US customs announces largest fentanyl seizure in its history

US Customs and Border Protection made the largest seizure of fentanyl in the agency’s history on Saturday at the Nogales port of entry on the US-Mexico border, Port Director Michael Humphries announced Thursday. Officers uncovered 100 packages of fentanyl weighing nearly 254 pounds and with an estimated value of $3.5 million, Humphries said. The fentanyl was mostly in powder form, with some in pill form. Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid. Unlike morphine or heroin, which are derived from the opium poppy, synthetics such as oxycodone and the extremely potent fentanyl…

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Recall of infant ibuprofen sold at Walmart, CVS expanded over dosage concerns

MONMOUTH JUNCTION, N.J. – A New Jersey-based pharmaceutical company has expanded a November 2018 recall of lots of liquid infant ibuprofen that might be more concentrated than advertised. Tris Pharma’s voluntary recall covers Infants’ Ibuprofen Concentrated Oral Suspension, USP (NSAID) 50 mg per 1.25 ml. Three lots have been added to the original recall. The company says there is a “remote possibility” that infants more susceptible to medication with a higher potency of ibuprofen might suffer permanent renal injury. “Adverse effects that may be experienced are nausea, vomiting, epigastric pain,…

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Why food tastes better when your team is winning

Super fans could have more to look forward to during Sunday’s Super Bowl than an exciting game of football. For those whose team takes home the trophy, several side effects could make the day even better, including how your food tastes and how you think about yourself. The more you care about a team, the more you could feel these effects. “So much of your identity gets wrapped up in the team,” said Daniel Wann, a professor of psychology at Murray State University. “When the team does well or poorly…

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What to know about frostbite

It’s COLD. We’re talking dangerous cold. Cold that might rob you of the tips of your nose, ears, chin, fingers or toes if you’re not careful. Called frostbite, it happens when the skin and tissue under it freezes, which can happen much more quickly than you might imagine. Cold and wind chill Frostbite is not only dependent on the outside temperature; it’s also affected by the wind chill factor. As the speed of the wind increases, our bodies cool at a faster rate, causing the skin temperature to drop. Higher…

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Doctor discusses most common winter injuries — and how to avoid them

RICHMOND, Va. — As Richmond braces for potentially more snow and ice and extremely cold temperatures, doctors are recommending you take precautions. Winter injuries land thousands of people in the Emergency Room each year. But there are things you can do to keep safe. Injuries associated with falling are the most common this time of year. There are more than 10,000 emergency room visits each year associated with winter weather falls, according to Dr. Khaled Basiouny, the Trauma Medical Director at Chippenham Hospital. Basiouny said children and the elderly were…

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Oklahoma doctor delivers baby, then hires her 33 years later

OKLAHOMA CITY — Dr. David Kallenberger has delivered thousands of babies in his 33-year career, now one of those newborns has grown up to be a colleague. “It was not complicated,” he told KFOR. “I didn’t hurt her that I know of.” It wasn’t until more than 10 years later when Crysten Cheatwood really made an impression. A little sister was on the way and Crysten wanted to know everything. “What I specifically remember is she would always come to appointments and ask probing questions,” Kallenberger said. “I was just really…

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How you can help 2-year-old Brynna Kate battle leukemia: ‘She’s a fighter’

POWHATAN, Va., — The Powhatan and Chesterfield communities are rallying behind the family of a two-year-old little girl battling leukemia. Brynna Kate Allen was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia on April 8, 2018 – shortly after her second birthday. “It’s like your worst nightmare that you child gets sick and gets cancer,” her mother, Karen Allen explained. Allen said, prior to the diagnosis at Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU, her daughter was irritable, tired and more prone to bruises. “[The doctor’s said] your daughter is very sick and we are going…

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Idaho prepares for measles after Washington governor declares emergency

Washington state Governor Jay Inslee has declared a state of emergency after the Center for Disease Control confirmed 26 cases of the measles in the Pacific northwest. “It would not surprise me if cases show up in Idaho with our close proximity to Washington state,” said Dr. Kevin Wilson a physician and the assistant dean at the College of Idaho Osteopathic Medicine. Measles is a respiratory virus that is highly contagious and it can be difficult to diagnose because symptoms like a fever, cough and inflammation of the eyes don’t…

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Woman warns others after nightmare weight loss surgery in Mexico

SALT LAKE CITY — A Utah woman is sharing how a weight loss surgery in Mexico turned into a medical nightmare. Justine Rodriguez said she underwent gastric sleeve surgery in Tijuana in 2016. She said her insurance wouldn’t cover weight loss surgery. “We decided to go there because, versus $50,000 here, it was $5,000 there,” she said, of the cost difference between the U.S. and Mexico. “So that’s why I went there. I was desperate.” Rodriguez’s situation turned into a new kind of desperation, when she fell ill days after…

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