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New study examines air quality near oil and gas operations as an ‘underexplored human health concern’

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A study conducted throughout five states in the U.S. points to unconventional oil and gas production releasing air pollutants that far exceed Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recommended levels. Throughout the states of Wyoming, Arkansas, Pennsylvania, Colorado and Ohio, 35 air samples were taken at specific oil and gas production sites during increased industrial activity or when workers were feeling negative health symptoms such as headache, nausea or dizziness. According to the report, which was published in the open access journal Environmental Health, researchers “explored air quality at a previously neglected scale: near a range of unconventional oil and gas development and production sites ... Read More

Uncontrolled opioid U-47700 linked to at least 50 deaths

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Several states are taking measures to halt the spread of an unapproved opioid drug eight times more powerful than morphine that has been linked to at least 50 deaths in the U.S. Georgia, Ohio, Wyoming and Kansas have already banned or taken action to ban the medication, but the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has yet to control it. The drug, known as U-47700, is a synthetic opioid that is either swallowed , snorted or injected. U-47700 can cause eye, skin, or respiratory irritation and is harmful if inhaled, ingested or absorbed through the skin. The drug produces strong effects including sedation ... Read More

OSHA Steps Up Fight Against Whistleblower Retaliation With New Pilot Program

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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has launched a test run for its first severe violator enforcement program for employers that continually and willfully disregard the rights of whistleblowers. OSHA’s Whistleblower-Severe Violator Enforcement Program (W-SVEP) will be modeled after a similar program that has been in use for years – the Severe Violator Program, which helps regulators deal with employers that routinely ignore federal workplace safety and health regulations and protects workers by bringing workplaces up to code. OSHA’s Whistleblower-Severe Violator Enforcement Program became effective May 27, 2016, in Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, and companies under federal enforcement in Iowa. The new ... Read More

Johnson and Johnson, plaintiffs close to settling power morcellator lawsuits

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Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary Ethicon are making a move to settle dozens of lawsuits involving its hysterectomy tool that’s been blamed for spreading undetected uterine cancer. The lawsuits involve power morcellators, which have tube-like blades that shred uterine fibroids or entire uteruses within the body and remove the tissue through a small incision in the abdomen. Johnson & Johnson was a top seller of power morcellators, but stopped selling the devices in 2014 after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned that about 1 in 350 women had undiagnosed uterine cancer that could be spread by power morcellation. One ... Read More

E. coli outbreak prompts General Mills flour recall; 38 sickened

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General Mills, the American multinational food manufacturer headquartered in Minnesota, is now in the process of recalling nearly 10 million pounds of flour after the product was linked to an E. coli outbreak. The flour is being investigated in connection with 38 people across 20 states in the U.S. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), half of the 38 consumers that reported illnesses said they were making homemade food with the flour prior to becoming sick. Some of the consumers also claim to have possibly ingested raw dough or batter. The flour recall includes General Mills’ signature Gold Medal ... Read More

Worker’s finger amputation leads to OSHA fines for Georgia battery manufacturer

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While federal regulators were investigating unsafe working conditions at a Salina, Kansas, battery manufacturing plant, the middle finger of a 32-year-old worker was amputated by an unguarded machine, prompting a second probe. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited Milton, Georgia-based Exide Technologies with one willful and 10 serious safety and health violations based on its findings from a Dec. 3 injury inspection. Exide specializes in smart-battery development and advanced materials and process design at research facilities in the U.S., Germany, Italy and Spain. The company employs about 620 workers at the Salina facility and 5,000 globally. OSHA’s December ... Read More

Trader Joe’s Kale & Edamame Salads Recalled For Salmonella Risk

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WCD (World Class Distribution) Kitchen LLC, a California-based food supplier, is recalling Kale & Edamame Salads it prepared for Trader Joe’s stores because of concerns the salads may be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), 3,763 of the potentially contaminated Kale & Edamame salads were distributed mostly to Trader Joe’s stores in the Midwest. The affected salads are packaged in 10-oz. plastic clamshell containers and bear the UPC code 00967112 and a “use by” dates ranging from May 5, 2016, through May 14, 2016. The affected salads were sold in Trader Joe’s stores ... Read More

B. Braun recalls defective hemodialysis machines

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B. Braun Medical Inc is recalling Dialog+ Hemodialysis Systems because they may have defective conductivity sensors that could cause improper blood filtration. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has identified this as a Class I recall, the most serious type of recall reserved for products in which use may cause serious injuries or death. The recall involves 1,033 units with the model numbers 710200L, 710200K, 710200S, 710200U, 710500L, and 710500K. The devices were manufactured April 1, 2013 to July 3, 2013 and distributed June 25, 2013 to October 7, 2015. Affected hemodialysis systems were distributed to hospitals, health facilities, and ... Read More

Missouri Man Dies After IVC Filter Travels to His Heart

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Eugene Benzing, a husband, father and grandfather to eight grandchildren, died on a hospital floor at University of Kansas Medical Center while recovering from bariatric surgery. Doctors discovered his Recovery IVC filter had broken away and entered his heart. When Benzing decided to have bariatric surgery, doctors were hesitant to perform the surgery because he had a history of pulmonary embolism. A doctor finally agreed to the surgery if he would be implanted with an IVC filter first, the Recovery model made by C.R. Bard.  A retrievable IVC filter is a spider-like device inserted into the inferior vena cava (the largest vein in ... Read More

Ford Issues Safety Recalls For Powertrain Control and Tire Defects

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Ford Motor Company issued a safety recall Wednesday of more than 200,000 vehicles in the United States and Canada, citing potential defects in the powertrain control module that could cause the driver to lose control of the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash. The recall encompasses 201,900 vehicles and includes certain 2011 and 2012 Ford F-150 pickup trucks, 2012 Ford Expedition SUVs, Lincoln Navigator SUVs built in 2011, and Ford Mustangs built in 2011 and 2012. Ford reports that the output speed sensor in the transmission lead frame of these vehicles could, under certain conditions, malfunction and force a ... Read More