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Lawmakers Call on the FDA to ban Amphetamine-like Stimulant Found in Some Dietary Supplements

Lawmakers Call on the FDA to ban Amphetamine-like Stimulant

Lawmakers Call to FDA – ban Amphetamine-like Stimulant


Lawmakers are calling on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to take action against dietary supplement makers who include a potentially dangerous, amphetamine-like stimulant in their products.

BMPEA is an amphetamine-like stimulant first synthesized in the 1930s as a replacement for amphetamine. The chemical has never been tested in humans and is not an authorized dietary supplement ingredient under federal law. Supplement makers have been hiding BMPEA in their products under the name “acacia rigidula,” which is an exotic shrub native to Mexico and southern Texas. Canadian health authorities pulled a popular supplement from store shelves and forced a recall of the product in December, according to The New York Times (The Times.) More Lawmakers Call on the FDA to ban Amphetamine-like Stimulant Found in Some Dietary Supplements

9/11 First-Responder Diagnosed with Fibromyalgia Wins Fight to Receive Line-of-Duty Pension

9/11 First-Responder Diagnosed w/Fibromyalgia Wins Fight

9/11 First-Responder Diagnosed w/Fibromyalgia Wins Fight


A police officer who served more than 300 hours at Ground Zero in the wake of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks will receive a line-of-duty pension, thanks to a state appeals court ruling.

Annmarie Sheldon was a first responder on 9/11 and served more than 300 hours at the site after the collapse of the World Trade Center (WTC) towers.  She was assigned to a security post a block from Ground Zero on October 4, 2001, when she began experiencing shortness of breath, dizziness, nausea and severe chest pains. The following March, Ms. Sheldon was diagnosed with fibromyalgia. More 9/11 First-Responder Diagnosed with Fibromyalgia Wins Fight to Receive Line-of-Duty Pension

OxyElite Pro Found to Contain Prozac

OxyElite Pro Found to Contain Prozac

OxyElite Pro Found to Contain Prozac


The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) told consumers on February 28 to be extra vigilant when purchasing weight loss supplements, specifically mentioning OxyElite Pro, which was found to contain a powerful antidepressant drug.

OxyElite Pro is a thermogenic supplement. It is designed to boost metabolism and burn fat, but it increases the body’s internal temperature. More OxyElite Pro Found to Contain Prozac

Heart Monitor App Crashes, Prompting Recall

AliveCor has recalled one of its heart monitor apps due to the app crashing upon use.

More than 5,000 active iOS users are affected by the recall, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said in a recall notice. The AliveECG app works in tandem with the AliveCor Heart Monitor to record electrocardiograms and detect the presence of atrial fibrillation and normal sinus rhythm when prescribed by or under the guidance of a physician. The FDA has designated this as a Class III recall, according to HITConsultant.net More Heart Monitor App Crashes, Prompting Recall

Millions of Americans may be Putting Themselves at Risk for Cancer by Daily Consuming Sodas

The caramel coloring in sodas like Coca-Cola and Pepsi may be putting consumers at risk for developing cancer, a new study has revealed.

According to researchers from Consumer Reports and the Center for a Livable Future at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, these sodas contain a potential carcinogen called 4-methylimidazole (4-MEI). The chemical is formed during the manufacture of caramel colorings in many sodas. A massive number of people are at risk: Between 44 and 59 percent of American adults report drinking at least one can of soda per day. The scientists published their findings in the journal PLOS ONE, according to Newsmax Health. More Millions of Americans may be Putting Themselves at Risk for Cancer by Daily Consuming Sodas

Nearly 800 Patients Possibly Exposed to Superbug at Large Los Angeles Hospital

800 Patients Exposed to Superbug at Los Angeles Hospital

800 Patients Exposed to Superbug at Los Angeles Hospital

Endoscopy procedures at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) hospital may have exposed 179 patients to a multidrug-resistant superbug.

Seven endoscopy patients at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), have been confirmed to have the carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae, or CRE, including two who died. The hospital warned 179 more patients that they may have been exposed to CRE and offered them home testing kits that would be analyzed by the hospital system, according to Reuters. More Nearly 800 Patients Possibly Exposed to Superbug at Large Los Angeles Hospital

MRI Systems Recalled Over Connection Issues

MRI Systems Recalled Over Connection Issues

MRI Systems Recalled Over Connection Issues

A Class I recall has been issued for almost 13,000 General Electric MRI systems due to a potentially life-threatening technical problem.

The recall affects more than 12,968 MRI systems and numerous brands, including Signa and Discovery. The recall includes 5,708 devices in the United States and 7,260 in other countries. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said in a February 18 Class I recall notice that “In emergency situations, a disconnected MRU could delay removal of a ferrous object from the magnet, potentially resulting in life-threatening injuries.” A Class I recall indicates that the affected device has the potential to cause serious injury or death. It is the FDA’s most serious recall designation. More MRI Systems Recalled Over Connection Issues

Former NYPD Officer to Receive Enhanced Disability Pension for Fibromyalgia Caused by Ground Zero Toxins

Former NYPD Officer to Receive Enhanced Disability Pension

Former NYPD Officer to Receive Enhanced Disability Pension

A retired New York Police Department (NYPD) officer who developed fibromyalgia and other health conditions after working at Ground Zero will receive an enhanced disability pension after a five-year legal battle. The Appellate Division in Manhattan overturned a lower court ruling which had found that her health problems were not caused by her exposure to toxic substances while working at the site of the fallen World Trade Center (WTC) towers.

Court documents show the police officer began to experience dizziness, shortness of breath, nausea and chest pains shortly after she started working at Ground Zero, where she was stationed at a security post for two months following the September 11, 2001 terror attacks. The New York Daily News reported that the former cop joined the NYPD in 1998. In 2002, the police officer was diagnosed with fibromyalgia, asthma, chronic fatigue syndrome and acid reflux, as well as toxic levels of heavy metals (cadmium, lead and mercury). More Former NYPD Officer to Receive Enhanced Disability Pension for Fibromyalgia Caused by Ground Zero Toxins

Maine Department of Health and Human Services Settles Whistleblower Suit with Former Employee

Maine Dept of HHS Settles Suit with Former Employee

Maine Dept of HHS Settles Suit with Former Employee


A former employee of the Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) will receive $142,500 from the department to settle a federal whistleblower suit.

The former division director for the Maine Center for Disease Control (CDC) sued DHHS and her bosses at the CDC, alleging that she was harassed and retaliated against for refusing to shred public documents. The DHHS released the settlement agreement last Friday, according to the Sun Journal (SJ). More Maine Department of Health and Human Services Settles Whistleblower Suit with Former Employee

Train Derails, Erupts into Fireball in West Virginia

Train Derails, Erupts into Fireball in West Virginia


Train Derails, Erupts into Fireball in West Virginia


A fireball erupted from a derailed CSX Corp train hauling North Dakota crude in West Virginia on Monday, lighting train cars on fire, destroying a house, and forcing the evacuation of two towns.

Initial reports claimed that at least one of the tank cars had fallen into the river, but CSX said Tuesday that that was not the case. Amazingly, no deaths were reported; however, one person was treated for potential fume inhalation. As of Tuesday, the train was still on fire and leaking oil, according to Reuters. More Train Derails, Erupts into Fireball in West Virginia