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More Than 2 Million Pounds of Chicken Recalled

Nov. 8, 2019 — Simmons Prepared Foods Inc. is recalling more than 2 million pounds of poultry products that may be contaminated with metal, the FDA says.

The recalled items, which include the brand™s ready-to-cook chicken wings, tenderloins, legs, breast meat, and whole birds were produced from Oct. 21, 2019, through Nov. 4, 2019, and shipped to stores in Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Georgia, Minnesota, Oklahoma and Pennsylvania. See the full list of affected products here.

Health officials are worried some of the chicken may be frozen in customers™ freezers. Anyone who bought packages marked with the establishment numbers P-1949, P-486, or P-5837 should throw the products away or return them immediately.

There are no confirmed reports of anyone getting sick, but anyone who is worried about a possible illness should call a doctor. People with questions about the recall can contact Donald Miller, senior vice president of sales at Simmons Prepared Foods Inc., at 888-831-7007.

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FDA: œSimmons Prepared Foods, Inc. Recalls Poultry Products due to Possible Foreign Matter Contamination.”

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Thieves steal $5 million gold toilet from Britain’s Blenheim Palace

LONDON (Reuters) – Burglars have stolen a fully-functional 18-carat gold toilet from Britain’s Blenheim Palace, where it had been installed as an art exhibit, police said on Saturday.

The toilet, valued at more than $ 5 million, was part of an exhibition of work by Italian conceptual artist Maurizio Cattelan which opened two days ago at the stately home 60 miles west of London, a major tourist attraction.

The toilet, named “America”, was previously on display in a cubicle at New York’s Guggenheim Museum, where more than 100,000 visitors were able to use it.

Thieves with at least two vehicles broke into the palace, the birthplace of World War Two leader Winston Churchill, and removed the toilet some time before 5 a.m. (0400 GMT), Thames Valley Police said.

“Due to the toilet being plumbed in to the building, this has caused significant damage and flooding,” Detective Inspector Jess Milne added in a public statement.

Police said they had arrested one 66-year-old man in connection with the theft, but had not recovered the artwork.

Blenheim Palace said it was saddened by the loss of the “precious” artwork, which it said and that the rest of the exhibition would reopen on Sunday.

Last year, while the toilet was at the Guggenheim, the Washington Post reported that President Donald Trump turned down an offer from the museum to temporarily install the toilet for his personal use in the White House.

Reporting by David Milliken, Editing by Christina Fincher

Reuters: Oddly Enough

Childhood Cancer Steals 11 Million Years of Life: Study

By Robert Preidt
HealthDay Reporter

TUESDAY, July 30, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Researchers are closing in on the toll of childhood cancer, finding it stole 11.5 million years of healthy life lost worldwide in 2017.

Premature death took 97% of that toll, and impaired quality of life about 3%, the study found.

“Estimating the years of healthy life children have lost due to cancer allows policy makers to compare the lifelong implications of childhood cancer with other diseases, potentially helping them determine the most effective way to spend limited resources and identify high-impact cancer-control planning decisions,” said study leader Lisa Force.

Children in the poorest countries accounted for 82% of years of healthy life lost (9.5 million years) worldwide due to cancer in 2017, according to the study. The findings were published July 29 in The Lancet Oncology.

How common is childhood cancer?

The number of new cancer cases in children and teens up to age 19 was about 416,500 worldwide in 2017, the report said.

Children with cancer in high-income countries tend to have good survival, with around 80% surviving five years after diagnosis. But survival is 35% to 40% in most low- and middle-income countries, with some estimates suggesting it could be as low as 20%, the study authors noted.

Also, about 90% of children at risk of developing cancer live in low- and middle-income countries.

The study examined the years of healthy life that children and teens with cancer lose due to illness, disability and premature death, a measurement called disability-adjusted life years (DALYs). One DALY equals one year of healthy life lost.

However, the study was limited to the first 10 years after cancer diagnosis so it likely underestimates the tally, according to the researchers.

“By assessing the global burden of childhood cancer through the lens of disability-adjusted life years, we can more comprehensively understand the devastating impact of cancer on children globally,” said Force, of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn.

“Our findings are an important first step in establishing that childhood cancer has a role in frameworks that address global oncology and global child health,” Force added in a journal news release.

But future progress will require much work, she explained.

“Improving childhood cancer survival will require considerable planning by policy makers to ensure well-functioning health systems capable of early diagnosis and treatment,” Force said.

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SOURCE:The Lancet Oncology, news release, July 29, 2019

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Bad driving leads to $140 million drug bust in Sydney

SYDNEY (Reuters) – A clumsy driver led police to a A$ 200 million ($ 140 million) drug bust in Australia after he crashed a van laden with 270 kg (600 lb) of methamphetamines into a patrol car parked outside a police station in suburban Sydney.

The man, 28, slammed the drug-filled van into the empty police patrol car at Eastwood in the city’s north on Monday morning, crushing its bonnet, before speeding off, CCTV footage shows. He was caught by police an hour later.

A search of the vehicle turned up 273kg of ice, said police, who released footage of the drugs neatly packed in cardboard boxes, taped up and loaded into the back of the van. Police said in a statement the drugs had a street value of A$ 200 million.

The driver was arrested and charged with drug supply and negligent driving and is due in court on Tuesday.

Reporting by Tom Westbrook; Editing by Michael Perry

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White House Immigration Proposal May Harm Health of 1.9 Million Kids

MONDAY, July 1, 2019 — Almost 2 million children could lose out on vital public health care and food assistance due to a proposed Trump administration rule change related to U.S. immigration, a new study argues.

As many as 1.9 million children with specific medical problems are projected to drop out of federal health and nutrition benefit programs if the administration follows through on a plan to broaden the definition of “public charge,” researchers estimate.

When an immigrant applies for entry into the United States or a green card, immigration officials judge whether the person is likely to become a “public charge” — dependent on public benefits for the long term.

“It was intended to identify individuals who are expected to rely on government benefits for life,” said lead researcher Dr. Leah Zallman, an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School.

Current policy holds that an immigrant who has received cash assistance or has been institutionalized in a government-funded facility can be deemed a public charge, researchers said in background notes.

But in October 2018 the Trump administration proposed adding a broad array of benefits to the list that immigration officials consider when assessing a person’s potential to become a public charge. These include enrollment in Medicaid, the Supplemental Nutrition Insurance Assistance Program (SNAP), and Section 8 housing vouchers.

“These really aren’t benefits that are in any way indicative of people likely to be reliant for life,” Zallman said. “They really are benefits that are geared towards helping families lead successful and healthy lives, and traditionally have been ones that people use briefly and then move on to having lifetimes of advancing local economies and local cultures in the U.S.”

The rule isn’t in effect yet, but pediatricians say it’s already had a chilling effect among immigrant families whose children need these benefits for their health and well-being, said Dr. Lanre Falusi, a pediatrician in Washington, D.C. and a spokeswoman for the American Academy of Pediatrics.

In recent weeks, an immigrant mother took her newborn child to Falusi’s office for a well-baby checkup. As part of the visit, Falusi recommended that the mom apply for SNAP and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) on her baby’s behalf.

“She declined, saying she heard that accepting these programs — even for her child, who was born here in the United States — would be harmful for her in terms of her immigration status in the future,” Falusi said. “I see this more and more frequently.”

To estimate the number of kids who would go without needed programs due to this rule change, Zallman and her colleagues evaluated data from a 2015 federal survey that assesses health care needs, use, expenditures and medical conditions within households across the nation.

The data showed that 8.3 million children currently receiving Medicaid, CHIP or SNAP benefits are potentially at risk of disenrollment.

Of those kids, 5.5 million have specific medical needs: more than 615,000 with asthma, 53,000 with epilepsy, 3,600 with cancer and 583,000 with disabilities.

Parents worried about their immigration status could pull as many as 1.9 million kids with these sorts of medical problems out of programs that would help keep them healthy, the researchers estimate.

“The children we are talking about here are for the most part citizen children who need medical care and are likely to be disenrolled from these benefits,” Zallman noted.

The kids whose parents pull them from these programs will be at higher risk of health problems and will be less likely to do well developmentally and excel in school, Falusi said.

They also will be at greater risk of dying, Zallman said.

“When that asthma attack flares up, those kids can die. Diabetic kids going without insulin can be fatal. Epilepsy without proper treatment can be fatal,” Zallman said.

Zallman and Falusi urge immigrant parents whose kids qualify for benefits to sign up or stay enrolled, because current enrollment cannot be used against them after the final rule takes effect.

“There’s a lot of good guidance right now for people to stay enrolled,” Zallman said. “It’s not going to be retroactive. There’s no reason to disenroll now.”

More than 260,000 comments were submitted in response to the proposed rule, most in opposition, Zallman said. The Department of Homeland Security is required to read and respond to the comments before issuing a final rule.

The new study appears in the July 1 JAMA Pediatrics.

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Cancer Survivors Predicted to Top 22 Million by 2030

By Steven Reinberg

HealthDay Reporter

TUESDAY, June 11, 2019 (HealthDay News) — More Americans are surviving cancer, and their numbers could top 22 million in another decade, the American Cancer Society says.

Currently, thanks to better screening and treatment, more than 17 million Americans who had cancer remain alive, the society said in a new report.

While this is good news, it comes with a cautionary note. Cancer survivors often have long-term difficulties. Many must also overcome barriers to get the treatments they need, the researchers said.

“People with a history of cancer have unique medical, psychosocial and economic needs that require proactive assessment and management by health care providers,” said report co-author Robin Yabroff. She’s senior scientific director of health services research for the cancer society.

“Although there are growing numbers of tools that can assist patients, caregivers and clinicians in navigating the various phases of cancer survivorship, further evidence-based resources are needed to optimize care,” Yabroff said in a society news release.

The report estimated that 8 million men and nearly 9 million women have a history of cancer. Among the survivors, 68% had their cancer diagnosed five or more years ago and 18% at least 20 years ago.

Also, while nearly two-thirds of survivors are 65 or older, nearly 66,000 survivors are 14 and younger. Close to 48,000 are 15 to 19 years old.

Because of the growing and aging population, survivorship is increasing even though the number of women who develop cancer remains stable and the number of men with cancer declines, the researchers found.

The most common cancers among men are prostate, colon cancer and melanoma. Among women they are breast, uterine and colon cancer.

The report was published June 11 in the journal CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians.

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Russian tycoon in divorce battle wins back $400 million yacht in Dubai

Superyacht Luna owned by Russian billionaire Farkad Akhmedov is docked at Port Rashid in Dubai, United Arab Emirates March 28, 2019. REUTERS/Christopher Pike

DUBAI (Reuters) – A $ 436 million superyacht belonging to a Russian billionaire at the center of one of the world’s costliest divorce battles has been released by a Dubai court after being impounded last year.

Oil and gas tycoon Farkhad Akhmedov was ordered to pay about 40 percent of his fortune to his former wife Tatiana Akhmedova by London’s High Court in 2016 in one of the largest divorce settlements in legal history.

But Akhmedov failed to pay the 453 million pound ($ 594 million) divorce bill and the London court granted a worldwide freezing order, under which Akhmedov’s superyacht M.V. Luna was impounded in Dubai.

Luna, an expedition yacht built for Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich before Akhmedov bought it in 2014, has at least nine decks, space for 50 crew, two helipads, a vast swimming pool and a mini submarine.

On Wednesday the Dubai court of appeal ruled that the Dubai lower courts’ order to impound the yacht was wrong, allowing it to leave the port, documents seen by Reuters showed.

When Reuters visited the yacht on Thursday, moored in Dubai’s Port Rashid, workers were installing new teak flooring on the large outdoor lower deck and a private security team was guarding it.

Akhmedov says that he and his wife divorced in Russia in 2000. In 2012 she tried to divorce him in British courts.

Forbes estimates Akhmedov’s net worth is $ 1.4 billion. The U.S. Treasury Department has put him on a list of sanctioned Russian state-owned companies and so-called “oligarchs”, identified as close to President Vladimir Putin.

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Reporting by Lisa Barrington, Editing by William Maclean

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Traffic Stop Results in $3.5 Million Worth of Marijuana and THC Cartridges

There’s always someone who wants to emulate a little George Jung, the character portrayed by Johnny Depp in the hit movie “Blow,” who rose to fame by dealing marijuana from Mexico and later moving on to cocaine from Colombia, dealing with none other than the biggest drug lord in the world, Pablo Escobar.  Today’s drug bust is about two Indianapolis men who made their way to jail thanks to being pulled over with about $ 3.5 million worth of THC-filled vape cartridges as well as marijuana in the flower form.

Traffic Stop Ends up in Huge Marijuana Drug Bust

The two men, both 27 years of age, were coming back from Burbank, California, heading east on Interstate 70 by the State Road 267 when they were pulled over by a trooper because they were following the trooper too closely, according to state police and story I read on Wish Tv.  The men’s names are Danny Luttrell and Brandon Pierson.  They hail from Indianapolis and were heading back there, presumably.

Luttrell was driving the truck while Pierson was in the passenger side when they were pulled over.  The trooper sensed the aroma as well as some “criminal indicators,” (whatever that means.)  When the truck was searched, they found 250 pounds of marijuana, which had a street value estimated at $ 2.5 million.  They also confiscated another 50,000 vape cartridges filled with THC, (that snap onto vape pens like these) which was valued at about $ 1 million.  The two men were brought to Hendricks County Jail and charged with level 5 felonies for dealing marijuana.

After a conversation with driver Luttrell and passenger Pierson, the trooper noticed “criminal indicators” and aroma. A search of the box truck’s cargo storage area revealed roughly 250 pounds of marijuana, worth an estimated $ 2.5 million, and 50,000 THC-containing vape cartridges, worth an estimated $ 1 million, the release said.

Usually these big busts happen in larger states, like Florida or California.  These two men have some serious balls on them, driving from California to Indiana with that much weed and TCH pens.  I’ll keep you all posted as to what happens next as the news comes in.

Traffic Stop Results in $ 3.5 Million Worth of Marijuana and THC Cartridges

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