Tagged Articles

Kansas 341 articles

Worker Succumbs to Severe Burn Injuries After Refinery Blast

A worker who was hospitalized with severe burn injuries from an explosion at an El Dorado, Kansas, oil refinery Monday, Sept. 4, has died. The worker, reported to be a man in his 50s, was injured in a blast at the HollyFrontier refinery, which processes about 135,000 barrels of crude oil per day at its facilities in El Dorado, about 30 miles northeast of Wichita. According to the Associated Press, the worker was taken to Via Christi Hospital St. Francis in Wichita with second- and third-degree burn injuries covering 80 percent of his body. He died in the hospital overnight, ... Read More

Five Alabama cities among most opioid addicted in country

Four Alabama cities rank among the top 15 cities with the highest rate of opioid abuse in the U.S. The list was compiled by health care information company Castlight Health, which used anonymous data on medical and pharmacy claims to determine which parts of the U.S. were hardest hit by the opioid crisis. The results shed a grim light on Alabama, one of the states where physicians aren’t required to check a database before writing a prescription for opioids, and other portions of the South. Nearly a third of all opioid prescriptions are abused, which translates to higher health costs ... Read More

Hours-of-Service Rules Relaxed In Wake of Harvey Flooding

Federal transportation officials have declared a state of emergency relaxing hours-of-service regulations for commercial truck drivers in 26 states to help expedite the overland shipment of fuel in the wake of Tropical Storm Harvey. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) made the announcement August 31 in response to “fuel shortages due to refinery delays and interruption of delivery through pipelines as a result of damage from Tropical Storm Harvey.” The storm dropped a record amount of rainfall in Houston and other parts of coastal Texas and Louisiana, resulting in the loss of power to major U.S. oil refineries, including ... Read More

Safety Lapses Cause Trench Cave-In Deaths

When a trench cave-in buried her son under tons of soil last December, Theresa O’Hare had to be held back physically from the owner of Arrow Plumbing LLC, a Blue Springs, Missouri company with a shoddy safety history. Ms. O’Hare’s son Donald J. “D.J.” Meyer, 33, was made to work on a sewer line at the bottom a 12-foot-deep trench that was not shored up to prevent a cave-in as federal safety rules mandate. The worksite was at a Belton, Missouri residence. According to The Kansas City Star, Ms. O’Hare re-lived some of that rage all over again when she ... Read More

Salmonella Outbreak Likely Linked To Arkansas Restaurant

Arkansas health officials investigating an outbreak of Salmonella illnesses say epidemiological tests conducted so far point to a restaurant in Stuttgart, Arkansas, to be the likely source of the foodborne illness. As many as 30 people have been sickened by Salmonella infection possibly tied to the outbreak, but only four of those have been confirmed. The Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) said that it continues to collect biological specimens from patients reporting to hospitals with symptoms of Salmonella infection. The ADH said that its tests so far suggest that the Chuck Wagon Restaurant in Stuttgart is the likely source of the ... Read More

Cold meds recalled due to possible contamination

Centurion Labs is recalling two lots of its cold and allergy medication Ninjacof manufactured by Vilvet of Dania Beach, Florida, and distributed by Centurion Labs because the products may be contaminated with Burkholderia cepacia, a bacteria that can be serious or even life threatening to some individuals. The recall was initiated after Centurion was notified by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regarding the potential contamination after the agency discovered the product may have been manufactured in a Pharmatech facility in Davie, Florida, the manufacturing company at the center of several medication recalls. Use of a product that contains B. ... Read More

Arkansas Woman Joins Thousands in IVC Filter Lawsuit

An Arkansas woman has filed a lawsuit against the manufacturer of her IVC filter, joining thousands of others seeking justice for their pain, which they say is a result of the medical device. Kelly B. was the recipient of a Gunther Tulip made by Cook Medical LLC for the prevention of pulmonary embolism (PE), a deadly condition in which a blood clot travels through the blood stream and reaches the lungs. The device was implanted on May 23, 2011, at Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock by Dr. Kenneth V. Robbins. Kelly says she was injured when the filter failed, resulting ... Read More

Statin recalled due to labeling mixup

International Laboratories LLC is recalling one lot of pravastatin tablets, a generic version of the cholesterol-lowering statin Pravachol, because the bottle may contain bupropion, a generic version of the antidepressant Wellbutrin. This labeling mixup could cause a patient to suffer potential serious side effects. For example, someone who mistakenly takes bupropion could experience nausea, vomiting, dry mouth, headache, constipation, sweating, sore throat, diarrhea, dizziness, restlessness and blurry vision. These are typically minor and reversible side effects. But people with epilepsy are at higher risk of seizure on bupropion because it lowers the seizure threshold. Also, people taking MAOIs can have ... Read More

Georgia Quarry Mining Death Triggers Investigation

Federal investigators are looking for answers in a mining accident that killed a quarry worker last month near Athens, Georgia. Online Athens reports that officials with the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) will be at Blue Sky Quarries in Oglethorpe County to interview witnesses, inspect the work site and equipment, and “ultimately, write up a report of their findings, which may include enforcement against the mine operator,” MSHA spokeswoman Amy Louviere said, according to Online Athens. The accident occurred when 36-year-old Matthew Walter Kanala IV of Elberton, Georgia, was driving wedges into a section of rock at the ... Read More

Tough New Amusement Laws Could Kill Kansas County Fair

Amusement rides in carnivals and county fairs, a Kansas tradition since the mid-1800s, will likely become history unless state legislators amend tough new legislation whipped up after the tragic death of Caleb Schwab, the 10-year-old boy who was killed on an extreme waterslide in Kansas City, Kansas, last summer. According to The Hutchinson News, at least one Western Kansas county has decided to no longer have rides at its annual carnival even though the new regulations won’t take effect until 2018. Other counties predicted that they are almost 100 percent certain they will no longer be able to offer rides ... Read More