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Lawsuit claims Roundup herbicide disrupts healthy gut bacteria

Monsanto, which was acquired by Bayer AG last year, is facing thousands of lawsuits alleging an ingredient in its Roundup weed killer causes cancer. But a new class action lawsuit filed in Kansas City, Missouri, claims that the glyphosate in the herbicide attacks a gut enzyme found in the beneficial intestinal flora of humans and some animals. The suit says the companies deceived consumers about the product’s safety. In recent years, gut bacteria have played a more prominent role in medical research, with unhealthy intestinal microbiome being blamed on everything from depression to obesity. The lawsuit claims that Monsanto misled ... Read More

False Claims Act Suit Alleges Kansas City Clinic Defrauded Medicare

A Kansas chiropractic clinic faces a False Claims Act lawsuit seeking more than $1.4 million on allegations that it wrongfully billed Medicare for neuropathy treatments that didn’t qualify for reimbursement or were never provided to patients. The lawsuit, filed Dec. 21 in federal court, accuses Kansas City Health & Wellness Clinic and its owners, brothers Ryan Schell and Tyler Schell, of soliciting Medicare beneficiaries with ads claiming they could heal peripheral neuropathy and “rejuvenate the nerve fibers,” according to Kansas City’s KCUR 89.3. Peripheral neuropathy results from damage to the peripheral nerves, causing weakness, numbness, and stabbing, burning, or tingling ... Read More

Ford Recalls F-Series Pickups For Engine Heater Fire Hazard

Ford Motor Co. is recalling nearly 900,000 F-Series pickup trucks in the U.S. and Canada to repair engine block heaters that can catch fire. The trucks affected by this recall include 2015-2019 models of the F-150 with engine block heaters built in Dearborn, Michigan from March 18, 2014, to Nov. 17, 2018 and in Kansas City, Missouri from Aug. 21, 2014, to Nov. 17, 2018. The recall also covers 2017-2019 Super Duty F-250, Super Duty F-350, Super Duty F-450, and Super Duty F-550 pickup trucks with engine block heaters built at Ford’s Ohio and Kentucky plants. According to recall documents ... Read More

Smoldering E-Cigarette Triggers Boston Logan Airport Evacuation

A lithium-ion battery for an e-cigarette overheated inside a checked bag at Boston Logan International Airport, prompting an evacuation of a section of the busy airport and reminders from federal security agents that the batteries are prohibited in checked luggage. The smoldering e-cigarette battery was discovered on a busy Saturday morning after Thanksgiving when smoke began pouring from a suitcase inside the baggage screening room. According to NBC 10 Boston, the smoldering bag was discovered moments before it was loaded onto an airplane. Transportation Security Agents evacuated the baggage screening area and called in Massport Fire & Rescue and a ... Read More

Crash-Avoidance Mandate for Tractor-Trailers Nowhere In Sight

Crash-avoidance systems on tractor-trailers and other heavy vehicles could potentially save thousands of lives per year, mitigate crash severity and injuries, and reduce property damages, yet Congress has failed to mandate the technology despite an alarming increase in tractor-trailer crash deaths. The Kansas City Star examined the issue of crash-avoidance technology in tractor-trailers in a recent report, noting that for 20 years the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has repeatedly urged federal regulators to mandate crash-avoidance systems in trucks, yet no action has been taken, let alone proposed. In 2016, more than 4,300 people were killed in accidents involving tractor-trailers ... Read More

Ford Recalls 2 Million F-150 Trucks For Seatbelt-Related Fires

Ford is recalling about two million of its F-150 pickup trucks after receiving multiple reports of the explosives-activated seatbelt pretensioners starting fires inside the vehicles. The recall, announced Sept. 6, covers certain 2015-2018 Regular Cab and SuperCrew Cab F-150 models. According to Ford, the problem stems from the pretensioners at the base of the seatbelt on both the driver and front passenger seatbelts. The pretensioner mechanisms in the recalled models rely on small explosives that ignite during a crash, forcing the seatbelt to tighten and restrain the occupant. Some pretensioners, mainly in older vehicles, rely on a spring mechanism to ... Read More

Whistleblower’s False Claims Lawsuit Recovers $5.25 Million From Lincare

Lincare Inc., a major U.S. supplier of medical oxygen and other respiratory therapies, has agreed to pay the U.S. $5.25 million to settle a whistleblower lawsuit alleging it violated the federal False Claims Act and Anti-Kickback Statute by offering illegal discounts to Medicare beneficiaries. Based in Clearwater, Florida, Lincare operates about 1,000 locations across the U.S. According to a False Claims Act lawsuit filed by whistleblower Brian Thomas and supported by the federal government, Lincare attempted to gain a competitive edge in the marketplace by unlawfully waiving or reducing co-insurance, co-payments, and deductibles for beneficiaries who participated in a Medicare ... Read More

Two Workers Die From Burn Injuries After Kansas Plant Blast

Two workers of a Kansas power plant who suffered severe burn injuries on the job Sunday morning, June 3, have died. According to KSNT News of Topeka, Kansas, the deadly accident occurred at the Jeffrey Energy Center located in St. Mary’s, about 40 miles northwest of Topeka. The two plant workers were identified as operations supervisor Craig Burchett, of Overlook, Kansas, and Jesse Henson of Manhattan, Kansas. The men were critically injured when a steam safety valve on a piece of equipment failed, filling the area they were in with pressurized steam and leaving them with fatal burn injuries, The ... Read More

FDA cracks down on kratom marketers, distributors

Three marketers and distributors of kratom products were slapped with warning letters by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for illegally selling the herbal supplement with unproven claims about its ability to help ease symptoms of opioid addiction and withdrawal. The companies – Front Range Kratom of Aurora, Colorado; Kratom Spot of Irvine, California; and Revibe Inc., of Kansas City, Missouri – also claim that the controversial supplement can treat pain, lower blood pressure, treat cancer, and reduce neuron damage caused by strokes. “Despite our warnings that no kratom product is safe, we continue to find companies selling kratom and ... Read More

Caleb Schwab’s Accidental Waterslide Death Leads To Murder Charges

Individuals and companies involved in the ownership, operation, and construction of the Verrückt waterslide in Kansas City, Kansas, find themselves facing charges of murder and other serious crimes over the death of 10-year-old Caleb Schwab. Caleb, the son of Kansas State Representative Scott Schwab, was decapitated when his raft went airborne on a hill of the Verrückt waterslide on Aug. 7, 2016. The 17-story waterslide was named the world’s tallest waterslide by the Guinness Book of World Records in 2014, shortly after it opened in the Schlitterbahn Waterpark in 2012. On Tuesday, March 27, a Wyandotte County grand jury indicted ... Read More