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73 people infected with Salmonella after eating Honey Smacks cereal

At least 73 people in 31 states have fallen ill from Salmonella infections and health authorities say the likely culprit is Kellogg’s Honey Smacks sweetened puffed wheat cereal. As a result, the Kellogg Company has recalled the cereal, which was distributed throughout the United States as well as Guam and Saipan, and internationally in Costa Rica, Guatemala, Mexico, the Caribbean and Tahiti. Consumers are urged not to eat any of the recalled Honey Smacks cereal. Affected products include Honey Smacks 15.3 oz boxes with the BEST if Used By Date listed as JUN 14, 2018 through JUN 14, 2019, and ... Read More

Salmonella Outbreak Linked To Fresh Melon Products

At least 60 people eight states have been sickened by Salmonella linked to melon products made and distributed by Caito Foods of Indianapolis, Indiana, spurring a recall of fresh cut melon and fruit salads, federal health officials announced. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said that the outbreak of Salmonella illnesses stems from fresh cut watermelon, honeydew melon, cantaloupe, and fruit medley mixtures containing any of these melon products. Caito Foods and others distributed the affected melon products to Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina and Ohio. People infected by the melon products, which are ... Read More

E-Cigarette Blast Causes Severe Facial Injuries To Illinois Woman

An Illinois woman was seriously injured when an e-cigarette exploded in her face at an e-cig shop in Machesney Park, Illinois, Monday. North Park Fire Chief Joel Hallstrom told Rockford Illinois’ WIFR 23 that the injured woman was taken to the hospital with a “significant facial injury.” A WIFR reporter tweeted about the incident at 12:39 p.m. Monday, saying the woman was being taken to the hospital after an e-cigarette “’blows off’ her face.” Report: Woman en route to hospital after e-cig "blows off" her face, police on scene at 631 Harlem Rd smoke shop — Jessie Schlacks (@23newsJessie) June ... Read More

AbbVie ignored heart risks with AndroGel, lawyer claims

AbbVie Inc., turned a blind eye on cardiovascular risks associated with its AndroGel testosterone replacement therapy, said the attorney for a man suing the company over claims that AndroGel caused a blood clot to develop deep in his veins. The only warning Robert Rowley had that his testosterone treatment could cause heart attacks, strokes and blood clots was a warning on the product’s safety label about an increased risk for polycythemia, a blood thickening disease that can lead to blood clots. “But it’s not the only way,” Rowley’s attorney told an Illinois federal jury during the latest bellwether trial in ... Read More

Besins released from testosterone MDL

Thailand-based Besins Healthcare SA, which manufactures the topical testosterone treatment AndroGel outside the United States, was released from a multidistrict litigation (MDL) involving several manufacturers of testosterone replacement therapies. Besins licensed exclusive right to market and distribute AndroGel in the U.S. to AbbVie. U.S. District Judge Matthew F. Kennelly dismissed all remaining claims against Besins after finding that plaintiffs did not allege that the company had a responsibility to conduct safety tests of AndroGel in the U.S. AbbVie and other testosterone makers are facing about 6,500 of claims in a multidistrict litigation centralized in the Northern District of Illinois. Most ... Read More

Synthetic cannabinoids linked to life-threatening, unexplained bleeding

More than 200 people in nine states developed serious, unexplained bleeding after using synthetic cannabinoids, which health officials say may have been laced with rat poison. Five of those who fell ill have died, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warned. The first case of life threatening vitamin K-dependent antagonist coagulopathy following synthetic cannabinoid use was reported in Illinois on March 3, 2018. Since then, there have been 202 reports of the condition, including 164 cases in Illinois and 20 in Maryland. Florida, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin reported six cases each. About half of the ... Read More

Burn Injuries Trigger PTSD in Many Patients, Study Finds

Severe burn injuries can leave patients with permanent debilitating scars, but what about the emotional and psychological wounds? A new Loyola Medicine survey has found that nearly 16 percent of adults who suffer burn injuries also screen positive for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), indicating that the pain of burn injuries is more than skin deep. The survey was conducted by clinical psychologist Elizabeth Simmons, PsyD, licensed clinical social worker Kelly McElligott, AM, and colleagues from Loyola Medicine’s Burn Center, who presented their findings at the annual meeting of the American Burn Association in Chicago. “We identified a significant group of ... Read More

FDA recalls supplements containing illegal prescription drugs

Shoreside Enterprises Inc., is recalling two dietary supplements promoted for male sexual enhancement after an analysis conducted by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) revealed the products contained undeclared pharmaceutical drugs. The affected supplements – 7K and Poseidon 4500/Extreme 1000 mg  – contain sildenafil and/or tadalafil, the active ingredients in the prescription erectile dysfunction drugs Viagra and Cialis, respectively. Not only does the presence of these drugs in the dietary supplements render them unapproved drugs for which the safety and efficacy cannot be established, they also pose health risks to some people. Sildenafil and tadalfil may interact with nitrates found ... Read More

Fire Pit Mishap Results in Serious Burn Injuries

Following a fire pit explosion that left 12 people with burn injuries in Glendale, Illinois, fire officials want to remind the public of some basic fire safety tips. “Never introduce a combustible liquid into a fire that’s already going,” a Glenside Fire Protection District firefighter told Chicago’s ABC 7 News. Dousing a fire pit, grill, or other open flame with gasoline, lighter fluid, and other types of combustible liquid can create a path from the fire to the fuel source, resulting in a potentially deadly explosion. Although the April 28 Glendale explosion remains under investigation, fire officials said the incident was ... Read More

Boston Scientific faces IVC filter injury lawsuit

A lawsuit alleging Boston Scientific didn’t adequately warn a man that its blood clot catching device could perforate a major vein in his body will move forward, an Illinois federal judge ruled. Willie Tyler filed a lawsuit against the medical device manufacturer alleging the company’s Greenfield IVC filter carried dangerous side effects. IVC filters are tiny cage-like devices that are implanted in the inferior vena cava, a large vein that carries deoxygenated blood from the lower extremities to the heart. The device is intended to catch blood clots before they reach the heart, which can lead to complications including pulmonary ... Read More