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Washington man files lawsuit against Monsanto

When Leonard Tierney was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma in May 2018, his friend suggested he talk to an attorney. It was his hunch that Tierney’s disease may have been caused by his exposure to the chemical glyphosate in the herbicide Roundup. Tierney started a landscape, construction and maintenance business in 1999, and had employees do most of the construction work. His love was landscaping. He had returned to school to study horticulture, and enjoyed working in his clients’ yards. He swore by Roundup, strapping a backpack-style sprayer on when he treated yards. He remembered how the container would leak from ... Read More

Pastor calls out nursing home for suspected neglect

When James Brown brought Pastor Julia Wiggins to visit his mother at Altercare Nobles Pond nursing home, they found her in the corner of the nurses station “face down into a soft pillow gasping for breath and strangling on her own saliva,” Wiggins wrote in a Facebook post. “That’s my momma!” Mr. Brown reportedly cried out. “Upon hearing her son’s voice, she tried with all her might to raise her head,” Wiggins post continues. Wiggins said she and Mr. Brown yelled for help but it took five to 10 minutes for anyone to come and assist them. The family ultimately ... Read More

Civilian Black Hawk Helicopter Crash Injures 2

A HH-60 Black Hawk Helicopter owned by Arista Aviation based in Enterprise, Alabama, was en route to an industry trade show in Atlanta last week when it crashed near Tullahoma, Tennessee. The two pilots, Jack Cook and Larry Cornell, both former Army Aviators from Alabama, were injured but were reported to be recovering in stable condition at Vanderbilt University Hospital. They are Arista Aviation employees. The helicopter went down on private property in a rural area around 3 p.m. local time last Thursday. The pilots were able to crawl out of the aircraft and one called 9-1-1. Tullahoma Police Sgt. ... Read More

USC agrees to pay $215 million to settle gynecologist sex abuse claims

The University of Southern California (USC) has agreed to pay $215 million and implement numerous reforms to settle a class action lawsuit brought by dozens of women who allege they were sexually abused by a gynecologist at the USC Student Health Center over the course of nearly three decades. A court will need to approve the settlement, which also requires USC to obtain background checks for anyone who interacts with patients at the school’s student health center, and give female patients the option to see a female doctor. An independent women’s health advocate will also be appointed to ensure any ... Read More

OSHA Orders Salon To Pay Employee Fired For Whistleblower Complaint

A Pennsylvania hair salon will have to pay a former employee $40,000 in back pay after the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) found the salon owners unlawfully fired the employee in retaliation for contacting OSHA with health and safety concerns. OSHA said the U.S. Department of Labor filed a lawsuit against Blown Away Dry Bar and Salon in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, on behalf of the hairstylist. The lawsuit was prompted by a complaint the hairstylist’s husband reported to OSHA. Business Insurance fills in some of the details of the case, announced by OSHA on Feb. 19. In March 2017, ... Read More

Too much off-label prescribing of potent fentanyl, study finds

Nearly half of the patients prescribed high potent transmucosal immediate-release fentanyl (TIRF) reserved to treat breakthrough pain in cancer patients already on round-the-clock opioid therapy, were given the drugs off-label. Yet, when this evidence surfaced, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) dragged its feet on addressing the problem. And when it did, the agency only made a “few substantive changes” to its Risk Evaluation Mitigation Strategy (REMS), according to a study published in JAMA. The REMS for TIRF drugs was approved by the FDA on Dec. 28, 2011, because the medications were very potent and there was a high risk ... Read More

Lawsuit claims Roundup herbicide disrupts healthy gut bacteria

Monsanto, which was acquired by Bayer AG last year, is facing thousands of lawsuits alleging an ingredient in its Roundup weed killer causes cancer. But a new class action lawsuit filed in Kansas City, Missouri, claims that the glyphosate in the herbicide attacks a gut enzyme found in the beneficial intestinal flora of humans and some animals. The suit says the companies deceived consumers about the product’s safety. In recent years, gut bacteria have played a more prominent role in medical research, with unhealthy intestinal microbiome being blamed on everything from depression to obesity. The lawsuit claims that Monsanto misled ... Read More

Subaru To Launch Record Recall in U.S. to Fix Brake Lamp Defect

Japanese automaker Subaru will recall more than 2 million vehicles in the U.S. to repair a brake light problem that could lead to ignition trouble and increase the risk of collision. Aside from the Takata airbag recall, which affects millions of Subaru vehicles globally, the brake light recall would be Subaru’s largest-ever recall in the U.S., the automaker’s largest market. The recall affects some 2 million model-year 2008-2017 Subaru Impreza and Forester models in the U.S., with another 300,000 cars in Japan and other countries. According to Motor1, certain liquids such as cleaners containing silicone can seep into the brake ... Read More

New information about asbestos at daycare raises more questions

The University of Montana posted new information on its website regarding asbestos found in the now-shuttered McGill Hall that housed a day care, but the 84-page document raises even more concerning questions. The document offers details of an asbestos inspection at McGill Hall in 2011, apparently the last time the facility was inspected to see if it contained any materials that contained asbestos and whether those materials were damaged. This may cause the microscopic fibers of asbestos to go airborne, creating a risk for asbestos-related diseases including a rare form of cancer called mesothelioma. The assessment involved testing of surfaces ... Read More

California town bans Roundup around city’s playgrounds

Effective immediately, the town of Lodi, California, will ban the use the weed killer Roundup within 25 feet of the city’s 17 playgrounds in an effort to protect children from possible health hazards of the herbicide’s active ingredient, glyphosate. “State law currently does not allow smoking with 25 feet of a playground, and so we felt that was a good standard, a good number to use for this first step,” said Jeff Hood, Director of the Lodi Parks, Recreation & Community Services Department. The announcement comes six months after a California jury ordered Monsanto to pay a school groundskeeper $289 ... Read More