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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


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

Amtrak, BNSF sue Cattle Feed Company Over Kansas Train Derailment


Amtrak and BNSF Railway Company have filed a lawsuit against a Cimarron, Kansas, cattle feed company whose truck allegedly damaged the railroad tracks in southwestern Kansas and caused a Chicago-bound passenger train to derail last month. The lawsuit, filed in federal court in Kansas, accuses Cimarron Crossing Feeders LLC of negligence in damaging the tracks and seeks more than $75,000 in damages. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigated the March 14 derailment, which injured 32 passengers, including at least two critically, tracing fresh tire tracks in the area of the damaged track back to the Cimarron Crossings feed truck ... Read More

Could other companies start settling power morcellator lawsuits?


Johnson & Johnson, maker of about three quarters of the controversial power morcellator devices used to perform hysterectomies, is raising eyebrows of other power morcellator manufacturers by settling personal injury claims over cancer spread. But those other companies have yet to enter into any agreements with clients. Johnson & Johnson discontinued sales of its power morcellator in July 2014 following concerns that the device could spread undiagnosed uterine cancer. Since then, the company has settled about 70 lawsuits and is working to resolve even more. The news comes just months after the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation consolidated several morcellator ... Read More

OSHA deems Russell Stover a ‘Severe Violator’ of safety rules after potentially deadly chemical release


IOLA, Kan. – An air conditioning unit pipe failed at a Russell Stover candy manufacturing facility in September 2015, releasing several pounds of anhydrous ammonia into the air and forcing the evacuation of hundreds of workers as emergency alarms sounded. Although no workers were injured by the leak, the incident prompted a federal investigation of the Kansas plant that uncovered multiple safety violations, many of which put employees at serious risk of injury and death and landed Russell Stover Candies Inc. in the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Severe Violator Enforcement Program. The violations for which OSHA cited the ... Read More

U.S. Forms Ten Regional Task Forces To Tackle Elder Abuse

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The U.S. Justice Department announced the launch of 10 regional Elder Justice Task Forces that will combine the resources and efforts of federal, state, and local prosecutors with law enforcement agencies and providers of services to the elderly to better pursue elder abuse in nursing homes that provide “grossly substandard care” to their residents. The newly launched Elder Justice Task Forces will include representatives from the U.S. Attorneys’ Offices, state Medicaid Fraud Control Units, state and local prosecutors’ offices, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), state Adult Protective Services agencies, Long-Term Care Ombudsman programs, and law enforcement. The task forces ... Read More

Fracking Puts 7 Million People in the U.S. At Risk Of Man-Made Earthquakes, Survey Finds

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A steep escalation of domestic fuel production in recent years has already taken a giant toll on the environment with unprecedented numbers of pipeline ruptures, oil spills, gas leaks, and fuel train crashes; now a new report finds that seven million U.S. residents are at risk of man-made earthquakes as well due to widespread fracking activity. According to a U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the highest risk of hydraulic-fracking-induced earthquakes are Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, and Texas. Oklahoma, which normally experiences just one or two earthquakes a year, has experienced hundreds since fracking swept the state in ... Read More

Cattle Feed Truck Distorted Track Before Amtrak Derailment, NTSB Finds


Federal investigators probing the March 14 derailment of  the Amtrak Southwestern Chief in Cimarron, Kan., said that a commercial truck delivering feed to a cattle ranch struck the train track earlier and shifted it at least a foot. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said the deformity in the track caused Amtrak’s Southwest Chief, which travels between Los Angeles and Chicago, to derail shortly after midnight as many passengers were sleeping. Eight train cars drove off the tracks and four toppled over onto their sides, injuring at least 32 passengers, including two who remain in the hospital with critical injuries. ... Read More

OSHA investigating the death of an electrician in Kansas City

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The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has announced that is in the process of investigating the death of an electrician in Kansas City, Mo. The victim, 40-year-old Jonathan Melton, was discovered bleeding and not breathing by a co-worker while working in the Briarcliff Hilltop Office Building. According to the police report, the co-worker found Melton after hearing someone cry out, “I need help,” and going to his aid. After the co-worker attempted cardiopulmonary resuscitation, Melton was taken to the North Kansas City Hospital where he was later pronounced dead. Melton had been employed by H & S Electrical ... Read More

FDA cracks down on dietary supplements containing ‘adulterated’ ingredients


The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is coming down hard on manufacturers of dietary supplements, hitting five companies with warning letters this week for including “adulterated” dietary ingredients in their products. The companies were targeted for selling a stimulant called acacia rigidula, also known as vachellia rigidula, chaparro prieto or blackbrush. The ingredient wasn’t marketed prior to 1994, making it a “new dietary ingredient” under federal law. The supplement is marketed for weight loss and energy. At least one manufacturer was cited for selling a supplement that contained acacia rigidula that also contained ephedra, a drug the agency banned in ... Read More