Keith Matheny Detroit Free Press Published 9:23 AM EDT Apr 25, 2019 PFAS is Michigan's most widespread, serious contamination problem since the PBB crisis of the 1970s. Thousands of Michigan residents' water supplies have been impacted, and the full scope of the contamination from these so-called "forever chemicals" is not yet known. Soil and surface waters are also contaminated in many places, and people's exposures may have come from consumer products in years past. Michigan has tested more than 1,700 public drinking water supplies statewide for PFAS compounds — every public water system (even down to a mobile home park with 25 users), every tribal water system, every school and day care/Headstart with its own well. Regulators also have tested residential wells in known areas of PFAS contamination. PFAS contamination: Michigan's biggest environmental crisis in 40 years Here is information for understanding the problem, and what can be done about … [Read more...] about PFAS in Michigan: What it is, what it stands for, contamination risks
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Antonia Noori Farzan, The Washington Post 6:17 PM For months, Rong Yuan sensed that something was wrong at the engineering firm where she worked. Often, her meals had a strange taste and an odd smell. Water that she had left unattended took on a strange flavor and odor, too. She repeatedly suffered from “immediate and significant health problems” after eating or drinking, according to court records. On more than one occasion, the symptoms became so severe that she had to go to the hospital. Police in Berkeley, California, now believe that she was being slowly and methodically poisoned by a colleague, whose motives remain unclear. As Berkeleyside first reported, David Xu, 34, was arrested on Thursday and has been charged with attempting to kill Yuan, his co-worker at the small Bay Area company. Authorities allege that over the course of 18 months, he repeatedly slipped toxic metals into her food and water, causing her to become seriously ill. The engineer’s … [Read more...] about For months, she fell ill at work. Then, police say, she watched video of a co-worker spiking her drink.
Dr. Douglas Kwazneski was helping a Pittsburgh surgeon remove an appendix when something jarring happened. The surgical stapler meant to cut and seal the tissue around the appendix locked up. Kwazneski later turned to the Food and Drug Administration’s public database that tracks medical device failures and “there was nothing,” he said. Yet when he surveyed leading surgeons on the matter, he discovered that more than two-thirds had experienced a stapler malfunction, or knew a peer who did. Such failures can have deadly consequences. The Food and Drug Administration has let medical device companies file reports of injuries and malfunctions outside a widely scrutinized public database, which leave doctors and medical sleuths in the dark.Kwazneski had no idea the FDA had quietly granted the makers of surgical staplers a special “exemption” allowing them to file reports of malfunctions in a database hidden from doctors and from public view.“I don’t … [Read more...] about Hidden FDA reports detail harm caused by scores of medical devices
Published Feb. 12, 2019 Second of three parts Doug Myers was suspected of preying on children at a church in Alabama — but he went on to work at Southern Baptist churches in Florida before police arrested him. Timothy Reddin was convicted of possessing child pornography, yet he was still able to serve as pastor of a Baptist church in Arkansas. Charles Adcock faced 29 counts of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl in Alabama. Then he volunteered as a worship pastor at a Baptist church in Texas. The sordid backgrounds of these Southern Baptist ministers didn't stop them from finding new jobs at churches and working in positions of trust. They're among at least 35 Southern Baptist pastors, youth ministers and volunteers who were convicted of sex crimes or accused of sexual misconduct but still were allowed to work at churches during the past two decades, an investigation by the San Antonio Express-News and the Houston Chronicle reveals. Some were suspected of misconduct but were … [Read more...] about Offend, then repeat
Watch more in iWant or TFC.tv DALY CITY, California - This is the music video of Guji Lorenza’s original song “Be Alright.” The song is dedicated to his late mother who battled cancer for nearly two years. “We found out that my mom was diagnosed with cancer in 2016, on the day after my wedding in February. If you could imagine, from the high of the wedding, to the next day realizing that my mom has cancer. It was an emotional roller coaster for us,” Lorenzano shared. The song was initially just for Lorenzana’s mother but after her passing last June, it became so much more. “I decided to make it a lifelong advocacy and campaign to honor her, to spread cancer awareness, to spread cancer prevention and to do all I can just to help out in the community,” he said. Lorenzana created the Be Alright campaign and teamed up with Asian American Donor Program and Be the Match to create the music video and PSA featuring cancer patients and survivors. … [Read more...] about Guji Lorenzana urges community to register as bone marrow donors