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Electrocution: a Deadly Occupational Injury

A Sarasota man was severely injured when he was electrocuted by power lines. Omri Snow, 23, was using a lift truck to hang banners on light poles for a private contractor when he came in contact with power lines. By the time rescue crews arrived on scene, the entire lift truck was engulfed in flames. According to Fox 13 News, from the time the truck caught fire to the time rescuers arrived and put it out, a total of only 16 minutes had passed. Power was shut off for the 3,000 nearby homes as a team worked to douse the ... Read More

Cook Hit with Another Lawsuit alleging IVC Filter injury

Cook Medical has once again been hit by a lawsuit, this one alleging a man was injured by an IVC filter that was supposed to protect him. Jerome H. from Virginia  claims he was injured by the failure of a Gunther Tulip inferior vena cava (IVC) filter made by Cook Medical and William Cook Europe ApS, the Daily Hornet reports.  Jerome received the IVC filter on Oct. 14, 2016, at Sunrise Hospital Medical Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. The surgeon was Dr. Kelly R. Gardner, and the intention of its implantation was to intercept blood clots before they reach the heart or lungs. If a blood clot ... Read More

Sunoco Pipeline Spills Concern SE Pennsylvania Communities

Sunoco Pipeline is under fire from community leaders in Southeastern Pennsylvania after spilling drilling mud three times in three days while constructing its Mariner East 2 pipeline. Sunoco is performing horizontal directional drilling (HDD) for its new pipeline, which will run 350 miles from shale deposits on the opposite side of the state, Ohio, and West Virginia, to a refinery in Delaware County, Pennsylvania. The pipeline will be used to transport ethane, butane, propane, and other highly volatile fuels underground through densely populated areas, delivering to the coast fuels that are mostly bound for export, not domestic consumption. It’s a ... Read More

Probiotics may improve kidney function in women with lupus

Recent studies have shown that popular stomach medicines may lead to kidney damage. For example, proton pump inhibitors, or PPIs, like Prevacid, Nexium and Prilosec, have been shown to increase risk of chronic kidney disease and kidney failure. Many who suffer from acid reflux and other digestive problems have been looking for more natural ways to treat their symptoms, such as diet changes, and often find that they have more relief from these treatments without the potential for dangerous side effects. Kidney damage can also be caused by the autoimmune disease, lupus. According to Medical News Today, as many as half ... Read More

First Fracking Permit Signed in Illinois

Environmentalists lost a four-year fight when Illinois regulators signed the first fracking permit to Woolsey Operating Company on Aug. 31, 2017, reports The Pointer. Fracking, a drilling method in which drilling penetrates a mile into the earth, then turns to drill horizontally for several more, is controversial to many because of the toxins released into the ground during the process. The drilling spot, referred to as a well, is pressurized with a mixture of water, sand and other chemicals until small cracks form in the underground stone. After the well is set up, oil or gas is extracted, particularly methane, which is ... Read More

At Least 14 Dead in Michigan’s Ongoing Hepatitis A Outbreak

Michigan health authorities are continuing their investigation of a hepatitis A outbreak that has steadily spread across southeastern Michigan to sicken more than 300 people over the past year. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services said the hepatitis A outbreak affects the city of Detroit as well as Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, Wayne, and St. Clair counties. According to the Michigan health department, there have been 319 cases of confirmed hepatitis A between Aug. 1, 2016, and Sept. 15, 2017. Fourteen of those patients died from the illness. Nearly 86 percent of all the patients with confirmed cases have been hospitalized, ... Read More

Alaska Settles False Claims Allegations With U.S. Over SNAP Funds

The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (ADHSS) has agreed to pay the U.S. government nearly $2.5 million to settle False Claims Act allegations that it cheated the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) by submitting claims for performance bonuses it did not earn. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, ADHSS contracted with Julie Osnes Consulting LLC (Osnes Consulting) to provide advice and recommendations on how to lower its SNAP quality control error rate. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), which administers the SNAP program, pays performance bonuses to states that report the lowest and the most improved error ... Read More

What should a woman’s body smell like?

Racism, misogyny and capitalism in the beauty industry Emilie and Bridget of Stuff Mom Never Told You from How Stuff Works recently aired an impassioned episode of their podcast about talcum powder and ovarian cancer and how Johnson and Johnson profited off women’s insecurities about their bodies, specifically targeting minority women even though they were aware of their products’ cancer risk. “Why are we all sprinkling powders in our underpants in an attempt to make our body parts smell less like body parts?” asked Bridget. The ladies asked where and when did we begin to feel disgusted and repulsed by ... Read More

Shipbuilder Settles Whistleblower Billing Fraud Allegations

Newport, Virginia-based shipbuilder Huntington Ingalls Inc. will pay the U.S. $7.9 million to complete a $9.2 million settlement resolving a whistleblower lawsuit that claimed the company knowingly overbilled the government for labor performed on Navy and Coast Guard ships. Bryon Faulkner, a former Huntington Ingalls employee, started noticing billing irregularities while working at the company’s shipbuilding operations in Pascagoula, Mississippi in 2012. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, Mr. Faulkner’s whistleblower lawsuit alleges Huntington Ingalls mischarged and overcharged the government for work on numerous Navy and Coast Guard contracts starting in 2003. Mr. Faulkner also claims that the company ... Read More

Duke Life Flight Helicopter Crash Kills 4

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