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Traffic Fatalities Rise Again in 2016

Traffic fatalities in the U.S., already at a 50-year high, leaped again last year dramatically, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Traffic data collected from all 50 states and the District of Columbia show that 37,461 people were killed on U.S. highways and roads in 2016, an increase of 5.6 percent from 2015, NHTSA reported. Part of the rise in traffic fatalities can be attributed to a corresponding leap in the number of vehicle miles traveled on U.S. roads in 2016. According to NHTSA, vehicle miles traveled increased by 2.2 percent last year, resulting in about 1.18 deaths per ... Read More

NHTSA sets Ambitious Plan To Eliminate Traffic Fatalities

Federal auto safety regulators have announced an ambitious new plan that they say could lead to “an America free of motor vehicle fatalities.” “Americans deserve safer roads, and that starts with culture,” the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says on its website. “[We] are taking the initiative to create the future as opposed to just letting it happen. In our view, the only acceptable goal for roadway fatalities is zero.” NHTSA envisions its strategic plan to eliminate traffic fatalities as a three-lane highway, which it calls “The Road Ahead.” Each lane is an aspect of auto safety that the ... Read More

Feds Report Alarming Increase In U.S. Traffic Deaths

Federal safety regulators released some troubling news in their latest highway safety assessment: Traffic accident deaths soared in 2015, reversing five decades of steady, life-saving progress that made U.S. roads and highways safer. According to the Department of Transportation (DOT) and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 35,092 people died in traffic crashes last year – a rise of 7.2 percent in the number of deaths reported in 2014. Data showed that traffic deaths are on the rise across nearly every segment of the population. The last time that the U.S. saw a single-year increase of this magnitude was in ... Read More

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning From Generator Likely Killed Michigan Family of Six

Authorities say carbon monoxide poisoning is likely what killed a Michigan couple and their four children over the weekend. The family of six was discovered inside their Fenton Township home Sunday, Feb. 21. Genesee County, Mich., Sheriff Robert Pickell told WNEM that Leonard and Heather Quasarano and their children Luke, 11, Brenden, 9, Rachel, 7, and Grant, 2 were discovered unresponsive inside their home by concerned grandparents who gained entry through the back door. The Sheriff told WNEM that the Quasarano family attended a movie night at their church Friday evening. When they returned home around 9:30 p.m. they discovered ... Read More

FDA considers legal action against people selling pure powdered caffeine

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is looking into building a case against people who sell pure powdered caffeine to stop online sales of the potent substance that has been blamed for several illnesses and at least two deaths. The news comes just months after the FDA issued a safety alert to consumers about pure caffeine powder after the agency learned of the death of Logan James Stiner, a high school athlete who died after consuming a lethal dose of the substance last July. Pure powdered caffeine, which is sold in bulk as a dietary supplement, is essentially 100 percent caffeine. ... Read More

Michigan toddler dies after contracting enterovirus D68

A Michigan toddler has died from complications of enterovirus D68 in an outbreak that spans more than 40 states, where it has sickened about 500 people, killing at least five and causing paralysis in dozens. Enterovirus is in a family of viruses that includes poliovirus and rhinovirus. People infected with enterovirus display symptoms similar to those of the common cold – fever, sneezing, running nose and coughing – which can progress to a serious respiratory illness. The virus is common and most of the estimated 10 to 15 million people in the United States who become infected recover without treatment. ... Read More

Merck’s once-weekly diabetes drug as effective as Januvia

Merck’s new, once-weekly experimental type 2 diabetes treatment was found in recent clinical trials to have a similar safety and efficacy profile compared to Merck’s sitagliptin, marketed under the brand name Januvia. The study involving the new omarigliptin randomly assigned participants with type 2 diabetes into one of three groups – once-weekly omarigliptin 25 mg; once-daily Januvia 50 mg; or placebo. A mixed-meal tolerance test was performed the day before the study drugs were administered and again at 24 weeks, 1 day after the last dose of Januvia, or 7 days after the last dose of omargliptin. Researchers found that ... Read More

First deaths linked to enterovirus; five children infected in Alabama

At least four people have died after contracting enterovirus 68, a severe respiratory illness that has spread to more than 40 states, sickened at least 472 people and caused neurological symptoms in dozens. The illness is most dangerous to children, especially those with asthma. Enterovirus 68 typically resembles the common cold with symptoms such as fever, sneezing, running nose and coughing. A handful of patients have reported polio-like symptoms with muscle weakness in the arms, shoulders, hips and facial muscles. Doctors do not yet know whether the paralysis is permanent. The first cases of enterovirus 68 were seen in August ... Read More

Former Peanut Corporation of America Officials Convicted on Criminal Charges

“Just ship it.” These three words have come to haunt former Peanut Corporation of America (PCA)owner Stewart Parnell since he sent them in an email to a plant manager in March 2007 concerning tainted peanut products. U.S. prosecuting attorneys brought this statement to light in the opening statements of brothers Stewart and Michael Parnell’s trial concerning the 2009 outbreak of salmonella poisoning linked to their company’s tainted products. In an unprecedented conviction, a federal jury returned guilty verdicts against two former officials and one broker for the Peanut Corporation of America for the unlawful sale of salmonella-tainted peanuts and peanut ... Read More

Former NECC pharmacist arrested on criminal charges stemming from fungal meningitis outbreak

A man was arrested last week as part of an ongoing investigation into the deadly fungal meningitis outbreak linked to a Massachusetts compounding pharmacy by the Justice Department’s Civil Division and U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts. Glenn Adam Chin was attempting to board a plane to Hong Kong when federal authorities arrested him on one count of mail fraud. According to the Department of Justice, the maximum sentence under the statute is 20 years in prison followed by three years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine. The U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Civil Division’s Consumer Protection ... Read More