For many years, a growing body of research has suggested that cell phones can increase the risk of cancer. Recently, Global Research published a report highlighting “44 Reasons to Believe Cell Phones Can Cause Cancer”. According to the National Cancer Institute ““Cancer is a term used for diseases in which abnormal cells divide without control and are able to invade other tissues…“Cancer is a term used for diseases in which abnormal cells divide without control and are able to invade other tissues ” Continue reading
Police report that a one-year-old child died in Fort Plain, New York, after ingesting liquid nicotine, used in e-cigarettes.
The child was found unresponsive and rushed to a hospital where he was later pronounced dead, ABC News reports. A statement from Fort Plain police called the death a “tragic accident.” Continue reading
One Jeep Grand Cherokee owner is afraid due to an interior power failure issue that leaves her driving in the dark. The Morning Call reports that Sandy Busedu experiences this issue about once a week; the interior power failure turns off the dashboard instruments and interior dome lights, radio and heater. Ms. Busedu is unable to see how fast she is driving when this happens. Furthermore, it appears that she is not the only one to experience this issue.
“Now it’s occurring more often and I’m afraid to go on a long-distance drive,” she said to The Morning Call. Continue reading
In a safety announcement last week, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned that the antipsychotic drug Geodon (ziprasidone) is associated with a rare but serious skin reaction that can progress to affect other parts of the body.
The FDA is requiring the manufacturer to add a new warning to the Geodon drug label to describe the serious condition known as Drug Reaction with Eosinophilia and Systemic Symptoms (DRESS). Patients taking Geodon who develop a fever with a rash and/or swollen lymph glands should seek immediate medical attention, the agency advises. Ziprasidone should immediately be stopped if DRESS is suspected. Continue reading
Sutphen has recalled its firetrucks to repair a cable failure that could cause the aerial ladders to collapse while being used, “increasing the risk of injury to a user”, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced. According to Associated Press, the recall began in November and affects trucks from the 2000 to 2014 model years.
Last November, Sutphen recalled 156 aerial platform trucks from model years 2000 through 2011 because the ladder could retract unexpectedly. The company issued another recall in July. Hours before the recall was issued, one of the ladders being used in Hall County, Ga. retracted more than 20 feet and jammed, injuring three firefighters. Three firefighters were also injured a month earlier in Erie, Pa when their aerial platform rapidly descended.
The NHTSA announced it was investigating the issue in August to determine whether the repair for the 2013 recall was adequate. Trucks from the 2000 to 2012 model years are affected by the investigation. Drew Sutphen, company president, stated on the website that fire departments should not use the ladders until further notice. The statement said the company has “voluntarily removed all 5-Section Aerial Devices (SPH 100, SP 110, SPI 112, and SAI 110) from service” and is undertaking a thorough review of the equipment and the 2013 remedy.
In the 2013 recall, the company said that ball bears could seize and cause the cables running over them to chafe and fail. The July 2014 and November 2013 recalls both involved the SPH100, SPI112 and SAI110.
In a rare move, a federal judge has urged device maker, C.R. Bard, to settle thousands of lawsuits brought over its vaginal mesh implants. According to Bloomberg.com, the move was made as juries are expected to potentially award billions of dollars in damages in the cases.
“I can’t imagine a corporation facing potentially billions of dollars in verdicts wouldn’t find it advisable to try to achieve a settlement for a much lesser sum,” U.S. District Judge Joseph Goodwin in Charleston, West Virginia, said at a December 9 hearing, according to a transcript. “I base that billions of dollars of business on some of the rather large verdicts that we’ve had,” the judge added, according to Bloomberg.com. The judge noted that the many multi-million-dollar verdicts that have been reached against a number of implant device makers, including C.R. Bard, should provide incentive for the device maker to, by 2015, resolve the more than 12,000 cases it faces. Continue reading
In a Notice to Hospitals, Canada’s national health regulatory agency, has warned about the use of laparoscopic morcellators during hysterectomies and surgeries for uterine fibroids.
The notice warns that the use of a morcellator during minimally invasive hysterectomy or fibroid surgery may result in the spread and “upstaging” of an undetected uterine cancer. These cancers cannot “reliably” be detected preoperatively, according to Health Canada. The frequency of such unsuspected uterine cancer is estimated to be about 1-in-350, a higher rate than previously reported. Continue reading
On Thursday, a 12-year-old boy in Valley Stream was struck and killed by a car on his way to school, Newsday reports. Nassau police say the driver had a suspended license.
According to Newsday, the boy was standing on the southeast corner of South Franklin Avenue and West Merrick Road and started crossing west onto South Franklin. He was hit by a 29-year-old man of Seaford driving a GMC Yukon. He was pronounced dead at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New Hyde Park.
“I can’t believe this is happening. I keep telling myself he’s with his father now.” said the boy’s grandmother to Newsday; in 2006, the boy’s father died of pneumonia. His grandmother described him as “a very happy boy, very smart”. He participated in Boy Scouts and Little League teams. Continue reading
Retaliation against corporate whistleblowers is at an all-time high, according to Stephen Kohn of the National Whistleblowers Center.
In addition, Kohn said, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has mounted an aggressive lobbying campaign against the False Claims Act, one of the country’s most effective whistleblower laws. Continue reading
A 71-year-old woman died this week, after being hit by a car while she was crossing a Brooklyn street. The driver who hit her was taken into police custody. Police say he was driving with a revoked license.
Joan Hale was crossing Foster Avenue in East Flatbush around 5 p.m. on Dec. 9 when she was struck by a Subaru Outback, NY1 reports. Hale was later pronounced dead at Kings County Hospital. The Outback was driven by a 75-year-old man, whose name has not been released. Continue reading