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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

Lithium-Ion Batteries Triggering Fires In Waste Facilities, Trucks

Lithium-ion batteries that have been improperly disposed of are causing costly fires in garbage trucks, recycling facilities, and other waste management operations across the U.S. The number of consumer devices that draw their power from rechargeable lithium-ion batteries has proliferated in recent years, yet many consumers are not aware of the inherent risks these powerful batteries pose. “Even when they’re at the end of their useful life, they have a small charge and can start a fire. That can be a real problem,” Rethink Waste Executive Director Joe La Mariana told the Half Moon Bay Review. Mr. Mariana’s San Mateo, ... Read More

Nashville’s Hepatitis A Outbreak Sickens At Least 14

Public health authorities in Tennessee say an outbreak of hepatitis A in the state has sickened at least 14 people in the Nashville area. The outbreak is one of a multitude of recent outbreaks ongoing nationwide, some of which have become unusually virile. Although the number of confirmed hepatitis A cases in Tennessee seems small, officials say the Nashville outbreak is almost certainly larger than it seems because the virus can exist dormant and undetected in the body for several weeks. This allows the highly contagious virus to spread exponentially among a population while health authorities search for sources. “However ... 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

Firefighter awarded $1.2 million for IVC filter injuries

A firefighter who sued Cook Inc., over claims that its blood clot-catching device malfunctioned inside his body and perforated his heart and intestines was awarded $1.2 million by a Texas jury, after jurors found that Cook didn’t properly warn doctors about the device’s risks. Jeff Pavlock was implanted with a Cook Celect IVC filter in March 2015. The tiny, cage-like device is implanted in the inferior vena cava, a large vein that delivers deoxygenated blood from the lower extremities to the heart. IVC filters are intended to catch blood clots before they reach the heart and then lungs, which can ... Read More

Investigation of Deadly Tesla Crash Focused on Lithium Battery Fire

Two Florida high school students were killed and a third seriously injured when their fully electric 2014 Tesla Model S crashed in Fort Lauderdale, causing an intense lithium battery fire that reportedly consumed the vehicle before two of the occupants could escape. Barrett Riley and Edgar Monserratt Martinez, both 18-year-old seniors, were killed when the Tesla Model X spun out of control on a road in Fort Lauderdale known as “Dead Man’s Curve.” The all-electric vehicle slammed into a concrete wall, causing its lithium batteries to burst into flames. A third student, Alexander Berry, also 18, was traveling in the ... Read More

Insys sued for bribing doctors to prescribe powerful opioid Subsys

Drug company Insys Therapeutics bribed doctors to prescribe its powerful fentanyl spray Subsys for conditions in which it was not approved, allegedly costing the federal government millions of dollars, according to a complaint filed by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and six states. The whistleblower litigation involves allegations that Insys used deceptive practices to market its cancer pain treatment, including funneling money to doctors and nurse practitioners through fake speaking events in exchange for them writing prescriptions; finding jobs for family and friends of those who prescribed the drug; and funding strip club visits. Numerous Insys sales representatives have ... Read More

Salmonella Infections Linked to Eggs Continue To Rise

A multistate outbreak of Salmonella infection tied to eggs continues to grow, triggering an expansion of a recall on eggs originating from Rose Acre Farms. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), contaminated eggs from Rose Acre, which were packaged and sold under a variety of brand names, have sickened at least 35 people, resulting in 11 hospitalizations. The recalled eggs were distributed to stores and restaurants in nine states: Colorado, Florida, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the original recall ... Read More

IVC filter victim sues Cook Medical over injuries

Kyle Blithe was 49 in August 2009 when she was implanted with a Cook Celect blood clot catching device to prevent another blood clot from reaching her lungs, a condition called pulmonary embolism. She could never have expected the device to fracture inside her body and cause further trauma. Cook Medical’s Cook Celect is an IVC filter, a tiny metal device that is implanted in the inferior vena cava, a large vein inside the body that carries deoxygenated blood from the lower extremities to the heart. It is designed to catch blood clots that form in the legs, called deep ... Read More