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Bus Crash Injures Dozens of Virginia College Students, Driver Charged

The driver of a charter bus that crashed on a Virginia highway ramp Sunday night, injuring dozens of college students, has been charged with reckless driving, investigators said Monday. Virginia State authorities and National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigators found that driver Thomas Chidester, 58, was driving excessively fast when he lost control of the bus in a turn on the ramp. The bus flipped onto its side, injuring Mr. Chidester and 34 of the 50 passengers, including one who remains in serious condition. The bus crash occurred on the Powhite Parkway just outside of Richmond around 7:15 p.m. The ... Read More

Brake Failure Likely Cause of Deadly Charlotte Crash

One woman was killed and 16 others injured after an apparent brake failure on a Ford 150 pickup truck Monday evening, sending the driver of the pickup into the path of a municipal bus in Charlotte, N.C. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police responded to the crash scene in downtown Charlotte just before 5 p.m. Monday. Officers at the scene said that it appeared Melanie Michele Myers, 60, exited the John Belk Freeway at the East 3rd Street off ramp at a high rate of speed, attempting to dodge traffic in line at a red light before the intersection at the bottom of the ramp. Ms. ... Read More

Whistleblower Accuses N.C. Hospitals of Health Care Fraud

A whistleblower lawsuit unsealed in a North Carolina federal court last week accuses two affiliated hospitals in the state of health care fraud through a scheme in which they sought and received higher reimbursements from Medicare and Medicaid by overstating their costs. Whistleblower Joe Vincoli, a former manager of N.C. Baptist Hospital, alleges that N.C. Baptist and Carolinas Medical Center, which are owned by Charlotte-based Carolinas HealthCare, used a company that they own to provide health benefits to their employees to wrongfully inflate the costs. Both of the hospitals allegedly required their employees to receive health insurance benefits though a wholly owned subsidiary called ... Read More

The Fraud List: Adventist Health System demonstrates a history of health care fraud

The Fraud List

Adventist Health System is a non-profit health care organization run by the Seventh-day Adventist Church. The Altamonte Springs, Fla.-based organization network encompasses about 45 hospital campuses in 10 Southern and Midwestern states in addition to a number of urgent care centers, home health care and hospice centers, and nursing homes, making it the largest Protestant-affiliated non-profit health care provider in the U.S. Adventist Health says its organization “incorporates Christian values at every level of service” and conducts its business “with integrity, honesty and fairness,” yet somehow these values have led it into numerous multimillion-dollar settlements to resolve allegations of fraud, most ... Read More

Sun exposure, Viagra increase risk of skin cancer

More than three quarters of people in the United Kingdom do knot know what causes skin cancer, according to research conducted by the British Association of Dermatologists (BAD) as part of the 2015 Sun Awareness Week. The research involved of survey of more than 1,000 Brits, and revealed that 84 percent of participants said they were concerned about the growing prevalence of skin cancer. However, 96 percent admitted they did not check their skin for signs of the disease at least once a month, as recommended. Seventy-seven percent said they didn’t think they could identify melanoma, the most deadly form ... Read More

Dozens injured after Amtrak collides with tractor trailer

A tractor trailer hauling a 164-foot oversized modular building may have been stuck in a railroad crossing in Halifax, N.C., for 15 to 20 minutes before an Amtrak passenger train rounded a curve a struck it Monday, injuring more than a quarter of the rail passengers. The collision occurred about 12:15 p.m. after the truck, accompanied by a North Carolina State Trooper escort, tried to make a difficult left-hand turn across the tracks onto a two-lane highway. The driver began to reposition the trailer and attempt a wider turn through the intersection, but traffic began backing up behind the truck, ... Read More

Lawsuit blames defective fuel regulator for fatal Army helicopter crash

The families of two U.S. soldiers involved in an Army helicopter crash in Afghanistan in 2013 have filed a lawsuit against the manufacturer of the aircraft’s engine control unit, alleging the digital part failed to send enough fuel to the engine, which resulted in loss of engine power during flight. Army Chief Warrant Officer 3 James Groves III, 37, was killed when the Kiowa Warrior OH-58D helicopter he was piloting crashed on March 16, 2013. Co-pilot 1st Lt. Jonathon K. Kohl, 25, received severe trauma to his head and spine and now lives in a Germantown, Md., rehabilitation facility where he has a ... Read More

Three superbug cases, one possible related death at NC hospital

One person has died in a North Carolina hospital after becoming infected with the same superbug bacteria blamed for two recent deaths in Los Angeles. According to the Carolinas HealthCare System in Charlotte, N.C., 15 patients admitted to the hospital carried carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) upon admission. Three patients contracted a CRE infection in the hospital, and one of the patients died. The North Carolina hospital has not said how three of its patients contracted the infection, and it is not yet clear whether the reported death was caused by a CRE infection. The CRE bacteria are from a family of ... Read More

Tampons may help doctors detect ovarian cancer

Tampons could one day be used as a diagnostic tool for ovarian cancer, according to researchers fro the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. Researchers studied tampons that had been placed in the vaginas of ovarian cancer patients and found tumor DNA in cells trapped within the tampon fibers. “In about 60 percent of the patients who had their (fallopian) tubes still intact, we were able to pick up tumor cells, or essentially tumor DNA, in the vaginal tract,” said Dr. Charles Landen, associate professor of gynecologic oncology. Having fallopian tubes still intact would be key for the study since the ... Read More

Duke Energy agrees to coal ash spill cleanup plan with federal officials

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said Thursday that it and Duke Energy of North Carolina agreed on a plan to clean up the energy company’s massive coal ash spill that flooded the Dan River with about 40,000 tons of toxic coal waste February 2. According to the terms of the agreement, the EPA will supervise Duke Energy’s spill cleanup efforts. The North Carolina Department of the Environment and Natural Resources, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, and federal wildlife officials will also provide input and consultation. Duke is required to reimburse the EPA for all costs the agency incurs in ... Read More