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Traditional morning sickness remedy found to contain lead, arsenic

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Texas Department of State Health Services are warning consumers, especially those who are pregnant or breastfeeding, to avoid a traditional remedy for morning sickness known as Nzu because it contains high levels of lead and arsenic, which can lead to adverse effects of the unborn child’s brain and nervous system and increase one’s risk of cancers of the urinary bladder, lungs and skin. Nzu is sold at African specialty stores and is also known by the name Calabash clay, Calabar stone, Mabele, Argile and La Craie. It resembles balls of clay or ... Read More

ATV rollover kills 6-year-old Oklahoma boy

A 6-year-old Oklahoma boy died Wednesday evening when he lost control of the all-terrain vehicle he was driving, sending the ATV into a deadly rollover. Reports from throughout the state say that the young victim, Daniel Brock Smith-Maynard of Sand Springs, Okla. was driving the ATV on a homemade dirt track on his grandfather’s property in Tulsa when the accident occurred. According to officers from the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, the boy was wearing a helmet, but it was not enough to protect him from serious injury. Reports say that the boy was thrown from the vehicle and landed about 3 ... Read More

FDA reminds public to inspect supply of insulin for stolen, tainted vials

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is reminding the public to check their personal supply of long-acting insulin Levemir made by Novo Nordisk Inc., because less than 2 percent of the stolen vials have been recovered and are likely still being distributed. Evidence suggests that the stolen insulin was not stored and handled properly and may be dangerous to those who use it. The FDA has received several reports of patients who suffered an adverse events due to poor control of glucose levels after using a vial from one of the stolen lots. The FDA first issued a health advisory ... Read More

First Yamaha Rhino lawsuit goes to trial

A lawsuit against Yamaha Motor Corporation and its subsidiaries, filed by the parents of a 13-year-old boy who was killed in a Rhino rollover accident, became the first of some 500 wrongful death and personal injury lawsuits to go to court in North America. Attorneys for Yamaha had tried to force the lawsuit into arbitration, but the Ninth Court of Appeals of Texas rejected its petition. Forest “Eddie” Ray was killed on September 13, 2007 while operating a Yamaha Rhino near his home in Orange County, Texas, about 50 miles southeast of Houston. School was closed for the day as ... Read More

Astros Toby Hall opts for shoulder surgery to correct torn labrum

Astros baseball catcher Toby Hall, who has been contemplating shoulder surgery since suffering a torn labrum two years ago, has decided to move forward with shoulder surgery, according to the Houston Chronicle. “It gives me a little peace of mind to go get (the surgery),” Hall told the Chronicle. “Seeing the MRI and seeing what I’ve been dealing with the last couple of years, it kind of puts me at ease to go get it fixed. That way I can get back out there (as) the player that I used to be and be healthy (and) go out there with ... Read More

Insurance provider says smoke is pollution to avoid payout

Nearly everyone who has filed an insurance claim has played that exasperating game of tug of war with the adjuster on the other line who digs his feet in and won’t issue a check without a fight. The battle usually takes place over questions of liability, but interpretation of the policy can sometimes be a factor. Should your claim involve complex and easily misinterpreted terms such as “fire” and “smoke,” you had better watch out. Cincinnati-based Great American Insurance Group is trying to wrest itself from a potential $25 million responsibility by claiming that the smoke that killed three people ... Read More

Report cites drop in cancer rates among men and women

Two years ago, M.D. Anderson researchers announced a 7 percent drop in breast cancer rates which coincidentally occurred around the same time that women were being told by the media and their doctors of the possible link between hormone replacement therapy (HRT) and serious diseases and conditions such as breast cancer and heart disease. The link was discovered during the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI), a major 15-year research program launched in 1991 to address the most common causes of death, disability and poor quality of life in postmenopausal women – cardiovascular disease, cancer and osteoporosis. The study was halted prematurely ... Read More

They pitch sales in their pajamas

At one moment, Jeanine Brown is selling Ronco knives. Five minutes later, she’s answering questions about the secrets of getting rich from real estate foreclosures. Brown is an agent for LiveOps, a company based in Palo Alto, Calif., with a national network of 16,000 operators who work from home answering the phone for TV infomercials. Brown, who lives in Houston, works in her pajamas and never knows what she’ll be selling until the script pops up on her computer screen. “You have to learn to be relaxed,” Brown said. LiveOps is on a hiring spree, ramping up to handle all ... Read More

Call on faith in deadly bus crash

Leaders of two Houston churches serving Vietnamese Catholics called on their faith in God to help parishioners with the tragedy of an early-morning bus crash that killed 14 people and left many more injured. A charter bus carrying church members en route to a pilgrimage left an overpass near Sherman, Texas, possibly as the result of a tire blowout. The bus crashed to the pavement below, breaking apart. Even seasoned police officers who arrived first on the scene were affected by the event, and distressed by their inability to provide comforting words to survivors, who spoke Vietnamese. The Associated Press ... Read More