The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has said it has found a cancer-causing impurity in some of the most popular heartburn medications, including the widely used Zantac (ranitidine). Manufactured by Sanofi, Zantac is a common antacid or an acid-reducing drug, which has been found to contain a type of nitrosamine that causes cancer in humans.
On Sunday, Ney York State Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that his administration has ordered an emergency executive action to put a ban on selling vaping products to children. The Cuomo administration said the state police department will work with the health department to crack down on stores that are selling vaping products to those under 18.
On Wednesday, in the Oval Office conference, President Trump said his administration would consider a ban on non-tobacco flavored vaping products. However, the editor-in-chief of Kaiser Health News said that it would take time and it is a long way off to implement such a ban because companies developing e-cigarettes may protest.
T. Boone Pickens Jr., the Texas oil-and-gas tycoon, died on September 11 at his home in Dallas at 91, confirmed his spokesman and chief of staff, Jay Rosser. He had several health issues and a few episodes of strokes and suffered from head injuries in 2017. He announced his retirement in January 2018 due to poor health.
Daniel Johnston, the famous cult US indie-music pioneer, died on Wednesday due to a heart attack at 58. His manager Jeff Tartakov confirmed the news of his death. Johnston was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and schizophrenia in the early 90s and spent a lot of time in psychiatric institutions. He also had diabetes, kidney issues, and hydrocephalus.
The first human case of West Nile Virus has been confirmed in Massachusetts this year, according to the state’s Department of Health. The state’s public health officials said that a man in his 60s was hospitalized due to the illness. Last year, Massachusetts reported 49 cases of West Nile Virus.
September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks were the most disturbing acts of terrorism the United States has ever seen. Eighteen years ago, over 60 percent of Americans watched the unprecedented attacks over and over again on television, which instilled a great sense of fear and insecurity. The attacks of 9/11 still affect Americans mentally as well as physically.
Jarrid Wilson, California church leader, writer and mental health counselor died by suicide on Tuesday at the age of 30. He was a megachurch pastor at Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside, California. He often used to post his mental health struggles on his social media accounts. Along with his wife, Juli, Wilson co-founded a mental health organization called Anthem of Hope.
The long-time Cleveland Cavalier’s play-by-play announcer, Fred McLeod, died suddenly on Monday night at 67. However, the team did not mention the details about the cause of his death. He served at a TV announcer for Cavs on FOX Sports Ohio since 2006 and he was about to serve for the 14th consecutive season.