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Study: Antipsychotic use in patients with dementia presents a ‘substantial clinical risk’


Nursing home patients with dementia in the U.K. are still being treated with antipsychotic drugs despite urging from the Department of Health years ago that the practice needed to stop because the meds were killing elderly patients, a study by five universities published in the British Medical Journal has found. The Department of Health, as part of the Government’s National Dementia Strategy (NDS), issued a report in 2009 that concluded that antipsychotics had a “substantial clinical risk” for elderly patients and that their overuse in patients with dementia “must not be allowed to continue.” However, researchers pored through data between ... Read More

Listeria Concerns Trigger New Blue Bell Ice Cream Recall

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Blue Bell Ice Cream announced Wednesday that it is recalling two ice cream flavors over concerns they could be contaminated with listeria monocytogenes. The recall is the first the Brenham, Texas, ice cream manufacturer has launched since a listeria outbreak in April 2015 linked to its facilities and products nearly destroyed the company. The Blue Bell products recalled Wednesday are Blue Bell Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough half-gallon and pint sizes and half-gallon containers of Blue Bell Cookie Two Step. Both products contain cookie dough that could be contaminated with listeria. Although the new recall comes as Blue Bell continues to ... Read More

Colonial Pipeline Repairs Gas Line Break, Ready To Resume Operations

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The owner of the gasoline pipeline that broke in Shelby County, Ala., earlier this month, setting off fuel shortages throughout the Southeast, said its work on a line bypassing the broken section is complete and it will reopen the gas line today. Colonial Pipeline said its crews have been working “around the clock” to get the broken pipeline back in order and keep fuel flowing to Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, and the Carolinas. The line that broke serves as the main gasoline artery for much of the Eastern Seaboard, extending from Houston, Texas, to New York. The breach was detected on ... Read More

Fuel Crisis Widens After Major Gas Pipeline Break in Alabama

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Governors of six states have declared a state of emergency in the wake of a major gas pipeline break south of Birmingham, Ala., that is leaving many gas stations low on gas or dry at the pump. Governors of Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia declared emergencies to prepare for a potential fuel crisis posed by a breach in the main artery that connects refineries in Houston to states along the Eastern Seaboard up to New York. The gas spill was first detected on Sept. 9 by an inspector with the Alabama Surface Mining Commission performing a ... Read More

State of Emergency Declared After Major Pipeline Spill Threatens Fuel Shortages

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The governors of Georgia and Alabama have declared a state of emergency amid fears of fuel shortages caused by a breach in a major pipeline that spilled a quarter million gallons of refined gasoline in Shelby County, Ala., Friday. The pipeline operator, Colonial Pipeline, predicted that Alabama and other southeastern states would be the first to feel the impact of the pipeline’s shut down. The pipeline runs from Houston, Texas, to New York and is the main gasoline artery linking Houston refineries to the rest of the Eastern Seaboard. Georgia Governor Nathan Deal was the first to declare a state ... Read More

Johnson and Johnson, Janssen fight $500K Risperdal verdict


Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen Pharmaceuticals is asking a Pennsylvania appellate court to reverse a half-million-dollar verdict over claims that the drug company’s antipsychotic Risperdal caused a Wisconsin man to grow female breasts, arguing that the trial court allowed improper expert opinion, which gave the jury flawed instructions. Janssen argued that the lower court had allowed plaintiff Timothy Strange’s medical causation expert, a plastic surgeon, to offer opinion that Strange’s use of Risperdal led to gynecomastia, a condition in which adolescent boys develop breast tissue. However, the expert did not use a “generally accepted scientific method,” to rule out other causes ... Read More

State of Emergency Declared, Wastewater Wells Shut After Earthquake Rocks Oklahoma

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Oklahoma’s governor declared a state of emergency and state regulators ordered oil and gas wastewater disposal operations shut down after a record-tying 5.6 earthquake rattled much of the Midwest Saturday morning. “The earthquake was felt in multiple states and was the strongest the state has experienced since November 2011 when a magnitude 5.6 earthquake occurred in Lincoln County,” Gov. Mary Fallin said Saturday night. “This emergency declaration will start the process to helping individuals, families and businesses impacted by the earthquakes and serves as a precursor to requesting any necessary assistance.” In the past decade, Oklahoma has experienced an alarming increase ... Read More

Judge adds $6.66 million to landmark $70 million Risperdal award


A Pennsylvania state judge tacked on an additional $6.66 million to the landmark $70 million judgment against Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals over allegations that the companies’ antipsychotic drug Risperdal caused a Tennessee adolescent boy to grow female breasts. Plaintiffs attorneys asked Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas Judge Paula A. Patrick to increase the award amount after the verdict was issued, arguing the family was entitled to delay damages from April 16, 2014, which is one year after the complaint was filed, to July 1, 2016, the date when the verdict was handed down. Attorneys for ... Read More

Vegetable recall announced by Country Fresh due to possible presence of Listeria monocytogenes


Nearly 30,000 cases of various fresh-cut vegetables are now under recall by Country Fresh LLC due to potential Listeria contamination. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Listeria monocytogenes are responsible for causing serious and sometimes fatal infections in both young children and frail or elderly adults, especially those with weakened immune systems. The recalled vegetable products were shipped to retailers in the following states with the Country Fresh and store brand labels: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. Each recalled vegetable product should have “BEST IF USED BY” dates ranging from ... Read More

Six Children Suffer Electrical Shocks On Connecticut Amusement Park Ride

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Six children were taken to a hospital with minor injuries after experiencing electrical shocks on a ride at a Connecticut amusement park Tuesday afternoon. The children had been riding the Scrambler at Ocean Beach Park in New London and were exiting the ride when an electrical current apparently ran through the ride’s metal surfaces. The ride’s operator reported that he also was shocked when he went to turn the ride off. The incident occurred around 2 p.m. Eastern time. The children were taken to Lawrence and Memorial Hospital in Waterford, Conn., for evaluation and treatment. One of the victims suffered ... Read More