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Raw milk linked to Brucella bacteria exposure

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Got raw milk? It’s a slogan used by Texas-based K-Bar dairy, which is currently in the limelight for illnesses spanning seven states linked to Brucella bacteria found in its raw milk, which had not undergone pasteurization to kill germs. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Texas State Department of Health Services have received reports of people who drank K-Bar’s milk and have symptoms of brucellosis in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Ohio, North Dakota, Tennessee and Texas, according to a CDC press release. “It’s very important for people who drank raw milk from this dairy to seek treatment ... Read More

$2.5M Risperdal verdict stands

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The $2.5 million judgment handed down by a Philadelphia jury against Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen Pharmaceuticals over allegations that its antipsychotic Risperdal caused a disfiguring injury to an adolescent boy will stand despite the drug maker’s request for a new trial. Judge Ramy Djerassi of the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas told Janssen the ruling in the first Risperdal side effects lawsuit to go to trial will stand. The bellwether trial involved the case of now-22-year-old Adam Pledger who developed abnormal breast tissue – a condition known as gynecomastia- after taking Risperdal. The verdict in that case was handed ... Read More

Multistate Campylobacter Outbreak Linked To Petland Puppies

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Federal and state health officials are investigating an outbreak of human Campylobacter infection linked to puppies sold at or through Petland, a pet store chain with retail locations in several states. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Petland Campylobacter outbreak has infected 39 people in seven states: Florida, Kansas, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Wisconsin. Those are only confirmed infections, and as outbreaks of pet-to-person illnesses go, many cases almost certainly go unreported. Of the confirmed infections, a dozen are employees of Petland stores in four states and 27 either purchased a puppy at ... Read More

OriGen recalls defective catheters

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OriGen Biomedical is recalling two lots of its VV28F Reinforced Dual Lumen ECMO Catheters because the clear extension tube may separate from the hub that it is inserted in, which could cause damage or impairment to the patient if there is not immediate intervention. To date, one adverse event related to these recalled products has been reported. The VV28F Reinforced Dual Lumen ECMO Catheters that fall under the recall include lot number N18487, with the manufacture date of Aug. 14, 2014, and the expiration date of Aug. 30, 2018; and the not number 18487-1, with the manufacture date of April ... Read More

Chemical Plant Explosion Sends 13 People To Hospital

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A southeastern Tennessee chemical plant will remain closed until safety officials can determine what caused a massive explosion that released a cloud of hydrochloric acid over a town a town and sent several people to the hospital with chemical burn injuries. The Sept. 7 explosion at the Wacker Polysilicon plant in Charleston, Tennessee, about 40 miles northwest of Chattanooga, was the second incident in a week to rock the plant and send workers to a nearby hospital. A Wacker official told the press that the two incidents were unrelated, but a joint investigation by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration ... Read More

Emergency Declarations Loosen Regulations for Commercial Trucks In Disasters

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A Regional Emergency Declaration issued by federal officials in advance of Hurricane Irma Sept. 7 remains in place for several states and territories, loosening regulations for commercial truck drivers providing relief throughout the areas affected by the storm. Federal Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao directed the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to implement the emergency declaration in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The emergency declaration came while a previous emergency declaration covering much of the same area after Hurricane Harvey remained in effect and while Hurricane Jose barrels toward ... Read More

Duke Life Flight Helicopter Crash Kills 4

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A Duke Life Flight helicopter was traveling from Sentara Albemarle Medical Center in Elizabeth City, North Carolina when it crashed, killing all four people on board just around 11:45 a.m. local time Sept. 8, the News and Observer reported. The helicopter was transporting a patient to Duke Medical Center in Durham when it crashed in Perquimans County near Belvidere, close to the Virginia border and about 160 miles east of Raleigh. Duke Life Flight was founded in 1985 and was the first hospital-based emergency transport service. It includes one other helicopter, both Eurocopter EC 145s, and five ground ambulances based ... Read More

Five Alabama cities among most opioid addicted in country

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Four Alabama cities rank among the top 15 cities with the highest rate of opioid abuse in the U.S. The list was compiled by health care information company Castlight Health, which used anonymous data on medical and pharmacy claims to determine which parts of the U.S. were hardest hit by the opioid crisis. The results shed a grim light on Alabama, one of the states where physicians aren’t required to check a database before writing a prescription for opioids, and other portions of the South. Nearly a third of all opioid prescriptions are abused, which translates to higher health costs ... Read More

Hours-of-Service Rules Relaxed In Wake of Harvey Flooding

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Federal transportation officials have declared a state of emergency relaxing hours-of-service regulations for commercial truck drivers in 26 states to help expedite the overland shipment of fuel in the wake of Tropical Storm Harvey. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) made the announcement August 31 in response to “fuel shortages due to refinery delays and interruption of delivery through pipelines as a result of damage from Tropical Storm Harvey.” The storm dropped a record amount of rainfall in Houston and other parts of coastal Texas and Louisiana, resulting in the loss of power to major U.S. oil refineries, including ... Read More

Cold meds recalled due to possible contamination

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Centurion Labs is recalling two lots of its cold and allergy medication Ninjacof manufactured by Vilvet of Dania Beach, Florida, and distributed by Centurion Labs because the products may be contaminated with Burkholderia cepacia, a bacteria that can be serious or even life threatening to some individuals. The recall was initiated after Centurion was notified by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regarding the potential contamination after the agency discovered the product may have been manufactured in a Pharmatech facility in Davie, Florida, the manufacturing company at the center of several medication recalls. Use of a product that contains B. ... Read More