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Tragic Week for US Military Aviation

It has been a tragic week for aviation in the U.S. military. In only two days, four unrelated aviation “mishaps” claimed the lives of four U.S. Marines and an Air Force pilot, and damaged or destroyed four military aircraft. On Tuesday, a Marine AV-8B Harrier attack jet crashed during take-off from the Djibouti-Ambouli International Airport. The pilot ejected safely just before the crash. During take-off, the jet’s nose rose too quickly, forcing the pilot to lose control of the jet. The aircraft was taking part in a two-week Alligator Dagger exercise. The exercise was cancelled following a second crash in ... Read More

Testosterone injections linked to heart risk in older men

Older men who received injections of testosterone were at greater risk of having a heart attack, stroke or unstable angina within a week after receiving the testosterone treatment, according to a new study published in the journal Endocrine Today. However, younger men given testosterone injections were not at increased risk for cardiovascular or cerebrovascular events. “The necessity of injection treatment should be carefully considered before initiating testosterone, particularly in older men,” said J. Bradley Layton, PhD, a pharmacoepidemiologist at RTI Health Solutions in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. Testosterone replacement therapy is available by prescription in various forms including injections, ... Read More

Kratom linked to reports of Salmonella infections

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is continuing its crackdown on the herbal supplement kratom announcing this week that it, along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other state and local officials are investigating a multi-state breakout of Salmonella infections linked to products reportedly containing kratom. Because of this health risk, the FDA is advising consumers to avoid kratom and kratom-containing products. Salmonella infections cause symptoms such as diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps. Most people recover without treatment, but the diarrhea may be so severe for some people that they need to be hospitalized. In some ... Read More

Hankook Tire Settles Church Bus Crash Lawsuit

A lawsuit filed by the victims of a deadly church bus crash and their families against Hankook Tire has been settled for an “undisclosed confidential amount” after years of litigation. The case centered on the Oct. 2, 2013, crash of a Front Street Baptist Church bus in Statesville, North Carolina, that killed six church members, the driver of a tractor-trailer, and a passenger in an SUV. The bus was returning to North Carolina from a yearly Fall Jubilee at the Gatlinburg Convention Center when the left front tire blew out, causing driver Randolph “Randy” Morrison to lose control of the ... Read More

Amputation After ATV Accident: Former NFL Player Describes Journey

Former Cleveland Browns wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi opened up about the all-terrain vehicle accident he had that led to the amputation of most of his left hand. In a video for The Player’s Tribune,  posted by Sports Illustrated, Mr. Massaquoi said he and his friends went out to ride their ATVs on their usual trails one day in April of last year when he made a sharp turn and lost control of the ATV. “… before I knew it, my ATV loses control. The next thing I feel is something just feels like an explosion just went off in my ... Read More

T. Marzetti Recalls Frozen Biscuits Over Listeria Concerns

T. Marzetti Company, the manufacturer of biscuits and other baked goods sold under various brand names, said on Tuesday that it is recalling a number of products because of potential Listeria monocytogenes contamination. So far no illnesses have been reported in connection with the recalled products, which are not ready to eat and require cooking, which reduces the risk of causing illness. Still, if the baking instructions are not properly followed or the product is mishandled, the risk of contracting listeriosis remains. Listeria monocytogenes infection can cause serious and sometimes fatal illness in young children, elderly people, and others with ... Read More

NC sues Insys for illegally pushing opioid spray Subsys

North Carolina’s attorney general is suing drug maker Insys Therapeutics Inc., over allegations that the drug company paid kickbacks to doctors to prescribe its potent opioid Subsys to patients who didn’t meet the requirements for the medication, then lied to insurers to get them to cover the cost. Attorney General Josh Stein’s Consumer Protection Act lawsuit is one of several against Insys and its executives, including criminal racketeering and fraud charges in Massachusetts and civil and consumer protection claims in New Jersey. The drug company and its executives, who are not named in the North Carolina suit, are accused of ... Read More

Norovirus Outbreak Hits NC State During Finals Week

North Carolina State University instructors may be handing out a lot of make-up exams in the days ahead as an outbreak of norovirus is keeping dozens of students confined to their bathrooms or hooked up to IVs in local emergency rooms. Health officials say the norovirus outbreak started on Dec. 5 and continues to infect students. As of Thursday, Dec. 7, the virus was confirmed in about 60 students, most of whom live in the Alexander Hall dorm complex. However, students in living in other areas both on and off campus also have been sickened. The outbreak hit during final ... Read More

Kroger recalls infant water due to mold contamination

The Kroger Company is recalling Comforts FOR BABY Purified Water with Fluoride Added after receiving complaints that there was mold in the product. Laboratory testing identified the mold as Talaromyces penicillium, which can cause allergic reactions in some people. Affected products include 1 gallon (3.78 L) clear bottles with the sell by dates from April 26, 2018 to Oct. 10, 2018,  the UPC Code 0 41260 37597 2, and the plant code 51-4140. The labels also state DISTRIBUTED BY THE KROGER CO, CINCINNATI, OHIO 45202. The water was distributed to Kroger stores, including Food 4 Less, Jay C, Jay C ... Read More

Passenger Raped By Amtrak Employee files lawsuit

A North Carolina woman is suing Amtrak alleging the rail company failed to protect her from an employee who brutally raped her in her sleeping cabin as the train traveled through Wolf Point, Montana, in April 2015. According to the Great Falls Tribune, the plaintiff was taking a cross-country “bucket list” train excursion from the East Coast with her sisters when 59-year-old Amtrak attendant Charles Henry Pinner entered her cabin, locked the door, and violently raped her. The woman, who was 68 at the time of the rape, argues in her lawsuit that the Common Carrier Doctrine requires Amtrak to ... Read More