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Deadly Mississippi ambulance crash underscores dangers for emergency workers

Police investigating a deadly collision between an ambulance and a tractor trailer June 24 in southeastern Mississippi say the crash occurred when the emergency vehicle attempted to pass two 18-wheelers. The crash killed the two-man ambulance crew at the scene. According to Mississippi Highway Patrol officials, an ASAP ambulance traveling north on Highway 63 in Greene County while responding to an emergency call came up behind two semi trucks. The ambulance crew had activated the vehicle’s red lights but had not initialized the siren when they attempted to pass the trucks on the left. The ambulance cleared the first truck ... Read More

Railroad injuries and deaths in Minnesota spark safety debate

Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) recently featured a glimpse of a danger that runs through several Minnesota communities as it does throughout most of the country – unfenced railroad tracks that transect urban areas, towns, and in some cases run alongside playgrounds and fields where children play. According to MPR, Minnesota has a law that was enacted in the late 1800s requiring railroad companies in the state to fence their tracks. Although the law was instituted in an effort to protect cattle in rural areas, in modern times the law is needed more to protect people from injury and death. The ... Read More

Illinois sues ExxonMobil over prolonged leak of toxic hydrogen sulfide gasses

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and Will County prosecutors have filed a lawsuit against ExxonMobil Corporation after an equipment malfunction at the company’s Channahon Township refinery caused a release of hydrogen sulfide into the air that lasted nearly 10 hours. According to the complaint, the release started about 9 p.m. on March 1 and went undiscovered by refinery employees until approximately 6:45 a.m. the next morning. ExxonMobil notified the Illinois Emergency Management Agency, Will County emergency officials, and other state and federal agencies of the toxic release. Company officials told state regulators that a pressure relief valve failed at the ... 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

Victims of transvaginal mesh hold rally to raise awareness

Victims of transvaginal mesh rallied outside Saskatoon City Hospital in Canada this week to raise awareness of the dangerous side effects that can occur from surgical mesh used to treat common pelvic floor conditions including stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. Transvaginal mesh, also known as surgical tape or bladder sling, is inserted through the vagina to hold up organs that have dropped. Since the device was first used, thousands of adverse events have been reported to federal agencies in both the United States and Canada. Both the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Health Canada issued safety warnings that ... 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

SSRIs linked to increased risk of bleeding events, transfusions after surgery

People who use antidepressants known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI) and undergo surgery are more likely to have bleeding events, need transfusions, suffer from irregular heart functions, stay in the hospital longer, and die shortly after surgery than people not on antidepressants who had surgery, according to a new study. SSRIs are the most commonly prescribed antidepressants on the market today and include brand names such as Prozac (fluoxetine), Zoloft (sertraline), and Paxil (paroxetine). Numerous studies have shown the dangers of SSRIs on developing fetuses when taken by pregnant women, and on suicide risks when taken by adolescents. 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

Five years of Actos likely caused plaintiff’s terminal bladder cancer, doctor testifies

A University of Chicago Medical Center urologist told a Los Angeles jury last week that Takeda Pharmaceuticals’ type-2 diabetes drug Actos was “the most substantial causative factor” in a California man’s development of terminal bladder cancer. The doctor’s testimony was part of the first product liability case against Takeda to go to trial over injuries allegedly caused by the blockbuster drug. Plaintiff Jack Cooper, a 79-year-old San Diego area resident, sued Japan-based Takeda after taking Actos for a five-year period from 2006 to 2011. His lawsuit against Takeda was selected as the first of more than 3,000 similar cases to ... Read More