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Boy’s fidget spinner bursts into flames

The captivating and often annoying fidget spinners have been causing quite a stir lately with reports of children swallowing parts and getting the toys stuck on their fingers – both of which have required medical attention. But when Kimberly Allums of Garendale, Alabama, ran dashing into her son’s room after hearing him scream, the last thing she expected was to see the fidget spinner bursting into flames. Many of the devices are operated by hand, but the Allumses’ fidget spinner was battery operated and came with a charger. Her son’s toy had been charging for only 45 minutes when it erupted ... Read More

CDC: placenta pills may endanger newborns

Although TODAY reports that a number of celebrities claim they experienced benefits after consuming their placenta, human placentophagia, following the birth of their children, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warns the trendy practice can threaten the lives of newborn babies. The warning comes in a new CDC report released June 30, which documents a case that occurred in Oregon last September. The Oregon Health Authority was notified when an infant was diagnosed with a recurrence of group B Streptococcus agalactiae (GBS) bacteremia five days after successfully completing treatment for the infection. The initial infection left the infant ... Read More

CPSC investigating fidget spinner injuries

Reports of children swallowing pieces of fidget spinners and ending up in hospitals has prompted an investigation by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), according to Law360. “We advise parents to keep these away from young children because they can choke on small parts, and warn older children not to put fidget spinners in their mouths,” CPSC spokesperson Patty Davis said. Fidget spinners are promoted as stress relievers or distraction tools for people with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The spinning toys have at least three blades with weights on the ends and a center bearing. The pieces of the ... Read More

Frozen Burritos Recalled Over Listeria Concerns

A New Mexico company that makes frozen burritos announced a recall May 13 of about 253,000 pounds of frozen, ready-to-eat meat and chicken burritos out of concerns that the products may have been contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, a bacterium that can cause serious and sometimes fatal foodborne illness. Green Chile Concepts LLC of Las Cruces, New Mexico, said the burritos included in the recall are sold under the brand name Green Chile Food Company and are available frozen, refrigerated, and hot in certain convenience stores, vending machines, and other retail locations nationwide. All of the burritos are ready-to-eat and packaged ... Read More

Accidental Amputation Leads To $570,000 Fine For Ohio Plant

A grisly amputation at a Toledo, Ohio-area auto insulation and parts manufacturer prompted an investigation that ended with nearly $570,000 in proposed penalties for violations that put workers at serious risk of injury and death. On Dec. 23, 2016, an employee of Autoneum North America in Oregon, Ohio, was guiding waste materials into a shredding machine when his arm became caught in the machine’s circular shredding drum, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) said. The 46-year-old worker couldn’t free his arm and the machine amputated his hand, wrist, and part of his arm. OSHA investigators looking into the amputation ... Read More

Airplane Crash Kills California Family and Pilot Near Eugene, Oregon

A California family flying to Oregon on a university scouting trip died April 7 along with their pilot when the Piper Malibu airplane they were traveling in crashed on approach to the Eugene Airport. Authorities say John Zitting, 42, his wife, Karen Sitting, 37, and their son John Brendan Zitting, 17, of Thousand Oaks, California, were on their way to the University of Oregon in Eugene, where John Brendan was considering attending. The pilot was identified as Mark Gregory Aletky, 67, of Acton, California. The airplane, a six-seat, single-engine 1984 Piper PA-46-310P (Malibu), was registered to Park City Aviation LLC ... Read More

Whistleblower Accuses Oregon DOJ of Retaliation For Reporting Perceived Police Threats

A former investigator for the Oregon Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a federal lawsuit against the state and its attorney general March 28 claiming he was wrongfully fired in retaliation for reporting what he believed were anti-police postings on the Twitter account of the state DOJ’s civil rights director. James R. Williams filed his whistleblower lawsuit in an Oregon federal court, claiming the DOJ directed him to test new state-approved software to search for possible threats against police and protests in the Salem, Oregon, area using various hashtags, including #BlackLivesMatter, and other terms. Those searches brought him to the Twitter ... Read More

Oregon Lawmakers Confront Future Oil Train Disasters With New Safety Bills

Two new bills intended to protect the environment and communities from oil train disasters have been introduced in the Oregon legislature with strong support among environmentalists, Native American leaders, and others who believe not enough is being done to prevent or at least limit oil-train derailments and spills. Support for the bills has been fueled largely by the June 3 Union Pacific oil train derailment near Mosier, Oregon, which contaminated pristine forested areas with highly toxic and volatile crude oil from North Dakota’s Bakken region. The spill and fire occurred alongside tracks paralleling the Columbia River, a swift-moving, cold-water salmon ... Read More

Pre-filled epinephrine syringes likely to cause overdose in pediatric patients

Commercially available, pre-filled epinephrine syringes on hospital code carts will likely cause an overdose if used to treat children, cautions a team of researchers from Oregon Health & Science University In Portland. Lead researchers Matt Hansen, MD, MCR, and colleagues evaluated 56 pre-filled epinephrine syringes used to resuscitate patients during cardiac arrest, and directly injected from the syringe into an IV port and then a flush to check dosages. They found that pushing the stopper to the 0.5mL mark – the recommended dosage for pediatric patients – actually expelled 0.9 mL on average, with a range of 0.5-1.3 mL. Only ... Read More

Advanced Pharma recalls sterile injectable products labeled ‘latex free’

Advanced Pharma Inc., doing business as Avella of Houston, issued a recall of all unexpired sterile injectable products labeled “latex free” produced at Advanced Pharma’s Houston location from Sept. 1, 2016, to Feb. 16, 2017, because they may contain synthetic latex and/or natural latex. Avella and Advanced Pharam have been unable to confirm whether the “latex free” label statements on their products were accurate in all cases, and issued the recall as a precaution. The risk of potential adverse events related to a latex allergy range from local site reactions including swelling and inflammation to allergic reactions, which can be ... Read More