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All news posts from December 01, 2001 to December 31, 2001

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December 29, 2001 12:00 AM

New York City firefighters who risked their lives on September 11th and the days that followed now face a new battle with a different enemy. As many as 500 firefighters are currently on leave suffering from chronic coughs, asthma, and other respiratory illnesses that may have been acquired during the ground zero clean

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December 29, 2001 12:00 AM

A California jury recently ordered San Diego's second largest insurance brokerage firm, Barney & Barney, to pay a former employee $2.5 million for injuries she suffered when a fellow worker punched her in the stomach. The plaintiff, Wendy Beckner, was involved in an argument with operations manager Charles Elva Herrin

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December 29, 2001 12:00 AM

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced last week that it will not monitor dioxin levels in sewage sludge that is incinerated or placed in landfills or containment ponds. An agency spokesperson reports that human health and the environment are "adequately protected" without additional monitoring. Stu

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December 29, 2001 12:00 AM

According to a new study reported in this month's issue of Sexually Transmitted Infections, women who take HIV drug combinations during their first trimester may increase their risk of bearing children with birth defects. Dr. Graham Taylor of Imperial College in London studied 195 HIV-infected mothers. Dr. Taylor foun

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December 28, 2001 12:00 AM

In a decision that will dramatically change slip-and-fall claims in the State of Florida, the state Supreme Court recently reversed precedent, placing the burden of proof in premises liability cases onto the shoulders of property owning defendants. Prior to the decision, plaintiffs had to prove that storeowners should

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December 28, 2001 12:00 AM

Kenneth Feinberg, a Washington lawyer overseeing the September 11th special victims fund, announced last week that families applying for payments would receive an average of $1.65 million from the Federal government. The tax-free payments will be distributed to families of those killed or injured during the terrorist

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December 28, 2001 12:00 AM

The widow of a passenger on United Flight 175 has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the airline. The suit, filed by Ellen Mariani, alleges that United Airlines "breached its duty to care for the passengers" and was responsible for her husband's "severe fright and terror" before his death. The United airliner was

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December 28, 2001 12:00 AM

An eleven-year-old girl who suffered permanent brain damage and partial blindness after neurosurgery at Miami Children's Hospital in 1996 won a $12.7 million verdict from a Florida jury last week. The girl underwent surgery to cure epileptic seizures. Attorneys argued that inadequate post-operative care led to perman

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December 28, 2001 12:00 AM

Last week the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) arrested an American Airlines passenger who apparently tried to ignite explosives in his shoe. Crewmembers and passengers subdued the man, flying under the name "Richard Reid," after an attendant noticed Reid lighting a fuse protruding from his shoe. Upon x-ray o

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December 28, 2001 12:00 AM

Last week a sixty-three-year-old woman settled her lawsuit against Pfizer, ending the second Rezulin case to go to trial. A Texas jury awarded $43 million in compensatory damages but Margarita Sanchez decided to settle with Rezulin's manufacturer rather than endure months of appeals. Sanchez claimed the diabetes drug

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December 27, 2001 12:00 AM

Recently, Exxon Mobil Corporation agreed to pay $11.2 million to settle a lawsuit alleging the company knowingly contaminated New York waterways with benzene. The suit, filed in 1996, claimed the oil and gas company "mismanaged" benzene-contaminated waste at a petroleum storage facility located along the Arthur Kill w

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December 27, 2001 12:00 AM

A former Army doctor was found guilty last week of lying about the treatment of a teenage girl who died after routine surgery to remove a benign cyst. Captain Michael G. Hamner was dismissed from the service at a court-martial sentencing in Washington State. Katie Tyra began to have heart and circulatory problem

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December 27, 2001 12:00 AM

Edward A. Shaw of Largo, Fla., was sentenced Sept. 5 to serve four months in prison, four months in home confinement and pay $52,000 in restitution and fines for making false statements to the EPA and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment concerning an asbestos removal project. Shaw owns ESCM, Inc., an enviro

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December 27, 2001 12:00 AM

A newly released Dutch study found that third-generation birth control pills carry a smaller risk of contributing to heart disease than their predecessor, second-generation oral contraceptives. The study of nearly 2,000 women found that second-generation users increased their chances of developing cardiovascular disea

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December 27, 2001 12:00 AM

An Illinois gas company has settled a lawsuit filed by the State and three counties for $2.25 million. The suit alleged that mercury was improperly handled and spilled when Nicor Gas replaced meters in customer homes. Over 1,000 homes in northern Illinois tested positive for mercury contamination. At high doses, mer

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December 27, 2001 12:00 AM

The American Airlines jet that crashed into a New York City neighborhood in November 2001 reportedly underwent tail section repairs the morning of the accident. National Transportation Safety Board officials announced this week that a mechanic repaired two control systems in the tail section of the aircraft shortly be

Posted by Staff Writer
December 23, 2001 12:00 AM

This week a twenty-six member scientific advisory panel assembled by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommended that the government begin testing children for arsenic exposure from pressure-treated wood. Arsenic contaminated lumber became a concern when the EPA discovered that the toxic substance often

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December 23, 2001 12:00 AM

A Clearwater, Florida man who was shot during a SWAT team drug raid last summer has filed a lawsuit against the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office. Torrance Marshall, 26, claims that his civil rights were violated when he was shot during an allegedly unlawful search and seizure operation conducted by the sheriff's office

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December 23, 2001 12:00 AM

Recent articles on car accidents, articles on fatal car accident reports and a recent survey conducted by The Road Information Report (TRIP), a Washington-based transportation research group, found that Orlando and Tampa rank highest in the nation for traffic fatalities. Three other Florida cities, West Palm Beach, Ja

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December 23, 2001 12:00 AM

According to a recent study conducted by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), Australia's leading government research group, "new car smell," so cherished by car owners around the world, may in fact be deadly. According to the study, vinyl and plastic materials in new cars may emit

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December 23, 2001 12:00 AM

Hundreds of workers at a West Virginia light-bulb factory have filed a class-action lawsuit against the plant's former and current owners alleging the companies knowingly exposed employees to mercury, arsenic, and other toxic chemicals. The suit accuses Philips Lighting Company, its parent Philips Electronics North Am

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December 23, 2001 12:00 AM

According to a new study conducted by researchers at Arkansas State University, creatine, a substance widely suspected of causing health problems, may actually reduce the risk of injury for athletes who take the energy-boosting supplement. Mike Greenwood compared Arkansas State baseball players who use creatine with p

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December 23, 2001 12:00 AM

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced this week that it would continue to test meat processing plants for salmonella bacteria despite a recent ruling by the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals prohibiting the agency from closing plants that fail to control salmonella. Agriculture Secretary Ann Veneman

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December 23, 2001 12:00 AM

A Florida court ruled this week that a 7-year-old girl could sue her mother for injuries she sustained as a fetus in a 1994 car accident. Kara Goodman's mother, Barbara Goodman, had argued for her daughter's right to sue. If Kara wins the lawsuit, Barbara Goodman's insurer, National Casualty Company, will be forced t

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December 23, 2001 12:00 AM

The Loughlin family lived in their Spring Valley home for nearly six years without knowledge of toxic arsenic that contaminated the ground beneath their property. Their two small daughters played in the yard, dug in the flowerbeds, and ran through sprinklers in the grass. Now their mother has nightmares about what ma

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December 21, 2001 12:00 AM

The City of San Francisco and the Environmental Law Foundation recently won a three-year battle against manufacturers of smokeless tobacco when eight companies agreed to pay $2.75 million to the San Francisco Department of Public Health. The settlement also requires the companies to sponsor tobacco education in Califo

Posted by Staff Writer
December 21, 2001 12:00 AM

According to Dutch researchers, birth control pills and menopause hormone supplements may lead to protein deposits in urine, which in turn may result in increased kidney and heart disease risk. A study of 4,301 Dutch women revealed that estrogen-based products may double the risk of developing urinary protein deposits

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December 21, 2001 12:00 AM

The New York Daily News reported today that families of those who died in the September 11th terrorist attacks will receive a minimum of $250,000 if they apply for compensation with the special Federal victims' fund. The $250,000 minimum payment is meant to compensate for the pain and suffering loved ones endured. Ad

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December 21, 2001 12:00 AM

Ford Motor Company settled two class-action lawsuits this week alleging that the automaker discriminated against older, white men. The rare reverse-discrimination suits, involving close to 620 former and current Ford employees, claimed a recently instituted employee evaluation system favored minorities and younger wom

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December 20, 2001 12:00 AM

This afternoon, the Food and Drug Administration completed the pre-approval inspection of the BioPort facility in Lansing, Mich. An inspection report (FD-483) was issued to the firm, and it contained seven inspectional observations that needed to be addressed. BioPort satisfactorily addressed many of these observations

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December 19, 2001 12:00 AM

A former Los Angeles police officer pled guilty this week to two Federal felony charges stemming from a 1996 shooting. Rafael Perez and his former partner Nino Durden shot and paralyzed Javier Francisco Ovando during a gang surveillance operation. After realizing Ovando was unarmed, the officers planted a gun on the

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December 19, 2001 12:00 AM

The Cincinnati Police Department has settled over fifty brutality and corruption-related lawsuits during the past ten years, spending more than $2 million in the process, according to a report published in the Cincinnati Enquirer. One- hundred thirty-seven lawsuits were filed against the department over the last decad

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December 19, 2001 12:00 AM

Ten former and current employees of a Chicago-based insurance company have filed suit against their employer claiming the company engages in widespread sexual harassment and discrimination. The employees allege that male managers and sales agents of the Combined Insurance Company of America verbally harassed female em

Posted by Staff Writer
December 19, 2001 12:00 AM

According to the New York City Comptroller, over 135 "notice of claims" have been filed against the city stemming from the September 11 terrorist attacks. Officials say hundreds of additional claims are likely to be filed in the near future. Half of the claims are related to wrongful-death matters while dozens of oth

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December 19, 2001 12:00 AM

A former GTE executive was awarded nearly $5.7 million last month after jurors determined her employer breached a severance agreement. Pamela Jacobson was a senior-level executive with GTE when she quit her job for "good reason," which under the company's executive severance agreement entitled her to full benefits. H

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December 19, 2001 12:00 AM

One of the country's most respected health care companies, U.S. Pharmacopeia (USP), announced that it will issue approval seals for dietary supplements that meet the medical group's requirements. For years, dietary supplements have been exempt from Federal regulation. Formulas are sold with little evidence that they

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December 19, 2001 12:00 AM

Warner-Lambert, a pharmaceutical company that recently merged with Pfizer Inc., is breathing a sigh of relief this week after winning the first trial involving complications associated with the diabetes drug Rezulin. The family of Norma Culberson, who died two years ago after taking Rezulin, was seeking $25 million in

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December 19, 2001 12:00 AM

The Tennessee Supreme Court ruled this week that a man injured in an automobile accident after his seatbelt failed could sue General Motors (GM) for "defective design." Attorneys representing the plaintiff argued that the seatbelt was more dangerous than the average consumer would expect. But GM attorneys contended t

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December 18, 2001 12:00 AM

The British Health and Safety Executive, a governmental health care organization, revealed last week that employees at a semiconductor plant in Greenock, Scotland suffer from higher-than-normal rates of cancer. Researchers involved in the two-year study found high percentages of lung, stomach, and breast cancer among

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December 18, 2001 12:00 AM

Two veterans who say they developed cancer because of exposure to Agent Orange during the Vietnam War can sue the chemical's manufacturers according to a recent ruling by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. A 1984 class action settlement had foreclosed the possibility of individual lawsuits against more than a doze

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December 18, 2001 12:00 AM

A man dying of cancer recently accepted a $6.5 million settlement from a doctor who misdiagnosed his disease seventeen years earlier. The man, who remains anonymous, visited the doctor in 1984 complaining of painful erections and lesions in his groin area. The doctor did not recognize the problem. In 1997 the m

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December 18, 2001 12:00 AM

An Alachua County, Florida nursing home is in hot water again after the Agency for Health Care Administration discovered new violations during a November inspection. The Alachua Nursing and Rehabilitation Center was sanctioned last August after investigators cited the facility for twenty-five incidents of alleged phys

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December 18, 2001 12:00 AM

The surgeon general reported last week that obesity may surpass tobacco as the primary cause of preventable fatalities. Dr. Davis Satcher announced that over 300,000 people die every year from obesity-related illnesses. According to nutritionists, Americans are getting fatter by forgoing fruits and vegetables and rep

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December 18, 2001 12:00 AM

A Chicago police special unit faces possible investigation in the wake of an Illinois death row inmate's claims that detectives tortured him to extract a false confession. In 1986 Aaron Patterson claims officers in the unit suffocated him with a plastic typewriter cover until he confessed to the murder of an elderly c

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December 18, 2001 12:00 AM

Activists seeking to ban cell phone use while driving won another battle last week when a Florida jury awarded over $20 million to an elderly woman who was critically injured in an accident caused by a driver talking on a wireless phone. Alicia Bustos, 79, was in the backseat of her friend's car when it was struck by

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December 18, 2001 12:00 AM

A Boeing 737 that suddenly banked to the right upon descent into Chicago-O'Hare International Airport on Thursday has investigators concerned. The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration reported that the pilot had to "stomp" on the left rudder pedal to regain control of the airpla

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December 18, 2001 12:00 AM

A new study conducted by researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles found that air pollution may cause birth defects. The study, published in this month's American Journal of Epidemiology, reveals that polluted air can reach the womb, harming the infant. According to researchers, women exposed to h

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December 18, 2001 12:00 AM

Florida insurance companies, weary of potential large payouts from toxic mold damage, want the Florida Department of Insurance to specify when insurers are responsible for covering mold contamination. Insurance companies say that toxic mold language in most policies is unclear. Insurers fear they will face multi-milli

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December 17, 2001 12:00 AM

Initial results from a survey conducted by the Florida Policy Exchange Center on Aging at the University of South Florida in Tampa reveal that twenty percent of Florida's 700 nursing homes do not carry adequate insurance coverage. Researchers say that final results of the survey may bring the number of homes without p

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December 17, 2001 12:00 AM

The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) reported this week that pharmaceutical company Purdue Pharma uses "aggressive marketing practices" when selling OxyContin and may be partly responsible for the hundreds of deaths associated with the pain killing drug. OxyContin is a prescription painkiller that produces a euphori

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December 17, 2001 12:00 AM

The family of an incarcerated Michigan woman who was injured when she leapt from a jailhouse balcony is suing officials of the Macomb County Jail for gross neglect. Family members say Patricia Rose, 37, has bipolar disorder and was receiving improper care at the jail. She had not taken her medication at the time of t

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December 17, 2001 12:00 AM

In a major setback for critics of the United States Navy's use of the offshore island of Vieques as an Atlantic training facility, lawmakers decided this week that the Pentagon, not local residents, will determine if the Navy should stay or go. The House and Senate Armed Services Committee also agreed that the May 200

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December 17, 2001 12:00 AM

Meat processing plants that fail to control salmonella contamination will not face mandatory closure by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) according to a recent U.S. Court of Appeals decision. The court affirmed an earlier decision which found that the government lacks the authority to shut down such facilities

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December 14, 2001 12:00 AM

Health officials investigating the mysterious deaths of three Minnesota men who died after undergoing elective knee surgery made a stunning discovery last week when they found that one of the men may have contracted a fatal infection from donor tissue taken from a cadaver. Doctors report that the 23-year-old man, who

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December 14, 2001 12:00 AM

Due to an increasing number of complaints from airline workers and passengers that cabin air is making them sick, the National Academy of Sciences released a report last week asking the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to intensify research on air quality in commercial aircraft. The academy claims the FAA ha

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December 14, 2001 12:00 AM

The investigation of Kansas City pharmacist Robert Courtney, accused of diluting cancer drugs in an effort to boost profits, widened this week when federal agents revealed that fertility drugs at another pharmacy owned by Courtney may have also been diluted. Investigators conducted tests at a pharmacy in Kansas that h

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December 14, 2001 12:00 AM

The United States Navy is requiring all personnel in the Atlantic Fleet who handle firearms to undergo mandatory small arms training in the wake of fifteen weapons accidents that have occurred over the last eight months. A spokesperson for the Atlantic Fleet revealed that no injuries had been reported, but that the ac

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December 14, 2001 12:00 AM

Two people died and three others were injured when the boat they were riding in collided with a rock-lined jetty off of Pass-a-Grille Beach, Florida last weekend. A spokesperson for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, which is investigating the accident, said the 25-foot 1989 Cabo was traveling fort

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December 14, 2001 12:00 AM

A Florida East Coast Railway train collided with a Pompano Beach, Florida man last weekend, killing him instantly. The man was reportedly lying on the tracks when the train ran over him at close to forty miles per hour. Broward Sheriff officials said the conductor did not have enough time to stop the train. Authorit

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December 14, 2001 12:00 AM

Gulf War veterans have always believed the deserts of Iraq and Saudi Arabia contributed to mysterious illnesses upon their return to the states. A recent study may provide valuable answers that corroborate this theory. The Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense examined more than 700,000 militar

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December 14, 2001 12:00 AM

A Florida orthopedic surgeon faces a sixty-three count complaint alleging that he improperly treated, tested, and billed patients from 1991 to 1994. Similar allegations against Dr. Alfred Bonati were dropped last January after the Florida Board of Medicine found new information to pursue. A spokesperson for the board

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December 14, 2001 12:00 AM

A New York man arrested in September on air rage allegations pled guilty last week to one charge of interfering with a flight crew. Manuel Soto, 48, was traveling from New York City to Tampa aboard a US Airways jet when he was caught smoking in the lavatory. A confrontation ensued and Soto became agitated when told h

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December 14, 2001 12:00 AM

A Kentucky jury awarded a woman $1.7 million after determining that a botched laser eye surgical procedure led to blindness in one of her eyes. Tonya Oliver, 38, became legally blind in her left eye after undergoing four laser procedures over a ten-month period. The Fayette County jury ruled that Oliver's eye surgeon

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December 14, 2001 12:00 AM

Relatives of those killed at Columbine High School want a judge to overturn a ruling that dismissed all but one claim against the local sheriff's department and school officials. The families allege that the recent publication of one of the shooters' diaries reveals that authorities could have done more to prevent the

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December 14, 2001 12:00 AM

An employee of a wood factory in Goshen, Indiana killed a co-worker and wounded six others before shooting himself last week. Witnesses say Robert Wissman, 36, was involved in an argument with a fellow worker shortly before the shootings began. Supervisors reportedly told Wissman to go home and "cool off" after threa

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December 14, 2001 12:00 AM

In a recent issue of the British Medical Journal, Swedish doctors reported that infants born during hospital shift changes face a higher risk of death in their first week of life. The study, conducted by Dr. Johan Karlberg of the University of Hong Kong, revealed that evening, mid-morning, and late night hours were th

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December 13, 2001 12:00 AM

A Kansas City pharmacist, indicted in August on twenty counts of tampering and misbranding chemotherapy drugs, confessed to the crimes according to documents filed by a federal prosecutor last week. Robert R. Courtney, who owns two pharmacies in the Kansas City area, composed a written statement on August 20 stating t

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December 13, 2001 12:00 AM

In response to evidence that surgical errors are occurring more frequently, a healthcare organization has issued an alert urging better communication between doctors, nurses, and patients. The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) says that it has received reports of 136 cases of surgic

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December 13, 2001 12:00 AM

The Martin Memorial Medical Center in Stuart, Florida is in hot water once again after a woman went into cardiac arrest because of an incorrectly administered drug. Laura Mack, 25, suffered a heart attack after epinephrine was injected into a vein instead of her muscle. Intravenous injection of epinephrine is known t

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December 10, 2001 12:00 AM

This week marks the beginning of the trial of an Iranian national who allegedly threatened to kill Americans while on board an Air Canada flight. Javid Naghani purportedly became infuriated after he was caught smoking in the plane's lavatory. Witnesses claim he then threatened to kill Americans if detained. Inf

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December 10, 2001 12:00 AM

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has mandated that the cleanup of PCB pollution in New York's Hudson River proceed. General Electric (GE) released over 1 million pounds of PCBs, polychlorinated biphenyls, into the river between 1940 and 1977. The EPA ordered GE to pay the projected $460 million cost of dredg

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December 10, 2001 12:00 AM

Cryolife reported this week that the company received approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market Bioglue, a surgical adhesive used for suture line, bypass, and abdominal aortic sealing. The approval comes several weeks after a Baylor College of Medicine study found that the adhesive could lead to c

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December 10, 2001 12:00 AM

Johnson & Johnson's stock dropped two percent this week after the company announced that its anemia drug, Eprex, known in the U.S. as Procrit, may be linked to 40 confirmed cases of pure red cell aplasia (PRCA), a condition characterized by a near absence of red blood cell precursors. The company revealed that it

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December 10, 2001 12:00 AM

In an effort to limit prescription drug abuse, Florida Governor Jeb Bush recently proposed legislation that would institute a prescription drug database and establish penalties for doctors who illegally prescribe medications. The database, used by eighteen other states, would track prior and potential drug abusers. U

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December 10, 2001 12:00 AM

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently ordered Bristol-Myers Squibb Company to place a "black-box" warning on the packaging of its antidepressant drug, Serzone, informing users that the medication may cause liver failure. The order also requires the company to send letters to doctors alerting them of Serzone'

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December 10, 2001 12:00 AM

Recently, DaimlerChrysler recalled 120,000 2002 Jeep Liberty sport utility vehicles after investigators determined that faulty brackets could cause driver side airbags to inflate too slowly. The deadly flaw was discovered during recent crash tests. The recall covers 2002 models manufactured through November 27, 2001.

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December 08, 2001 12:00 AM

Dialysis patients who receive treatment in the morning may survive longer than those who undergo dialysis in the afternoon according to a new study published in this week's Journal of the American Medical Association. The study followed 242 dialysis patients age sixty or older and found that those treated between 6 a.

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December 07, 2001 12:00 AM

The Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have proposed new regulations that may help prevent Mad Cow Disease, also known as Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy, from developing in the United States. Mad Cow Disease attacks the nervous system and is spread when parts of infected catt

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December 07, 2001 12:00 AM

For months, workers at the Jacksonville Federal courthouse have blamed the building's mold and mildew contamination for their health problems. Employees say their landlord, the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), does not appreciate the health risks associated with toxic mold. Recently, several judges who wor

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December 07, 2001 12:00 AM

In an effort to reduce drug errors that kill an estimated 50,000 to 100,000 patients each year, the federal government recently unveiled a plan that calls for bar codes on packaging of all hospital-administered medications. Scanning the code will reveal the drug's properties, such as recommended dosage, expiration dat

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December 07, 2001 12:00 AM

Officials at John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana, California have asked the Federal Aviation Administration to conduct an investigation into why Delta Airlines' MD-90 jets continue to experience tire blowouts upon landing at the airport. Since 1998, nine such blowouts have occurred. Airport officials do not know whe

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December 06, 2001 12:00 AM

A Brooklyn jury awarded the second-largest medical malpractice verdict in New York history last month to the guardians of the victim of a botched intubation. Michelle McCord went to the emergency room at St. Mary's Hospital in Brooklyn during the summer of 1998 complaining of severe breathing problems. McCord wa

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December 06, 2001 12:00 AM

The Food and Drug Administration is seeking help from an independent advisory panel to determine if changes should be made in the way Pharmacia's Camptosar is administered. Camptosar is a first-line treatment for colorectal cancer and is often used in combination with three other drugs, fluorouracil, irinotecan, and l

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December 06, 2001 12:00 AM

A new study published today in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute reveals that women who use Taxol along with chemotherapy to treat advanced breast cancer may be at risk of developing a rare lung disorder. Dr. Alphonse G. Taghlan studied 41 women who used Taxol while undergoing chemotherapy. The doctor repo

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December 06, 2001 12:00 AM

The family of a Texas man who died as a result of medical malpractice was recently awarded $30 million by a Dallas jury. Robert Hogue Jr., then 52, died in 1998 after doctors at The Medical Center of Las Colinas failed to provide proper treatment for his heart condition. On the morning of March 9, Hogue went to

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December 06, 2001 12:00 AM

Five doctors face disciplinary action from the Florida Board of Medicine after misdiagnosing ailments or performing incorrect surgeries on patients. Doctors Robert Howard, Henry Norris, Rajeev Tangri, David Williams, and Kenneth Allwood face thousands of dollars in fines and several hours of medical training and commu

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December 06, 2001 12:00 AM

Travelers on transcontinental flights now have something other than delays and poor service to worry about&blood clots. Clots, which occur when blood circulation slows, can develop in airline passengers who are immobile for extended periods. In response to public fears that air travelers are particularly susceptible

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December 06, 2001 12:00 AM

A 9-year-old girl was killed last week in Delta, Utah when a snowplow collided with her school bus. Twelve other students, the snowplow driver and the bus driver were injured when the snowplow hit a snowdrift and slammed into the side of the bus. Witnesses reported that the snowplow's blade sliced into the side of th

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December 06, 2001 12:00 AM

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the number of alcohol-related traffic fatalities rose by nearly 700 from 1999 to 2000, the first increase in five years. An accident is deemed alcohol-related when the driver or pedestrian involved has a detectable blood alcohol level. CDC officia

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December 06, 2001 12:00 AM

The Minnesota State Health Department has lifted a suspension on all elective knee surgeries that was imposed after three men mysteriously died last month. The State's epidemiologist concluded last week that such operations were safe and could resume as normal. Brian Lykins, 23, and Wayne Hulterstrum, 78, died Novemb

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December 06, 2001 12:00 AM

A Stuart, Florida hospital recently made procedural changes after an elderly woman died last week while awaiting treatment in the hospital's emergency room. Dorothy Cooper, 88, was left unattended in her wheelchair for four hours at Martin Memorial Medical Center. She later died. A hospital spokesperson told investig

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December 05, 2001 12:00 AM

A new report suggests that antioxidants do not benefit the heart as once thought. Furthermore, antioxidants may actually limit the effectiveness of cholesterol-lowering drugs in people with heart disease. Dr. Greg Brown of the University of Washington monitored 160 heart disease patients over a three-year period. He f

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December 05, 2001 12:00 AM

Construction officials fined a New Jersey nightclub owner $3,000 for building code violations stemming from a collapsed dance floor which injured dozens of people. Thirty-five people were taken to the hospital and several more were treated for minor injuries when the floor, made of plywood and plexiglass, gave way and

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December 05, 2001 12:00 AM

The U.S. District Court of Maryland in Baltimore has sentenced Allen J. Hoffman to 46 months in prison and ordered him to pay $222,506 in restitution for selling aloe vera mixtures as treatment for AIDS, cancer and other auto-immune diseases in violation of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. Hoffman pleaded

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December 04, 2001 12:00 AM

In another devastating turn of events for Ford and Firestone, a federal judge last week granted class-action status to product liability lawsuits stemming from the Firestone tire recall. U.S. District Judge Sarah Evans Barker's ruling allows anyone who owned or leased a 1991-2001 Ford Explorer on or before August 9, 2

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December 04, 2001 12:00 AM

A female Boston University student who was suspended for illegal drinking and sexual harassment of a male student is suing the university for $1.4 million. The lawsuit, filed by Kristin Roslonski, claims the male student raped her more than a year ago and that the university failed to take action against him. Officia

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December 04, 2001 12:00 AM

In another devastating turn of events for Ford and Firestone, a federal judge last week granted class-action status to product liability lawsuits stemming from the Firestone tire recall. U.S. District Judge Sarah Evans Barker's ruling allows anyone who owned or leased a 1991-2001 Ford Explorer on or before August 9, 2

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December 04, 2001 12:00 AM

Two men on Arizona's Death Row were ordered to pay $6 million last week to the families of two Pizza Hut employees they murdered in a failed robbery attempt. Pima County Superior Court Judge John F. Kelly ordered Kajornsak "Tom" Prasertphong and Christopher "Bo" Huerstel to pay the parents of the victims, James Bloxha

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December 04, 2001 12:00 AM

Baxter International has settled pending lawsuits with the families of ten Spanish patients who died last summer after being treated with defective Baxter dialyzers. The device, which filters waste from blood before it is returned to the body, was recalled in October after Baxter acknowledged that a fluid used in the

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December 04, 2001 12:00 AM

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will once again use research collected from human test subjects to measure pesticide levels in food and water, angering governmental watchdog organizations such as the Environmental Working Group. The EPA is going forward with human testing despite objections made in 1998 by a

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December 04, 2001 12:00 AM

The family of a Connecticut man who died from injuries suffered when a resident physician punctured the man's pulmonary artery was awarded $8.1 million by a Hartford jury last week. The error occurred while resident John DeBarros conducted a biopsy of Theodore Stolarz's lymph node. After the procedure Stolarz, 62, suf

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December 04, 2001 12:00 AM

Swiss medical device maker Sulzer Medica announced that it would not increase the company's $783 million settlement offer proposed to resolve nearly 1,800 lawsuits stemming from the December 2000 recall of its popular Sulzer hip replacement device. The announcement comes the day before three judges in a U.S. Federal Co

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December 03, 2001 12:00 AM

A New York plumber who suffered a fractured femur and torn meniscus when he fell through a hole in the roof of a Human Investment Project (HIP) home settled with the real estate firm and construction company responsible for the renovation project for over $2 million earlier this year. The 39-year-old-plumber fell thro

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December 03, 2001 12:00 AM

A California based health care company that produces blood glucose monitoring systems for diabetics has settled a class-action lawsuit for $45 million. Lifescan, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, was facing a nationwide class-action suit filed on behalf of hundreds of thousands of diabetics alleging the company marke

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December 03, 2001 12:00 AM

The United States military is not the only opposition Osama bin Laden faces. The terrorist, his al Qaeda organization, and the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan have been named as defendants in several lawsuits stemming from the September 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. For instance, family members of tw

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December 03, 2001 12:00 AM

A bill that would have banned the use of arsenic-treated wood on Florida's public playgrounds was killed this week by a majority vote in the House Agriculture Committee. Lumber treated with chromated copper arsenate (CCA) made headlines recently after studies conducted by two environmental groups revealed that dangero

Posted by Staff Writer
December 02, 2001 12:00 AM

In an effort to demonstrate the dangers certain holiday decorations pose to homeowners, the Broward County Fire Rescue Department recently staged a fire in a mock living room. The room was arranged with typical American holiday decorations. A Christmas tree adorned with gifts stood near a lit candle and an overloaded

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December 02, 2001 12:00 AM

A class-action lawsuit was filed this month against pharmaceutical and health-care products manufacturer Johnson & Johnson alleging that the international company discriminates against minorities. The suit, filed on behalf of 1,000 African-American and Hispanic employees, claims the company intentionally favors Caucas

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December 02, 2001 12:00 AM

As the holidays approach, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is urging people to look for and eliminate potential dangers from holiday lights and decorations that could lead to fires and injuries. Each year, hospital emergency rooms treat about 10,800 people for injuries, such as falls, cuts and s

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December 02, 2001 12:00 AM

Five of the largest tobacco companies in the industry have appealed a record $145 billion verdict that was reached in July 2000, calling the decision "bankrupting and excessive." The defendants in the class-action lawsuit, Philip Morris, R. J. Reynolds, Brown and Williamson, Lorillard and the Liggett Group, say the Mi

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December 02, 2001 12:00 AM

The father of a 2-year-old who was beaten to death in her mother's Queens apartment has filed a lawsuit claiming the city's Administration for Children's Services (ACS) is partially responsible for his daughter's death. Sydney Achan was rushed to Weill Cornell Medical Center in Manhattan after paramedics responded to

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