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CPSC Issues Another LayZ Board Hoverboard Warning, Multiple Recalls

A second house fire caused by a LayZ Board hoverboard has triggered another warning from federal authorities urging consumers to stop using that brand of self-balancing mobile device immediately. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued its latest warning about LayZ Board hoverboards Tuesday, Nov. 14, along with seven safety recalls for other hoverboards, all of which contain rechargeable lithium batteries that pose the threat of overheating, exploding, and starting fires. The CPSC issued its first warning about fire and explosion risks posed by LayZ Board hoverboards on May 1, after one of the hoverboards started a fire in ... Read More

MLB Pitcher Roy Halladay Killed in Florida Plane Crash

A plane crash Tuesday, Nov. 7, killed former major league pitcher Roy Halladay, who pitched for the Philadelphia Phillies and the Toronto Blue Jays for 16 consecutive seasons until 2013, officials in Pasco County, Florida, confirmed. Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco said in a Tuesday news conference that Mr. Halladay, 40, was killed when his single-engine ICON A5 airplane went down in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Holiday, Florida around noon. It was unclear at the time of the press conference whether there were others aboard the small aircraft. Mr. Halladay proudly tweeted pictures of his 2018 A5 ... Read More

Takata Airbag Class Settlements Get Final Approval

A $741-million settlement resolving consumer class actions against BMW, Mazda, Subaru, and Toyota for dangerously defective Takata airbag the automakers used in their vehicles has been granted final approval. U.S. District Court Judge Federico A. Moreno in Florida approved the settlements on Nov. 1. The four automakers are the first to exit sweeping multidistrict litigation (MDL) over consumer economic-loss claims stemming from Takata airbags, which prompted the largest auto safety recall in U.S. history. The settlements were initially announced in May, with Toyota agreeing to pay $278.5 million. BMW of North America agreed to pay $131 million to resolve the ... Read More

Contamination risk remains with PharmaTech liquid docusate

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is reminding health care professionals and patients not to use any liquid product manufactured by PharmaTech LLC’s Davie, Florida, facility because they may be contaminated with Burkholderia cepacia, a bacteria that can cause serious, life-threatening infections in people with compromised immune systems and patients with chronic lung conditions such as cystic fibrosis. These PharmaTech-produced products are labeled by a variety of companies including Rugby, Leader, Major, Centurion, and Mid Valley. Laboratory testing conducted by the FDA has identified B. cepacia in several bottles of Rugby Diocto (docusate sodium) oral liquid from lot No. 20351701 ... Read More

Melanoma advocate starts line of sun-protective clothing for athletes

One young Florida entrepreneur is making a big difference not only by offering practical products for a group of underserved consumers who needed sun protection, but she’s also creating a network of melanoma advocates, raising awareness about the disease and its prevention. According to the Melanoma International Foundation more than 1 million new cases of skin cancer are diagnosed each year, outnumbering the total number of other cancers combined. Melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer, is steadily on the rise. In fact there has been a 2,000 percent increase in incidences since 1930. Early detection and prevention are ... Read More

Family sues natural healing center over man’s death

Licensed naturopathic doctor Charmaine Basset had no legitimate training and made bogus claims that led a 64-year-old man not to seek medical treatment for pneumonia, which led to his death, his family members claimed in a wrongful death lawsuit. Family members of Ted Grachek said that Bassett claimed to have received training from fictitious institutions and was certified in holistic treatment methods including nutrition, herbology, biochemistry and advanced quantum feedback. “The whole thing is a fraud,” the family’s attorney said. But Grachek took what Bassett dished out, hook, line and sinker. He became ill in Florida last spring, and as ... Read More

Herbalife class action alleges company used pyramid scheme

Former Herbalife Ltd., distributors have filed a putative class action against the global nutrition supplement company and 44 of its top distributors seeking upwards of $1 billion in damages over allegations the company used a pyramid scheme and the “promise of riches” to lure consumers to participate in costly seminars, Law360 reports. The lawsuit was filed in Florida federal court by eight former Herbalife distributors, and targets the company’s “Circle of Success” event series, expensive seminars set up across the country that company officials said were vital to distributors’ success. The eight plaintiffs – Jeff and Patricia Rodgers, Michael and ... Read More

Fourteenth Hollywood Hills nursing home resident dies

Fourteen former residents of the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills have died since Hurricane Irma struck the state of Florida, knocking out the air conditioning at the nursing home in Hollywood. Nine residents died at the home or shortly after they were discovered languishing in sweltering hot temperatures. All residents were transferred out of the home and to the hospital where they were treated for heat-related injuries including dehydration, breathing difficulties and fever. Since then, other patients have succumbed to their injuries, the latest of whom was Cecilia Franco, 90. Her husband, Miguel Antonio Franco, 93, was among the others ... Read More

Petland pups spreading drug-resistant infection to humans

Puppies sold by the national pet store chain Petland have been linked to an antibiotic-resistant strain of infections in humans, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). “We know that Campylobacter is common in dogs, that’s not new to us,” said CDC veterinarian Dr. Mark Laughlin. “But an outbreak of human illness due to contact with dogs is quite unique.” Dogs carry the bacteria that causes Campylobacter infections, but not all who carry the germ experience symptoms such as diarrhea. The bacteria can be spread through dog poop, when someone is touching, feeding or cleaning up after their pup. ... Read More

Firefighters Sue Maker of Siren Over Alleged Hearing Loss

Five firefighters in Clearwater, Florida, have filed a lawsuit against the maker of the truck siren, claiming the blaring noise is to blame for their hearing loss. Pat Scanlon, a 64-year-old retiree from Clearwater Fire & Rescue, has trouble sleeping due to the phantom sirens that scream in his ears when he goes to bed at night. “And when I wake up, it’s still there,” Scanlon told the Tampa Bay Times. “It’s constant.” The lawsuit accuses the manufacturer, Federal Signal Corp, of producing a siren that is inherently hazardous, saying they should have tested the product before selling it. The suit ... Read More