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All news posts from February 01, 2002 to February 28, 2002

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February 28, 2002 12:00 AM

According to a new report published in this week's issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association, middle-aged men and women face a high risk of developing hypertension. Doctors with the Framingham Heart Study in Massachusetts examined nearly 1,300 men and women age fifty-five to sixty-five who, until that t

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February 28, 2002 12:00 AM

Several high-profile defendants, including Georgia-Pacific Corp. and Mobil Oil Corp., have settled with four plaintiffs in an asbestos case. The trial involved four consolidated cases against eleven defendants--each manufacturers or suppliers of asbestos products. The plaintiffs either currently suffer from mesotheli

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February 28, 2002 12:00 AM

A new report published by researchers with the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle says hormonal contraceptives, such as birth control pills and injectable progesterone, may increase a woman's chance of becoming infected with multiple strains of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). The study examined over

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February 27, 2002 12:00 AM

Citing diminishing sales, GlaxoSmithKline pulled the only available Lyme disease vaccine, Lymerix, off the market Tuesday. The U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) first approved the controversial vaccine in 1998. Lyme disease is transmitted to humans through the bites of ticks infected with the bacterium Borrelia b

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February 27, 2002 12:00 AM

The alcoholic-beverage industry is receiving a vast amount of criticism from watchdogs who believe advertisements are designed to lure teenagers into buying liquor and beer. The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA), in a new report titled "Teen Tipplers: America's Underage Drinking Epidemic," claims

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February 27, 2002 12:00 AM

The U.S. General Accounting Office (GAO), a congressional investigative agency, criticized the Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) yesterday for substandard preparation in the fight against mad cow disease. In the report, GAO officials say the USDA and the FDA are unprepared for

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February 27, 2002 12:00 AM

Residents of Herculaneum, Missouri have complained for months that the town's 110-year-old smelter, operated by the Doe Run Company, is polluting the area with toxic substances such as lead. Their worst fears were confirmed yesterday when the state health department released the results from an analysis of nearly 1,00

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February 27, 2002 12:00 AM

A former employee of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) revealed this week that the FAA covered up airport security shortfalls for several years. Bogdan Dzakovic worked on a FAA team that tested security at numerous airports across the country. The team's objective was to get weapons and explosives past airpor

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February 26, 2002 12:00 AM

Purdue Pharma is tired of the negative press it has received since OxyContin began to make headlines. The pharmaceutical company, which makes the painkiller, is launching a six-month advertising campaign designed to inform consumers about the company's efforts to curb abuse of the drug. In newspaper advertisements ac

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February 26, 2002 12:00 AM

It seems as if every year researchers associate obesity with a new illness. In a recent study funded by The March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation, the condition was linked to birth defects and premature birth in babies. Researchers for The March of Dimes Task Force on Nutrition and Optimal Human Development, which

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February 26, 2002 12:00 AM

Less than a week after an Alabama jury found Monsanto Co. liable for PCB contamination at an Anniston plant, a circuit judge ordered nine Monsanto executives to attend a meeting with lawyers to discuss a settlement agreement for thousands of remaining claims. Circuit Judge Joel Laird, in an effort to avoid additional

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February 26, 2002 12:00 AM

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Ombudsman Office is investigating whether the EPA provided false information regarding the air quality above ground zero following the September 11 terrorist attacks. The office's chief investigator, Hugh Kaufman, claims the EPA tested the air quality above the World Tr

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February 26, 2002 12:00 AM

Kansas City pharmacist Robert Courtney pled guilty today to twenty Federal counts of drug tampering. Courtney admitted to diluting the chemotherapy drugs Taxol and Gemzar in order to save money. The pharmacist reportedly owed over $600,000 in taxes and nearly $300,000 to a local church. As part of the agreement with

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February 25, 2002 12:00 AM

A Federal jury last week ordered two of the nation's largest tobacco companies to pay a Kansas City man $200,000 for injuries caused by forty-three years of smoking. David Burton, who smoked from 1950 to 1993, sued R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. and Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corp. in 1994, blaming the companies for his de

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February 25, 2002 12:00 AM

General Electric's (GE) Hudson River contamination case took an interesting turn last week when the Justice Department called for the dismissal of a lawsuit filed by the company. The lawsuit claims the Superfund toxic-waste-cleanup law grants Federal regulators unrestrained power to order environmental cleanups.

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February 25, 2002 12:00 AM

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filed fraud charges last week against Frank Gruttadauria, the former Lehman Brothers stockbroker accused of stealing millions of dollars from unsuspecting clients. According to the SEC complaint filed in Federal court in Cleveland, Gruttadauria misrepresented the value of a

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February 22, 2002 12:00 AM

Dwayne Gregory, a former Exxon Mobil Corporation employee, won a $5.1 million verdict against the oil giant this week after jurors determined toxic fumes emitted by crude oil caused his bladder and prostate cancer. Gregory, 54, was a seaman aboard the Exxon Valdez and several other oil tankers during his tenure with t

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February 22, 2002 12:00 AM

A report published in this month's issue of The Lancet warns that Enbrel , also known as Etanercept, may be linked to the development of lupus in rheumatoid arthritis patients. According to researchers at Rush Medical College, four female patients at a Chicago hospital showed symptoms of systemic lupus erythematosus

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February 22, 2002 12:00 AM

American Express Co. (Amex), one of the nation's largest credit card companies, has settled a sex and age discrimination lawsuit for $31 million. The complaint, filed by seventeen women, alleged that American Express unfairly denied female employees pay increases and promotions. American Express denied the allegation

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February 22, 2002 12:00 AM

A Federal jury awarded ten white Chicago firefighters more than $2.2 million this week--damages from an October 2000 reverse discrimination lawsuit. The plaintiffs accused city officials of lowering their 1986 Fire Lieutenants Exam scores in order to increase promotions for Hispanic and African-American firefighters

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February 22, 2002 12:00 AM

Three thousand Anniston, Alabama residents involved in a class-action lawsuit against Solutia Incorporated and Monsanto Co. are breathing a sigh of relief today. A jury ruled in favor of the residents in a PCB contamination case. Anniston residents were seeking compensation for property damages caused by the producti

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February 21, 2002 12:00 AM

The Life Insurance Company of Georgia, serving approximately 1 million clients throughout the south, has settled a racial discrimination lawsuit for $55 million. The class-action suit, filed on behalf of millions of African-Americans, claims the Atlanta-based company charged blacks higher premiums for policies. Life

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February 21, 2002 12:00 AM

A Federal government web site designed to provide the public with information on elder abuse in nursing homes excludes vital facility violation statistics according to a new report released by House Democrats. The "Nursing Home Compare" site provides information on more than 16,000 nursing homes across the country. B

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February 21, 2002 12:00 AM

In the months following the September 11 terrorist attacks, medical researchers conducted hundreds of tests on the air above New York City. Millions of minute toxic particles were released into the environment when the twin towers collapsed. Doctors have conducted extensive tests on ground zero workers since the trag

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February 20, 2002 12:00 AM

Seven families of victims who perished in the September 11 terrorist attacks have filed a class-action lawsuit against Osama bin Laden, his al-Qaeda terrorist network and the Taliban on behalf of all those killed in the tragedy. Hoping to financially ruin bin Laden's terrorist organization, the lawsuit seeks $1 billio

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February 20, 2002 12:00 AM

Two of the nation's largest pharmaceutical companies received warning letters from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) after inspectors discovered several irregularities at two manufacturing plants. The FDA issued Abbott Laboratories the advisory after finding quality control problems at its Salt Lake City fac

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February 20, 2002 12:00 AM

A Brooklyn, New York jury has ordered a doctor to pay $26 million to an infant who suffered permanent injuries when the physician failed to properly perform a Cesarean section. On October 20, 1996, Solomon Rolnitzky, now 5, was born with his umbilical cord wrapped around his head. According to witnesses, he appeare

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February 20, 2002 12:00 AM

Dr. James Graves, the Milton, Florida physician accused of excessively prescribing the painkiller OxyContin, was convicted Tuesday of four counts of manslaughter, five counts of unlawful delivery of a controlled substance and one count of racketeering. Graves becomes the first doctor to be convicted of manslaughter in

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February 20, 2002 12:00 AM

Tyson Foods announced this week that it had drastically reduced the use of Baytril, a controversial antibiotic approved for use in cattle and poultry. According to a spokesperson for the chicken producer, the company administered the drug to only two-tenths of a percent of the 2.1 billion broiler chickens it produced

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February 19, 2002 12:00 AM

Anniston, Alabama residents received some much-needed assistance last week when Governor Don Siegelman filed suit against the Federal government in an effort to delay the opening of a chemical weapons incinerator. Governor Siegelman claims the government broke its pledge to spend over $40 million on safety equipment,

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February 19, 2002 12:00 AM

Closing arguments concluded yesterday in the case of James Graves, a Florida doctor whose excessive OxyContin prescriptions may have killed four patients. Graves is charged with racketeering, unlawful delivery of a controlled substance and four counts of manslaughter. If convicted, the physician could face up to thir

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February 19, 2002 12:00 AM

Airbags are designed to save lives in the event of an auto accident. Occasionally, though, an inflated airbag may injure a passenger. Most bags deploy with a tremendous amount of force, thus posing a serious threat to those who sit too closely to them. Unfortunately for those injured, airbag lawsuits are extremely h

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February 19, 2002 12:00 AM

Earlier this month, an Arizona Superior Court jury ordered a rental car company to pay $9.5 million to the family of a girl who died in a tragic car accident. Arecili Naranjo, 6, was killed when the Chevy Astro her family had rented abruptly veered into a median and flipped on a desert highway. The right front tire's

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February 19, 2002 12:00 AM

DaimlerChrysler has announced the recall of 316,148 Jeep Wrangler sport utility vehicles and 268,740 Dodge Ram pickups for two separate problems. Parking brakes can reportedly release on their own without warning in Jeep Wrangler SUVs made between June 1989 and December 1995. The National Highway Traffic Safety Admin

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February 18, 2002 12:00 AM

According to a new study released by the Department of Health and Human Services, over ninety percent of America's nursing homes are understaffed. Health officials fear the short supply of medical professionals may lead to substandard care for our nation's elderly. The report revealed that up to 137,000 registered nu

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February 18, 2002 12:00 AM

One of the nation's largest health-care equipment suppliers settled a billing fraud case with the U.S. government last week. Rotech Medical Corporation will pay $17 million to settle allegations it over billed several important government health-care programs, including Medicare and the Department of Veterans Affairs.

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February 18, 2002 12:00 AM

Inadequate protection inside a bank can contribute to disastrous consequences during a robbery. A Florida woman discovered the price of a poor security system when she was left paralyzed by a bank robber in 1999. Marishia Scott, 28, was working as a teller at United Southern Bank in Mount Dora when Fred Anderson, now

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February 18, 2002 12:00 AM

Researchers with the University of California at Davis reported last week that the air over New York City contained elevated levels of toxic pollutants in the weeks following the September 11 terrorist attacks. Scientists collected air samples approximately one mile from ground zero from October 2 to December 25. Las

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February 18, 2002 12:00 AM

One of the nation's largest hospital owners, Tenet Health Care Corporation, is facing allegations of discrimination. Consejo de Latinos Unidos, a group representing Hispanic patients in California, has filed suit against the health care giant. The complaint alleges Tenet overbilled Latinos and then collected inflated

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February 15, 2002 12:00 AM

According to a recent study conducted by researchers at Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, drug companies are engaging in substantial advertising campaigns directed strictly at consumers, not doctors. Pharmaceutical companies have increased consumer-targeted advertising expenses nearly t

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February 15, 2002 12:00 AM

Concerns over Johnson & Johnson's anti-anemia drug, Eprex, were renewed this week after a report in the New England Journal of Medicine confirmed that the medication is linked to a recent increase in pure red cell aplasia (PRCA) cases. PRCA is a condition characterized by a near absence of red blood cell precursors.

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February 15, 2002 12:00 AM

Over 3,000 Anniston, Alabama residents must wait for a jury to decide if they will receive compensation to clean up PCB contamination caused by a chemical company's factory. A class-action lawsuit filed by residents against Solutia Incorporated, a company that once manufactured PCBs for use in electrical insulation, w

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February 15, 2002 12:00 AM

Ford Motor Company has made headlines once again. Three female employees of a truck assembly plant in Norfolk, Virginia filed suit against the auto giant alleging three years of sexual harassment. The suit, filed on behalf of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), claims the women often found sexually ex

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February 15, 2002 12:00 AM

DaimlerChrysler Corporation has announced the recall of 1.6 million Grand Cherokees. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has received over 700 complaints from Grand Cherokee owners who say the vehicles can suddenly shift into reverse and power uncontrollably backwards. The reports also indicate

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February 14, 2002 12:00 AM

An Illinois jury ordered two railroad companies last week to pay $55 million in damages to the victims of a dreadful train accident. Lilia Apulello, 40, was driving with her parents, Fidel and Francisca Velarde, in January 2001 when a Chicago, Central & Pacific Railroad freight train slammed into her sports-utility ve

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February 14, 2002 12:00 AM

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recommended that the nation's blood banks suspend donations from xenotransplant recipients. Xenotransplantation is any procedure that involves the transplantation, implantation, or infusion into a human recipient of either (a) live cells, tissues, or organs from a nonhum

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February 14, 2002 12:00 AM

Health officials who fear that the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine (MMR) may be linked to the development of autism received encouraging news from Great Britain this week. Researchers at London's Royal Free Hospital and University College Medical School examined nearly 500 autistic children born in England between

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February 14, 2002 12:00 AM

Unauthorized trading, negligence, omission of facts and breach of fiduciary duty. These charges often scare potential investors out of entrusting their finances with a stockbroker. Investment fraud has ruined many lives in the past. Stockbrokers have defrauded their clients out of millions of dollars, wiping out sav

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February 13, 2002 12:00 AM

The Federal government's effort to ensure the safety of America's mail has resulted in a harmful side effect. Postal workers exposed to irradiated mail at offices in the Washington, D.C area are becoming sick. Employees have complained of nosebleeds, respiratory problems, migraine headaches, nausea, and runny eyes ac

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February 13, 2002 12:00 AM

A former Lehman Brothers stockbroker accused of stealing millions of dollars from unsuspecting clients turned himself in to authorities with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) this weekend, ending a one-month manhunt. Frank Gruttadauria, 44, disappeared on January 11 after sending a self-written letter to the F

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February 13, 2002 12:00 AM

A California woman who sued a county hospital for medical malpractice after doctors amputated both of her legs during stomach surgery has settled her claim for $1.35 million. Elizabeth Stevens underwent lower intestinal surgery in December 2000 at Contra Costa County Regional Medical Center in Martinez, California. D

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February 12, 2002 12:00 AM

According to a new report released by the National Environmental Trust, children and infants in California face a serious risk of developing cancer later in life due to smog exposure. The study, which examined the toxicity levels of ten chemicals over a five-year period, found a child's risk of developing cancer due t

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February 12, 2002 12:00 AM

Superior Court Judge Michael Silverstein ruled last week that Rhode Island Attorney General Sheldon Whitehouse could proceed with an unprecedented lead-paint lawsuit trial. The ruling sets in motion the first phase of the trial-whether or not lead paint in public and private buildings in Rhode Island is a public nuisa

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February 12, 2002 12:00 AM

According to a new report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an increasing number of couples are hoping fertility procedures will aide in their quest to have children. Assisted reproductive treatments (ART) rose nearly thirty percent from 1996 to 1998. Health officials, however, warn th

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February 12, 2002 12:00 AM

The South Texas Blood and Tissue Center in San Antonio is under intense scrutiny from health officials this week after a man acquired human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) from donated blood given at the facility. David Autrey, 51, acquired the disease from a blood transfusion he received during an emergency heart bypass

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February 12, 2002 12:00 AM

In recent months, doctors have questioned St. John's Wort's interaction with other drugs, namely medications for HIV / AIDS, cancer, heart disease, organ transplants, and seizures. Health officials say the herbal dietary supplement, when used simultaneously, may cause the liver to process these medications differently

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February 11, 2002 12:00 AM

The recent recall of Goodyear Load Range E tires has alarmed auto safety experts across the country. According to safety officials, the recall pact between the tire maker and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) will leave millions of Load Range E tires on the roads. The tires are linked to doze

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February 10, 2002 12:00 AM

Over the last forty years, female birth control medications have undergone many modifications in an effort to reduce side effects associated with the drugs. Health care providers received damaging news last week when researchers involved in a female contraceptive study revealed findings indicating that the latest gene

Posted by Staff Writer
February 09, 2002 12:00 AM

At the first sign of a cough most Americans head to their local drug store to purchase an over-the-counter cough and cold medication. Within a few days, our symptoms slowly improve and we are soon back on our feet. Our recovery is of course due to the bitter cough syrup we consumed daily while under the weather. We

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February 09, 2002 12:00 AM

Health administrators with Stony Brook University Hospital and Medical Center in New York have blamed the death of a six-day-old infant on a prescription error. According to a hospital spokesperson, the baby underwent surgery to repair a heart valve ailment and was being given potassium chloride to regulate his fluids

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February 08, 2002 12:00 AM

Consumers should immediately stop using the dietary supplement herbal products PC SPES and SPES capsules because they contain undeclared prescription drug ingredients that could cause serious health effects if not taken under medical supervision, State Health Director Diana M. Bontá, R.N., Dr. P.H., said today. PC SPES

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February 08, 2002 12:00 AM

Developed by Johnson & Johnson, Topamax, also known as topiramate, is a drug used to treat epilepsy and seizures. During clinical trials, though, researchers discovered the drug's ability to control weight gain. In fact, users lost up to twelve percent of their body weight after taking Topamax for two years. Jo

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February 08, 2002 12:00 AM

Last week a Washington, D.C. family filed what may prove to be the first of many lawsuits against the United States Army for its role in the toxic contamination of Spring Valley. The Spring Valley neighborhood was once used as a dumping ground for World War I chemical munitions. The suit alleges that the Federal gove

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February 07, 2002 12:00 AM

A National Airlines jetliner traveling to Newark, New Jersey from Las Vegas was forced to make an emergency landing Tuesday afternoon after the plane's cabin filled with smoke. A spokesperson for the airline told reporters yesterday that investigators had traced the source of the smoke to an overheated refrigerator.

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February 07, 2002 12:00 AM

The tanning bed is a savior for those who do not live in warmer climes. Beds provide quick and easy tans without the need to spend hours baking in the sun. But a new report published today in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute warns that tanning lamps may cause serious cell damage, potentially doubling the

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February 07, 2002 12:00 AM

A Virginia doctor who allegedly prescribed painkillers to patients he knew to be drug addicts was arrested last Friday outside of Roanoke. Authorities charged Dr. Cecil B. Knox III, 52, with illegal dispersion of prescription painkillers. Investigators say Knox contributed to overdose deaths and bodily injuries of te

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February 07, 2002 12:00 AM

According to a new report published in this week's Journal of the American Medical Association, many health experts who write guidelines for treating disorders have financial ties to the pharmaceutical industry. Because the guidelines are published in several respectable medical journals and followed by most doctors,

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February 06, 2002 12:00 AM

A Hollywood, Florida man died last week after a police officer shot him with a Taser gun, the police force's "nonlethal" alternative to conventional firearms. The gun, which resembles a .45-caliber automatic weapon, fires two darts, called probes, connected to 50,000-volt wires. The weapon is designed to immobilize a

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February 06, 2002 12:00 AM

After Sulzer Medica initially refused to increase its $783 million offer to settle thousands of lawsuits stemming from the recent recalls of the company's popular hip and knee replacement devices, company officials announced this week that Sulzer has agreed to a revised $1 billion settlement. Sulzer recalled over 17,5

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February 06, 2002 12:00 AM

Brominated Diphenyl Ethers (BDEs) are added to polyurethane and other products as fire retardants. One form of BDE, polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE), is raising eyebrows among health professionals and environmentalists. Alarming levels of the chemical have been found in the breast milk of nursing mothers. Scient

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February 06, 2002 12:00 AM

Connecticut health officials do not know what is happening to workers at Pratt and Whitney's North Haven production facility. Nineteen plant employees have died from brain cancer since the early 1990s, leaving the Connecticut Department of Public Health desperate for answers. Workers were given new hope this month, t

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February 06, 2002 12:00 AM

The NAACP claims that an unusually high number of African-Americans are pulled over by police officers in the Washington, D.C. metro area. NAACP complaints of racial profiling by Montgomery County, Maryland police officers led to a U.S. Justice Department investigation that produced eyebrow-raising statistics. Accord

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February 05, 2002 12:00 AM

An explosion ripped holes in a scrap metals factory Friday (1/25/2002), killing one worker and injuring six of his co-workers and many other people who came to the rescue. Investigators interviewed workers from Hi-Temp Specialty Metals Inc. to find the cause of the blast, but were slowed by a language barrier. Translat

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February 05, 2002 12:00 AM

The city of Lauderhill, Florida recently settled three lawsuits accusing the local police department of misconduct. Two of the suits were filed against Officer Darrell Walker. In the first lawsuit, Walker was accused of fondling a mother and her two daughters while searching their home for drugs. Officer Walker was

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February 05, 2002 12:00 AM

Testimony continued last week in the trial of four Florida State Prison guards accused of murdering death row inmate Frank Valdes. Robert Krebs, an inmate librarian, told jurors Thursday that Valdes knew guards would try to stop him from exposing rampant inmate abuse inside the prison. According to Krebs, Valdes fear

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February 05, 2002 12:00 AM

At least seventeen students from Westminster Academy in Los Angeles were injured last week when a vehicle slammed into a group of children as they waited outside the private school. Witnesses say the driver of the car picked up her children from the school around 3 p.m. Wednesday but suddenly lost control of her Merce

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February 05, 2002 12:00 AM

Consolidated Edison (Con Ed), an energy company that supplies electricity, natural gas, and steam service to New York City, recently settled a lawsuit with two workers who were seriously injured when a company steam pipe exploded. At the time of the accident, Otair Scolari and Raul Goncalves were employees of Felix In

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February 05, 2002 12:00 AM

Investigators from the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) Tuesday continued their examination of last week's fatal incident at Georgia Pacific Corp.'s Naheola Mill. Meanwhile, a CSB Board member who met Tuesday with plant management at the mill says he is appreciative of the company's pledge of c

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February 04, 2002 12:00 AM

Three doctors employed at Boston's Children's Hospital received warning letters from the state medical board concerning their involvement in the October 2000 death of a 13-month-old girl. Taylor McCormack died while waiting for an operation to drain fluid from her brain. Health officials say a tragic chain of events

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February 04, 2002 12:00 AM

In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Whirlpool Corp., of Benton Harbor, Mich., is voluntarily recalling about 1.4 million dehumidifiers. The dehumidifiers can overheat, posing a fire hazard. Whirlpool has received 13 reports of the dehumidifiers overheating and causing fires, three

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February 04, 2002 12:00 AM

FDA today took the final actions necessary to allow the BioPort Corporation to begin routine distribution of licensed anthrax vaccine from its renovated facility. Today's action was the approval of a supplement to BioPort's biologics license approving Hollister-Stier Laboratories LLC in Spokane, Wash., as a contract fi

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February 04, 2002 12:00 AM

Dense fog contributed to a major pileup last week outside of Naples, Florida along Alligator Alley, the portion of Interstate 75 that runs across the state. Three people were killed and more than a dozen were injured when a car carrier heading west collided with a pickup truck, sending the pickup into the eastbound la

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February 04, 2002 12:00 AM

Nurses throughout the State of Florida are concerned. Research indicates that many Florida hospitals are understaffed. The shortage is forcing nurses to take on higher caseloads, which can result in diminished care for patients. But a group of 5,000 nurses and other health care professionals is fighting back. The ca

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February 04, 2002 12:00 AM

At a time when nursing home abuse and neglect is a growing problem for health regulators, it is no wonder that public officials are taking steps to make sure that America's elderly receive the proper treatment they deserve. For instance, a task force from the Florida attorney general's office recently released a study

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February 04, 2002 12:00 AM

Over the years, health professionals have linked air pollution with a number of illnesses, including high blood pressure and birth defects. A recent study conducted by the California Environmental Protection Agency's Air Research Board has confirmed one more&asthma. Researchers with the agency followed 3,500 child

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