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Traces of Roundup weed killer found in beer, wine

Glyphosate, the controversial ingredient in the weed killer Roundup, has been found in 19 out of 20 wine and beer brands tested by public interest group U.S. PRIG, including some brands that claim to be organic. “This chemical could prove a true risk to so many Americans’ health, and they should know that it is everywhere – including many of their favorite drinks,” study author and U.S. PRIG Toxic’s Director Kara Cook-Schultz told USA Today. Sutter Home Merlot had the highest concentration of glyphosate – 51.4 parts per billion (ppb). Tsingtao Beer was a close second with 49.7 ppb. WINE ... Read More

FDA wants to know if opioids actually work for chronic pain

Food and Drug Administration (FDA) chief Scott Gottlieb M.D., wants to know whether opioids already on the market to treat chronic pain actually work. Opioids are a class of painkillers that also give users a feeling of euphoria, and oftentimes as the drug is continued, greater doses are needed to quell the pain, leading to dependence and addiction. Prescription opioids have opened the door to abuses of heroin and synthetic opioids like fentanyl, and created an opioid epidemic that in 2017 alone took the lives of 46,000 Americans. Studies have suggested that opioids may not be as effective for some ... Read More

Ohio Truck Driver Barred From Road After Two Deadly Collisions

An Ohio-licensed commercial truck driver who struck and killed two people with his tractor-trailer in separate accidents within six months has been deemed a hazard to public safety, federal officials said. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) ordered truck driver Doug Jones to cease driving a tractor-trailer or operating any other commercial motor vehicle across state lines after the second deadly accident. On July 2, 2018, Mr. Jones was driving a tractor-trailer on Interstate 81 in Lebanon County, Pennsylvania, when he struck a man who was standing near his disabled vehicle on the right shoulder. After investigating that accident, ... Read More

OSHA Addresses Nebraska’s Alarming Workplace Amputation Trend

Work-related amputation injuries are on the rise in Nebraska workplaces, and so is the number of employers failing to report these debilitating accidents as required by federal law, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) said in a recent advisory. An OSHA review of Nebraska workers’ compensation claims found 42 employees suffered amputation injuries statewide in 2018, and employers failed to report more than 65 percent of those injuries to OSHA within 24 hours, as workplace rules and regulations stipulate, the agency said. Farming, meat processing, and other agricultural industries are the cornerstone of Nebraska’s economy, and worker exposures ... Read More

Mario Batali partnership in restaurant group dissolved following #MeToo allegations

Mario Batali’s 20-year partnership with the Bastianich family of restaurants was formally dissolved this week, ensuring that that the celebrity chef no longer profits from the restaurants “in any way, shape or form,” said Tanya Bastianich Manuali, the new head of operations at the yet-to-be-named replacement company for Batali & Bastianich Hospitality Group. Batali also shares in Eataly, a worldwide chain of luxury Italian supermarkets. The news comes just more than a year after several women accused Batali of sexual harassment. Batali had appeared regularly on popular TV cooking shows including “The Chew,” “Iron Chef America” and “Top Chef.” But ... Read More

Low-level benzene exposure linked to blood cancers

Low-level ambient exposure to the volatile organic compound benzene is positively associated with the development of myelodysplastic syndrome and T-cell lymphoma, according to a prospective study by the American Cancer Society published online in the International Journal of Cancer. The Cancer Prevention Study II Cohort was designed to evaluate the potential cancer risks of ambient benzene exposure in the general population and involved 115,996 participants, 2,595 of whom had hematologic cancer. The majority of previous studies investigating benzene’s cancer risk involved only workplace benzene exposure. The researchers concluded that “ambient benzene increases risk of MDS and lymphoid malignancies, particularly follicular ... Read More

Whistleblower Helps U.S. Nab California Urology Chain For Medicare Fraud

A whistleblower’s False Claims Act lawsuit has led to a $1.85 million settlement between Skyline Urology and the U.S. government, resolving allegations that the Torrance, California-based health care company deliberately overbilled Medicare. Federal prosecutors investigated the whistleblower’s claims and alleged that from January 1, 2013, through 2016, Skyline Urology systematically billed Medicare for evaluation and management services in violation of federal rules. Although some exceptions exist, health care providers are not permitted to bill Medicare for evaluation and management services on the same day a related procedure is performed. This is because the cost of evaluating a patient is included ... Read More

Texas University Faces Negligent Security Complaint Over Alleged Rape

A former Huston-Tillotson University student who alleges she was raped by a campus security guard is suing the college, the man she claims assaulted her, and the security company he worked for. The plaintiff, who did not want to be identified in the lawsuit, was 17 and enrolled as a freshman at the private Austin college when the alleged rape took place on July 30. She says she went off campus to smoke marijuana with a security guard employed by G4S Secure Services, the company contracted by Huston-Tillotson University to provide security. The woman rode with the G4S guard in ... Read More

Will Gottlieb’s Resignation from FDA Jeopardize Vaping Regulations?

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) chief Scott Gottlieb, whose leadership has been dominated in recent months by a crusade against the vape and tobacco industries, told his staff on Tuesday that he will resign in April. The surprise announcement casts a shadow over the bold initiatives Dr. Gottlieb spearheaded to combat the opioid addiction and youth vaping epidemics, both of which gripped the nation largely because of aggressive and sometimes illegal marketing and sales efforts by manufacturers. His bold efforts to beat back youth vaping and tobacco use have rankled many industry officials and Republican lawmakers, who have criticized ... Read More

Opioids more often to blame in fatal two-car crashes

The opioid epidemic has “spilled over to our national highway system with deadly consequences,” according to a Columbia University researcher, with drivers of fatal two-car accidents twice as likely to test positive for prescription opioids than those in two-car wrecks deemed not at fault. The study, published in JAMA Network Open, was taken on by Dr. Gouhua Li, founding director of the Center for Injury Epidemiology and Prevention at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, and colleagues, in order to investigate the impact of opioids on fatal car crashes. Researchers analyzed data from 18,321 fatal two-car crashes ... Read More