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Vulto Creamery named in wrongful death lawsuit following raw milk cheese recall

A wrongful death lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York after a woman linked her husband’s death to the Vulto Creamery raw milk cheese recall. According to Food Safety News, Vermont resident Veronica Friedman filed the wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of her late husband Richard Friedman, alleging he suffered a massive stroke caused by a Listeriosis infection he procured from ingesting the recalled raw milk cheese last year. “People think of food poisoning as inconvenient rather than really dangerous,” said William D. Marler of Seattle, who is an attorney for Ms. Friedman, as ... Read More

Scalp cooling devices good news for Taxotere users worried about risk of permanent hair loss?

In an editorial accompanying two separate studies on scalp cooling devices, both published online Feb. 14 in JAMA Oncology, Dawn L. Hershman, MD, from the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center at NewYork–Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center, New York City speaks about quality of life for individuals with cancer. The scalp cooling devices are designed to help to prevent chemotherapy-induced alopecia (hair loss) by reducing blood flow to the scalp and thus the amount of chemotherapy delivered to the hair follicles. She said that “[o]ne of the strongest deterrents for a woman who is deciding whether to undergo chemotherapy is concern about alopecia.” ... Read More

5-Hour Energy makers ordered to pay $4.3 million for misleading Washington consumers

President Donald Trump’s travel ban wasn’t the only issue Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson was fighting on behalf of the citizens of his state. The same week a three-judge panel with the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals refused to remove a Seattle judge’s restraining order on the ban – a virtual win for Ferguson – Washington’s King County Superior Court Judge Beth M. Andrus slapped the makers of 5-Hour Energy drink with nearly $4.3 million in penalties and attorneys’ fees in a case brought by Ferguson alleging the company’s ads were misleading Washington consumers. Ferguson brought the suit ... Read More

Seattle Firm Allegedly Silenced Whistleblowers Amid SEC Investigation

Seattle-based financial services company HomeStreet will pay a $500,000 penalty to settle allegations with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) that it engaged in unlawful accounting practices and took steps to muzzle potential whistleblowers. HomeStreet “made unsupported adjustments to its hedge effectiveness testing to ensure it could continue using favorable accounting treatment,” the SEC alleged, according to the Wall Street Journal. Additionally, HomeStreet’s treasurer Darrell van Amen agreed to pay a $20,000 penalty to settle charges that he initiated the accounting violations. According to the SEC, “van Amen saw to it that unsupported adjustments were made in HomeStreet’s hedge effectiveness ... Read More

Risk of infection remains with Pentax specialized endoscope

Tiny cracks and gaps in the adhesive seals used on Pentax Ed-3490K duodenoscopes, a specialized endoscope used to diagnose and treat certain gastrointestinal conditions, can trap bacteria and make thorough cleaning and high-level disinfecting difficult, which can increase the risk of infection transmission between patients, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned in a Safety Communication. The issue is related to an issue with the design and manufacturing of the ED-3490K duodenoscope. Cracks and gaps in the adhesive that seals the device’s distal cap to its distal tip can occur, “which can lead to microbial and fluid ingress,” according to the ... Read More

Video Surveillance Captures E-Cigarette Exploding In Mass. Man’s Face

A Massachusetts office worker suffered facial injuries requiring stitches after an e-cigarette exploded in his face. A surveillance camera in the office captured footage of the incident, timestamped Jan. 7, 2017. It shows a male worker “lighting” the e-cigarette, presumably by pressing the vaporizer button. The device explodes in a cloud of smoke and sparks as he raises the device to his face. Two coworkers duck for cover and the injured man runs off to another room clutching his head. Although the details of his injuries aren’t yet clear, the Daily Mail reported that he had to receive 12 stitches to ... Read More

FDA Plans Meeting To Probe Exploding E-Cigarette Batteries

Last year the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a series of new regulations addressing the sales of electronic cigarettes as well as the e-liquids used in them. On Jan.3, the agency announced it also plans to probe the dangers posed by the lithium-ion batteries that power the devices amid mounting reports of burns and other injuries caused by combusting, overheating, and exploding e-cigarettes. The FDA said it will hold a two-day public meeting in April to look at safety risks stemming from the powerful lithium batteries. These rechargeable batteries may become unstable and malfunction if damaged, used improperly, or ... Read More

Grand Central Camera Captures Exploding E-Cigarette Severely Injuring Man

An employee of a wine shop in Grand Central Station suffered from severe burn injuries when an e-cigarette exploded in his pocket at work Nov. 23. Otis Gooding, 31, of Jamaica, Queens, is seen on a high-definition surveillance video talking with two other employees of the Central Cellar wine shop inside Grand Central Terminal in New York City when flames and sparks begin to blast from his pants. The incident sent the employees and a customer who had been signing a receipt at the time running for safety. The same video shows firefighters and rescue workers removing Mr. Gooding from the ... Read More

Hawaii’s Hepatitis A Outbreak Extends To Dozens of Hawaiian Airlines Flights

Hawaiian health authorities continue to monitor the state’s largest-ever outbreak of hepatitis A that originated from a chain of sushi restaurants serving contaminated frozen scallops and continues to spread to other possible points of infection. Documents filed in Hawaii Circuit Court by a woman who was potentially exposed to the virus indicate the hepatitis A outbreak currently extends to at least 51 places where food was served, including several Hawaiian Airlines flights. According to a statement on Hawaiian Airlines’ website, infected crewmembers worked on 37 flights between July 10 and August 12. Most of the flights were inter-island flights, but ... Read More

Medical Transport Airplane Crash In Northern California Kills Four

Federal investigators arrived at the scene of a medical transport airplane crash that occurred early Friday morning in wooded area near McKinleyville, Calif., killing all four people aboard. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) public information officer Eric Weiss said that investigators started collecting evidence at the crash site Sunday and will release a preliminary report in seven to ten business days. The Piper Cheyenne airplane was owned and operated by Cal-Ore Life Flight, a unit of Reach Air Medical Services. The aircraft was flying from Jack McNamara Field at Crescent City Airport to Oakland International Airport. According to the Federal ... Read More