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New study examines air quality near oil and gas operations as an ‘underexplored human health concern’

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A study conducted throughout five states in the U.S. points to unconventional oil and gas production releasing air pollutants that far exceed Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recommended levels. Throughout the states of Wyoming, Arkansas, Pennsylvania, Colorado and Ohio, 35 air samples were taken at specific oil and gas production sites during increased industrial activity or when workers were feeling negative health symptoms such as headache, nausea or dizziness. According to the report, which was published in the open access journal Environmental Health, researchers “explored air quality at a previously neglected scale: near a range of unconventional oil and gas development and production sites ... Read More

Fracking Puts 7 Million People in the U.S. At Risk Of Man-Made Earthquakes, Survey Finds

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A steep escalation of domestic fuel production in recent years has already taken a giant toll on the environment with unprecedented numbers of pipeline ruptures, oil spills, gas leaks, and fuel train crashes; now a new report finds that seven million U.S. residents are at risk of man-made earthquakes as well due to widespread fracking activity. According to a U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the highest risk of hydraulic-fracking-induced earthquakes are Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, and Texas. Oklahoma, which normally experiences just one or two earthquakes a year, has experienced hundreds since fracking swept the state in ... Read More

FDA cracks down on dietary supplements containing ‘adulterated’ ingredients


The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is coming down hard on manufacturers of dietary supplements, hitting five companies with warning letters this week for including “adulterated” dietary ingredients in their products. The companies were targeted for selling a stimulant called acacia rigidula, also known as vachellia rigidula, chaparro prieto or blackbrush. The ingredient wasn’t marketed prior to 1994, making it a “new dietary ingredient” under federal law. The supplement is marketed for weight loss and energy. At least one manufacturer was cited for selling a supplement that contained acacia rigidula that also contained ephedra, a drug the agency banned in ... Read More

Emergency transport ventilators recalled


Dräger Medical Inc. is recalling emergency transport ventilators because of a system error that may cause the ventilator to stop working, putting patients at risk for serious injury or death. The recall involves Dräger Oxylog 2000 plus, Oxylog 3000, and Oxylog 3000 Plus Ventilator with the catalog numbers 5705080, 2M86300, 2M86965, 5704813, or 5704831. The machines were distributed from April 1, 2007, to Dec. 12, 2015. A total of 117 ventilators are affected in the United States. Those machines were distributed to the following states: Arkansas, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Maine, ... Read More

Walmart Pharmacist Awarded $31 Million For Whistleblower Retaliation, Gender Discrimination

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A New Hampshire federal jury ordered Walmart Stores Inc. to pay $31 million in damages to a former Walmart pharmacist who alleged she was wrongfully fired in retaliation for voicing concerns over pharmacy safety and gender discrimination. Maureen McPadden had worked as a pharmacist at Walmart’s Seabrook pharmacy for 13 years when she was fired in November 2012 under the pretext, she claimed, of losing a pharmacy key. Ms. McPadden, 51, argued that the true reason she was fired was for sounding the alarm to store management that customers were being endangered because inadequately trained pharmacy technicians were filling prescriptions improperly. ... Read More

50 New Illnesses, 2 Deaths Linked Salmonella-Contaminated Cucumbers


A massive outbreak of Salmonella illnesses linked to cucumbers from Mexico that started last July continues to infect people across the U.S., with 50 more cases reported in 16 states, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday. The CDC update was the latest in a series of updates and recall expansions that ran from Sept. 4, 2015 to Nov. 19. To date, 888 illnesses and six deaths have been connected to the same Salmonella outbreak. Illnesses have been reported in 39 states since the outbreak began. Whole genome sequencing of Salmonella isolates collected from sickened people and from ... Read More

Brain navigation systems recalled due to inaccuracies

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Brainlab is recalling the Cranial IGS System and Brainlab Cranial Navigation System, a type of brain navigation system used by neurosurgeons to guide them within the confines of the skull or vertebral column during surgery, due to inaccuracies in the display by the navigation compared to the patient’s anatomy. This could lead to inaccurate, ineffective medical procedures, and serious life-threatening injuries including death. The recall includes all existing versions before Cranial 3.0 of the Brainlab Cranial IGS System and Brainlab Cranial Navigation Systems. The systems were distributed from May 1996 to May 2015. The recall affects 1,021 units in Arkansas, ... Read More

Consumer Sues Sunbeam Over Electric Blanket Burn Injuries

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PITTSBURGH, Penn. – A Pittsburgh-area woman who claims to have received first- and second-degree burns on her head and face while using an electric blanket has filed a federal lawsuit against Sunbeam Products, alleging it negligently manufactured the blanket. The plaintiff, who filed the complaint in a Western Pennsylvania federal court, seeks more than $250,000 in damages and any additional compensation the court finds suitable, the Penn Record reported. The plaintiff’s attorney told the Penn Record that the woman fell asleep using her electric blanket. When she woke up, she found the blanket had heated excessively where she had it pressed ... Read More

Woman claims nausea drug Zofran caused birth defects


An Arkansas mother is suing the makers of the anti-nausea drug Zofran claiming the medication caused her son to be born with multiple birth defects. Jody Huffmaster filed her lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana against GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), maker of Zofran. The medication contains the drug ingredient ondansetron and is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat nausea during chemotherapy and following surgery. Between 2002 and 2003, GSK began promoting the drug as a treatment for morning sickness even though there were no controlled studies to prove the drug was safe ... Read More

Panel consolidates Bair Hugger lawsuits into MDL

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Fourteen lawsuits waged against 3M Company and its subsidiary Arizant Healthcare Inc., over infections allegedly caused by the companies’ post-surgical warming blanket have been consolidated into a multidistrict litigation (MDL) under U.S. District Judge Joan N. Ericksen. Nine of the 14 cases were filed in Minnesota. The others were filed in Alabama, Arkansas, Kansas, Ohio and Texas. At least 51 other lawsuits involving the warming blankets are pending in federal courts and could likely be added to the MDL. The lawsuits claim the companies Bair Hugger warming blanket, which warms and maintains patients’ body temperature during and after surgery, blew ... Read More