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TBI Study: Breakthrough Findings Could Help Treatment

University of Maryland researchers have identified an inflammatory process the brain undergoes in response to an injury that could better our understanding of how neurodegenerative diseases develop and potentially lead to better treatment of traumatic brain injuries. The study, published in the Journal of Neuroinflammation, found that levels of microparticles released from the brain’s immune cells, or microglia, soar in both the blood and brain following a traumatic brain injury (TBI), such as a concussion or severe blow to the head. In tests, researchers found these microparticles promoted inflammation and activated normal immune cells, making them potentially toxic to brain ... Read More

Court asked to lift cap on Risperdal damages

Plaintiff Nicholas Murray was caught on the wrong side of two different state laws, which greatly reduced the monetary award he was awarded by a jury for suffering a disfiguring side effect from Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen Pharmaceuticals antipsychotic medication Risperdal, the man’s attorneys argued to a Pennsylvania appeals court. In November 2015, Murray was won a $1.75 million verdict after a jury found that Risperdal caused Murry, as a boy, to develop female-like breasts. That award was later reduced after a judge found the case was bound by Maryland law, which limited economic damages to no more than $680,000. ... Read More

Salmonella outbreak linked to papayas

Caribeña brand Maradol papayas have been linked to an outbreak of salmonella that’s sickened at least 47 people in 12 states, 12 of whom have been hospitalized. One person has died. San Juan, Texas-based distributor Grande Produce has informed the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that it is recalling Caribeña brand Maradol papayas after testing by the Maryland Department of Health found the fruit at a retail location tested positive for the strains of Salmonella Kiambu and Thompason found in infected consumers. However, the company has not issued a press release alerting consumers to this recall, so the FDA is ... Read More

How Does Fracking Threaten Health, Environment?

Hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking” as it’s more commonly known, is the process of extracting oil and gas from subterranean layers of bedrock by forcing open fissures with liquid at high pressure. Fracking has become a major form of energy extraction in recent years and affects about one-third of the land in the lower 48 states. Just three states – Maryland, New York and Vermont – have banned fracking. Although fracking is widespread and its existence is well known, many people are not aware of the dangers this form of oil and gas extraction pose. Food & Water Watch, a national ... Read More

18 States Sue DeVos, DOE Over Student Loan Rule

Eighteen states and the District of Columbia are suing Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and the Department of Education over their plans to rescind a rule that would make it easier for students of predatory for-profit colleges to have their loans forgiven. The Borrower Defense Rule was adopted by the DOE in November and was set to take effect this month. Under the rule, students could have their loans erased if their for-profit college misrepresented the quality of its programs or broke a “contractual promise” with its students. The rule also would also allow the DOE to seek recovery of loan ... Read More

Plaintiffs again request PPI kidney injury MDL

Plaintiffs have filed another motion with the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) hoping to consolidate cases alleging kidney injuries were caused by acid-reducing proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) such as Prilosec, Nexium, Protonix, and Dexilant. MDL No. 2789 IN RE: Proton-Pump Inhibitor Products Liability Litigation (No. II) was filed on May 31, 2017. The drugs are accused of causing acute interstitial nephritis (AIN), chronic kidney disease, end stage renal disease, and kidney failure. Some of the complaints against the drug makers include: negligence, design defect, failure to warn, fraudulent concealment, warranty claims, and loss of consortium. In February, the JPML ... Read More

Cashews recalled; may contain glass shards

Customer complaints of finding shards of glass in 8-ounce cans of Southern Grove Cashew Halves and Pieces with Sea Salt has prompted the manufacturer to voluntarily recall two lots of the product. The Food and Drug Administration reports that New Jersey-based Star Snacks Co. produced the cashews and distributed them to ALDI stores in Washington DC and 28 states including: Alabama, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, Nebraska, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin and West Virginia. The containers include the UPC code ... Read More

Bus Crash in Maryland Injures 25, Mostly Students on DC Trip

Police in Maryland are investigating a commercial bus crash on Interstate 95 that injured 25 people, mostly middle school students from Philadelphia, Monday, May 15. The Baltimore Sun reports that a charter bus owned and operated by Werner Bus Lines, doing business as Werner Coach, was carrying 26 students and two teachers from Charles W. Henry School in Philadelphia, plus one parent and the bus driver to Washington D.C. for an educational tour of the city. The bus was traveling in the middle lane when a Honda Civic entered the fast lane to pass the bus and for unknown reasons ... Read More

School bus driver in deadly Baltimore crash unfit to drive, lawsuit alleges

The Baltimore school bus driver who lost control of his bus in November and struck a commuter bus, killing six and injuring 11 others, had been wrongly cleared to drive a bus despite a history of pervious crashes and serious health problems, a lawsuit filed on behalf of the victims claims. According to the Baltimore Sun, the lawsuit alleges that 67-year-old school bus driver Glenn Chappell had a history of seizures, hypertension, and diabetes, which should have disqualified him from driving a commercial vehicle under federal and state laws. Mr. Chappell was one of the six people killed in the ... Read More

Herbal tea recalled due to health risk

Los Angeles, California-based U.S. Deer Antler Ex. & Imp., is recalling several Herbal Teas after an inspection by the California Department of Public Health at the facility where the teas were prepared revealed that the teas were not produced according to approved guidelines, making them susceptible to contamination by Clostridium botulinum. The recall involves Herbal Tea Variety Batches prepared at the facility from April 1 to April 30, 2017. The tea was packaged in 120 mL pouches in cases with 40 pouches per case. Affected teas were distributed to individual customers and acupuncturists in California, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, North Carolina, Texas ... Read More