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If you use Zantac, you need to know it's a cancer risk

Every year, millions of people used the drug ranitidine to treat heartburn. The branded name is Zantac. Despite this widespread use, officials recently determined that it poses a cancer risk, and it has been recalled.

The issue is that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has acceptable levels set for N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA). The amount that was found in Zantac exceeded those levels. This is an issue since NDMA has officially been classified as a probable human carcinogen.

Can your prescription medicine cause nerve damage?

You went to the doctor looking for answers to your health concerns. If your doctor diagnosed you with a urinary tract or respiratory infection, they may have prescribed you a fluoroquinolone to treat it. Doctors have prescribed fluoroquinolones to treat bacterial infections like these for the better part of two decades.

While this antibiotic has provided relief to patients, it has also caused devastating side effects.

How often you need to think about maintaining your car

A car is an expensive machine, but it's also one that people often neglect. To keep it running well, you need to do your maintenance. This often comes with a set schedule.

On many newer cars, the computer just tells you when to do things like changing the oil or checking the tires. While the rule of thumb used to be every 3,000 miles for oil, the reality is that many new cars get at least twice that. In addition to oil, you also want to think about checking other fluid levels, putting air in the tires, checking any other monitoring systems on the computer, rotating the tires, check the air filters, testing your battery and watching for when you need to replace the brake pads.

Husband and wife both get cancer after using Roundup

A man and his wife both used Roundup repeatedly, and now they have both been diagnosed with different -- but similar -- types of cancer. They believe those two things are closely related.

The woman was diagnosed with cancer five years ago. She has a non-Hodgkin lymphoma type that is known to be aggressive and that attacks the central nervous system. She has been fighting it, and her husband has been beside her every step of the way.

How consumers see debt can change

There are those who say that all debt is negative, but that's not actually how most consumers view it. They see both positives and negatives, and it depends largely on the type of debt. The amount matters, as well, but the type is the critical factor.

For example, credit cards are extensively used in the United States, but people tend to look at them as negative examples of debt. Even if they feel like it's necessary, they wish they could pay it off. On the other side of the coin, most people who have home mortgages do not think of them as negative debt, but "as a positive investment." Even though many will wind up paying twice as much for the home as they would have without the loan, they still see this as positive debt due to the direct impact on their lives.

When was Roundup first sold?

You already know that Roundup, the most widely-used herbicide in the world, has come under fire for being a probable carcinogen, meaning it can cause cancer. You also know that it still sees widespread use, and you're trying to limit your exposure in any way that you can. That means more than just not buying it to use on your lawn. You also have to consider your food choices, especially when buying soy and corn.

What you begin to wonder, though, is how long this exposure has existed. When did Roundup first come out and see use in the United States? Just how long has it been exposing you to potentially cancer-causing chemicals like glyphosate?

Fiery crash claims two lives in West Virginia

Two people have passed away after getting involved in a car accident in West Virginia. One of the vehicles involved caught on fire in the aftermath of the wreck, as emergency crews rushed to the scene.

According to reports out of Wheeling, the accident happened on Interstate 470, where it runs through the Northern Panhandle of the state. It involved three vehicles: An SUV and two semi-trucks. The spokesperson for the police and fire departments in the area confirmed that one semi-truck caught on fire.

Roundup trial delayed for possible settlement talks

A fourth trial scheduled over the herbicide Roundup has been postponed until next year after a St. Louis judge granted a delay requested by both parties in the lawsuit. That could indicate both sides are negotiating a settlement.

In this latest case, more than 18,000 people filed a class-action lawsuit against German drug and chemical company Bayer AG claiming the popular herbicide caused their cancer. Bayer has already lost three cases over Roundup’s links to cancer with the weed-killing chemical glyphosate.

What options do you have besides talc powder?

For years, you used talcum powder every single day. It was part of your routine. It has been that way as long as you can remember. Since it's often marketed for babies and young children, along with adults, you have always assumed it was safe.

Now you have been hearing about potential links to cancer and lawsuits revolving around talcum powder, asbestos and the like. You're worried, of course, and you want to change up your routine. You know that the consistent use of any dangerous product seriously increases your own risks. But what other options do you have?

How do truck accidents tend to happen?

You don't see exactly what occurs, but a car in front of you collides with a semitruck. The truck goes out of control and hits your vehicle and three others before everyone comes to a stop. It's a chain-reaction crash that shuts down the highway and puts multiple people in the hospital.

But how did it happen? Every case is unique, but some common ways that these accidents play out include:

  • The driver of the car got into the blind spot, known as the "no-zone", and the truck driver couldn't see them.
  • The driver of the car tried to slow down far too quickly, and the truck could not stop in time.
  • The car made a sharp and unexpected maneuver, such as switching lanes abruptly and cutting the truck off.
  • The other car was on the side of the road and did not get over far enough for the truck to pass.
  • While on the side of the road, the other car tried to merge back onto the road and cut the truck driver off.
  • The car attempted to go around the truck, but the crosswind or air turbulence pushed the car sideways.
  • Some other factor caused the car or the truck to lose control, such as one driver texting and driving, falling asleep at the wheel or driving while under the influence.


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