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#TidePodChallenge blamed for sending college student to hospital

It was only a matter of time before the dangerous new social media trend of eating neon-colored detergent-filled pods sent someone to the hospital. Last weekend, a Utah State University student was rushed to a hospital after taking the challenge. Campus police called the incident a “Tide Pod overdose,” though university officials labeled it as an ingested Tide Pod event, that was in no way “connected to a larger trend involving Tide pods.” Regardless, the female student was taken to a local hospital after somehow consuming a Tide pod. Her condition was not immediately known. The challenge comes on the ... Read More

VW Emissions Settlements Don’t Affect County Claims, Plaintiffs Argue

Settlements resolving claims over Volkswagen’s (VW) emissions cheat and the federal Clean Air Act do not bar air pollution complaints lodged by Hillsborough County, Florida, and Salt Lake County, Utah, lawyers for the counties told a California federal court. Volkswagen is pressing the U.S. District Court in San Francisco to toss the counties’ claims that they are entitled to compensation for pollution caused by VW’s emissions cheat under state laws. Those complaints are currently included in multidistrict litigation (MDL) consolidated in the California court. In 2014, West Virginia University researchers and other members of the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) discovered ... Read More

Hepatitis A Outbreak Linked To Utah 7-Eleven Store

An outbreak of Hepatitis A linked to a 7-Eleven convenience store in the Salt Lake City area could have affected an estimated 2,000 people, Salt Lake County health officials said. The Salt Lake County Health Department believes the hepatitis A outbreak stems from a wider outbreak of the disease sickening people since August. “The possible hepatitis A exposure occurred when an infected employee worked while ill and potentially handled certain items in the store,” county health officials said on Sunday. The current outbreak centers on the 7-Eleven store at 2666 West 7800 South in the city of West Jordan, just ... Read More

Utah Doctor Faces False Claims Act Allegations

A physician slated to oversee medical studies of cannabidiol (CBD) oil, a cannabis compound that could be beneficial in treating epileptic seizures and other health problems, is facing a federal False Claims Act complaint accusing him of overbilling Medicare. Ogden, Utah’s Standard-Examiner reports that the False Claims Act lawsuit accuses Dr. Steven Warren of Bountiful, Utah, of improperly billing Medicare 80 times between February 2012 and July 2014 for visits to nursing home patients outside of Utah and receiving overpayments as a result. Under the False Claims Act, health care providers that improperly bill Medicare and other government health care ... Read More

Whistleblower: Utah City Failed To Investigate Hundreds of Serious Crimes

A Utah police officer has filed a federal whistleblower complaint against the City of Ephraim, Utah, and its city manager alleging he was targeted for retaliation after voicing concerns about the Police Chief’s alleged mishandling of hundreds of police reports. Darren Pead was one of three officers who resigned from the five-member Ephraim Police Department after alleging that Police Chief Ron Rassmussen failed to complete hundreds of police reports, leaving scores of serious crimes to go “un-investigated,” the whistleblower complaint alleges, according to the Associated Press. Officer Pead discovered the alleged problem after the police department switched to a method ... Read More

Greyhound Bus Crash Kills Girl, Injures 12 Others in Utah

A Greyhound bus veered off the shoulder of I-70 in Utah late New Year’s Eve, killing a 13-year-old girl and injuring a dozen others, including three in serious condition. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigators are on their way to the scene of the Greyhound bus crash in Emery County in the central part of Utah. The Utah Highway Patrol said in a news release that the Greyhound bus was traveling west on Interstate 70 to Las Vegas when it careened off the highway about 11 p.m. Sunday. “The bus traveled into a steep wash and came to rest approximately ... Read More

Produce packer’s recall spurs chain reaction of recalls

Dozens of vegetable products are being pulled from grocery store shelves across the country after California-based Mann Packing announced it was recalling several of its products due to concerns that the vegetables had been contaminated with listeria, an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and people with compromised immune systems. It can also cause miscarriages and stillbirths in pregnant women. Mann Packaging’s recall spurred a chain of recalls from other companies who carry or use Mann Packaging’s produce products. Meijer, a Midwestern chain similar to Walmart, recalled nearly 20 different ... Read More

AAA Study: Infotainment Systems Promote Driver Distraction

Interactive touch-screen dashboard displays in motor vehicles are incredibly useful tools, but they can also be the main cause of deadly distraction. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety says that the infotainment systems are contributing to the ever-growing number of traffic accidents caused by driver distraction. Drivers using in-vehicle technologies like voice-based and touch-screen features were visually and mentally distracted for more than 40 seconds while programming navigation, pulling up a song, sending a text message, and other tasks. Forty seconds of distraction behind the wheel is incredibly dangerous. Previous research has determined that just two seconds of driver distraction ... 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

Utah Woman Sues Costco For E. Coli Injuries

A Utah woman who contracted a severe and debilitating form of E. coli illness after eating chicken salad linked to a multistate outbreak is suing Costco, alleging it permanently ruined her health, quality of life, and acting aspirations. Chloe Rodgerson was just 18 years old when she became extremely sick after eating Costco chicken salad in October 2015. She started to vomit blood and her health deteriorated to the point where she was left fighting for her life in intensive care. No connection was made between her illness and the chicken salad immediately, so doctors were testing Ms. Rodgerson for ... Read More