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‘Real Housewives’ star looking healthy after breast implant removal surgery

Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Yolanda Hadid has been candid about her health problems in recent years, talking openly about her natural remedies and Eastern medicine approaches in search of a cure to Lyme disease, which she contracted in 2012. When her condition took a turn for the worse, and nothing, not even a stem cell transplant seemed to help, she wondered if her health problems might be due to her breast implants. She found out more than she bargained for. Yolanda learned from Dr. Susan E. Kolb, a breast implant specialist and author of the book “The Naked Truth ... Read More

Eight Alabama Water Systems Under EPA Advisory For Industrial Contamination

A U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) advisory warning of harmful industrial pollutants in 59 water systems nationwide has raised concerns in Alabama, where eight of the named water systems are located. The EPA advisory focuses on the presence of perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctyl sulfonate (PFOS), man-made chemical compounds that are used in the manufacture of non-stick, stain-resistant, and water-proofing coatings on fabric, cookware, firefighting foam, and a variety of other consumer products. Exposure to the chemicals over time, even in trace amounts, could promote serious health problems, the EPA warns. Some of the adverse health effects linked to PFOA ... Read More

Victims of toxic Chinese drywall may soon see relief

The sudden turnaround of a Chinese drywall manufacturer that has repeatedly snubbed U.S. courts is a promising sign for thousands of U.S. homeowners whose homes, and even their lives, have been ruined by toxic, highly corrosive drywall, plaintiffs’ lawyers say. Taishan Gypsum Co. Ltd., a drywall company owned by the Chinese government, last week paid $3.2 million in damages to a federal court in New Orleans. That money will be disbursed to seven Virginia homeowners whose complaints against Taishan were tried as bellwether cases representative of a much larger, complex body of litigation still pending. The payments stunned those involved ... Read More

Federal court holds Chinese drywall companies in contempt for ignoring U.S. litigation

China’s state-owned drywall manufacturers have abandoned litigation in the U.S. involving thousands of American homeowners who sued the companies over allegedly toxic and corrosive drywall they claim has damaged their homes and their health. In addition to not responding to the multidistrict litigation (MDL) in a Louisiana federal court, Taishan Gypsum Co. Ltd. and other gypsum manufacturers owned by the Chinese government’s Assets Supervision and Administration Commission ignored a $2.7 million default judgment against them in 2010. U.S. District Judge Eldon Fallon held Taishan in civil and criminal contempt on July 17 for its refusal to appear in court to ... Read More

Proposed transportation budget would take $1 billion from underground storage tank cleanup fund

Hoping to avert a nationwide shutdown of federal transportation projects, the House Ways and Means Committee has proposed a plan that would temporarily replenish the nearly dried-up Highway Trust Fund and bankroll infrastructure projects through May 15, 2015. The bipartisan plan would rely on unusual methods to replenish federal transportation funds, including taking money from the Leaking Underground Storage Tank (LUST) fund used to clean up environmentally contaminated sites. The 18.4-cents-per-gallon gasoline tax used to fund federal transportation projects has not kept pace with the nation’s infrastructure needs for various reasons. The tax has not been raised in more than ... Read More

Louisiana sues Fresenius for marketing dangerous, defective dialysis products

Hundreds of people have filed wrongful death and personal injury lawsuits against dialysis products and services giant Fresenius Medical Care North America over alleged injuries and deaths caused by the company’s dialysis concentrates GranuFlo and NaturaLyte. Now the state of Louisiana is joining in, asking for its day in court in order to recover payments made through the state’s Medicaid program for the defective products. Louisiana is accusing Fresenius of deceptive trade practices and fraudulent marketing to sell its defective dialysis products, and claims the company has known since 2004 that the products were labeled with confusing instructions that could ... Read More

Fresenius faces another GranuFlo wrongful death lawsuit

A West Virginia man has filed a lawsuit against Fresenius Medical Care claiming a dialysis concentrate manufactured by the company caused his wife’s death. Fresenius is the world’s largest provider of dialysis products and services. There are more than 1,800 Fresenius facilities nationwide. The company’s products are also used in non-Fresenius-owned clinics. James Stockton alleges that for nearly 10 years his wife Beverly underwent dialysis treatment during which she received GranuFlo, a solution used to balance electrolytes in patents undergoing dialysis. GranuFlo contains an ingredient that metabolizes in the body to bicarbonate. Elevated levels of bicarbonate have been linked to heart ... Read More

Duke Energy agrees to coal ash spill cleanup plan with federal officials

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said Thursday that it and Duke Energy of North Carolina agreed on a plan to clean up the energy company’s massive coal ash spill that flooded the Dan River with about 40,000 tons of toxic coal waste February 2. According to the terms of the agreement, the EPA will supervise Duke Energy’s spill cleanup efforts. The North Carolina Department of the Environment and Natural Resources, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, and federal wildlife officials will also provide input and consultation. Duke is required to reimburse the EPA for all costs the agency incurs in ... Read More

Lead, other toxic metals found in most lipstick samples, study finds

When it comes to potentially dangerous consumer products, one of the last things that may come to mind is lipstick, yet a recent study found that many samples randomly gathered from their owners tested positive for toxic metals, including lead and cadmium, which in small amounts can have an adverse effect on health. Although researchers found traces of the lead, cadmium, chromium, aluminum, and manganese in all of the lipstick and lip gloss samples they tested, some contained levels high enough to pose a serious health risk if used frequently. Researchers found that women who applied lipstick two or three ... Read More

President Obama urged to reject USDA rule loosening poultry plant inspections

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is nearly ready to implement a new rule that will increase line speeds at chicken processing plants, saying it will improve efficiency and enhance food safety, but the Government Accountability Office (GAO), a number of consumer-safety groups, and other organizations are urging President Barack Obama to reject the rule. Most significantly, the new rule would increase chicken processing line speeds – the number of birds inspectors visually check per minute — from 140 per minute to 175 per minute. The rule also would effectively remove most USDA inspectors from the line to focus on ... Read More