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AU alumni raise money for ocular research to search for environmental cause

The Auburn Ocular Melanoma Page on Facebook is raising money to help fund research into why a surprisingly large number of former Auburn University students have developed a rare form of cancer and whether it may have an environmental cause. “We are the faces of a group of more than 36 people whose only other connection was a love for Auburn University,” a July 27 posting by the administrator reads. “But this group is made up of an equal number of men and women – four of the 36 have died. That is devastating. Eight have had metastatic disease. This ... Read More

Pedicure Nearly Causes Leg Amputation For North Carolina Woman

A North Carolina woman who had a pedicure at a “grade A salon” says she almost lost her leg to a severe strep infection that set in because of dirty pedicure tools. Tracy Lynn Martinez, 35, went to a local salon in Winston Salem, North Carolina on June 22 for a pedicure. But by the next day she was experiencing full-body chills, fever, nausea, vomiting, and dizziness. Thinking she came down with a virus, Ms. Martinez tried to sleep at first but when her leg swelled to three times its normal size, she knew she was in danger, according to ... Read More

Kellogg’s Honey Smacks Salmonella outbreak sickens 100

Boxes of Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal tainted with Salmonella are still being sold in some stores despite being recalled last month by the company, increasing the number of people who have fallen ill after eating the sweetened puffed wheat cereal to 100 in 33 states, 30 of whom have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported to date. Kellogg Company agreed to recall affected boxes of Honey Smacks in June after consulting with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state partners. The products had been distributed across the United States including Guam ... Read More

Benzene among dangerous chemicals in water at Marine camp

People serving or residing at the U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in North Carolina from the 1950s through the 1980s were potentially exposed to drinking water contaminated with industrial solvents including benzene, a known carcinogen, and may qualify for VA benefits. The Department of Veterans Affairs has linked the chemicals in the water to eight conditions – adult leukemia, aplastic anemia and other myelodysplastic syndromes, bladder cancer, kidney cancer, liver cancer, multiple myeloma, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and Parkinson’s disease. Active duty, reserve, and National Guard members who served at Camp Lejeune for 30 cumulative days or more from Aug. 1, ... Read More

Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Melons Grows

A melon recall triggered by a multistate outbreak of Salmonella-related illnesses has been expanded to include 10 additional states, bringing the total number of states affected by the outbreak to 23, according to federal health officials. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said the recall encompasses pre-cut watermelon, honeydew melon, cantaloupe, and fruit salads containing one or more of those melons produced and distributed by Caito Foods of Indianapolis, Indiana. Alabama, Florida, Kansas, Maryland, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Tennessee have been added to the list of states where the melon may be contaminated with salmonella, the ... Read More

Man Sickened by Salmonella Sues Melon Producer

An Indiana man who was hospitalized after eating melon contaminated with Salmonella is suing Caito Foods LLC, the producer of watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew melon and other products that federal health officials say started a multistate outbreak of Salmonella illnesses. According to Food Safety News, Jacob Novero was infected with the Salmonella Adelaide strain linked to the contaminated products after buying and eating pre-cut fruit containing honeydew, cantaloupe, watermelon and blueberries produced by Caito Foods of Indianapolis. Mr. Novero bought the contaminated melon salad at a Walmart Supercenter in Noblesville, Indiana on May 12. He started feeling ill two days later ... Read More

73 people infected with Salmonella after eating Honey Smacks cereal

At least 73 people in 31 states have fallen ill from Salmonella infections and health authorities say the likely culprit is Kellogg’s Honey Smacks sweetened puffed wheat cereal. As a result, the Kellogg Company has recalled the cereal, which was distributed throughout the United States as well as Guam and Saipan, and internationally in Costa Rica, Guatemala, Mexico, the Caribbean and Tahiti. Consumers are urged not to eat any of the recalled Honey Smacks cereal. Affected products include Honey Smacks 15.3 oz boxes with the BEST if Used By Date listed as JUN 14, 2018 through JUN 14, 2019, and ... Read More

BAE Systems Fire in Virginia Critically Injures Two Workers

Three workers were injured when a flash fire broke out at a BAE Systems-managed government ammunition plant in Radford, Virginia, Monday, June 12. According to the Associated Press, the workplace accident occurred at the Radford Army Ammunition Plant, also known as the Radford Arsenal, which serves as the main ammunition and explosives manufacturing facility for the U.S. Department of Defense. The sprawling facility, which occupies thousands of acres in southwestern Virginia, is owned by the U.S. government but is operated by major defense contractor BAE Systems. Plant official Charles Saks told Roanoke, Virginia’s WDBJ Channel 7 that “nitrocellulose material in ... Read More

Unattended Boy Dies In Hot Car After Grandmother Passes Out

The death of a 1-year-old South Carolina boy trapped inside a hot car underscores the importance of never leaving a child alone in a sealed car, even for a moment. Greenville, South Carolina’s WHNS reported that Crista McElhannon said her son Joe “Jojo” Lockaby was at his grandmother’s house for a sleepover May 31 when he took a short nap but woke up irritable. The grandmother loaded Jojo up in the car. Her plan was to take her grandson to McDonald’s for a Happy Meal – something that the two of them often enjoyed doing. But once Jojo was secured ... Read More

Salmonella Outbreak Linked To Fresh Melon Products

At least 60 people eight states have been sickened by Salmonella linked to melon products made and distributed by Caito Foods of Indianapolis, Indiana, spurring a recall of fresh cut melon and fruit salads, federal health officials announced. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said that the outbreak of Salmonella illnesses stems from fresh cut watermelon, honeydew melon, cantaloupe, and fruit medley mixtures containing any of these melon products. Caito Foods and others distributed the affected melon products to Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina and Ohio. People infected by the melon products, which are ... Read More