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Six things to know about dietary supplements

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Dietary supplements often promise to contain all-natural ingredients and to deliver too-good-to-be-true effects when it comes to weight loss, athletic performance, sexual enhancement, disease treatment and prevention, and more. But buyer beware, says Paul Doering, a professor of Pharmacy at the University of Florida’s College of Medicine. Nutritional supplements may not be all they’re cracked up to be and, in some cases, they may be dangerous. Doering offers six tips to consider before buying these over-the-counter and mail-order remedies. 1. Be suspicious when you see a “kitchen sink” worth of ingredients. Supplement companies will often add chemicals with lengthy names ... Read More

Florida Dermatologist Settles Medicare Fraud, Kickback Complaints

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A Florida federal judge has entered a judgement against a dermatologist and his medical practice, ordering them to pay more than $18 million for allegedly pocketing tens of millions of dollars from Medicare by ordering medically unnecessary biopsies, falsely diagnosing patients with cancer, performing unnecessary radiation treatments on patients, and illegally billing the government for those biopsies and radiation treatments. The allegations were originally made in two separate False Claims Act lawsuits filed in December 2013 and June 2014 by Dr. Theodore Schiff, a dermatologist who is the medical director and managing partner of Water’s Edge Dermatology LLC, a dermatology ... Read More

FSU Student’s Google Phone Bursts Into Flames

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A Florida State University student talked to the press recently about his Google smartphone bursting into flames on a desk near his bed. Joseph Zilonka, an FSU freshman, told WCTV Tallahassee that he woke up Jan. 31 to a crackling noise followed by his Google Nexus 6p smartphone bursting into flames. “I didn’t expect this kind of phone to do this,” he told WCTV. Mr. Zilonka said before he went to bed, he connected the Google phone to its charger next to the bed like he does every night. Only that night, instead of being wakened by an alarm, it ... Read More

Dietary supplement recalled after analysis finds dangerous hidden drug ingredient

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Kingsway Trading Inc. is recalling its Well Balance Xanthium & Siler Combo (Bi Yan Pian) dietary supplement because it contains a hidden drug that has been banned from the U.S. market because it is linked to serious and sometimes fatal cardiovascular events. The recall affects Brooklyn, New York-based Kingsway’s Well Balance Xanthium & Siler Combo (Bi Yan Pian) supplements in 1.06 ounce (30g) bottles with Batch No. 130401 and Batch No. 150201. The item is packaged in a plastic brown bottle with a white cap. Each bottle contains 100 tablets, each tablet is 300 mg. The product was distributed to Massachusetts, ... Read More

Shifting Cargo Causes Deadly Tractor Trailer Crash in Georgia

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A Georgia logging truck driver died in a Feb. 3 crash after his cargo shifted and caused him to lose control and collide with another tractor trailer. According to The Florida Times-Union, commercial truck driver Donnie Wallace, 64, was traveling in his loaded tractor trailer on Georgia 99 in McIntosh County, Georgia, when he started to lose control of the vehicle. The truck swerved into the opposite lane where a 1995 Freightliner tractor trailer was approaching. The Times-Union reported that the load of logs on Mr. Wallace’s trailer shifted, forcing the truck to leave the highway and onto the left ... Read More

Service Worker Death Linked To Deadly Gas Leak From Sewer Line

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Montgomery, Alabama, authorities are investigating the death of a service worker who appears to have been overcome by gas from a broken sewer line underneath a house. According to WSFA, first responders were called to a home on East Fairview Ave. Feb. 3 around 11 a.m. on reports of a suspected gas leak. Montgomery Fire and Rescue personnel identified a gas leak emanating from a severed sewer line. The also discovered an unresponsive worker under the house. The unidentified man was taken to Baptist South Hospital, where he died shortly after arriving. No other injuries were reported in connection to ... Read More

National Bath Safety Month stresses year-round vigilance

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Rub-a-dub-dub. Time for baby’s wash in the tub. For newborns, bath time may be an every-few-days occurrence, and for toddlers, it may be a nightly event, explaining why though officially marked in January, National Bath Safety Month stresses year-round vigilance. Whether it’s in a tub, sink or plastic basin, bath time is often filled with splashes and giggles, but if caregivers aren’t careful, it can quickly turn into a dangerous situation. Drowning is the leading cause of unintentional death in children 1 to 4 years old, outranking accidental shootings, poisonings, falls and smoke/fire exposure combined, the Sun-Sentinel reports, citing National ... Read More

Bard recalls guiding sheath due to dangerous defect

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Bard Peripheral Vascular Inc., is recalling the Halo One Thin-Walled Guiding Sheath used to introduce or guide the placement of interventional and diagnostic devices into veins and arteries through an incision made on a patient’s leg, because the sheath body may separate from the sheath hub during the removal of the device from the patient’s leg. During procedures, the sheath may kink and the tip may become damaged. If this occurs, it could result in prolonged procedure times and additional surgical intervention to remove detached components from the patient. The affected product may cause other serious adverse health consequences such as ... Read More

U.S. Backs Whistleblower Suit against Texas hospital System, Ambulance Provider

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The U.S. government has chosen to intervene in a False Claims Act lawsuit filed against a Texas hospital system and an ambulance company by a whistleblower who alleges the defendants entered into an illegal kickback scheme to secure and retain a lucrative public ambulance services contract. The lawsuit names multiple defendants: East Texas Medical Center Regional Healthcare System, Inc., East Texas Medical Center Regional Health Services, Inc. (together, ETMC), Paramedics Plus, LLC, Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA), and EMSA’s President, Herbert Stephen Williamson. According to the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Texas, ETMC, one of the largest health ... Read More

Florida Man Injured By Exploding Airbag Sues Takata, Honda

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A Florida man filed a federal lawsuit against Japanese auto supplier Takata, Honda Motor Co., and related companies, alleging a defective airbag made by Takata and installed by Honda malfunctioned and caused him severe injuries. According to the Florida Record, Evelio Ruiz filed his complaint in a U.S. District Court in Miami Jan. 12. He claims the Takata airbag in his 2002 Honda Accord deployed with dangerous force in a collision he had in March 2015. Like many other motorists injured by the flawed airbags, Mr. Ruiz suffered from multiple lacerations to his neck. Such injuries occur when the airbag’s ... Read More