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CPSC Issues Another LayZ Board Hoverboard Warning, Multiple Recalls

A second house fire caused by a LayZ Board hoverboard has triggered another warning from federal authorities urging consumers to stop using that brand of self-balancing mobile device immediately. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued its latest warning about LayZ Board hoverboards Tuesday, Nov. 14, along with seven safety recalls for other hoverboards, all of which contain rechargeable lithium batteries that pose the threat of overheating, exploding, and starting fires. The CPSC issued its first warning about fire and explosion risks posed by LayZ Board hoverboards on May 1, after one of the hoverboards started a fire in ... Read More

NTSB: Sleep Apnea, Fatigue Among Causes of Deadly Casino Bus Crash

A deadly crash between a casino bus and a tractor trailer that killed 13 people near Palm Springs, California last year likely resulted from a driver’s undiagnosed sleep apnea and an inadequate traffic management plan by the state to control traffic in a work zone, federal investigators determined. In its investigation of the Oct. 23, 2016, crash of a 47-passenger 1996 MCI motor coach operated by USA Holiday, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) found that the casino bus slammed into the back of a stopped tractor-trailer at a high speed. The crash killed the casino bus driver and 12 passengers ... Read More

Plaintiffs in ovarian cancer talc cases are still fighting

In August the first California jury to hear a talc ovarian cancer case awarded now-deceased plaintiff Eva Echeverria a staggering $417 million, $110 million more than all four of the previous Missouri verdicts combined. The jury found that Johnson and Johnson’s talc-containing products contributed to the development of Echeverria’s ovarian cancer and the company should have warned her and other consumers of its products’ risks. They backed up this conclusion with $347 million in punitive damages. However, on Oct. 20, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Maren E. Nelson overturned the verdict, granting Johnson and Johnson’s motion for judgment notwithstanding the ... Read More

Stem cell research good news for those with alopecia

Hair loss affects 50 million men and 30 million women in the United States according to CNBC. There are many causes of hair loss or alopecia. All of them impact individuals’ sense of self. Genetics, stress, immune disease, injury to the scalp, and toxic drugs can all cause hair loss. Some hair loss is temporary, other hair loss is permanent. Hair loss associated with cancer treatment is expected to be temporary, however, chemotherapy drug Taxotere has been linked to the side effect of permanent alopecia. The drug may damage or alter the hair follicle, and the stem cells necessary for ... Read More

Toxins Found in Systems of Porter Ranch Residents exposed to gas leak

Porter Ranch residents who were exposed to the Aliso Canyon gas leak have been found to have high levels of uranium, lithium and styrene, a derivative of benzene, in their systems. The toxic levels in their systems were found by urine and hair samples taken from the residents, who live near the site of the gas leak. An estimated 100,000 metric tons of methane gushed from an aged well just above Porter Ranch in January 2016. The well was operated by Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas). According to Los Angeles Daily News, the leak left thousands of nearby residents sick and forced them ... Read More

Los Angeles attorney questions drug’s use in nursing homes

Avanir Pharmaceuticals is now the subject of a Los Angeles City investigation to determine whether the drug company broke state or federal laws in aggressively marketing its medication Nuedexta to nursing home residents for whom the drug may be unnecessary and potentially harmful. CNN reported that Avanir may have inappropriately and possibly fraudulently marketed Nuedexta, even paying tens of thousands of dollars in kickbacks to doctors to help push the drug. “Those to whom this medication is being administered are as vulnerable as anyone can be. They rely on other people to make decisions for them,” said LA City Attorney ... Read More

Stars Gather to Celebrate Life of Anton Yelchin

Several celebrities gathered in a Hollywood Cemetery Sunday to celebrate the life of Anton Yelchin, the 27-year-old actor of Star Trek fame whose life was cut short in a rollaway accident involving his Jeep Grand Cherokee. The “Life Celebration” service brought together a spectrum of Hollywood stars who knew the actor professionally and personally, including Jennifer Lawrence, J.J. Abrams, Emile Hirsch, Jon Voight, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg, and many others who worked with Mr. Yelchin during his 15-year film and television career. Mr. Yelchin’s parents, who immigrated to California from Russia when Anton was a child, were also in attendance ... Read More

Phillips 66 Drops Controversial California Oil Train Expansion Plan

Phillips 66 has agreed to drop its lawsuit challenging the California county of San Louis Obispo’s denial of a proposed oil train terminal the energy corporation wanted to build in the coastal town of Nipomo. Phillips 66 started pushing its Rail Spur Project in 2013, hoping to build the terminal in Nipomo that would have required oil trains to haul more than 7 million gallons of crude oil per week through California. Much of the oil train’s haul would have included tar sands crude, a highly viscous form of oil that oil companies treat with a multitude of toxic chemicals ... Read More

U.S. Claims Seafood Producer A Threat to Public Health

Federal authorities are taking legal action against a Los Angeles smoked fish and seafood manufacturer in an effort to prevent adulterated and potentially harmfully foods from entering the market. The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) said it filed a civil action against Michel Cordon Bleu Inc. and its owner Michel G. Blanchet, a French-trained chef, who prepare, pack, store, and distribute vacuum-packed, ready-to-eat smoked fish and shellfish. The government’s action mainly centers on the company’s failure to conduct a required hazard analysis to detect the presence of Listeria monocytogenes and Clostridium botulinum toxin formation in their vacuum-packed fish or fishery products. ... Read More

Purdue must face Washington city’s opioid lawsuit

Purdue Pharma, maker of the highly dependent opioid painkiller OxyContin, must face a lawsuit waged by the City of Everett, Washington, alleging the drug maker supplied the drug to “obviously suspicious” doctors and pharmacies, further exacerbating the country’s growing opioid epidemic, Law360 reports. Everett, a city near Seattle with a population of about 130,000, claimed Purdue failed to protect it from the spread of prescription opioids, putting the city at risk for drug trafficking by street gangs. Purdue had asked a Washington federal judge to dismiss the city’s complaint based on several reasons such as there being no direct link ... Read More