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More kratom recalled as part of Salmonella outbreak investigation

An investigation into a multi-state outbreak of Salmonella linked to the dietary supplement kratom has resulted in dozens more recalls. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warns there could be more tainted kratom products on the market,  thus no one should consume any powders, capsules, or any other form of kratom because they may fall ill and require medical attention. Salmonella is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy people infected with Salmonella often develop symptoms like fever, diarrhea (which can be bloody), ... Read More

Florida Girl Saved From ‘Dry Drowning’ Days After Swimming

“Dry drowning” isn’t something many parents think of whenever their child swims in a pool or plays with water, but simply knowing what it is can potentially be a life-saver. Such was the case for Lacey Grace, the mother of 4-year-old Elianna, who nearly drowned days after she went swimming in her grandparents’ pool in Sarasota, Florida. Ms. Grace posted on Facebook that Elianna was playing in the pool with a pool noodle as children do when, “By 100 percent freak accident, Elianna put her mouth to blow out at the same time someone blew in the other end, causing ... Read More

More kratom recalled, linked to Salmonella outbreak

Houston, Texas-based NutriZone LLC, is expanding its recall of various kratom dietary supplements to include more products that contain the same source material as the original recalled lots. That source material was linked to a multistate outbreak of Salmonella infections that have sickened at least 87 people in 35 states, 17 of whom required hospitalization. The investigation into the outbreak was launched in March by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and local and state agencies. Several manufacturers and distributors of kratom products have already issued recalls. About two dozen additional bottles and ... Read More

Canada Mourns 15 Killed in Hockey Team Bus Crash

A Friday evening bus crash in Saskatchewan, Canada, killed 15 people, including several promising members of a junior hockey team. The bus crash occurred about 5 p.m. Friday north of Tisdale, Saskatchewan, on SK-35 North. The bus was carrying members of the Humboldt Broncos hockey team, coaches, and others to the town of Nipawin for a playoff game. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) continue to investigate the crash and have not spoken of any potential causes. According to ABC 13 Houston, a tractor-trailer t-boned the bus. Video of the crash scene shows both vehicles rolled over on their sides. ... Read More

Salmonella outbreak investigation leads to another kratom recall

A federal investigation into a multi-state outbreak of Salmonella linked to kratom capsules has led to another recall. Houston, Texas-based NutriZone LLC is recalling four different dietary supplements containing the herb kratom because they may be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. The outbreak has sickened at least 87 people in 35 states, 17 of whom have been hospitalized. The investigation was launched in March by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), ... Read More

Beasley Allen files new opioid lawsuits on behalf of Alabama city, county

Beasley Allen Law Firm has filed its fourth and fifth lawsuits against manufacturers and distributors of highly addictive opioid painkillers on behalf of Alabama city or county governments, a bold move taken by numerous local governments across the country to counter the nation’s opioid epidemic. Both lawsuits were filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama. The complaints were filed on behalf of Limestone County and the City of Anniston, respectively, and allege the governments have sustained economic damages and continue to bear a significant financial burden due to the opioid crisis. Beasley Allen has previously ... Read More

Bus Crash Kills One, Injures Dozens in South Alabama

A bus crash near the Alabama-Florida border killed the driver and sent 46 people, mostly Houston-area high school band members, to area hospitals Tuesday morning, several with serious injuries. The bus, operated by First Class Tours Inc., was carrying 40 students and six adults from Channelview High School back to Channelview, Texas, after a Saturday performance at a Disney World music festival. Channelview is just east of Houston. The bus crash killed driver Harry Caligone of Houston, who was employed by First Class Tours for more than 20 years. The Associated Press reported that Mr. Caligone had a clean driving ... Read More

Toxic Fumes Sicken Houston School Students

Dozens of Houston schoolgirls were sickened and hospitalized last Thursday when toxic fumes from a roofing project entered the Young Women’s Preparatory Academy, Houston authorities said. The Houston Fire Department responded to reports of toxic fumes causing a “mass casualty” incident at the school Thursday morning about 11:30. First responders and others were initially concerned that the incident was a natural gas leak after the school’s principal called 911 to report that students suddenly were falling ill with various symptoms. According to KTRK Houston, students and staff evacuated the building after some students began displaying signs of exposure to toxic ... Read More

IRS: ‘High Alert’ for Tax Scams in Wake of Equifax Data Breach

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is putting taxpayers and tax preparers on “high alert” this year after the Equifax data breach and several other massive hack jobs exposed the sensitive data of millions of U.S. citizens. According to the IRS, taxpayers are being hit this year by scams from all directions, including phone calls, email, texts, and social media messaging. Cybercriminals have devised a variety of schemes to trick tax practitioners and taxpayers into disclosing information that could be used for theft. “Numerous data breaches last year mean the entire tax preparation community must be on high alert this filing season ... Read More

Trump Calls for Elimination of Chemical Safety Board

Donald Trump has called for the elimination of the Chemical Safety Board, an independent federal agency responsible for investigating major chemical-related incidents, such as explosions, fire, spills, leaks and other disasters. The proposed Chemical Safety Board shutdown is the second time Trump has sought to shutter the agency. He also called for nixing the agency’s entire $11 million budget – one of the smallest budgets in the U.S. and one that could be funded many times over through penalties for safety and environmental violations – in his 2018 budget proposal. The Chemical Safety Board’s budget is dwarfed by the essential ... Read More