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CDC advises pregnant women to avoid sections of Miami due to Zika risk

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Two areas of Miami-Dade County in Florida have been identified as new hotbeds for Zika-spreading mosquitoes by the Florida Department of Public Health and should be avoided by pregnant women, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warns. The areas include the a one-mile section of the Wynwood neighborhood just north of downtown Miami and a 1.5-mile section of Miami Beach where mosquito-borne spread of the Zika virus has been confirmed. Additionally, pregnant women and their sexual partners should consider postponing nonessential travel to all parts of Miami-Dade County, the CDC said. Pregnant women who contract Zika are at ... Read More

Whistleblower Case Against Florida Pump Manufacturer Could Go to U.S. Supreme Court

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Eighteen years ago, Robert Purcell filed a lawsuit under the whistleblower provisions of the False Claims Act, accusing his former employer, MWI Corp., of using federal funds to coax Nigerian officials in the course of selling irrigation pumps to the West African nation. Now, after nearly two decades of victories and defeats, the case could be headed to the U.S. Supreme Court. A report by the Orlando Sentinel explains that the SCOTUS justices have a Sept. 19 deadline to decide whether they will review Mr. Purcell’s whistleblower case against MWI, a pump manufacturer based in Deerfield Beach, Fla. In the ... Read More

OSHA Investigating Two Apparent Heatstroke Deaths  In Florida, Missiouri

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Federal authorities are investigating the deaths of two workers in different parts of the country who died on the job as a result of apparent heatstroke. On August 11, a 47-year-old employee of Briggs Traditional Turf Farm in Peculiar, Mo., was found dead after spending hours prepping soil and laying sod in conditions with a heat index of 105 degrees. One coworker told investigators that he picked up the man, a father of five, from his house at 7:30 a.m. At about 2:30 p.m., the co-worker spotted the man taking a break by lying down in a gravel rock rock ... Read More

Consumer Group Urges Takata Airbag Repairs With Video of Injured Driver

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A public service announcement by watchdog group ConsumerWatch.com urging drivers to have the defective Takata airbags in their vehicles repaired features a man who lost an eye when the Takata airbag in his Honda Civic exploded in his face. The video focuses on 2001 and 2002 Honda vehicles with Takata airbags. Federal regulators issued an urgent advisory to consumers warning them not to drive their Hondas until they have taken them to a dealership for repairs. Corey Burdick, a Florida man who lost an eye when his Takata airbag exploded, blasting metal shrapnel at him, is seen on the video ... Read More

Zika infection may adversely affect adult brain cells

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Certain adult brain cells critical for learning and memory may be vulnerable to Zika infection, according to new research from scientists from The Rockefeller University and La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology. Most studies involving Zika have focused on pregnant women and the effects of the infection on developing fetuses. We already know that when a pregnant woman becomes infected with Zika, there is a chance that her baby could be born with a serious neurological birth defect known as microcephaly. Research has also found that even if a baby exposed in utero is born without microcephaly, he can ... Read More

Truck Driver Sentenced To 20 Years For Florida School Bus Crash

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The driver of an 18-wheel logging truck that slammed into the back of a school bus in Florida two years ago, injuring seven school students, was sentenced Wednesday to 20 years in prison. Shannon Ford, 37, pleaded no contest Monday to four counts of reckless driving with bodily injury. The judge gave Mr. Ford five years for each count and credit for 500 days already served. Moments before the September 2014 crash, 911 operators in Bradford County, Fla., received calls about a logging truck owned by Mo’s Trucking of Palatka, Fla., driving erratically on U.S. 441 near the town of ... Read More

New Lab-Made Metal Four Times Tougher Than Titanium May Be the Future of Hip Prosthetics

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It was discovered by accident – a lab-made metal alloy that is four times tougher than titanium. It can be used for joint prosthetics such as hip replacement devices, allowing the hip to last forever. Even hip implants made with titanium, one of the few metals that bones can grow around solidly, have to be replaced about every 10 years. The new metal, a 3-1 combination of titanium and gold, is easy to make. It is formed at high temperatures, which produces an “almost pure crystalline form beta” titanium-3-gold. The alloy is being investigated by researchers at Rice University. “It’s four times ... Read More

Airplane Crash Near Tuscaloosa Kills Three Couples Returning From Medical Conference

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TUSCALOOSA, ALA – The Oxford, Miss., community is in shock and mourning after an airplane crash near Tuscaloosa, Ala., killed six members of its medical community Sunday morning. Authorities in Tuscaloosa and Northport reported that air traffic controllers received a distress call from a private airplane around 11:10. Rescue crews were prepared to assist at the runway at Tuscaloosa Regional Airport but the airplane never showed. Inside the airplane were Oxford dentist Dr. Jason Farese, presumed to be the pilot, and his wife Dr. Lea Farese, also a dentist. The couple owned Farese Family Dental in Oxford. Also on board the ... Read More

NHTSA Touring The South To Raise Auto Safety Awareness

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Frustrated by the failure of many U.S. motorists to have their vehicles fixed under safety recalls and other potentially life-threatening safety deficiencies, federal regulators are touring the South to raise auto safety awareness, sharing information about simple measures that can save lives. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) head Dr. Mark Rosekind and other federal safety officials embarked Tuesday on a 1,500-mile, five-day, nine-stop road trip from Miami to Fort Worth in a campaign-style bus emblazoned with the NHTSA logo and safety messages. Dr. Rosekind and his agency chose to take the campaign to the South during the hottest time ... Read More

Ontario Sets New Health-Based Air Quality Standard for Benzene; Petrol Industry Doesn’t Want to Comply

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Air quality standards for benzene in Ontario that have been 10 years in the making were set to be finalized as law on July 1 – but the petrol industry doesn’t want to comply. The industry wants an exception, claiming the new standard would be too “economically challenging” for them to meet. According to a report in Huff Post Politics, “Ontario’s Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change is working to accommodate a request from two of the province’s largest industrial benzene emitters — the petroleum refining and petrochemical manufacturing industries. These industries want to develop a special ‘technical standard’ for benzene, which would ... Read More