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Columbia sued for covering up obstetrician’s sexual abuse

Columbia University and its associated hospitals “actively and deliberately” – and inexplicably – covered up the sexual abuse of several patients by one of its obstetricians, according to a lawsuit filed by 17 women. Instead, the university and hospitals “continued to grant Robert Hadden unfettered access to vulnerable, unsuspecting, pregnant and non-pregnant female patients,” the lawsuit claims. The women claim that under the guise of performing medical exams Hadden licked them, digitally penetrated their vaginas without gloves, and fondled their breasts and anuses. Only one plaintiff, Marissa Hoechstetter, has revealed her name, a decision she said she made after years ... Read More

Landscaper hit with steep OSHA fine after tragic wood chipper accident

Justus Booze had never been anywhere near a wood chipper before showing up to work in May 2016 for a landscaping job. His help wasn’t really needed. “It wasn’t a huge job,” said Tony Watson, owner of Countryside Tree Care. “I liked Justice and wanted to help him out.” But May 4, 2016, turned suddenly tragic when Booze was dragged headfirst into a Bandit 250 wood chipper with metal blades that spun so fast and powerfully they could shred two-foot massive logs in a mere second. Booze died from severe sharp force and shredding injuries. The Occupational Safety and Health ... Read More

Walgreens Settles Two Whistleblower Lawsuits for $269.2 Million

Walgreens Boots Alliance, the holding company that owns the controlling shares of Walgreens Drug Stores and several other health care companies, will pay $269.2 million to settle two separate whistleblower lawsuits. In one case, Walgreens agreed to pay $209.2 million to settle allegations that it fraudulently billed Medicare, Medicaid, and other government health care programs for hundreds of thousands of insulin pens that beneficiaries did not need. According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, Walgreens configured its electronic systems so that its pharmacists couldn’t dispense less than a full box of five insulin pens, ... Read More

E-cigarette Battery Explosion Severely Burns NY Man

An e-cigarette battery explosion left a New York man with severe burn injuries Monday, Jan. 28, as he and a co-worker arrived at a home to begin some repair work. Jacob Dudhnath, 27, of Mamaroneck, New York, had just arrived at a job in Larchmont when the spare e-cigarette battery in his pocket exploded, engulfing his leg in flames. “All I knew was I had a fire in my pants, and it kept moving down,” Mr. Dudhnath told WABC Channel 7 Eyewitness News. “And it just kept getting hotter, so we just worked on getting it off of me as ... 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

Comatose nursing home patient may have suffered during childbirth

The woman in a decade-long persistent vegetative state who gave birth to a healthy baby boy last month to the surprise of her family and the staff at the Phoenix, Arizona nursing home where she lived, may have suffered great pain during labor and delivery, a maternal fetal medicine expert told CNN. “I can tell you that to go through labor and deliver a baby with absolutely no analgesic is difficult, but I can’t speculate as to what this patient felt, if she felt any pain, if she knew it was happening,” said Dr. Deborah Feldman, director of maternal fetal ... Read More

Jury told J&J knew its talc was contaminated with asbestos

The environmental health scientist who opened and ran an asbestos laboratory for the state of New York for more than 30 years beginning in the late 1970s told a California jury last week that based on studies he’d seen over the past three decades, it was “clear” that potentially millions of cancer-causing asbestos fibers were nestled in each gram of talcum powder allegedly used in Johnson & Johnson products like Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower body powder, Law360 reports. “The testing I have seen (shows) that (asbestos) was present at least as early as 1971 and up through the ... Read More

Louis C.K. makes crude jokes about sexual harassment accusations against him

Louis C.K. apparently hasn’t learned his lesson. The comedic actor got caught in the #MeToo riptide in 2017 when he was accused of taking women he worked with into private rooms, taking his clothes off, and asking if he could masturbate in front of them. At the time, he issued a statement, “There is nothing about this that I forgive myself for.” Then he pledged to “step back and take a long time to listen.” But did he really mean it? Nine months after those remarks, Louis C.K. took the stage at New York’s Comedy Cellar riffing on racism and rape ... Read More

Trump EPA pick proposes new uses for cancer-causing asbestos

Former coal-industry lobbyist Andrew Wheeler, President Donald Trump’s pick to head the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), fielded questions from senators at his confirmation hearing this week about his position on key actions he’s taken in the past six months as acting EPA chief, actions that forward Trump’s agenda of deregulating industries that harm the environment. Wheeler became acting director of the EPA in July when Scott Pruitt resigned, but was formally nominated to the position last week. With Republicans holding a 53 to 47 majority in the Senate, it is expected he will be confirmed. “There is no more important ... Read More

Times chronicles opioid addicts’ journey to recovery

Addiction was once something that happened to other people. But opioids have changed that. Drugs once prescribed to treat pain have turned patients into addicts, forcing them to the extremes to feed their habit. Hundreds of thousands of people from all demographics have become caught up in the grip of the nation’s opioid epidemic. Last year, more than 49,000 people died from opioid overdose. Last month, The New York Times published a moving overview of the opioid crisis called “A Visual Journey Through Addiction,” that chronicles how these drugs can “hijack the brain” and make the average person an addict. ... Read More