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Utah E. coli Outbreak Source Remains Unknown

Two children who contracted E. coli infection and died as a result of hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a complication from the infection that damages the kidneys, was the beginning of an E. coli outbreak. CBS News reported that the children died during the long Fourth of July holiday and, since that time, Nevada Public Radio KNPR says that nine additional cases have been confirmed in the towns along the Utah-Arizona border. Utah Public Health Department confirms the Hildale, Utah, water supply shows no signs of E. coli, but the health officials continue investigating the cases to identify the source of ... Read More

Hospira recall triggers more recalls

Advanced Pharma Inc., doing business as Avella of Houston, has issued a recall of some of its injectable drug products in response to Hospira Inc.’s June 15 recall that disease-causing microbial growth was detected during a routine simulation of the manufacturing processes raising concerns about the sterility of the products manufactured there. The products being recalled by Advanced Pharma were repackaged and/or compounded at its Houston, Texas, facility using certain Hospira products. According to Hospira, in the event that an impacted product is administered to a patient, there is a reasonable probability that the patient may experience adverse events ranging ... Read More

Waymo Begins Testing Self-Driving Tractor-Trailers

Waymo, an autonomous driving research and development firm spun from Google’s parent company, Alphabet Inc., has started testing its self-driving technology on Class-8 heavy trucks. “We’re taking our eight years of experience in building self-driving hardware and software and conducting a technical exploration into how our technology can integrate into a truck,” Waymo said in a statement to Forbes. Waymo is testing its self-driving tractor-trailers at its private track in California using a Peterbilt truck. Road tests will come later this year in Arizona, where the company is actively enlisting residents to join its first public trial of self-driving cars. A professional ... Read More

Tainted dietary supplements recalled

MusclMasster LLC is recalling all bottles of its dietary supplement Al-Er-G Capsules because they contain ephedra herb, an ingredient that is banned in the U.S. after it was linked to serious side effects including heart attack, stroke and death. Al-Er-G Capsules were distributed from Colorado through MusclMasster’s well center and retail store. Some bottles were also shipped to Wyoming, South Carolina and Washington between 2016 and 2017. The capsules were not sold online. The company says that some of the capsules may have been offered in six-capsule packs from its wellness center in Wheat Ridge, Colorado. “But no records were ... Read More

Magnetic sphincter augmentation: option for GERD patients

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) affects about 20 percent of the U.S. population according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. GERD is a serious form of heartburn, indigestion or reflux, where the stomach’s contents flow back up into the esophagus more than twice a week for an extended period of time. Without treatment it can lead to serious, even deadly, complications. GERD is commonly treated with drugs known as proton pump inhibitors, or PPIs, which are available both by prescription and over the counter. Some well-known name brands of these types of drugs include Prevacid, Nexium ... Read More

Colorado Family Sues Over Natural Gas Explosion that Killed Neighbors

A family who lives next door to a Firestone, Colorado, house that exploded because of an uncapped underground natural gas pipeline filed a lawsuit May 15, seeking damages from Anadarko Petroleum Corp. and other companies they allege are responsible for the fatal incident. On April 17, brothers-in-law Mark Martinez and Joey Irwin were working on a water heater in the basement of the Martinez home when an accumulation of gas that had seeped into the home from a nearby well ignited. The ensuing explosion killed both Mr. Martinez and Mr. Irwin. Erin Martinez, Mark Martinez’s wife and child survived with ... Read More

Exploding E-Cigarette Prompts Injured NJ Man to Sue Vendor

A New Jersey man and his wife have filed a personal injury lawsuit against the vendor that sold the husband an e-cigarette that he alleges exploded in the pocket of his pants, causing him severe injuries. According to NJ.com, William Barrese and his wife Kathleen Barrese filed the lawsuit against Gorilla Vapes, an e-cigarette retail chain with six locations in New Jersey, in Middlesex County Courthouse in March. Mr. Barrese claims in the lawsuit that he was at work the day after Christmas last year when the battery in his e-cigarette suddenly exploded in the front left pocket of his ... Read More

Colorado dietary supplement companies ordered to stop selling unapproved drugs

A group of dietary supplement manufacturers based in Colorado were found in violation of federal laws and ordered to cease operations by U.S. District Judge Marcia S. Krieger for the U.S. District Court of Colorado. EonNutra LLC, CDSM LLC, and HABW LLC, , and their owner, Michael Floren, were hit with a decree of permanent injunction for manufacturing and distributing unapproved drugs and dietary supplements and selling them through numerous websites including www.sotosupplements.com, www.deerantlermax.com, www.warhorselabs.com, www.primalragenutrition.com and www.dnnutrition.com. The products were also sold in a retail store in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The complaint was filed by the U.S. Department of Justice ... Read More

Oil Spill From Chevron Pipeline Failure Discovered in NW Colorado

Chevron Corp. and Colorado authorities are investigating the rupture of a six-inch pipeline that released about 4,800 gallons of oil into a northwestern Colorado stream. A consultant working for Chevron reportedly discovered the oil spill March 5. The spilled oil, which was initially reported to be about 50,000 gallons in volume, traveled about two miles downstream along and intermittent, unnamed tributary of Stinking Water Creek in Rio Blanco County near the Utah border. The oil stopped at a small dam that had been built downstream of the pipeline as a preventative measure to contain oil spills, the Associated Press reported. ... Read More

Distracted walking Deaths Rising Sharply

With traffic fatalities soaring to levels not seen in more than 50 years, distracted drivers – mainly motorists with smartphones – have grabbed many of the traffic safety headlines lately. But another threat that all people should be aware of is the correlating rise in distracted pedestrian fatalities. A 2013 study published in the Journal of Safety Research, “Ambulatory cellphone injuries in the United States: An emerging national concern” found that the number of distracted-pedestrian accidents increased gradually from 2000 to 2011. The study did not focus on how many of those distracted walking accidents involved motor vehicles, but Ken ... Read More