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Overdoses of OTC diarrhea drug increase in wake of opioid epidemic

Overdoses of an inexpensive, readily available, over-the-counter diarrhea drug have multiplied in recent years, in many cases by people addicted to opioids. They are using the drug seeking to prevent or self-treat withdrawal symptoms or to mimic the high of opioids like heroin, fentanyl or oxycodone, according to a study published in the journal Clinical Toxicology. Loperamide, also known by the brand-name Imodium, is a safe and effective drug for diarrhea when taken at its recommended dosage. But at higher doses, loperamide can cause opioid-like euphoria, and has even been dubbed “the poor man’s methadone” by clinicians. The misuse of ... Read More

U.S. Traffic Deaths Exceed 40K for Third Consecutive Year

U.S. traffic deaths exceeded 40,000 in 2018, the third year in a row that the number of people killed in traffic accidents surpassed the 40k mark. Additionally, 4.5 million people were seriously injured last year in traffic crashes, a 1-percent rise over 2017’s figures, according to the National Safety Council (NSC). Although data shows that traffic deaths have dipped slightly since 2016 (40,327 deaths) and 2017 (40,231 deaths), the estimated 40,000 people killed in 2018 is still 14 percent higher than four years ago. The spikes in traffic deaths were found in Florida, Hawaii, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, Oregon, Pennsylvania ... Read More

Workers sue J&J for overvaluing stocks amid asbestos scandal

Johnson & Johnson employees who trusted the company with their retirement savings by investing in the company’s stock are suing the consumer health care giant. They accuse the company of overvaluing its stocks while hiding the fact that its talcum powder products contained cancer causing asbestos, according to a proposed class action complaint filed in New Jersey federal court, Law360 reported. Lead plaintiff Michael Perrone claims that J&J and some of its senior executives violated the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) by failing to act in the best interest of their retirement plans because they knew for decades that ... Read More

Fruit Recalled in Several States Over Listeria Concerns

Concerns of potential Listeria monocytogenes contamination in fresh produce have prompted ALDI, Costco, Walmart, and other retailers to recall bags of peaches, nectarines, and plums from stores in several states. Listeria is a foodborne pathogen that can cause serious illness and death. The recalled produce was distributed by fruit distributor Jac Vandenberg Inc. of Yonkers, New York. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the recall affects 1,727 cartons of fresh peaches, 1,207 cartons of fresh nectarines, and 365 cartons of fresh plums. ALDI said in a recall announcement that it has removed recalled peaches, nectarines, and plums ... Read More

United Airlines Flight Stranded in Canada with Broken Door

A medical emergency forced a United Airlines flight to land in remote Newfoundland, Canada, Saturday, but it was a broken door that left the passengers and crew stranded in frigid temperatures for more than 15 hours. United Airlines Flight 179 departed from New Jersey’s Newark Liberty International Airport Saturday afternoon bound for Hong Kong but was diverted to a Canadian military base in Goose Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador, so a passenger aboard the aircraft could receive medical treatment. According to CNN, the plane landed in Goose Bay at 9:31 p.m. Medical personnel met the aircraft and transported a passenger to ... Read More

Massachusetts Boosts Tobacco Sales Age to 21

With the New Year comes a new Massachusetts state law boosting the minimum age for the purchase of all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, to 21. The new law comes on the heels of data showing that teens are turning to e-cigarettes and other vaping devices in alarming numbers, rolling back decades of progress in reducing smoking rates among U.S. youth. Considering that nicotine is harmful to the developing brains of people 25 and younger, it may be surprising to know that the new law makes Massachusetts just the sixth state to restrict the sale of tobacco products to individuals 21 ... Read More

One HealthPlus patient tests positive for hepatitis B

At least one patient developed the contagious liver disease hepatitis B after being treated at a New Jersey-based HealthPlus Surgical Center. The facility was shuttered for three weeks after state health inspectors found unsanitary conditions. Now the facility faces a new class action lawsuit filed by patients struggling with the possibility that they may have contracted a serious disease while being treated there. The announcement came just one week after HealthPlus in Saddle Brook urged 3,778 patients who were treated at the hospital from Jan. 1 to Sept. 7, 2018, to get tested because they may have been exposed to ... Read More

NJ hospital deemed unsanitary, urges patients to be tested

A New Jersey outpatient surgery center issued letters to thousands of patients urging them to undergo blood tests for serious infections like hepatitis and HIV after state health inspectors found unsanitary conditions at the facility. A total of 3,778 people who underwent procedures at the hospital between January and Sept. 7, 2018, received letters from HealthPlus Surgery Center in Saddle Brook informing them that “during this time period, lapses in infection control in sterilization/cleaning instruments and the injection of medications may have exposed patients to blood borne pathogens.” The facility was shuttered from Sept. 7 through Sept. 28 to improve ... Read More

Miami Construction Worker Impaled In Job Site Fall

A construction worker died after falling about 12 feet and suffering impalement injuries at a downtown Miami Beach construction site Dec. 17. Authorities did not identify the 35-year-old construction worker but said he was a mason employed by the New Jersey-based Rinaldi Group, a general contractor with operations in New Jersey, New York, Florida and Arizona. Miami Beach Fire Rescue reported that the accident occurred about 9 a.m. when the construction worker fell backward from the third-story level where he was working to the second story and became impaled on two pieces of reinforcing bar. Miami Beach Fire Department Division ... Read More

On-the-job injury leaves New Jersey man disabled

A 36-year-old former steel worker disabled after sustaining serious injuries while on the job at a construction site in New Jersey will receive $5.3 million. The settlement agreement comes just one month before the case was scheduled to go to trial, according to the New Jersey Law Journal. Richard Collier filed his lawsuit in Middlesex County Superior Court in New Jersey against Airport Road Construction Management, its subsidiary Airport Road Construction, and Monmouth Equipment Sales. The case was managed by Superior Court Judge Vincent LeBlon. Collier was employed by subcontractor 360 Steel Erectors, which was hired along with several other ... Read More