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Vaping Heightens Risks of Catastrophic Health Problems

Vaping products are widely touted as a better alternative to smoking conventional tobacco cigarettes, but are they? According to a new study published by the American College of Cardiologists, vaping nicotine can be catastrophic to your health in much the same way smoking is. The study found that people who vape were 56 percent more likely to have a heart attack and 30 percent more likely to suffer a stroke than people who do not use vaping products. Coronary artery disease and circulatory problems, including blood clots, were also much higher among those who use vaping products —10 percent and ... Read More

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

Utility contractors fined after fatal explosion

An explosion last July in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, that killed a firefighter was caused by two utility contractors when they failed to establish the location of underground utilities prior to beginning excavation work, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) said in a news release. Verizon Wireless had contracted with Bear Communications LLC of Lawrence, Kansas, for a fiber optics project in Sun Prairie. Bear had subcontracted with VC Tech Inc., of Ypsilanti, Michigan. VT Tech’s employees were working in the vicinity of the explosion but had evacuated before the explosion, according to a Bear spokesperson. ... Read More

U.S. Traffic Deaths Exceed 40K for Third Consecutive Year

U.S. traffic deaths exceeded 40,000 in 2018, the third year in a row that the number of people killed in traffic accidents surpassed the 40k mark. Additionally, 4.5 million people were seriously injured last year in traffic crashes, a 1-percent rise over 2017’s figures, according to the National Safety Council (NSC). Although data shows that traffic deaths have dipped slightly since 2016 (40,327 deaths) and 2017 (40,231 deaths), the estimated 40,000 people killed in 2018 is still 14 percent higher than four years ago. The spikes in traffic deaths were found in Florida, Hawaii, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, Oregon, Pennsylvania ... Read More

Companies hit with $18 million verdict for exposing mechanic to asbestos

An Arkansas federal jury awarded a deceased mechanic’s son $18 million after finding that Honeywell International, among other parties, were responsible for causing his father’s fatal mesothelioma, Law360 reports. Ronald Burlie Thomas filed a lawsuit against 11 companies including Honeywell and Ford Motor Company. He died at the age of 72 in December 2017. Following Mr. Thomas’ death, his son, Michael Lyn Thomas, stepped in as the plaintiff. Ronald Thomas claimed that he was exposed to asbestos in materials he used while working as a mechanic. Honeywell’s predecessor, Bendix Corp., made the brakes that the jury determined were the source ... Read More

Contractors Cited for Wisconsin Gas Explosion

Federal authorities investigating a natural gas explosion that destroyed a city block of downtown Sun Prairie, Wisconsin and killed a business owner have faulted two utility contractors, alleging they failed to follow proper safety procedures before drilling underground lines. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) assessed one serious penalty each for Kansas-based Bear Communications and VC Tech of Michigan and proposed the maximum allowable fine of $12,934. Verizon contracted Bear Communications to run fiber optic cable lines under the city. Bear Communications subcontracted VC Tech to perform horizontal directional boring – a technique used in laying underground lines without ... Read More

Speed Was a Factor in Deadly Arkansas Charter Bus Crash, Authorities Say

The driver of a charter bus that sped off the highway and rolled into a drainage ditch last month, killing a 9-year-old boy and injuring dozens of others, was driving too fast for conditions, Arkansas authorities said. The charter bus, owned by Flannigan Tours of Southaven, Mississippi, but leased to Scott Shuttle Services, was transporting a youth all-star football team from Dallas home to Memphis when the crash occurred. Arkansas State Police say the charter bus was traveling east on Interstate 30 on Dec. 3. Driver Eula Jarrett, 65, attempted to get off the highway at the 111 exit ramp. ... 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

Wisconsin Gas Explosion Victims Seek Justice

Three people harmed by the gas explosion that leveled an entire block of downtown Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, have filed lawsuits against the utilities and contractors they say are responsible for the deadly blast. Abigail Barr, the widow of firefighter Cory Barr, filed a lawsuit Dec. 20, the same day authorities announced there would be no criminal charges in connection with the blast. Mr. Barr was killed in the July 10 gas explosion that destroyed a bar he owned and several other buildings. According to the lawsuit, Mr. Barr was not on the premises to respond to the emergency. The blast ... Read More

Arkansas Truck Driver ‘A Hazard to Public Safety,’ FMCSA Says

Federal authorities have ordered an Arkansas-licensed commercial truck driver to cease driving any commercial vehicles across state lines, calling him “an imminent hazard to public safety.” The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) says that it served truck driver Jeffery Scott Mitchell with an out-of-service order on Dec. 14, citing a record of serious “egregious violations,” including some concerning alcohol and drug use. During five separate roadside safety inspections within the last nine months, Mr. Mitchell has been cited and taken into custody by law enforcement officers in Arizona, California, Georgia, Mississippi and Tennessee for being either under the influence ... Read More