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Shredded coconut linked to salmonella outbreak

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and public health and regulatory officials in several states are investigating a multistate outbreak of Salmonella infections linked to Coconut Tree Brand Frozen Shredded Coconut, distributed by Evershing International Trading Company. The outbreak has sickened at least 25 people in nine states. Six of those infected were hospitalized. To date, no deaths have been reported. On Jan. 3, 2018, Evershing International Trading Company recalled all 16-ounce packages of Coconut Tree Brand Frozen Shredded Coconut after the product was identified by Massachusetts officials as the source of ... 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

FMCSA: Tennessee Truck Driver A Deadly Threat To Other Motorists

Federal authorities have declared a Tennessee commercial truck driver to be an imminent hazard to public safety and ordered him to stop operating any commercial motor vehicle after he caused a deadly accident and left the scene. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) said that Earnest Paul Biddwell, who holds a commercial driver’s license from Tennessee, was operating a large commercial truck on Tennessee State Route 305 in McMinn County in August when the gooseneck trailer hitched to his truck came loose and separated. When the gooseneck trailer, a long flatbed trailer that can support other structures, detached from ... Read More

Keystone Pipeline Spills 210,000 Gallons of Oil in South Dakota

TransCanada’s Keystone Pipeline spilled about 210,000 gallons of oil Thursday, Nov. 16 in northeastern South Dakota, just days before regulators decide whether to allow another extension of the pipeline – the Keystone XL – to move forward. Brian Walsh, spokesman for the South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources, told CNN that Thursday’s oil spill was the largest to date in the state. The oil spill occurred about three miles northeast of Amherst, South Dakota. “It is a below-ground pipeline but some oil has surfaced above ground to the grass,” Mr. Walsh told CNN. “It will be a few ... Read More

Kentucky sues maker of opioid Opana ER

Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear is suing Endo Pharmaceuticals alleging the company used fraudulent and deceptive marketing of its opioid painkiller Opana ER, a medication so prone to abuse that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) pressured the company to pull it off the market. “Endo put its profits above the lives of our people and above patient safety,” Beshear said. The lawsuit states that only two percent of overdose deaths in 2010 were due to oxymorphone, the active drug ingredient in Opana ER. But the following year, that number soared to 23 percent. Beshear said that the deaths were ... Read More

Fresno Crash Survivor Says City Neglected Dangerous Intersection

If a city has received complaints about a dangerous intersection for more than three decades but failed to remedy the problem, is it liable when a motorist becomes seriously injured in a collision allegedly caused by the intersection’s poor design? That is the question a Fresno County Superior Court jury will have to consider in a case brought against the city by Steven Kennedy, 51, who was struck by a car while driving through the intersection of Cedar Avenue and Bulldog Lane – an extremely busy intersection near Fresno State University with no dedicated left-turn lights. Mr. Kennedy, a former ... Read More

Millions of U.S. Credit Cards Stolen in Sonic Data Breach

Sonic Corp., the Oklahoma City-based drive-in restaurant chain, confirmed its computer systems had been accessed by hackers, resulting in the potential theft of millions of customers’ credit and debit card numbers. The fast-food franchise said it was alerted to “unusual activity” on credit cards used at Sonic restaurants by the company that processes its credit card payments. “We are working to understand the nature and scope of this issue, as we know how important this is to our guests,” Sonic said in a statement, adding that it “immediately engaged third-party forensic experts and law enforcement” when it was alerted by ... Read More

OriGen recalls defective catheters

OriGen Biomedical is recalling two lots of its VV28F Reinforced Dual Lumen ECMO Catheters because the clear extension tube may separate from the hub that it is inserted in, which could cause damage or impairment to the patient if there is not immediate intervention. To date, one adverse event related to these recalled products has been reported. The VV28F Reinforced Dual Lumen ECMO Catheters that fall under the recall include lot number N18487, with the manufacture date of Aug. 14, 2014, and the expiration date of Aug. 30, 2018; and the not number 18487-1, with the manufacture date of April ... Read More

Five Alabama cities among most opioid addicted in country

Four Alabama cities rank among the top 15 cities with the highest rate of opioid abuse in the U.S. The list was compiled by health care information company Castlight Health, which used anonymous data on medical and pharmacy claims to determine which parts of the U.S. were hardest hit by the opioid crisis. The results shed a grim light on Alabama, one of the states where physicians aren’t required to check a database before writing a prescription for opioids, and other portions of the South. Nearly a third of all opioid prescriptions are abused, which translates to higher health costs ... Read More

Oklahoma Doctor Settles False Claims Allegations With U.S.

An Oklahoma physician recently agreed to pay the U.S. government $580,000 to settle a False Claims Act lawsuit alleging he improperly billed Medicare for services he did not provide or supervise. Dr. Gordon P. Laird, a physician licensed in the State of Oklahoma, is the former owner of Blackwell Feet Plus, LLC, and Feet Plus, LLC, later known as Prevention Plus. The government’s False Claims Act lawsuit alleges that in 2011 Dr. Laird allowed Prevention Plus to use his National Provider Identifier numbers (NPIs) to bill Medicare for evaluation and management physical therapy services that he did not provide or ... Read More