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Several Passengers Injured In Long Island Railroad Train Derailment

Several dozen people were injured Saturday night when two Long Island Railroad trains sideswiped and derailed in Nassau County, N.Y. The accident occurred just after 9 p.m. when an eastbound Oyster Bay Line train carrying about 600 passengers struck a maintenance train laden with paint that may have been on the wrong track, shearing off sections of the train cars and forcing several of them off the track. Twenty-nine people were hospitalized for injuries, including four who sustained serious injuries. As many as 100 others were treated at the scene for minor injuries. Many of the passengers were trapped inside ... Read More

Weight loss supplement linked to cases of manic episodes

Aggressive marketing campaigns promoting the so-called weight loss and fat burning benefits of the dietary supplement garcinia cambogia have created a huge following, but Consumer Reports wants buyers to beware. Not only is there is little evidence that the product is effective, new reports have emerged that link the ingredient to serious psychological side effects, the publication reports. Three cases were detailed in the journal Primary Care Companion for CNS Disorders in which people experienced a manic episode, a condition marked by euphoria, delusions, and over-excitement, after taking unspecified amounts of the supplement. “They all exhibited classic symptoms of mania ... Read More

Tau imaging may help diagnose CTE while patients are still alive

Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) is a devastating degenerative brain disease caused by the buildup of tau. This protein is produced when the brain has suffered injury, such as a concussion. Repeated head blows can trigger the production of more tau, resulting in CTE. Several former National Football League (NFL) players have been diagnosed with CTE posthumously, since the disease can only be diagnosed during an autopsy. But researchers with Mount Sinai in New York City have found that a type of imaging called tau radiotracer may be able to detect tau and enable doctors to diagnose CTE while patients are ... Read More

Lincoln Tunnel Bus Collision Injures Dozens

The driver of a NJ TRANSIT bus was cited for three traffic violations after a collision with another NJ TRANSIT bus inside the Lincoln Tunnel Monday morning, injuring more than 40 people. The crash occurred around 8:40 a.m. in the center tube extending underground from New Jersey to Manhattan. Authorities said the driver of the 128 Line bus out of Fairview, N.J., made an illegal lane change that caused the driver of another NJ TRANSIT bus out of Ridgefield, N.J., to rear-end it. Emergency workers responding to the accident evaluated about 44 injured people at the scene and transported 28-30 ... Read More

Mount Sinai Hospitals Settle Whistleblower Lawsuit Alleging They Held Onto Medicare, Medicaid Overpayments

Three Mount Sinai Health System hospitals have agreed to pay the U.S. government nearly $3 million to settle a False Claims Act lawsuit brought by a whistleblower who accused them of keeping Medicare and Medicaid overpayments beyond the 60-day repayment window. According to Modern Healthcare, the New York City hospitals named in the complaint – Mount Sinai Beth Israel, Mount Sinai St. Luke’s, and Mount Sinai Roosevelt – were a part of Continuum Health Partners when the alleged overpayments were made in 2009 and 2010. The 444 overpayments at the crux of the case total $844,000. Mount Sinai Health System ... Read More

Ship Captain Awarded $1.1 Million In Whistleblower Retaliation Case

The captain of a cargo ship who alleged he was fired for reporting safety violations to the U.S. Coast Guard has been awarded more than $1 million in back pay, damages, and other compensation by a U.S. Labor Department administrative law judge. The award is the largest damages award ever under the whistleblower provisions of the federal Seaman’s Protection Act (SPA). According to the Connecticut Law Tribune, John Loftus, Captain of the 813-foot-long container ship Horizon Trader, filed a complaint with the U.S. Labor Department claiming he was unlawfully terminated for reporting ship malfunctions that went unfixed and other safety ... Read More

NYC reports first-ever woman-to-man Zika transmission

New York City health officials have identified the first suspected woman-to-man sexual transmission of the mosquito-borne Zika virus. The unnamed woman “engaged in a single event of condomless vaginal intercourse with a male partner the day she returned to NYC from travel to an area with ongoing Zika virus transmission,” said Alexander Davidson with the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. At the time, the woman was showing symptoms of Zika infection. A week later, the man she had intercourse with was also diagnosed with Zika and exhibiting symptoms such as fever, rash, joint pain and conjunctivitis. Researchers determined ... Read More

Problems with Metal-on-Metal Hip implants may be detected with MRI before painful symptoms appear

According to a study published by the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, problems with metal-on-metal hip implants such as inflammation and tissue damage may be present before symptoms such as as discomfort or pain ever appear. The researchers say that implant failure can be detected with a simple MRI before the patient ever experiences the first signs of pain, and before the surrounding tissue sustains any further damage. Inflammation of the joint lining is called synovitis, and is linked with metal-on-metal hip implants, manufacturers of these devices are currently facing a number of lawsuits alleging injuries linked to their products. Other metal-on-metal hip manufacturers such as Smith & Nephew, Wright ... Read More

Jury Awards Passenger Injured In NYC MTA Bus Crash $2.9 Million

A jury in Brooklyn, N.Y., has awarded a woman badly injured in a 2005 New York City Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) bus crash $2.9 million for medical expenses, lost earnings, and pain. Evelis Guevara, 31, was 20 years old when she was riding an MTA bus with her friend’s baby in her lap. The bus driver slammed on the brakes when the driver of an Acura tried to make an illegal left turn on Fifth Ave. and Second St. The car instead collided with the bus, which allegedly crossed the double yellow line in an attempt to pass. The collision ... Read More

Two Separate FDNY Fire Truck Crashes In Queens Injure Several People

New York authorities are investigating two crashes involving FDNY fire trucks that both occurred on Sunday afternoon and a couple blocks apart in Queens. The crashes left more than a dozen people injured. Two firefighters and several bus passengers were injured when a New York City MTA bus collided with a fire truck rushing to an emergency Sunday afternoon in Queens. Authorities investigating the crash said the fire engine was traveling west on Ditmars Blvd. with its lights and sirens activated when it was struck by the MTA bus, which was heading north on 21st St. An MTA spokesperson confirmed ... Read More