto ... Read More

Widow sues school district, company for husband’s electrocution death

The wife of an experienced electrician who was killed while performing electrical work at a Buffalo, New York-area high school in 2017, is suing both the school district and the company that managed the project claiming both parties failed to provide a safe workplace for her husband. The lawsuit filed by Christy A. Gause, wife of now-deceased Charles Gause, names Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda Union Free School District and Campus Construction Management Group. Charles Gause was employed with CIR Electrical Construction Corp. On Aug. 30, 2017, Gause was performing electrical work in an electrical closet at the high school that was ... Read More

Canada’s asbestos ban applauded by automotive industry workers

Canadian automobile technicians say Canada’s ban on asbestos, which went into effect Dec. 31, 2018, is a welcome change. “It’s long overdue and it’s quite remarkable how long, politically, it took to make it happen,” said Rick Jamieson, Guelph, Ontario-based president of brake pad manufacturer ABS Friction. “It’s a lot like smoking. People deny the real effects of it until the evidence is overwhelming.” Asbestos is a durable, fire-resistant mineral that was used in a variety of products from insulation to flooring tiles. In the automotive industry, asbestos was most often used in brake pads. ABS Friction products have never ... Read More

Rare breast implant-related cancer reported in patient with buttock implants

A woman who received buttock implants developed the same rare form of cancer linked to breast implants, according to a case study published in the journal Aesthetic Surgery Journal. The woman received bilateral textured silicone gluteal implants. A year later, she developed ulceration at the site of the implants and soon after was diagnosed with gluteal implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL), according to the case report. “As far as we are aware, this is the first reported case of ALCL that may be associated with textured gluteal implants,” Dr. Joseph Carey, assistant professor of clinical surgery at the Keck ... Read More

Latest Roundup trial currently underway

The first federal trial involving claims that Monsanto’s weed killer Roundup caused cancer is underway in San Francisco, and the outcome may determine the fate of hundreds of similar lawsuits. Edwin Hardeman claims he used Roundup on his 56-acre property in Sonoma County from the 1980s until 2012. He was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma in 2015. He claims that glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, is carcinogenic and contributed to his non-Hodgkin lymphoma diagnosis. Hardeman’s case is one of about 8,000 filed against Monsanto, and the second to be tried. His trial comes six months after a California jury awarded ... Read More

NTSB Probing Deadly Tesla Underride Crash in Florida

The driver of a 2018 Tesla Model 3 was killed in Delray Beach, Florida, March 1 when the electrical vehicle hit the side of a tractor-trailer turning left. The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said that Jeremy Beren Banner, 50, was driving his Tesla southbound on State Road 7 when it struck the side of a tractor-trailer turning left onto the divided highway. The underride crash sheered the roof off the Tesla. Mr. Banner died at the scene. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) sent a team of three investigators to look into the crash. The federal agency has taken an ... Read More

Camber recalls ARB losartan due to cancer causing impurity

Camber Pharmaceuticals Inc., is recalling 87 lots of its high blood pressure and heart failure medication losartan because the drug is contaminated with a potential human carcinogen. Camber is one of three companies to recall the drug lorsartan, and one of several to issue recalls involving high blood pressure drugs from a class known as ARBs, or angiotensin II receptor blockers. The recalled Camber products include losartan packaged in 30, 90, 500 and 1000-count bottles. A full list of Camber’s recalled losartan medications can be found on the company’s news release. The impurity detected in the drugs is called N-Nitroso ... Read More

FDA warns against robotically assisted surgical devices for mastectomy

Doctors should be cautious when using robotically assisted surgical devices for mastectomy and other cancer-related surgeries that are not approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the agency said in a Safety Communication. The robotic devices are not generally used for cancer surgeries, and the safety and effectiveness of these devices for mastectomy have not been established, said Terri Cornelison, M.D., Ph.D., assistant director for the health of women in the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health. The Safety Communication comes three weeks after Medscape Medical News published a story in which Hooman Noorchashm, M.D., Ph.D., a surgeon ... Read More

Feds Bust $8.6 Million Home Health Care Fraud Operation in Miami

Two Florida residents face time in federal prison for operating a home health care fraud scheme that cheated Medicare out of $8.6 million. The U.S. Department of Justice said that a federal judge in Miami sentenced Alexander Ros Lazo, 54, the owner of T.L.C. Health Services of Miami to 87 months in prison. According to the government’s complaint, Mr. Ros Lazo and his employee, Misleidy Ibarra, 46, conspired with others in building their Medicare patient base and in billing the government for illegitimate physical therapy services. Federal prosecutors said that Ms. Ibarra performed home health therapy services without a license ... Read More