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  • Death of Elderly Mother Due to Arsenic Death Causes Daughter to File Suit
    Mar-16-08 Fresno, CA: The death of an elderly Fresno mother is causing quite a stir after she has been found to have died from arsenic poisoning. Lily Mae Harmon's death was investigated only after the prompting and pleading of her daughter, Betty Harmon. She was ignored and put off several times when she tried to bring this to the attention of city agencies. Bet...
  • Rochester Meat Recall: Why the Secrecy?
    Mar-12-08 Washington, DC It seems that at least a few facts are finally on the table about January's Rochester Meat recall of 188,000 pounds of e. coli contaminated ground beef that was sold to restaurant chains and institutional food services. By "a few facts," we mean very few. We knew from the beginning that the recall was triggered by six cases of e. coli...
  • FBI Investigating Countrywide for Securities Fraud
    Mar-11-08 Washington, DC: A criminal investigation has been opened against Countrywide Financial by the FBI and the Justice Department for possible securities fraud . The FBI and the Justice Department is investigating whether or not the nation's largest mortgage lender falsified its financial condition and the stability of its loans in security filings. The in...
  • The Relationship between Botox and Botulism
    Mar-5-08 Washington, DC In spite of a warning just a few weeks ago by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) concerning the safety of Botox, and a call by advocacy group Public Citizen for beefed-up warnings on product labels, Botox continues to be misunderstood. Such general misconception over just what Botox is and how it works, continues to grant Botox the...
  • Budget Woes May Force Vallejo to Declare Bankruptcy
    Mar-3-08 Vallejo, CA: Bankruptcy may be in the near future for Vallejo because of a budget crisis that is only getting worse due to rising payroll expenses, failing tax revenue, and a slumping housing market. On Thursday, the city council is expected to vote on whether or not they agree with the city manager's advice that the city should file for Chapter 9 ban...
  • Nevada Clinic Re-used Syringes—40,000 Potentially Exposed
    Mar-2-08 Las Vegas, NV There are 40,000 people today who have just found out, or may soon find out, that they may have been handed a death sentence by an outpatient clinic in Las Vegas, after potentially contaminated syringes were re-used , injecting the possibility for hepatitis C . After six patients of the clinic were diagnosed with hepatitis C last year,...
  • Is it Safer in the Air or on the Runway?
    Feb-27-08 Washington, DC Yet another pair of planes have clipped each other's wings on the runway. The latest incident of an on-ground plane crash occurred February 24th at Washington's Dulles Airport. The right wing of a Shuttle America Embraer 170 jet hit the left wingtip of a United Airlines Airbus 319. No injuries were reported among the 66 people aboa...
  • Transgender Law to Possibly be Compromised
    Feb-23-08 Baltimore City, MD A heated debate is allegedly taking place in Maryland in regard to a law intended to safeguard rights for transgendered people. The law offers shielding for the transgendered for the areas and services of: public accommodations, provision for taxis and cable, housing and jobs. A petition with approximately 32,000 names opposing the law i...
  • Authorities seeking action against Slaughterhouse for Unfair Business Practices
    Feb-19-08 San Bernardino County, CA: Authorities are seeking to file action against Hallmark Meat Packing for unfair business practices , following felony charges alleging that sick cattle were forced into the slaughter box by cruel methods. These charges are a result of a video that was released in January that revealed the ill treatment of the animals, which has...
  • Lawsuit Filed Against GlaxoSmithKline by Heart Bypass Patient
    Feb-16-08 Philadelphia, PA On February 12, 2008, a lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania by Pat and Sandra Kelly of Grove, Oklahoma against GlaxoSmithKline, the maker of the poplar diabetes drug, Avandia. The lawsuit states that GSK was negligent, committed fraud, breached its warranty, failed to warn about the risks a...
  • Hospitals Allegedly May Hold at Least One Purse String of Personal Bankruptcies
    Feb-12-08 Helena, MT Between the years of 2004-06 hospital bills were allegedly a factor in close to 18,000 personal bankruptcy filings. The amount of defaulted medical bills was allegedly just under $20 million throughout the state. Everyone knows that a quick trip to the hospital doesn't equal a short and inexpensive bill. Medical procedures and hospital stays...
  • Asbestos in Iowa: Was the Equitable Building a Health Hazard?
    Feb-11-08 Des Moines, IA Asbestos has been on the minds and in the headlines in Des Moines in the wake of a redevelopment of the historic Equitable Building. At issue is the alleged improper handling of asbestos, and a risk for asbestos mesothelioma cancer , during renovations. Asbestos, a known carcinogen whose use is tightly controlled and restricted, was a...
  • Mike Nifong, Former Durham D.A., Files Bankruptcy
    Feb-11-08 Durham NC: Mike Nifong, former prosecutor for Durham, NC, provided details on February 8, 2008 in regards to his $180 million bankruptcy filing. The details involved information regarding his assets, property, and that his mother removed him from her will due to lawsuits filed against him in his prosecution of three Duke University lacrosse players who w...
  • Church-going Parishioners Refused Service at Ruby's Diner
    Feb-11-08 Redondo Beach, CA: Bhagavan and Ila and the rest of their church group had been going to Ruby's Dineras regularly as they had been going to church. But when they questioned restaurant management about accommodating a disabled parishioner, they were asked to leave and refused all future service. That discrimination against the disabled , said Bhagavan,...
  • Mexican President to Visit United States
    Feb-11-08 Mexico City Felipe Calderon, the president of Mexico, was scheduled to arrive for a Sunday visit to the United States amid the debate amongst presidential candidates regarding the illegal immigrant situation within the U.S. This will be Calderon's first visit to the United States since his presidency began in 2006, but he will not be meeting with George...
  • Shocking Cases of Nursing Home Abuse
    Feb-10-08 Sandusky, OH In what may be one of the more shocking cases of nursing home abuse , a nurse at a nursing home is accused of raping a partially paralyzed resident. The nurse has also been accused of abusing 13 other residents, although it is likely that number will increase as more victims, and families of victims, come forward. At least one family has...
  • Employee Discrimination against a High Achiever
    Feb-9-08 Brooklyn, NY Gehan was one of only three Christians employed by a leading American pharmaceutical company in the Middle East. His superior made it clear, however, that he wanted no Christians on his team and over three years Gehan was subjected to systematic employee discrimination , ending in the loss of his job. "Originally I was a physician but I'd...
  • Zetia Raises Heart Attack Risks
    Feb-2-08 Whitehouse Station, NJ: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said, on Friday (Jan 25, 2008), that they will review the safety and efficacy of Zetia /Zocor (Vytorin) after results from the ENHANCE trial suggested that the combination had no significant reduction in atherosclerotic-plaque progression. Steven Nissen, M.D., director of cardiovascular med...
  • Medtronic Sprint Fidelis: Medtronic Tries to Get Off the Legal Hook
    Jan-30-08 Seattle, WA: If you're a big medical hardware manufacturer and one of your products is found to be seriously—in fact, potentially fatally—defective, what's the right thing to do? That's the challenge that Medtronic Inc. faced when its Sprint Fidelis implantable defibrillator leads were found to be prone to fracturing and malfunctioning, eith...
  • Tricks to Make Drugs sound Effective
    Jan-18-08 Seattle, WA: The philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein proposed, "The limits of my language mean the limits of my world," an intriguing proposition, begging the question: "Do our words shape the way we think about things?" It's a question at the center of a 50-year-old, controversial hypothesis, initiated when the concept of "linguistic determinism" hit the scie...
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