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San Diego Grapples With Major Hepatitis A Outbreak

Facing an epidemic of homelessness on its streets, the City of San Diego now has a new related problem: a rapidly growing outbreak of Hepatitis A. San Diego County health officials declared a public health emergency in the city as the rate of Hepatitis A infection continues to surge. So far the outbreak has sickened about 400 people and killed at least 15. These numbers are likely larger however because they only reflect the illnesses that have been reported and confirmed. The health officials painted a picture of a downtown San Diego that is akin to an undeveloped country. A ... Read More

Californians Demanding End To Irrigating Crops With Industrial Wastewater

A group of Californians concerned about their state’s growing practice of allowing industrial wastewater to irrigate hundreds of farms gathered outside the state capitol building in Sacramento August 9 to deliver a wheelbarrow full of petitions urging an immediate halt to the practice. The 350,000 petition signatures were collected by CREDO, Care2, Food & Water Watch, the Center for Biological Diversity, RootsKeeper, Center for Environmental Health, Breast Cancer Action, Center for Food Safety, Courage Campaign, and the Center for Race, Poverty and the Environment. The petition urges Governor Jerry Brown and the California Water Resources Board to stop allowing Chevron ... Read More

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning From Generator Likely Killed Michigan Family of Six

Authorities say carbon monoxide poisoning is likely what killed a Michigan couple and their four children over the weekend. The family of six was discovered inside their Fenton Township home Sunday, Feb. 21. Genesee County, Mich., Sheriff Robert Pickell told WNEM that Leonard and Heather Quasarano and their children Luke, 11, Brenden, 9, Rachel, 7, and Grant, 2 were discovered unresponsive inside their home by concerned grandparents who gained entry through the back door. The Sheriff told WNEM that the Quasarano family attended a movie night at their church Friday evening. When they returned home around 9:30 p.m. they discovered ... Read More

Father of Lead-Poisoned Girl Sues Michigan, Flint Officials Over Toxic Water

The father of a two-year-old girl has filed a personal injury lawsuit against the several State of Michigan and Flint officials after medical tests revealed that his daughter has been poisoned by extremely high levels of lead in Flint’s water supply. Flint resident Luke Waid told the Detroit Free Press that his daughter Sophia recently went from being a bubbly, energetic child to constantly anxious and irritable. She also suffers from skin rashes, digestive problems, infections, inability to sleep, and excessive crying. But as worrisome as the girl’s condition is now, Mr. Waid told the Detroit Free Press that he ... Read More

Nicotine poisoning surges in Alabama as many turn to vaping

The Alabama Poison Control Center is seeing a surge of nicotine poisoning cases stemming from the escalating popularity of vaping , which many smokers have turned to in recent years as a reportedly safer alternative to conventional cigarettes. Most of the Alabamians being poisoned from vaping products aren’t actually those who themselves vape, but children who are exposed to the nicotine-laden e-juice that goes into the devices. Liquid nicotine products are available in a range of sweet, candy-like flavors and the packaging is sometimes alluring to children. The Alabama Poison Control Center told WAFF Huntsville that it saw a total of 23 nicotine ... Read More

Companies involved in West Virginia chemical spill that contaminated drinking water face numerous lawsuits

In January of 2014, 300,000 West Virginia residents were left without water for more than a week due to a chemical spill in the Elk River, just upstream from the Kanawha County municipal water intake in Charleston, W. Va. At 6 p.m. on the day of the spill, the Office of the Governor of West Virginia issued a “Do Not Use” order on the residents’ tap water. The spill originated from Freedom Industries, a Charleston-based manufacturer of specialty chemicals used in the mining, steel, and cements industries. Soon after the spill was discovered, a pungent odor permeated the cities near the river. ... Read More

Lawsuit filed against Pfizer related to testosterone replacement drug

Pfizer’s testosterone replacement treatment Depo-Testosterone has become the subject of lawsuits questioning the safety and efficacy of the drugs after reports of heart attacks, strokes and blood clots in patients treated with the hormone. The lawsuit filed on behalf of Alvaro Roman Gutierrez alleges that Pfizer and its unit Pharmacia & Upjohn Co. LLC, conducted a “disease mongering” campaign to exaggerate the problem of low testosterone levels in men in order to boost sales of Depo-Testosterone. Gutierrez claims that Pfizer and Pharmacia & Upjohn spent millions of dollars to promote its drug to consumers and, along with other drug companies not ... Read More

FDA says testosterone therapy serves little benefit to men

There is little evidence to show that testosterone replacement products serve any benefit to men, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced this week. Testosterone treatments are prescribed to treat low testosterone levels in men resulting in symptoms such as fatigue, weight gain, muscle loss and low sex drive. Aggressive marketing campaigns from drug companies pushing testosterone products have resulted in skyrocketing prescriptions for testosterone drugs, leading some to wonder how many men are taking the drug who don’t really need it. This is especially worrisome considering two recent studies have linked testosterone supplement use to an increased risk of ... Read More

Judge allows suit to move forward against cleanup companies for improper chemical dumping following West Virginia spill

Two West Virginia waste management companies charged with cleanup of a chemical spill that polluted the Elk River lost their bid to have an environmental lawsuit filed against them in a West Virginia federal court thrown out. The City of Hurricane, W.V., and the Putnam County Commission filed the lawsuit in May, alleging that Waste Management Inc. and Disposal Service Inc. improperly disposed to toxic chemicals it collected from the January 9 spill caused by a Freedom Industries coal-cleaning plant. The plaintiffs accuse the two companies of dumping propylene glycol phenyl ether, dipropylene glycol phenyl ether, and crude MCHM containing ... Read More

Teen’s death prompts FDA warning for consumers to avoid pure caffeine powder

Logan Stiner was just days away from his high school graduation when he died after consuming a lethal dose of powdered caffeine. The teen’s death prompted a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) investigation resulting in the agency issuing a warning to consumers to avoid pure caffeine products, especially those sold in bulk bags over the internet. “A single dose is essentially 100 percent caffeine. A single teaspoon of pure caffeine is roughly equivalent to the amount in 25 cups of coffee,” the FDA warning stated. “Pure caffeine is a powerful stimulant and very small amounts may cause accidental overdose. Parents ... Read More