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CPSC Issues Another LayZ Board Hoverboard Warning, Multiple Recalls

A second house fire caused by a LayZ Board hoverboard has triggered another warning from federal authorities urging consumers to stop using that brand of self-balancing mobile device immediately. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued its latest warning about LayZ Board hoverboards Tuesday, Nov. 14, along with seven safety recalls for other hoverboards, all of which contain rechargeable lithium batteries that pose the threat of overheating, exploding, and starting fires. The CPSC issued its first warning about fire and explosion risks posed by LayZ Board hoverboards on May 1, after one of the hoverboards started a fire in ... Read More

FDA raises concerns about herbal supplement kratom

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a Public Health Advisory due to its growing concerns about the risks associated with the use of the herbal supplement kratom, and is calling on those who believe in the potential medical benefits of the herb to conduct research on kratom so that its risks and benefits can be better understood. Kratom is a plant indigenous to Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea. It has grown in popularity in the U.S., and is often marketed as a “safe” treatment for a variety of conditions. The FDA said it knows people are using kratom ... Read More

Air Evac Lifeteam Helicopter Crashes, 3 Injured

An Air Evac Lifeteam helicopter crashed during a non-medical flight Wednesday in a residential area in Union City, Tennessee, the Associated Press reports. Three crew members, including the pilot, flight nurse and a paramedic, were taken to a nearby hospital where they were treated for minor injuries and released. According to the Jackson Sun, no houses were damaged and no other injuries were reported. The location of the crash is approximately 100 miles northeast of Memphis. The helicopter was part of Air Evac 143, which is based in Troy, Tennessee. The crew was flying to the 911 Dispatch Center in ... Read More

Lawsuit Alleges 3M Pollutants Caused Cancer, Other Health Problems

A lawsuit accusing 3M and related companies of contaminating the Tennessee River with PFOA and PFOS chemicals has been filed by 23 plaintiffs who allege the industrial pollution caused them to develop cancer and other serious health problems. The federal lawsuit seeks class-action status for customers of the West Morgan-East Lawrence Water Authority, which provides drinking water to more than 10,000 residents of Alabama’s Morgan and Lawrence Counties. In addition to 3M, the lawsuit names as defendants 3M subsidiary Dyneon, Daikin America, and the West Morgan-East Lawrence Water Authority, which sold the contaminated water. The plaintiffs allege the defendants were ... Read More

Nursing home patient showed gruesome signs of neglect

Memphis, Tennessee, police are investigating a nursing home after a resident was admitted to the hospital with high fever and gruesome signs of neglect. While under the care of staff at Ashton Place long-term care facility, hospital workers discovered five open wounds on different part of the man’s body, a bruise on his stomach, and severe dry skin that was flaking off his body. Maggots had also collected in wounds where his left foot and right leg had been previously amputated. “Even the police got violently ill witnessing that,” the man’s daughter told WERG/News Channel 3. “I’ve been in the ... Read More

TN sues opioid makers on behalf of addicted infants

Eight Tennessee district attorneys general are suing opioid manufacturers on behalf of babies from 24 counties born dependent on opioids. As the nation’s opioid epidemic grows, so does the number of helpless infants born to addicted mothers. These babies exposed to drugs in the womb suffer from neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS), which causes symptoms such as tremors or trembling, irritability, sleep problems, high-pitched crying, tight muscle tone, hyperactive reflexes, seizures, poor feeding and sucking, vomiting and diarrhea, dehydration, fever or unstable temperature, sweating, and dehydration. Long-term effects of NAS include developmental delays and attention problems. The problem has gotten so ... Read More

AndroGel makers failed to warn about risks

AbbVie Inc.’s did not properly test its testosterone replacement therapy AndroGel for cardiovascular risks and failed to warn doctors and patients of those risks, an Illinois federal jury found before ordering the company to pay a whopping $140 million dollars in punitive damages plus an additional $140,000 in compensatory damages to a Memphis, Tennessee man. Jeffrey Konrad, who is in his 50s, was prescribed AndroGel in 2010 to treat symptoms of so-called Low T, including low libido, muscle loss and weight gain. But two months after starting treatment he suffered a heart attack. He sued AbbVie in 2014. His lawsuit alleged ... Read More

Nursing home CEO funded lavish lifestyle with Medicaid money

Nursing home CEO John Mac Sells enjoyed living lavishly, spending nearly $185,000 on adult entertainment and strip clubs, and another $30,000 at country clubs, and for pet care and at casinos. But now he will pay $667,000 in restitution to the Department of Justice (DOJ) and spend thee and a half years in prison for stealing Medicaid funds meant for his nursing homes, causing living conditions to deteriorate and leaving frail residents without sufficient food. He had previously pleaded guilty to two counts of health care fraud. Sells was the CEO of Benchmark Healthcare of Festus and several other nursing ... Read More

Eastman Chemical Plant Explosion on anniversary of Catastrophic Blast

On Wednesday morning, Oct. 4, 2017 Eastman Chemical in Kingsport, Tennessee, experienced a massive explosion 57 years to the date after another major explosion that still impacts workers today. In October 1960, Alex Looney, 21 at the time, was playing golf when he felt the effects of the massive blast from Eastman Chemical. The ground shook beneath his feet. “Then, of course, for the next several hours you heard sirens and saw all sorts of emergency vehicles,” Looney told News Channel 11. Little did he know that several good friends who worked at Eastman died that day. Kingsport Times-News called the ... Read More

Petland pups spreading drug-resistant infection to humans

Puppies sold by the national pet store chain Petland have been linked to an antibiotic-resistant strain of infections in humans, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). “We know that Campylobacter is common in dogs, that’s not new to us,” said CDC veterinarian Dr. Mark Laughlin. “But an outbreak of human illness due to contact with dogs is quite unique.” Dogs carry the bacteria that causes Campylobacter infections, but not all who carry the germ experience symptoms such as diarrhea. The bacteria can be spread through dog poop, when someone is touching, feeding or cleaning up after their pup. ... Read More