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F-16 Loaded With Ammunition Catches Fire, Pilot Ejects Safely

An F-16 fighter jet armed with ammunition forced its pilot to eject when it burst into flames Wednesday, KPRC/NBC affiliate in Houston, Texas reports. The U.S. Air National Guard’s fighter jet was from the 138th Fighter Wing in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and was taking off from Houston’s Ellington Field Joint Reserve Base for a training flight the Houston Press confirmed. The pilot, who was conducting the training flight for North American Aerospace Defense Command, or NORAD, escaped unharmed and was evaluated at a nearby hospital. The crash occurred at 10:30 a.m. local time. An area within about a mile radius surrounding ... Read More

Plaintiffs again request PPI kidney injury MDL

Plaintiffs have filed another motion with the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) hoping to consolidate cases alleging kidney injuries were caused by acid-reducing proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) such as Prilosec, Nexium, Protonix, and Dexilant. MDL No. 2789 IN RE: Proton-Pump Inhibitor Products Liability Litigation (No. II) was filed on May 31, 2017. The drugs are accused of causing acute interstitial nephritis (AIN), chronic kidney disease, end stage renal disease, and kidney failure. Some of the complaints against the drug makers include: negligence, design defect, failure to warn, fraudulent concealment, warranty claims, and loss of consortium. In February, the JPML ... Read More

Former Risperdal user talks about mastectomy

For a week after Eddie from Oklahoma had a mastectomy to remove his female-like breasts, there were two drain tubes coming out of his body. The pain was awful, and “it took me six years to get feeling back in my chest,” he told Risperdal Boys, a photo essay of young men who developed the condition gynecomastia after taking the antipsychotic drug Risperdal. Years ago, Eddie started taking Risperdal, a drug indicated for the treatment of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and irritability with autism. Within months, he gained a lot of weight. His doctor eventually diagnosed him with gynecomastia. It wasn’t ... Read More

Hepatitis A In Frozen Tuna Prompts Another Recall

Federal and state health officials are investigating the potential hepatitis A contamination of frozen yellowfin tuna distributed by Hilo Fish Company to restaurants and other customers in California, New York, Oklahoma and Texas. The risk of contamination was discovered in mid-May after Hilo Fish tested samples of frozen tuna provided by the Sustainable Seafood Company of Vietnam and Santa Cruz Seafood Inc. of the Philippines. Earlier, in May, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said that people who consumed raw tuna products from several supermarkets and restaurants on the island of Oahu, Hawaii, between April 27 and May 1 may ... Read More

Cashews recalled; may contain glass shards

Customer complaints of finding shards of glass in 8-ounce cans of Southern Grove Cashew Halves and Pieces with Sea Salt has prompted the manufacturer to voluntarily recall two lots of the product. The Food and Drug Administration reports that New Jersey-based Star Snacks Co. produced the cashews and distributed them to ALDI stores in Washington DC and 28 states including: Alabama, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, Nebraska, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin and West Virginia. The containers include the UPC code ... Read More

Egg farm cited for salmonella prevention violations

A warning letter from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to Texas-based Mahard Egg Farm Inc. about serious violations of federal regulations intended to prevent Salmonella contamination in egg production was just made public. The violations were observed at the company’s Sulfur, Oklahoma, facility last October when company representatives were initially warned. The letter acknowledges an email response from the company, but deemed the response insufficient in addressing the agency’s concerns. Food Safety News summed up the violations as “related to fly control, rodents, evidence of wild birds and animals in poultry houses, sheep too near poultry houses and improper ... Read More

Risperdal Boys project shows victims’ suffering

“This is a story that needs to be seen to be adequately understood,” photographer Richard Johnson told PetaPixel. He spent six days, visited 10 cities, and covered more than 4,000 miles to shed light on the devastating side effect that can affect adolescent boys, a side effect caused by the antipsychotic drug Risperdal. The condition, known as gynecomastia, causes boys and young men to grow female-like breasts. Not only is gynecomastia emotionally painful, it can be physically painful as well, causing tenderness and even lactation. Treatment often involves liposuction and a mastectomy. More than 18,000 boys and their families have filed ... Read More

North Dakota Oil Spill Pollutes Little Missouri River Tributary

An oil spill in western North Dakota released more than a thousand gallons of a crude oil and salt water mixture before it was discovered Saturday, April 22, polluting a tributary of the Little Missouri River. According to the Associated Press, the pipeline released an estimated 756 gallons of oil and 294 gallons of salt water, a drilling byproduct, contaminating a 14-mile stretch of Little Beaver Creek. North Dakota’s Department of Health estimated that about 100 gallons of that mixture entered the tributary. The owner of the pipeline, Continental Resources of Oklahoma City, said Wednesday, April 26, that the cause ... Read More

Bride with alopecia embraces bald head, inspires others to show inner beauty

Twenty-seven-year old Southern Californian bald and beautiful bride Kylie Bamberger has alopecia universalis. That means she has only “peach fuzz” on her scalp, no eyelashes, eyebrows, or hair in her nose. She has lost hair on every part of her body. Her hair loss began at age 12. Alopecia is the medical term for hair loss. For some it is temporarily caused by drugs such as chemotherapy. For some cancer patients, their hair loss isn’t temporary. Many Taxotere patients, after their treatments were complete, waited for their hair to grow back and when it did not fully return as expected ... Read More

Pharmacies sued over opioid epidemic in Cherokee nation

The Cherokee Nation is suing Wal-Mart, CVS and other major retail pharmacies and drug distributors in tribal court alleging the companies did not do enough to stop powerful prescription painkillers from infiltrating the tribal community resulting in an atmosphere of opioid drug abuse among Oklahoma Native Americans. The lawsuit names McKesson Corp., Cardinal Health Inc., Amerisource Bergen Corp., CVS Health, Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc., and Wal-Mart Stores Inc.The complaint accuses them of negligence, unjust enrichment, civil conspiracy, nuisance and violations under the Cherokee Nation Unfair and Deceptive Practices Act for allegedly allowing prescriptions for opioids to be illegally prescribed to members and ... Read More