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FDA allows clinical trials on brain drug for patients with severe TBI to resume

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is allowing Oxygen Biotherapeutics Inc. to resume patient testing on its experimental brain injury drug Oxycyte, nearly six years after the agency suspended clinical trials of the drug due to concerns about its use in patients with severe traumatic brain injuries (TBI). TBIs are caused by a blow to the head or a penetrating head injury and interfere with normal brain functioning. About 52,000 people die from TBI in the United States each year, according to the Brain Trauma Foundation. When someone suffers from a TBI his platelet count significantly drops in response ... Read More

Tour bus collision with tractor trailer kills one, injures several others in Vermont

WEST HAVEN, Vt. —A tour bus collided head-on with a tractor trailer in central Vermont Friday night, killing the driver of the bus and injuring several others, including several passengers and the driver of the truck. Vermont State Police said that the tractor trailer, belonging to JP Logistics, was traveling on state Route 22A in West Haven near the New York border when it jackknifed at the bottom of a long hill and came to a stop in the road. A tour bus operated by New Jersey-based Triple D Travel crested the hill shortly afterward, lost control, and crashed into the ... Read More

Bus driver loses appeal to overturn sentence in wake of deadly crash

RICHMOND, Va. – An appeals court Tuesday upheld the convictions of a former low-fare bus driver who allegedly fell asleep behind the wheel and crashed, killing four passengers and injuring dozens of others. A Virginia court convicted driver Kin Yiu Cheung in January 2013 on four counts of involuntary manslaughter and sentenced him to serve 40 years in prison with 34 years of the sentence suspended. Mr. Cheung immediately appealed the six-year sentence, arguing that prosecutors had failed to prove he demonstrated a reckless disregard for human life. The Virginia Court of Appeals rejected Mr. Cheung’s claim. Mr. Cheung was ... Read More

18 neurology patients exposed to fatal, degenerative brain disease

Eighteen patients in North Carolina may have been exposed to a rare but deadly brain disease while undergoing surgery with contaminated surgical equipment. The 18 patients underwent brain surgery within the past three weeks, during which surgeons used tools that had not been sufficiently sanitized after they were used on a patient on Jan. 18 who later tested positive for Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD). CJD is a rapidly degenerative and incurable neurological disorder similar to mad cow disease. It causes dementia, blindness, involuntary movements and coma. The disease kills 90 percent of infected patients within a year after symptoms begin. However, it ... Read More

$100 million offered to plaintiffs in NuvaRing blood clot lawsuits

Merck & Co. has agreed to pay $100 million to settle thousands lawsuits alleging the company’s contraceptive device NuvaRing caused life-threatening blood clots. The only caveat is that at least 95 percent of the eligible complainants must opt into the agreement otherwise no payouts will be made, a federal judge ruled. The deadline is March 10. U.S. District Judge Rodney Sippel called the settlement “a fair resolution of this litigation.” There are about 3,800 eligible participants in the settlement agreement, which includes more than 1,850 state and federal lawsuits as well as claims that have yet to be filed. NuvaRing is ... Read More

Army women’s basketball team members injured in tractor trailer-bus collision

BETHLEHEM TOWNSHIP, Penn. –Several members of the Army women’s basketball team were injured when a tractor trailer crashed into the back of the charter bus they were riding in Wednesday afternoon. Authorities investigating the crash said they do not know what caused the truck to hit the bus from behind, but said that engine problems had caused the bus to travel at a slow speed along the shoulder of Route 33 in Bethlehem Township when the tractor trailer hit it from behind. The driver of the truck was identified as Alton D. Spight, 54, of Blue Mountain, Miss. Authorities said ... Read More

New rule subjects commercial carriers to tougher penalties for safety noncompliance

A new rule published in the Federal Register Jan. 22 enables the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to suspend or revoke the operating authority registration of any commercial motor carrier that has demonstrated a pattern of “egregious disregard for safety compliance.” The new rule, which becomes effective Feb. 21, is also designed to prevent persons who have displayed a habitual disregard for U.S. safety rules from exercising a “controlling influence” over a motor carrier company’s operations, and from operating multiple entities in an effort to conceal noncompliance with safety rules. The FMCSA, which the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) ... Read More

Indiana considers tougher private-bus safety laws in wake of deadly church bus crash

A new bill that would hold privately owned and operated passenger buses in Indiana to some of the same safety standards as their commercial counterparts moved to the state Senate for consideration. The measure, designed to close a loophole that permits potentially dangerous privately owned buses to operate within the state, was introduced after the July 26 church bus crash in Indianapolis that killed three people and an unborn child and injured more than two dozen others. Senate Bill 238, which unanimously passed a Senate transportation committee vote last week, would require privately owned buses to submit proof of vehicle ... Read More

Fatal Oregon bus crash triggers multiple personal-injury and wrongful-death lawsuits

A number of lawsuits are piling up across the Pacific Northwest in connection with a 2012 tour bus crash in Oregon that killed nine people and injured more than two dozen others. One of the complaints, filed in Umatilla County, Ore., by a Vancouver, British Columbia attorney, seeks $700 million in damages from the tour operator and several other defendants. Days after the crash, U.S. authorities deemed Vancouver, B.C.-based Mi Joo Tour & Travel an “imminent hazard to public safety” and banned it from operating in the U.S. The bus company caters to Americans and Canadians of Korean descent and ... Read More

California bus crash injures 15, carrier has poor safety record

Fifteen people were injured Monday night when a tour bus traveling from California to Washington state crashed into the back of a truck on a state highway  in Tulare, Calif., about 170 miles north of Los Angeles. The operator of the bus has a known history of safety problems, but was allowed to continue operating, Southern California’s NBC4 News reported. Thirty-six people were aboard the bus, operated by the carrier “Fronteras del Norte,” which carries passengers more than a million miles per year up and down the west coast. Fourteen passengers and the 60-year-old bus driver were hospitalized with injuries, ... Read More