Rabbi Sholom Doyber Levitansky was arrested by Santa Monica, California police last week on felony charges of sexual abuse of a child.
The police are seeking further information and are trying to locate any additional victims, the Santa Monica Daily Press (SMDP) reports. Continue reading
California Parents Sue GlaxoSmithKline over Child’s Heart Defect Allegedly Caused by Zofran Taken During Pregnancy
Alameda County, California, parents have filed a lawsuit against GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) for a heart defect their daughter suffered allegedly as a result of the mother being prescribed Zofran (ondansetron) while pregnant.
This medication is used to prevent nausea and vomiting caused by chemotherapy and radiation therapy and is also used to prevent and treat nausea and vomiting after surgery. It works by blocking one of the body’s natural substances (serotonin) that causes vomiting, according to WebMD. Continue reading
A bicycle recall is being issued due to a problem with front wheel disc brakes. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, the recall involves 13 manufacturers and affects 1.3 million bikes. Popular brands such as Giant, Cannondale and Specialized are affected by the recall. The CPSC advises consumers to “stop using the bicycles immediately and contact the recalling company for free installation of a new quick release on the front wheel,”
The issue involves the open quick release lever on the bicycle’s front wheel hub, which can catch onto the front disc brake rotor; this may cause the front wheel to stop or separate from the bike and injure the rider. The CPSC says three incidents have been reported, including one injury. The recalled bikes were sold from 1998 to this year. Roughly 1.3 million units were sold in American and over 250,000 were sold in Canada and Mexico. Continue reading
Automaker Fiat Chrysler under-reported a “significant” number of deaths, injuries and legal claims that it was obliged to reveal to regulators, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
The federal regulator announced the under-reporting after Fiat Chrysler said it had discovered “deficiencies” in its system for reporting defects under the Tread Act, a law that specifies the information car makers must submit to regulators, CNBC reports. Continue reading
Health Canada, Canada’s health regulatory agency, has updated the label information for the multiple sclerosis drug Gilenya (fingolimod) to include stronger safety warnings on the risk of skin cancer and the rare brain infection progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML), which can be fatal.
Gilenya, a prescription drug, is used in the treatment of relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (MS) to reduce the frequency of attacks (relapses) and delay the progression of physical disability. Gilenya is used specifically when other MS treatments have not been effective or cannot be tolerated, Health Canada explains. Continue reading
Chewbeads Inc. has recalled more than 45,000 pacifier clips in the United States and Canada because they may pose a risk of choking for babies. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the New York-based company had received seven reports of beads detaching from the pacifier clips, but no injuries can been reported thus far.
Fox News reports that five styles of Chewbeads Bay pacifier clip holders are affected by the recall, including those with shapes of a butterfly, a dinosaur, a heart, a sheriff’s badge, a white baseball with red stitching and a major league baseball team logo. The pacifier clip holders are called “Where’s the Pacifier?” and contain eight multi-colored beads threaded on a satin ribbon. The beaded ribbon is attached to a pacifier on one end and a plastic D-ring on the other; the product is about 6 inches long in total. Recalled clips have one of the following codes on the back: 3/31/14, 08/08/14, 12/01/14, 14/30/09, 15/02/09, 25/04/14. Continue reading
As part of an internal restructuring related to its $49.9 billion merger with Covidien, Medtronic will pay a one-time tax charge of $500 million so that it can bring $9.8 billion in overseas cash to the United States.
This move is the result of the tax inversion deal that relocated Medtronic from Minnesota to Ireland, where corporate taxes are much lower. Medtronic could use the extra cash to fund more acquisitions, Med Device Online reports. Continue reading
Three people have died and hundreds have become ill after they ate tainted cucumbers imported from Mexico.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says there have been 558 cases of salmonella poona infections linked to the cucumbers in 33 states, with 140 new cases reported to the CDC between September 15 and September 22, Vice News (vice.com) reports. Continue reading
For some, the deadline to register for the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) is quickly approaching. According to The PBA Beat, members who were diagnosed with prostate cancer on or before October 21, 2013 must register with the Fund by October 21, 2015 to protect their eligibility to file a claim. The VCF provides compensation to responders and survivors who suffered injuries and economic losses due to 9/11. For more information, claimants may view www.vcf.gov or call (855)885-1555.
The Zadroga Act, signed into law in early 2011, reopened the VCF and created the World Trade Center (WTC) Health Program. These programs provide aid to 9/11 responders and survivors who developed health problems after being exposed to hazardous substances during and in the aftermath of the attacks. The WTC Health Program is monitoring over 70,000 people and providing medical treatment to 33,000. These programs are due to expire unless Congress chooses to renew the Act. The WTC Health Program will lose funding in October, and rely on cash reserves into next year before it ends entirely. The VCF is slated to expire next October. Continue reading
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a safety communication, warning that the automatic clutch mechanism in some cranial perforators—devices to drill into the skull—may fail to disengage and automatically stop drilling after the skull is penetrated, injuring the patient.
Most cranial perforators are designed to automatically stop drilling in order to prevent the tip from unintentionally drilling or “plunging” into the brain. But the clutch mechanism may fail to disengage if the device selection and proper use are not in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions and the patient can be injured, the FDA warns. Continue reading