Four Injured in Orange County Car Accident

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An Orange County car accident resulted in serious injuries for at least four people. The Orange County Register reports that the injury car accident, which involved nine or 10 vehicles including a large truck, occurred on the 405 Freeway near Culver Drive in Irvine the morning of October 23, 2010. Three people suffered life-threatening injuries. One woman sustained relatively minor injuries. Officials are looking into what caused this car accident.

I hope no one suffered catastrophic injuries in this car accident. I wish the injured victims the very best for a speedy and full recovery. They will be in my prayers.
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Fatal Orange County Motorcycle Accident

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Christopher McGinnis, 28, was killed in an Orange County motorcycle accident after he lost control of his cycle and crashed into the center divider. The Orange County Register reports that the fatal injury accident occurred on the 405 Freeway near Seal Beach Boulevard early morning on October 23, 2010. McGinnis was doing about 70 miles per hour in the car pool lane when his motorcycle turned into the center divider. He was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital shortly after the motorcycle accident.

My deepest condolences go out to the family and friends of Christopher McGinnis. My thoughts and prayers are with them following this tragic motorcycle accident.
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Lawsuit: Toyota Covered Up Sudden Acceleration Issue

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A federal lawsuit filed in Orange County details the lengths Toyota Motor Corporation went to in order to conceal sudden acceleration problems in their vehicles. According to a news report in the Los Angeles Times, the complaint states that employees at Toyota dealerships saw and duplicated sudden acceleration in vehicles several times in the last decade. Still, the auto maker did not report findings to regulators. The lawsuit also alleges that Toyota bought back vehicles from owners who complained about sudden acceleration in exchange for confidentiality agreements that swore them to secrecy.
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Los Angeles Car Accident Causes Injuries

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Two people were injured in a Los Angeles car accident when the vehicle in which they were traveling went out of control and rolled over, the morning of October 24, 2010. According to a news report in The Daily Breeze, the injury car accident occurred on Artesia Boulevard near Ainsworth Drive in Torrance. The two occupants were westbound on Artesia in a Ford station wagon, when for unknown reasons it drifted to the right side before hitting a parked car and rolling over. The two people, both in their 30s, were hospitalized for injuries that are not believed to be life-threatening. An investigation into the incident is pending.

My thoughts and prayers are with the two injured victims of this Torrance car accident. I wish them both a speedy and complete recovery from their injuries.
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Defective Hip Replacement Systems Lead to More Replacement Operations

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DePuy Orthopaedics, a subsidiary of Johnson and Johnson, recently recalled two defective hip replacement systems after a study found that an excessively high rate of users ultimately required a second hip replacement operation. For patients whose pain had led them to undergo one of these severe procedures, the thought of another operation must be exasperating. These defective hip replacement systems are causing more pain, more immobility, and more damage — the very things that hip replacement patients hoped to eliminate by undergoing the replacement in the first place.

The two defective hip replacement systems are manufactured by a subsidiary of Johnson and Johnson, DePuy Orthopaedics. The ASR XL Acetabular System and the ASR Hip Resurfacing System have both been recalled by Johnson and Johnson as a result of high failure rates and loosening. Over the years since their introduction, these systems have resulting in higher-than-expected rates of requiring a second surgery.
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Defective Drug Reglan Poses Potentially Permanent Side Effects for Large Percentage of Users

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More than two million Americans are using the defective drug Reglan, which we now know poses serious and continuing threats to long-term users. Reglan is used to treat symptoms of gastrointestinal disorders, but those who relied on this drug to treat their symptoms are now finding that it poses unexpected threats. In particular, use of Reglan for longer than 3 months has been linked to tardive dyskinesia, or TD.

TD is a disorder associated with repetitive movements such as lip smacking, grimacing, and tongue protrusion. Currently, there is no known treatment. For potential Reglan users, this means they must tradeoff the benefits of taking this drug with the potentially of permanent and very undesirable side effects.
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Motorcyclist Killed in Fatal Orange County Car Accident

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A motorcyclist was fatally injured in an Orange County car accident the afternoon of October 26, 2010. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the fatal motorcycle accident occurred near the intersection of Beach and Medieval Times in Buena Park. The rider sideswiped a vehicle and fell off his motorcycle, before going through the intersection and striking a car that was stopped in a left-turn pocket. The motorcyclist was pronounced dead at the scene. Witnesses apparently told officials that the motorcyclist was cutting between lanes and speeding at the time. Police also believe speed was a factor in the fatal motorcycle accident. An investigation is ongoing.

I offer my deepest condolences to the family and friends of the deceased motorcycle rider. Please keep this grieving family in your thoughts and prayers.
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Food Poisoning Fears Spur Seafood Recall

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A Los Angeles-based food manufacturer has recalled its brand of dried seafood products over serious food poisoning concerns. According to a City News Service report, Foremost Food International of Pomona has issued a recall for Tomi brand dried seafood products, which they believe are potentially contaminated with botulism-inducing bacteria that can cause life-threatening illness or death. Consumers are asked to check their refrigerators and pantry shelves for these products and discard them even if the products do not seem or smell spoiled.
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Students Suffer Burn Injuries in Stove Explosion

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Ten high school students sustained serious injuries in a classroom explosion involving a gas-powered portable stove. According to a news report in the Los Angeles Times, the stove accident occurred at North High School in Torrance on October 22, 2010. The students were cooking for a UNICEF fundraiser when a portable stove exploded. Ten students were hurt and many of them suffered burn injuries on their necks, faces and hands. Investigators believe a butane or propane canister had a gas leak that ignited. It is unclear if the high school had a permit for the portable stoves.

My thoughts and prayers are with the injured high school students. I wish them all a complete and speedy recovery. It is indeed fortunate that there were no fatalities as a result of this gas explosion.
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Recalled Dried Seafood can Cause Life-threatening Food Poisoning Illness

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Foremost Food, International of Pomona issued a foodborne illness recall of select Tomi brand dried seafood products due to the possibility of botulism-inducing bacterium, Clostridium botulinum. Consumers should check their homes in case these food products are in their refrigerators and/or pantry shelves. If you find one of these products, please throw it away immediately, even if it does not look or smell spoiled.

Kien Long Seafood Company Ltd., of Vietnam, manufactured the recalled products. These possibly contaminated food products were distributed between September 23 and October 20 across California, Nevada and Washington.
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