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Ride malfunction at Ohio amusement park injures seven

SANDUSKY, Ohio — A water thrill ride malfunctioned Friday at Cedar Point amusement park near Cleveland, Ohio, Friday, injuring seven people who were on boat that slid backward down a steep hill and flipped over in water. Investigators are at the park this week trying to determine how the malfunction occurred on the “Shoot the Rapids” ride and why some of the safety restraints were not working properly. “We heard a snap and then a clunk and then it was the loudest noise, like an explosion,” Emily Capezzuto, one of the riders, told the Sandusky Register. “Then it slid down ... Read More

Amusement ride injuries to children soar in summer, new study finds

Twenty children are treated in U.S. hospital emergency rooms every day during the summer months for injuries involving rides at amusement parks, fairs, malls, and other venues according to a new study published in the journal Clinical Pediatrics. But the study’s researchers found that most of the injuries don’t occur on the big, scary rides, but the seemingly harmless carousel. Analyzing emergency room records, the study’s researchers found that roller coasters accounted for 10 percent of all amusement park injuries to children. Bumper cars accounted for about 4 percent of the total injuries. But 21 percent of the injuries occurred ... Read More

Former oil spill cleanup worker on mission against Canadian tar sands fuel

When a tar sands pipeline owned by Enbridge ruptured in July 2010, John Bolenbaugh was one of the workers sent in to clean up the spill, which released more than a million gallons of heavy, highly toxic oil and chemical additives into the Kalamazoo River near Marshall, Mich. What Mr. Bolenbaugh experienced and witnessed compelled him to raise awareness of the dangers of tar sands oil and the Keystone XL Pipeline, a proposed project that would funnel billions of gallons of the tar sands or diluted bitumen “dilbit” through the middle of the U.S. According to the Arkansas Times, Mr. ... Read More

Arkansas attorney general concerned says residents still sick after ExxonMobil oil spill

Mayflower, Ark., residents, including a number of children, are continuing to experience adverse health effects after ExxonMobil’s’s Pegasus pipeline ruptured, Dustin McDaniel, the state’s Attorney General said Tuesday. ExxonMobil’s pipeline breached on March 29, spilling about 5,000 barrels of highly toxic Canadian tar sands oil into a neighborhood and surrounding land. Mr. McDaniels said that town residents continue to suffer from headaches, nausea, and other adverse symptoms after more than a month after the spill. “As we met with residents and groups that represent them … I heard time and time again about their concerns for their health, especially the ... Read More

Tests confirm Exxon’s Arkansas oil spill created highly toxic air pollution

High levels of 30 toxic chemicals were present in air samples taken in Mayflower, Ark., the day after a breach in ExxonMobil’s Pegasus pipeline allowed an estimated 5,000 barrels of chemically treated tar sands oil to flood a suburban neighborhood. A month after the spill, health complaints consistent with exposure to the chemicals from the air samples persist, according to the citizen-based Faulkner County Citizens Advisory Group. April Lane, a spokeswoman for the advisory group, has been collecting reports and documenting health complaints from people living in the area of the oil spill, where potent oil fumes could be smelled ... Read More

ExxonMobil pipeline spills oil again, one month and 200 miles from Arkansas spill

One month after ExxonMobil’s 70-year-old Pegasus pipeline spilled 5,000 barrels of oil in the town of Mayflower, Ark., another breach in the same pipeline created an oil spill on a residential yard in Ripley County, Missouri. The spill is reportedly small, but it calls into question the integrity of ExxonMobil’s pipeline, which stretches from Illinois to Texas and transports a 30,000-gallon daily load of diluted bitumen fuel – an extremely viscous and toxic blend of liquefied Canadian tar sands. The March 29 spill in Mayflower, Ark., flooded a residential neighborhood and contaminated the surrounding land and water. The disaster displaced ... Read More

Diabetes infusion pumps recalled due to dangerous defect

Animas 2020 Insulin Pumps manufactured between March 1, 2012 and November 30, 2012, are being recalled because the devices have a defective component that may trigger the pumps to sound a false alarm or warning. The pumps are used to deliver insulin directly into the blood of diabetics. The recall is categorized as a Class 1, which is the most serious type of recall and involves situations in which there is a reasonable probability that using the products will cause serious adverse health consequences or death. The defect may signal the pump to warn of one of the following: “Loss ... Read More

Banana Boat sunscreen products recalled over fire risk

Most people use sunscreen to protect themselves from getting burned by the sun, never expecting the lotion could cause them to burst into flames. But the risk of catching on fire is what prompted the maker of Banana Boat sunscreen to recall several of its spray-on products. Energizer Holdings announced Friday that it is pulling 23 varieties of its Banana Boat UltraMist sunscreen products, saying that a defective spray nozzle could be allowing too much of the lotion to be applied to the skin. If a person who uses the recalled products comes into contact with an open flame while ... Read More

Toyota window-switch safety recall the largest single recall in 16 years

Toyota Motor Co. announced another giant safety recall Wednesday, this time involving 7.43 million vehicles worldwide over the risk of driver’s-side window switches that could catch fire. The recall includes about 2.5 million model-year 2007-2009 vehicles sold in the U.S. under the Toyota and Scion brand. According to Toyota, pressing the driver’s-side power window master switch (PWMS) may create a “notchy” or sticky feel. If commercially available lubricants are used to treat the switch, the switch assembly could melt, potentially leading to vehicular smoke and/or fire. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has received more than 200 reports of ... Read More

Drug, medical device companies should share data on product safety

Clinical trials on pharmaceutical drugs and medical devices provide important data regarding the safety of these products. This information is usually published in medical journals, which provide policy makers and doctors with valuable information. However, only a small number of data from clinical trials ever gets published, a problem that distorts scientific record and puts patients in danger, warns the British Medical Journal. The revered medical journal recently released several papers that address the problem of unpublished data from clinical studies, including Yale University research that found fewer than half of the 635 clinical trials funded by the National Institutes ... Read More