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New Mexico Tractor-Trailer Deemed a Public Hazard After Deadly Crash

A New Mexico-licensed tractor-trailer driver was arrested and ordered off the roads after an inspection following a deadly crash in Kansas turned up multiple violations. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) said that on June 13, commercial truck driver Evaristo Mora was driving a tractor-trailer through a work zone on U.S. 54 in Pratt County, Kansas, when his vehicle veered into oncoming traffic. Mr. Mora’s truck collided with another tractor-trailer head-on, killing the driver of that truck and a passenger in the cab of Mr. Mora’s vehicle. According to the FMCSA, Mr. Mora had been driving despite having an ... Read More

Flavored ice pops recalled due to listeria scare

Warmer weather is popsicle weather, but buyer beware. The Ziegenfelder Company is recalling about 3,000 cases of its Budget $saver Cherry Pineapple Monster Pops and Sugar Free Twin Pops because they may be tainted with Listeria monocytogenes, a bacteria that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy individuals may suffer short-term woes like fever, headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, but the illness can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cautions. No illnesses or incidents involving the possibly ... Read More

57 Million U.S. Cars on Road With Unrepaired Safety Defects

Nearly a quarter of all vehicles on U.S. roads are under an open safety recall, according to a new Carfax study, indicating millions of motorists are at risk of injury and death by driving vehicles with an unrepaired auto defect. Carfax, which operates the world’s largest vehicle history database, says that more than 57 million vehicles in the U.S. are under an open safety recall. That means problems such as faulty airbags, gear shifters, ignition switches, steering wheel assemblies, electronics, and a spectrum of other defects have the potential to cause harm, even years after the vehicles were recalled. The ... Read More

Hidden cameras reveal nursing home abuse

A hidden camera inside a Pompano Beach, Florida nursing home shows a certified nursing assistant forcefully trying to get a 94-year-old nonverbal man with dementia out of bed. She lets him fall into a chair and then hits him on the head. Later, another nursing assistant is shown dousing the man with mouthwash. “Mouthwash has alcohol in it. Guess what? He’s gong to end up with ulcers and bedsores from dried out skin, and that’s exactly what happened to this man when he had stage three ulcers that ultimately proved to be fatal,” said the attorney hired by the man’s ... Read More

Produce packer’s recall spurs chain reaction of recalls

Dozens of vegetable products are being pulled from grocery store shelves across the country after California-based Mann Packing announced it was recalling several of its products due to concerns that the vegetables had been contaminated with listeria, an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and people with compromised immune systems. It can also cause miscarriages and stillbirths in pregnant women. Mann Packaging’s recall spurred a chain of recalls from other companies who carry or use Mann Packaging’s produce products. Meijer, a Midwestern chain similar to Walmart, recalled nearly 20 different ... Read More

CDC program to raise awareness of opioid dangers

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has launched a campaign to help states fight the nation’s growing opioid epidemic. Rx Awareness is a powerful communication campaign featuring real-life accounts of people recovering from opioid addiction and those who have lost loved ones to prescription drug overdoses. The campaign is designed to raise awareness among Americans about the risks associated with the use of prescription opioids and stop misuse and abuse of the drug. The campaign’s tagline, “It only takes a little to lose a lot,” uses testimonials to explain the dangers of prescription opioids whether they are taken for ... Read More

FDA warns company about belladonna in infant teething tablets

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is cracking down on yet another homeopathic company for making children and infant teething tablets containing potentially toxic belladonna. The FDA warning letter was issued to New Mexico-based Nova Homeopathic Therapeutics Inc., and is dated Sept. 1. The agency also warned the company for not setting up adequate quality control measures for approving drug ingredients, processing and labeling. “You lack quality oversight for the manufacture of finished drugs, including those manufactured from ingredients that pose potentially toxic effects,” the letter stated. The FDA also accused the company of not conducting tests to ensure the ingredients ... Read More

Starbucks Blamed For Hot Tea Burn Injuries, Dog’s Death

A Denver woman who suffered severe burn injuries from a scalding hot cup of tea that also killed her dog when it spilled is suing Starbucks, alleging the too-hot tea was served to her through the drive-through window with a loose lid and without a protective sleeve. According to KDVR FOX 31 Denver, Deanna Salas-Solano, 58, ordered a 20-ounce hot tea to go, but when she held it, it was allegedly so hot that it began to burn her hands. Some of the scalding tea allegedly spilled onto her stomach, legs, and lap, melting her clothes. The pain was so ... Read More

Whistleblower Suit Leads To $12 Million Recovery From New Mexico Hospital

A whistleblower lawsuit against a Santa Fe, New Mexico hospital and its Texas-based parent company has led to a recovery of more than $12 million in federal and state Medicaid funds. Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center, part of the Christus Health network of hospitals, reached a settlement last week with the U.S. Justice Department, which had supported a False Claims Act lawsuit filed in 2011 by Diana Stepan, a former public health official for Los Alamos County. Ms. Stepan, who died last year, claimed that Christus St. Vincent engaged in a scheme involving New Mexico’s Sole Community Provider program, ... Read More

Woman Sues KFC For Hot Gravy Burn Injuries

A UK woman undergoing treatments for a serious burn injury she suffered when boiling hot gravy spilled onto her lap is suing KFC, claiming the unapologetic fried chicken chain is bound to injure others with its scalding hot food. Beth Smale, 22,  told The Sun that she and her boyfriend were running late for a family birthday party so they decided to have a quick lunch at a KFC in Milton Keynes, England. “We ordered the meal – a bucket of chicken – and got a side of gravy. We were eating in, but they gave it to us as ... Read More