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Virginia Chipotle reopens after food poisoning outbreak


Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. reopened one of its Sterling, Virginia restaurants this week after having closed the burrito fast food chain for two days after receiving several reports of customers who became ill after dining at the restaurant, Reuters reported. The incident brings back sore memories for Chipotle. In 2015, the company faced multiple foodborne illness outbreaks at several restaurants across the country that sickened more than 500 people with E.coli, salmonella and norovirus. Symptoms of those illnesses include nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea that can be bloody. The outbreaks led to Chipotle falling under a federal investigation and getting hit with around ... Read More

Oklahoma Woman Says Roundup Caused her Cancer

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An Oklahoma woman who spent much of her life working with and around the weed killer Roundup has filed a lawsuit against its maker Monsanto, alleging the herbicide’s ingredients caused her to develop chronic lymphoma leukemia. Francene Lisle, a recent transplant to Oklahoma from Kansas City, told Fox 4 Kansas City that she was diagnosed with leukemia in March 2015 after her doctor found her white blood cell count was abnormally high. Ms. Lisle began searching for clues to her illness. She had no family history of chronic lymphoma leukemia, so she probed other possible causes. That’s when she discovered ... Read More

W. Va. law protects nursing homes against elder abuse claims

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A new law that went into effect in West Virginia this month gives nursing homes an added layer of protection in the event they are sued for elder abuse or neglect, or wrongful death. As of July 1, people who want to sue a nursing home have one year to file their lawsuit and and can only file it in the county in which the nursing home is located. Previously, residents and their family members had two years to file and could do so in either the county they resided or worked in. The law is just another example of how ... Read More

Woman seriously injured on Virginia water slide

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A day at the amusement park became an admission to the hospital for a Virginia woman who was seriously injured when she was tossed from an overturning water slide raft. Stuarts Draft, Virginia residents Christina Orebaugh and her husband Steve Orebaugh decided to spend the Fourth of July holiday at King’s Dominion amusement park in Doswell, Virginia. After riding a couple roller coasters at the park with other family members, the Orebaughs went on the Tornado, a water ride that sends riders down a chute in a raft and sends them circling the walls of a giant funnel before spitting ... Read More

18 States Sue DeVos, DOE Over Student Loan Rule

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Eighteen states and the District of Columbia are suing Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and the Department of Education over their plans to rescind a rule that would make it easier for students of predatory for-profit colleges to have their loans forgiven. The Borrower Defense Rule was adopted by the DOE in November and was set to take effect this month. Under the rule, students could have their loans erased if their for-profit college misrepresented the quality of its programs or broke a “contractual promise” with its students. The rule also would also allow the DOE to seek recovery of loan ... Read More

Chocolate snuff raising concerns

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A snortable powdered chocolate marketed as a dietary supplement that claims to give users “euphoric energy” and “calm focus” is raising concerns with medical professionals. Coco Loko, manufactured by Legal Lean, launched on its website the “infused raw cacao snuff” containing “a special energy blend” of taurine and B6. The company claims the chocolate snuff gives users an endorphin and serotonin rush designed to improve energy and focus. Dietary supplements are not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to the degree that pharmaceutical products are. Thus, the agency’s hands are tied unless the substance is linked to health issues. The ... Read More

Foodborne Botulism on the Rise, CDC Says

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In April, it made its way into the nacho cheese at one Sacramento, California, gas station, killing one and sickening nine other consumers, Righting Injustice reports. North Korean officials, according to USA Today, claim it is what ailed Otto Warmbier, the University of Virginia student who was serving a 15-year sentence for alleged anti-state acts, before he was transferred back to the U.S. in June, where he became comatose and died days later. It is botulism, or the toxin produced by the bacteria, Clostridium botulinum, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says the number of foodborne botulism ... Read More

Men’s Health Month: 10 Steps to a Healthier Life

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According to The Times Leader, the Urologic Research Institute of Wheeling Hospital in West Virginia offers men a 10-step list to a healthier life. Exercise is first on the list, with regular exercise lowering risk of cardiovascular disease, hypertension, osteoporosis and some forms of diabetes and cancer, all of which can shorten a man’s lifespan. Dr. Gregory Merrick, director of the Urologic Research Institute as well as Wheeling Hospital’s Schiffler Cancer Center and Men’s Health Center, when speaking last week in observance of National Men’s Health Month, encouraged men to walk 30 minutes a day. He said that it would ... Read More

Another IVC Filter Lawsuit Filed

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A new lawsuit has been filed against Cook Medical over its IVC filter device, alleging that the blood clot filter injured a West Virginia woman. IVC filters are used in patients at risk of blood clots, which could result in pulmonary embolism (PE). They are generally used when a patient is unable to tolerate blood-thinning medication. The Daily Hornet reports that Roseanne L. was implanted with a Celect inferior vena cava (IVC) filter by Dr. Albeir Y. Mousa on Jan. 11, 2012, at Charleston Area Medical Center in Charleston, West Virginia. She was implanted with a retrievable IVC filter, meant to be temporary. ... Read More

Plaintiffs again request PPI kidney injury MDL

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Plaintiffs have filed another motion with the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) hoping to consolidate cases alleging kidney injuries were caused by acid-reducing proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) such as Prilosec, Nexium, Protonix, and Dexilant. MDL No. 2789 IN RE: Proton-Pump Inhibitor Products Liability Litigation (No. II) was filed on May 31, 2017. The drugs are accused of causing acute interstitial nephritis (AIN), chronic kidney disease, end stage renal disease, and kidney failure. Some of the complaints against the drug makers include: negligence, design defect, failure to warn, fraudulent concealment, warranty claims, and loss of consortium. In February, the JPML ... Read More