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Samsung Replacement Phone Burns In Minnesota Teen’s Hand

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A Minnesota teenager who recently exchanged her recalled Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphone for a replacement says the new device melted in her hand, burning her thumb. Thirteen-year-old Abby Zuis of Farmington, Minn., had her replacement phone only a few days after exchanging her original phone under a safety recall amid reports that the Samsung devices could overheat, explode, and burst into flames. On Friday afternoon, Abby was holding her phone and waiting for her siblings to get out of school when she felt what she described as a “weird, burning sensation … like pins and needles, except a lot more ... Read More

Multistate E. Coli Outbreak Linked To Ground Beef From Massachusetts Company

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Ground beef, veal, and bison products from a Massachusetts company are being recalled after a multi-state outbreak of E. coli illnesses, federal officials announced Saturday. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said that seven confirmed E. coli illnesses, including five that required hospitalization, were linked to ground beef from Adams Farm Slaughterhouse in Athol, Mass. Three illnesses stemming from the Adams Farm beef were reported in Mass., two cases were reported in Connecticut, one in Pennsylvania, and one in West Virginia. The contaminated products were sold to farmer’s markets, retail locations and restaurants in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and ... Read More

Feds Announce Two Tire Recalls; Problems Pose Crash Risk For Trucks

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Federal auto safety regulators announced two tire recalls affecting thousands of tires made by Goodyear Tire and Rubber and Tireco Inc. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said that the Goodyear tires are being recalled for an adhesion problem between the tread and the top belt. The agency said that the anomaly occurred during the curing press set-up operation. If unrepaired it may cause a dangerous separation of the tread from the tire, potentially resulting in a crash. The recall, which is expected to start Oct. 15, affects about 1,650 Goodyear G399A LHS tires, size 295/75R22.5 LRG, curing press ... 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

Hepatitis A Outbreak Linked To Strawberry Smoothies Spreads to Eight States

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An outbreak of Hepatitis A linked to frozen strawberries from Egypt used by a smoothie chain has grown to include at least 119 people in eight states, federal health officials reported Friday. The report does not include an additional four cases reported in Virginia around the same time, which brings the national total to 123 infections. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said that the illnesses have led to 47 hospitalizations, with the vast majority of cases being reported in Virginia. In August, Virginia Department of Health officials linked the growing outbreak to Tropical Smoothie Café restaurants ... Read More

Studies yield information that may help reduce the risk of ovarian cancer in African–American women

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Ovarian cancer is the fifth cause of cancer deaths among women and the most deadly cancer of the female reproductive system. In a recent article, Newswise notes that statistics show that since the 1970s, five-year survival rates for ovarian cancer have improved for Caucasian women, but for African-American women during the same time period survival rates have instead declined. Researchers have been specifically studying the African-American female population, in relation to evaluating various risk factors for ovarian cancer. In May, an epidemiologic study found that body powder use was significantly associated with epithelial ovarian cancer risk. Researchers at the University of ... 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

PA Doc Pays Nearly $1 Million To Resolve FCA Lawsuit Alleging Medicare Fraud

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A Western Pennsylvania doctor and a health care company he operated in five states will pay the U.S. government nearly $1 million to settle a False Claims Act lawsuit alleging he and the companies defrauded the Medicare program. David J. Hickton, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania, said Tuesday that Dr. John Balko and Dr. John Balko & Associates Inc., doing business as Senior Healthcare Associates, have agreed to settle the False Claims Act case for $930,000. The False Claims lawsuit alleged Medicare fraud due to Dr. Balko and his clinics submitting claims to Medicare for a range of ... 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

West Virginia Woman Develops Pneumonia After Vaping

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A 31-year-old West Virginia resident had only been vaping for three months when she developed a chronic cough. She was suddenly plagued by other symptoms as well: shortness of breath, weight loss and labored breathing, which are all symptoms of hypersensitivity pneumonia. When she sought medical care, she was admitted into the hospital and quickly transported to the intensive care unit due to failing lungs. Soon after being admitted, the woman went into respiratory failure. A ventilator was required to keep her breathing comfortably. Doctors at the West Virginia University Health Sciences Center said the woman had started smoking e-cigarettes in an ... Read More