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    Three more people have died after using e-cigarette products, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The deaths have been in Illinois, Oregon and Indiana.    Officials on Friday said they had identified 450 possible illnesses in 33 states, including Georgia. The CDC reports that a majority of the patients are young (18-35), are male and admit to using a device that contained THC , nicotine, or both, 90 days before seeing symptoms.   The CDC is urging Americans not to use vaping products.   The Food and Drug Administration said it has collected 120 e-cigarette samples with the hope of finding a common device or substance that is causing the pulmonary illnesses.   The FDA says no single vaping device, liquid or ingredient has been tied to all the illnesses. Many of the sickened - but not all - were people who had been vaping THC, the chemical that gives marijuana its high.    Anyone who uses e-cigarette products should monitor themselves for symptoms that include cough, shortness of breath, chest pain, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain or fever. If you have symptoms seek medical attention immediately.    CDC and FDA encourage the public to submit detailed reports of any unexpected health or product issues related to tobacco or e-cigarette products to the FDA at this link: https://www.safetyreporting.hhs.gov/SRP2/en/Home.aspx?sid=1f34e68a-d115-4835-a574-d792a7ed7728
  • Tens of thousands of glass stovetops are being recalled because they can just turn on without you knowing it. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission says there have been more than a hundred incidents of the glass top stoves automatically turning on. More than a dozen fires or heat damage has been reported.
  • One of the biggest health achievements in the nation's history could be in jeopardy. Measles was eliminated in 2000 by The World Health Organization and now the Centers for Disease and Control says there is a reasonable chance the United States will lose that status. A measles outbreak in New York started September of 2018 and there have been outbreaks in 29 other states in the past year. WHO removes the elimination status when measles has been spreading continuously for a year.
  • The nation's first death possibly linked to vaping has been confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Illinois Department of Public Health says an adult person who recently vaped died after being hospitalized with 'severe respiratory illness.' The agency didn't give any other information about the patient, including a name or where the person lived. The CDC says there are currently 193 potential cases in 22 states, including Georgia. Patients reported similar symptoms – shortness of breath, chest pain, cough, and vomiting in some cases – and some were admitted to the intensive care unit.
  • Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr is sending out a warning about a scam targeting older, at-risk Georgians with a “Genetic Testing Scheme.”The Attorney General says he wants to raise awareness because the scam is now being reported all across the state. It involves offers for “free” genetic testing and Carr says it’s designed to exploit people’s healthcare concerns. “Unfortunately, victims taken in by this scheme are often providing sensitive personal information, including insurance and financial information, that could be misused in a number of ways,' says Carr.
  • More people are disconnecting their home Internet and just using their phones. USA Today reports 40% of Americans are using cell phone internet exclusively now for service. They’re finding that it works out fine. The cost of home internet service has gone up substantially over the years. WSB Consumer expert Clark Howard says, ' the reality is when you squeeze people too tight they slip right through your fingers.' He says by using your cell phone, you don’t have to worry about data overages. This is a great alternative to paying huge money to a cable monopoly for home internet service.
  • Georgia Tech researchers warn hackers have the ability to gridlock entire cities, like Atlanta by hacking into your car’s computer. The researcher has applied physics in a new study to simulate what it would take for hackers to wreak havoc by randomly stranding cars. They found it wouldn't take much to cause mass mayhem. “Unlike most of the data breaches we hear about, hacked cars have physical consequences,” said Peter Yunker, who co-led the study and is an assistant professor in Georgia Tech’s School of Physics.
  • Subscription contact lens company Hubble is facing scrutiny from doctors and the contact lens industry as a whole. >>LISTEN BELOW TO WSB’s CLARK HOWARD EXPLAIN WHY HE FEELS THE CONTACT LENS INDUSTRY IS ‘IN TERROR.’ The start-up company promises to revolutionize eye care, and has taken social media by storm offering dirt cheap lenses. Hubble offers contact lenses at a tiny fraction of the cost of other lenses.  Ophthalmologists and optometrists say they have seen several patients with eye problems after using Hubble and have criticized the company for switching people from their prescribed lenses to a completely different brand. However, the company says their business is completely legal and that they have spent years researching their product to produce high-quality contact lenses. They require their consumers to have prescriptions before subscribing to their services.  WSB consumer expert Clark Howard is accusing the entire contact lens industry of price fixing. 'The doctor you go to for a contact lens fitting makes the big income not from the exam and fitting, but on selling you massively overpriced contact lens boxes,” he explains, adding, “The industry is in terror because they saw what ‘Dollar Shave Club’ did to Gillette.
  • An E.coli outbreak has sent more than twenty people to the hospital in seven states. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report the sickness is linked to ground bison. State officials have reported sick people from Connecticut, Florida, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. The ground bison and bison patties were supplied by Northfork Bison Distributions Inc. in Saint-Leonard, Quebec, Canada. E.coli may cause diarrhea illness often with bloody stools. Although most healthy adults can recover completely within a week, some people can develop a form of kidney failure called Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS). HUS is most likely to occur in young children and the elderly. The condition can lead to serious damage and even death.  It is advised distributors, retailers and restaurants not use or serve recalled ground bison. Consumers should check their freezers to see if they have any of the recalled ground bison.  More info here.
  • Various brands of hummus and dips made by Pita Pal Foods out of Houston, Texas are being recalled because they could be contaminated with Listeria. The company has issued a voluntary recall of certain hummus products that were made between May 30th and June 25, 2019. They were sold nationwide under the name brands of Bucee's, Fresh Thyme, Harris Teeter and others. They have a use by date from July 28th through August. Listeria monocytogenes was found at the manufacturing facility during an FDA inspection.

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  • They take their football seriously in Philadelphia. Even scholarly types can go overboard when their beloved Eagles lose. >> Read more trending news  During the fourth quarter of Philadelphia's 27-24 televised loss to the Detroit Lions, the Fox network handling the broadcast showed an angry Eagles fan shouting as the telecast broke for a commercial. The angry fan was identified as Eric Furda, the University of Pennsylvania's dean of admissions since 2008, according to the The Philadelphia Inquirer. The clip quickly went viral, as it resonated with other angry Eagles fans. Furda admitted he was the culprit on Twitter, but only after he posted Sunday that he was 'not sure what the refs were looking at today.' Furda took a more apologetic tone Monday morning. 'After further review of the play I will take the 15 yard penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct,' Furda tweeted. 'But I will not lose my passion for Philadelphia and Penn sports!' The Eagles, who have lost two straight games after beating Washington in their season opener, travel to Green Bay to face the Packers at Lambeau Field on Thursday night.
  • A Michigan toddler died last week after authorities said her head became stuck in a car's power window in Detroit. >> Read more trending news  According to WXYZ-TV, Kierre Allen, 2, was inside the parked 2005 Mazda 3 with her father, who had fallen asleep, last Monday when the window somehow closed on her head, authorities said. The 21-year-old man awoke to find the child caught in the window, he told police. Kierre's uncle took the pair to a nearby hospital as the father tried to revive the girl, WJBK-TV reported. Doctors said she was dead when she arrived. Police arrested the girl's father, who had outstanding traffic warrants, authorities said. He has not been charged in connection with Kierre's death, the Detroit News reported.
  • A Cobb County school nurse was arrested Thursday after administrators noticed students’ medications were missing. Lindsey Waggoner, 38, is accused of stealing more than $1,500 of medication from Barber Middle School in Acworth, according to an arrest warrant obtained Monday by AJC.com. Cobb County school police allegedly found her in possession of 209 pills, including Adderall, generic forms of Ritalin and Focalin, and Evekeo. The drugs are commonly used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, known as ADHD. Principal Tia Amlett sent a letter home to parents alerting them to the investigation and arrest of a staff member, although the employee was not named.  “We have made contact with families who were directly affected by this situation and will continue to pursue policies that ensure such behavior does not go unnoticed,” she said. It was not immediately clear if Waggoner was fired following her arrest. As of Monday morning, she was still listed on Barber’s website. Amlett said she was being dealt with “according to district policy and state laws.” Waggoner, who is from Kennesaw, is facing a single felony charge of theft by taking. She was booked into the county jail Thursday afternoon and released a few hours later on a $15,000 bond.  In other news: 
  • The 178-year-old tour company Thomas Cook has shut down, potentially stranding hundreds of thousands of travelers who booked their trips with the company stranded across the globe. Thomas Cook was known for the package tour industry, The Associated Press reported. It had four airlines and 21,000 employees in 16 countries. All of the employees have been laid off and will lose their jobs. The ripple effect of Thomas Cook's collapse is expected to be felt across all of Europe and North Africa, the AP reported.  Officials at hotels are now worried about confirmed bookings that had been made for winter. About 600,000 people had been scheduled to travel with Thomas Cook through Sunday. Some subsidiaries were trying to get local connections to get people home, the AP reported.  The British government has stepped in to get 150,000 U.K. customers back to their homes starting Monday. The government has hired charter planes to get people home free of charge, and officials expect the process to fly everyone back to the U.K. will take about two weeks, the AP reported. >> Read more trending news  There are 50,000 people stranded in Greece, up to 30,000 in Spain's Canary Islands, 21,000 in Turkey and 15,000 in Cyprus all trying to find a way home, the AP reported. Thomas Cook officials blame competition from budget airlines and travelers booking their trips themselves though the internet as to why the company struggled financially and eventually shut down, the AP reported. The uncertainty also was brought on by Brexit and the drop in the pound that made it more expensive for British travelers to afford trips abroad, the AP reported. Despite the fact they no longer are being paid for their work, some Thomas Cook employees are still reporting for their shifts to help make sure those who are stranded can return home, Metro reported. One now-former employee said on Twitter that she will be at her post to help stranded customers. Employees at a different Thomas Cook location also posted a sign on their location saying they would open Monday morning to help customers, Metro reported. 
  • A second-year Georgia Tech student was confirmed dead Sunday after a swimming accident in the Chattahoochee River. James Strock was last seen Saturday afternoon swimming in the area of the West Palisades Trail at Paces Mill Park, according to school officials. Teams searched through dusk before turning to recovery efforts Sunday morning, dean of students John M. Stein said in a letter to the Georgia Tech community. A Georgia Tech spokeswoman confirmed Strock’s death Sunday evening. It is unknown if his body was recovered from the river. Strock was pursuing an undergraduate degree in computer engineering and was interested in robotics and quantum computing, according to his LinkedIn page. He was set to graduate in 2022. According to Tech officials, Strock was from Uganda and moved to the United States at age 16. He was an active member of the campus community, attended a campus ministry and could often be found in the recreational center. Strock completed a co-op program with DataPath, a communications and computer software company, in Lawrenceville over the summer. “On behalf of Georgia Tech, we offer our deepest condolences to James’ family and friends during this difficult time,” Stein said in the letter to students, faculty and staff, which was shared on Reddit. “I have been in constant contact with his family and will continue to be there to support them.” Grief counseling is available on campus from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through the week at the campus Counseling Center and in the student services building. Students may also call 404-894-2575 for support after hours. — Please return to AJC.com for updates. In other news: 
  • A federal judge will hear the arguments Monday for the first time from opponents of Georgia’s new anti-abortion law as they ask him to stop the measure from going into effect. Gov. Brian Kemp in May signed one of the nation’s strictest abortion laws, outlawing the procedure in most cases once a doctor can detect fetal cardiac activity. It is scheduled to go into effect Jan. 1. The American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia has asked U.S. District Judge Steve C. Jones to stop the law from going into effect while the case makes its way through the court system. The ACLU argued in a June complaint that the law violates a woman’s constitutional right of access to abortion until about 24 weeks of pregnancy, as established in the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Roe v. Wade. The ACLU has argued that “politicians should not be second-guessing women’s health care decisions.” In its response, the state said Georgia’s new anti-abortion law is “constitutional and justified” and asked Jones to dismiss the lawsuit challenging the measure. “Defendants deny all allegations in the complaint that killing a living unborn child constitutes ‘medical care’ or ‘health care,’” attorneys wrote. The state hired Virginia-based attorney to represent Gov. Brian Kemp, Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr, Department of Public Health Commissioner Kathleen Toomey, members of the Georgia Composite Medical Board and its executive director. ACLU is representing SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective, Feminist Women’s Health Center, Planned Parenthood Southeast and other abortion rights advocates and providers.