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18 States Sue DeVos, DOE Over Student Loan Rule

Eighteen states and the District of Columbia are suing Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and the Department of Education over their plans to rescind a rule that would make it easier for students of predatory for-profit colleges to have their loans forgiven. The Borrower Defense Rule was adopted by the DOE in November and was set to take effect this month. Under the rule, students could have their loans erased if their for-profit college misrepresented the quality of its programs or broke a “contractual promise” with its students. The rule also would also allow the DOE to seek recovery of loan ... Read More

GT Mountain Bikes Recalled for Fall Risk

Bicyclists headed out for rides this summer should heed the latest bicycle recall announced by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Cycling Sports Group, based in Wilton, Connecticut, has recalled GT Mountain bicycles because the bike’s handlebars can crack and potentially cause a cyclist to fall. The specific models subject to recall include: Karakoram Sport, Karakoram Comp, Aggressor Sport, Aggressor Comp and Aggressor Expert. They were sold in a variety of colors including black, blue, gunmetal grey and neon yellow. Models subject to recall also include a solid black GT logo on the downtube and a stem marked “Ø31.8   9-10N.m.” A complete ... Read More

Cashews Sold in Northeast Recalled

Organic Cashews sold in the northeastern U.S. have been recalled due to possible Listeria contamination, according to Food Safety News. The brand’s cashew supplier notified it that the cashews could be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, or Listeria. Samples of a different product manufactured on the same machine as the cashews tested positive for the bacteria, however, none of the cashews’ samples tested positive. Yet, Hampton Farms is recalling fewer than 225 units of its Ava’s brand Organic Cashews Roasted & Salted “out of an abundance of caution” for its customers. The cashews were sold in 8-ounce containers marked with Best ... Read More

Connecticut Woman claims IVC Filter injury

A Connecticut woman has filed a lawsuit against Rex Medical for injuries she claims are linked to her failed inferior vena cava (IVC) filter. IVC filters are devices resembling a spider inserted into the vena cava for the purpose of catching blood clots before they cause pulmonary embolism by travelling to the heart or lungs. The Daily Hornet reports that Peggy F. from Connecticut was inserted with an IVC filter on Feb. 2, 2014, at Yale New Haven Hospital in Connecticut. The filter was called an Option retrievable filter made by Rex Medical. Retrievable models are fashioned with a hook at the tip ... Read More

Tractor-Trailer Crash Injures Massachusetts Police Officer

A Springfield, Massachusetts, police officer is recovering from head injuries he suffered when his cruiser was broadsided by a tractor-trailer Wednesday, April 26, while responding to a late-night breaking-and-entering call. Springfield Police Sgt. John Delaney told reporters that the officer, who was not initially identified, was traveling east on Worcester Street in Springfield with his lights and siren activated, when he was struck by a tractor-trailer traveling north on Oak Street. The impact of the crash spun the officer’s cruiser around and knocked the officer unconscious. Emergency crews rushed him to Baystate Medical Center where he remains in stable condition. ... Read More

Vermont Widow Sues Vulto Creamery for Husband’s Death Due to Listeria Contamination

Veronica Friedman, the widow of Vermont resident Richard Friedman, who passed away on Nov. 2 due to a listeria-related stroke, has named Vulto Creamery in a wrongful death lawsuit. Vulto is a New York-based raw milk creamery from which Friedman says her family bought cheese in early October. When Richard Friedman began experiencing symptoms of listeriosis, he went to the emergency room at Brattleboro Hospital on Oct. 11, then was transferred the next day to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. A week later he was transferred to Mt. Ascutney Rehab in Windsor where he suffered a massive stroke. Richard was then airlifted back to Dartmouth Hitchcock, where he ... Read More

Whole Foods announces cheese recall in four states due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination

Whole Foods Market announced a limited cheese recall affecting nine stores in four different states. The recalled cheese could be contaminated by Listeria monocytogenes – the same health issue plaguing similar cheese recalls earlier this year. Ingestion of these bacteria can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in those with poor immune systems. Vulto Creamery’s cheese recall affects Ouleout and Miranda soft wash-rind raw milk cheeses cut and packaged in clear plastic wrap with scale labels starting with PLU codes 0200305 and 0200306 and “sell by” dates from 12/27/2016 to 03/28/2017. The affected cheese products were sold in Connecticut, Massachusetts, ... Read More

Advanced Pharma recalls sterile injectable products labeled ‘latex free’

Advanced Pharma Inc., doing business as Avella of Houston, issued a recall of all unexpired sterile injectable products labeled “latex free” produced at Advanced Pharma’s Houston location from Sept. 1, 2016, to Feb. 16, 2017, because they may contain synthetic latex and/or natural latex. Avella and Advanced Pharam have been unable to confirm whether the “latex free” label statements on their products were accurate in all cases, and issued the recall as a precaution. The risk of potential adverse events related to a latex allergy range from local site reactions including swelling and inflammation to allergic reactions, which can be ... Read More

Survey: Teens who Use E-Cigarettes are experimenting with “Dripping”

One in four U.S. teen e-cigarette users have tried “dripping“, a new vaping trick that creates thicker clouds of exhaled vapor, according to a new study. “Dripping” is when the e-cigarette liquid is dripped directly onto the exposed heating coils, then immediately inhaled, explains Krishnan-Sarin, a professor of psychiatry at Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, Connecticut. Krishnan-Sarin, upon learning about the method of dripping, took a survey among high school students about e-cigarette use. The survey revealed that 26 percent of high school vapers at eight Connecticut high schools had experimented with dripping at least once. “They say it ... Read More

Dietary supplement recalled after analysis finds dangerous hidden drug ingredient

Kingsway Trading Inc. is recalling its Well Balance Xanthium & Siler Combo (Bi Yan Pian) dietary supplement because it contains a hidden drug that has been banned from the U.S. market because it is linked to serious and sometimes fatal cardiovascular events. The recall affects Brooklyn, New York-based Kingsway’s Well Balance Xanthium & Siler Combo (Bi Yan Pian) supplements in 1.06 ounce (30g) bottles with Batch No. 130401 and Batch No. 150201. The item is packaged in a plastic brown bottle with a white cap. Each bottle contains 100 tablets, each tablet is 300 mg. The product was distributed to Massachusetts, ... Read More