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McCain hash browns may contain golf ball parts

What goes with hash browns? For some,  the answer might just be golf balls. Wait, what? According to an announcement by McCain Foods USA, their hash browns could “be contaminated with extraneous golf ball materials, that despite (their) stringent supply standards may have been inadvertently harvested with potatoes used to make this product.” Though no injuries have been reported, the golf ball pieces pose a choking and injury hazard, and two brands of hash browns are under recall. Products impacted by the recall include Roundy’s Brand, 2 lb. Bag of Frozen Southern Style Hash Browns (UPC 001115055019) and Harris Teeter Brand, ... Read More

Exploding Laptop Battery Burns Maryland Clinic Employee

An employee at a Maryland mental health agency suffered burn injuries when the lithium-ion battery in her laptop computer exploded and caught fire Wednesday morning, April 19. According to the Kent Herald and Bay Times, the Goodwill Volunteer Fire Company of Centreville, Maryland, responded to a report of fire from the Bridges Behavioral Health and Wellness agency shortly before 10:30 a.m. Firefighters found upon arriving at the scene that an employee had been able to extinguish the blaze, the Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office said. The 58-year-old woman who was working on the computer when the incident occurred suffered burns ... Read More

Teavana Flip Tumblers Recalled Over Breakage, Burn Risks

Starbucks unit Teavana is recalling more than 23,000 of 14-ounce “flip tumblers” sold in the U.S. after receiving a dozen reports that the item leaks and poses a burn risk. The tumblers, which are designed to hold hot liquid and steep hot tea, come with a clear plastic cap and a welded black base that screws onto a stainless steel tumbler. The tumblers were sold in black and silver models with the name “Teavana” printed on the side. They were sold in Teavana stores nationwide and online at Tevan.com from October 2016 through February 2017 for about $40. According to ... Read More

1 Person Dead, 2 Injured In Army Black Hawk helicopter Crash on Maryland Golf Course

The Army is investigating the cause of a Black Hawk helicopter crash that killed one crew member and seriously injured two others on a Maryland golf course Monday afternoon. The UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter was from the 12th Aviation Battalion stationed at Davison Airfield in Fort Belvoir, Virginia. The aircraft was performing routine training exercises when, according to witnesses, there appeared to be something wrong with it. One witness, who works in the pro shop of the Breton Bay Golf and Country Club in Leonardtown, Maryland, where the crash occurred, told WJZ Baltimore that the Black Hawk was “flying kind ... Read More

Trial dates set for first two bellwether cases in fungal meningitis outbreak

Trial dates for the first two bellwether cases in the multidistrict litigation in to the 2012 multistate fungal meningitis outbreak linked to a compounding pharmacy have been set by U.S. District Judge Rya Zobel, the Massachusetts federal judge overseeing the case. The first trial is sechduled for Oct. 30 and involves the case of a patient who survived the outbreak. The next trial will begin after the first ends, and is brought on behalf of a patient who died from injuries caused by the infection. The outbreak is blamed on contaminated steroid shots manufactured by New England Compounding Center (NECC) ... Read More

Tractor-Trailer Loses Brakes on Pennsylvania Road, Slams Into Church

A tractor-trailer loaded with steel beams apparently lost its brakes while traveling down a steep road in southwestern Pennsylvania Tuesday, April 4, causing the driver to lose control of the vehicle and crash into a local church. The accident happened in the town of Wellersburg, Pennsylvania, on the Pennsylvania-Maryland state line, as the truck was making the steep descent on State Route 160, the Cumberland Times-News reported. The driver of the truck was taken to Western Maryland Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries. No other people were harmed in the crash. The Mt. Harmony United Methodist Church, however, could ... Read More

Judge Refuses To Dismiss Whistleblower Suit Accusing MedStar of Medicare Fraud

Columbia, Maryland-based hospital operator Medstar Health Inc. will have to face a False Claims Act lawsuit filed by a whistleblower, alleging it conspired with Accretive Health Inc., a hospital revenue cycle management firm, to falsely bill Medicare for patient treatments. U.S. District Judge Robert M. Dow Jr., Northern District of Illinois, refused to dismiss the False Claims Act lawsuit brought by former MedStar employee Cherry Graziosi. Ms. Graziosi accuses the hospital system of working with Accretive to alter physician-recommended treatments for Medicare patients with the intent to drive up the number of patient admissions and boost Medicare billings. “Accretive for a ... Read More

FDA seeks public input regarding treatment options for autism

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is holding a public meeting this spring to gain insight from people with autism and their families regarding new pharmaceutical treatments for the developmental condition. “The public meeting is intended to allow FDA to obtain patient perspectives on the impact of autism on daily life as well as patient views on treatment approaches for autism,” the FDA said in a public notice. Autism is one of 20 conditions the FDA aims to seek input on to better understand the impact diagnoses have on patients’ daily lives, the types of treatments that benefit patients most, ... Read More

Plaintiffs Push to Consolidate Smith & Nephew Metal-on-Metal Hip claims in MDL

On Feb. 1, plaintiffs filed a petition asking the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) to consider consolidating complaints against Smith & Nephew over its Birmingham Hip Resurfacing (BHR) and R3 Acetabular System devices. As many as 31 cases are still pending in 22 federal district courts, according to the petition, and dozens more are expected to flood in. Pretrial coordination before a single judge in Maryland would facilitate resolution of the claims, the plaintiffs say. In June of 2012, Smith & Nephew recalled its R3 Acetabular System, an optional metal liner component used in hip implant devices. This includes about 7,700 metal liners that ... Read More

Two Injured In Crash With Georgetown University Men’s Basketball Team Bus

Two people were injured after their SUV was struck from behind by a motor coach carrying the Georgetown University men’s basketball team Feb. 6. The bus was traveling north on I-95 from Washington D.C., home of Georgetown University, to Philadelphia ahead of a Feb. 7 game against the Villanova Wildcats when the collision occurred just after 2:30 p.m. “The accident involved another vehicle and occurred on I-95 North outside of Baltimore,” a Georgetown team spokesman said in a statement. “There were no major injuries to members of the team. The company provided another bus for the team to continue its ... Read More