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New recommendations for Gardasil vaccine may put boys at risk

Despite outcry from parents of girls who have received the HPV vaccine Gardasil, and criticism about the vaccine’s effectiveness from one of its own creators, this month the American Academy of Pediatrics endorsed its use for boys. This follows a similar recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Critics of the vaccine, which has been linked to thousands of complaints of serious adverse side effects, are left to wonder why their voices are not being heard. When it was introduced by manufacturer Merck, Inc., in 2006, Gardasil was marketed as a preventative treatment for cervical cancer. A ... Read More

Commercial truck driver calls it quits after latest crash

“I’m not going to drive anymore,” now-retired truck driver J.E. Tucker told North Dakota’s Inforum news site, after losing control of a Freightliner dump truck in Fargo Monday, causing him to strike another vehicle and crash through nine units of a storage building. Although Mr. Tucker, a 57-year-old resident of Barnesville, Minnesota, told Inforum he would likely lose his commercial driver’s license because of the crash, Monday’s incident was really just the feather in the cap of a man whose health and driving record were a preamble for disaster. Mr. Tucker told Inforum he has Type 2 diabetes and also ... Read More

Clemson research offers hope for TBI patients

New hope for people living with the physical and mental impairments of traumatic brain injury has emerged from Clemson University. Assistant professor of bioengineering Ning Zhang used a combination of synthetic and natural materials in developing an injectable biomaterial that showed great promise for brain tissue regeneration in laboratory tests. According to Clemson, the material “has the potential to spur the growth of a patient’s own neural stem cells in the body, structurally repairing the brain injury site.” In previous lab studies conducted with rats, Zhang demonstrated “the reconstruction of a complete vascular network at the injury site as an ... Read More

Coco Crisp to undergo season-ending shoulder surgery

The season is over for Kansas City Royals outfielder Coco Crisp, who will undergo surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder. Royals manager Trey Hillman calls it a “pretty big blow” to the team. Crisp, who began experiencing pain in his shoulder last April, hasn’t played since June 12 after the pain in his shoulder began hampering his production. Prior to going on the disabled list, Crisp’s production dropped from .239 to .261. “When you lose someone like that,” Hillman said to The Kansas City Star, “it’s tough to replace. We tried to protect it, and we ... Read More

Royals’ Crisp may need shoulder surgery

Kansas City Royals outfielder Coco Crisp could be out for the rest of the season if the injury to his right shoulder turns out to be a torn labrum. He is getting second opinion from the renowned surgeon Dr. James Andrews. If it is torn, Crisp will have to decide whether to undergo immediate season-ending surgery or to put off surgery in hopes he can play again this season, according to The Kansas City Star. Crisp, who has not played since June 12, was put on the disabled list and restricted from all swinging and throwing activities. “Obviously, that’s not ... Read More

Investors, 6 Morgan Keegan, 0

Regions Morgan Keegan has suffered it sixth straight loss in arbitration negotiations with investors who claim they lost substantial amounts of money when RMK misrepresented its bond funds. The suits claim RMK presented the bond funds as low-risk investments, when they actually were tied to the volatile mortgage bond market. When the subprime mortgage lending crisis reached a peak, many investors lost up to 80 percent of their money almost overnight. This week, Morgan Keegan & Co., a subsidiary of Regions Financial Corp., was ordered to pay $950,000 to investor Jerome Woods, whose claim included allegations of fraud, negligence and ... Read More

Missouri restaurant pays back wages and penalties for FLSA violations

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division has cited a Missouri restaurant with numerous violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act, according to a report in the Bolivar Herald-Free Press. Smith’s restaurant in Bolivar will pay more than $36,000 in fines and back wages stemming from its violations of the FLSA’s overtime, minimum wage, and child labor regulations. $34,625 of the money recovered by the Wage and Hour Division will compensate 54 employees for back wages. Investigators found the restaurant had violated minimum wage laws by skimming money from the servers’ hourly pay to compensate bus staff. The ... Read More

Class action lawsuit against Tyson Foods will proceed

The U.S. District judge for the District of Kansas ruled this week that thousands of meatpacking workers may move forward against Tyson Foods, Inc. as a class action suit. The workers allege that they were denied overtime and other forms of compensation by the company. The ruling was a positive development for the workers, comprised mainly of Latin American immigrants who couldn’t afford to proceed individually. Hourly wage workers from Tyson’s slaughterhouses in Holcomb and Emporia, Kansas, originally filed the case in May 1006. Together, the Kansas operations employ some 3,300 hourly workers. The workers allege that Tyson owes them ... Read More

Two men sue company over design of defibrillator

Two area residents have filed federal class-action lawsuits over malfunctions they said could occur in Medtronic Inc. heart defibrillators implanted in more than a quarter-million patients. The lawsuits were filed against Minnesota-based Medtronic by Kenneth Carlile of Kansas City and Phillip S. Brown, a Johnson County resident. The complainants contend that Medtronic was negligent in its design of electronic wires – known as SprintFidelis leads – that connect the defibrillators to patients’ hearts. Medtronic in October voluntarily recalled the Sprint Fidelis wires because they can fracture, which causes them to give unnecessary shocks or not function at all. Medtronic said ... Read More