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State Highlights: Judge Limits Scope That Plaintiffs Consider Crucial In Roundup Cancer Case In California; Fla. Officials Waited 4 Months To Alert Residents About Unsafe Water

First Edition: July 13, 2018

Media retailers report on information from California, Florida, Minnesota, New Jersey, Missouri, Georgia, Virginia, Maryland, Ohio, New York and Massachusetts.

U.S. Judge Limits Proof In Trial Over Roundup Cancer Claims

A federal decide overseeing lawsuits alleging Bayer AG’s glyphosate-based weed killer causes most cancers has issued a ruling that would severely prohibit proof that the plaintiffs contemplate essential to their instances. U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria in San Francisco in an order on Thursday granted Bayer unit Monsanto’s request to separate an upcoming trial into two phases. The order initially bars legal professionals for plaintiff Edwin Hardeman from introducing proof that the corporate allegedly tried to affect regulators and manipulate public opinion. (Bellon, 1/three)

Tampa Bay Occasions:
Florida Officials Delayed Telling Residents About Tainted Water, Emails Present

In August, the Division of Environmental Safety confirmed that flame retardants containing perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) had been used on the Hearth School up to now. In early September, the school was advised to solely drink bottled water. …It took about 4 months for state well being officers to inform Lawson and others locally about probably elevated ranges of the chemical compounds, emails obtained by the Occasions/Herald present. (Gross and Koh, 1/three)

The Star Tribune:
UCare Letters To 21,000 Individuals Record Mistaken Premium Worth

About 21,000 Medicare beneficiaries enrolled in UCare well being plans are receiving letters this week that wrongly listing month-to-month premium costs, making some assume they’re being charged $21 per 30 days greater than the true fee. The issue is confined to Medicare subscribers with supplemental dental advantages from UCare who pay their premiums by way of digital switch of funds from financial institution accounts or the federal Social Safety program, stated Ghita Worcester, a senior vice chairman with Minneapolis-based UCare. (Snowbeck, 1/three)

Pioneer Press:
St. Paul Nursing House Once more Cited In Demise Of Ventilator-Dependent Resident 

For the second time in a yr, the state has faulted the identical St. Paul nursing house for failing to reply in a well timed method to the ventilator alarm of a resident who died. In response to a report made public this week, the Minnesota Division of Well being investigated an allegation referring to an Aug. 19 incident at Bethel Care Middle by which “a resident was neglected after facility staff found the resident unresponsive and alarms were sounding on the ventilator.” The division decided that the declare was true — that employees on the 420 Marshall Ave. facility didn’t intervene for at the least 39 minutes after the alarm sounded. (Vezner, 1/three)

Lady First To Declare An infection After Surgical procedure At New Jersey Facility

A former affected person at a New Jersey surgical facility that state well being officers stated might have uncovered hundreds of sufferers to HIV and different blood-borne pathogens has examined constructive for hepatitis B, one in every of her legal professionals stated on Thursday. The unidentified 58-year-old Brooklyn lady, a plaintiff in a lawsuit filed on Monday, is the primary of three,778 former sufferers at HealthPlus Surgical procedure Middle in Saddle Brook, New Jersey, recognized to say he or she turned contaminated due to defective sterilization and drugs practices on the facility. (1/three)

St. Louis Public Radio:
EPA Proposes Rolling Again Mercury Requirements That Improved Air High quality In Missouri

The Environmental Safety Company is contemplating making modifications to its 2012 mercury requirements, which have been answerable for main enhancements to Missouri’s air high quality in recent times. … Utility corporations put in pollution-control gear at coal-fired energy crops to be able to adjust to strict federal requirements. Nevertheless, the federal company final week introduced that it’s proposing to revise the rule, based mostly on its conclusion that it’s too pricey for the coal business. (Chen, 1/4)

Georgia Well being Information:
Grady Curbing ER Overuse By Displaying Sufferers A Higher Method

Atlanta’s foremost safety-net hospital, Grady Memorial, is operating a program that helps these ER ‘’frequent flyers’’ higher handle their well being via main care – and never in an emergency room, which is the costliest place to get medical providers. From Grady’s standpoint, its Persistent Care Clinic goals to scale back pointless use of its emergency providers whereas connecting sufferers to the medical and social providers they want. (Miller, 1/three)

Trendy Healthcare:
Hackensack Meridian Well being, Service Clinic Full Merger 

Hackensack Meridian Well being and Service Clinic accomplished their merger that may convey new habit remedy facilities to New Jersey in addition to the primary urgent-care facilities within the state to supply on-site behavioral well being providers, the organizations introduced Thursday. The merger settlement additionally features a $25 million funding in Service’s Belle Mead campus. The organizations pledge to raised combine habit and psychological well being remedy, increase behavioral analysis, bolster their psychiatry residency packages and add a toddler and adolescent psychiatry fellowship. (Kacik, 1/three)

The Related Press:
Judge Points Injunction Over Ladies’s Jail Medical Care

A federal decide issued an injunction Wednesday towards prime Virginia Division of Corrections officers, saying the division failed to offer sufficient medical care at a ladies’s jail close to Charlottesville. Information retailers report that Judge Norman Moon dominated the division didn’t stay as much as eight of 22 requirements established by a 2016 settlement aimed toward enhancing care at Fluvanna Correctional Middle for Ladies. Legal professionals for the state have denied that any settlement provisions have been breached. (1/three)

Richmond Occasions-Dispatch:
Judge Points Injunction Towards State Over Medical Care At Fluvanna Ladies’s Jail; Ruling References At Least 4 Inmate Deaths There Since 2016

A federal decide in Charlottesville dominated Wednesday that the Virginia Division of Corrections did not stay as much as eight of 22 requirements of well being care established in a 2016 settlement settlement for inmates on the Fluvanna Correctional Middle for Ladies. U.S. District Judge Norman Okay. Moon issued an injunction towards prime officers of the division requiring that inside 45 days the jail have an sufficient employees of 78 nurses. (Inexperienced, 1/three)

Tampa Bay Occasions:
After The Storm, Ruins And Rebuilding Overshadow Private Anguish

Residents of the Forgotten Coast as an alternative loop a holding sample round catastrophe, driving previous rubble on each nook. The main target, for them and for a lot of volunteers serving to with restoration, is on the bodily: meals, clothes, buildings, trash, locations to go to the toilet. … However the hurricane induced emotional trauma, too, specialists say, stress and despair that may result in much less seen devastation via melancholy and nervousness. (Sampson, 1/4)

The Related Press:
Native Maryland Officials To Help Prescription Drug Board

Main native officers in Maryland’s largest counties are anticipated to help a proposal to create a state board to evaluate the affordability of prescribed drugs. A number of county executives are anticipated to endorse laws on Thursday to create a prescription drug affordability board. They embrace Montgomery County Government Marc Elrich and Prince George’s County Government Angela Alsobrooks. (1/three)

The Baltimore Solar:
Baltimore And Maryland Are Amongst The Cities And States Dealing with The Worst Financial Impression Of The Opioid Overdose Disaster

The White Home Council of Financial Advisers final yr determined that earlier estimates for the general loss imposed by the [opioid] disaster have been too low. … The council additionally elevated the estimated variety of opioid-related fatalities by 24 % as a result of current proof has proven that such deaths are under-reported on dying certificates. It additionally included deaths involving heroin to estimates that had solely counted prescription opioids. The council’s estimate for the nationwide value: $504 billion. (Donovan, 1/4)

Atlanta Journal-Structure:
Georgia Creating Extra Medical Schooling Positions, State Report Says

Georgia schooling leaders are on tempo to exceed their aim to create new residency positions at educating hospitals, however the state continues to be far under the nationwide common, in line with a brand new report. The Georgia Division of Audits and Accounts report additionally warned extra medical residency positions are wanted south of metro Atlanta. (Strigus, 1/three)

Cleveland Plain Vendor:
Lawyer: Household Of Eighth Cuyahoga County Jail Inmate Getting ready Lawsuit Towards County

An lawyer employed by the household of a 27-year-old man who died after hanging himself within the Cuyahoga County Jail stated it’s “inconceivable” that one other inmate might die within the jail after months of scrutiny surrounding seven different inmate deaths. [Brenden] Kiekisz, who suffered from psychological sicknesses and had beforehand tried to commit suicide, is the eighth inmate in Cuyahoga County’s custody to die in 2018. (Ferrise 1/three)

The Washington Submit:
New Jersey 11-Yr-Previous Cameron Jean-Pierre Died After Inhaling Fish Fumes, Father Says

Cod was cooking on the range when 11-year-old Cameron Jean-Pierre arrived at his grandmother’s house in New York. Cameron, who had a recognized allergy to seafood, began to wheeze through the go to this week, so his father stated he reached for his son’s bronchial asthma medicine. However this time, the nebulizer machine that Cameron had used throughout allergy assaults up to now, didn’t appear to be working — the younger boy couldn’t breathe within the air, his father stated. (Bever, 1/three)

Boston Globe:
Hashish Fee Receives Additional $three Million To Oversee Medical Marijuana

State marijuana regulators this week acquired a further $three million to pay for his or her new duties overseeing the state’s medical hashish program. Governor Charlie Baker on Wednesday signed the supplemental price range for the Hashish Management Fee, an allocation anticipated to final by means of the top of the fiscal yr in June. (Martin, 1/three)

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