12 Year Old Girl Invents Medi Teddy

A 12-year-old girl has come up with an ingenious little toy to ease the anxieties of young hospital patients just like her.

Ella Casano was diagnosed with a rare autoimmune disease called idiopathic thrombocytopenia purpura when she was just 7 years old.

The disease means that Ella’s blood doesn’t clot normally and she generally has a very low amount of blood platelets. Despite how the disease generally goes away over time, Ella has never healed from the condition.

So in order to replace the amount of platelets in her bloodstream, Ella receives a special treatment that is delivered through an IV drip every 8 weeks.

Unfortunately, Ella was always intimidated by the atmosphere of her Connecticut hospital – and she often felt anxious going in to get the IV treatment.

That’s why she invented the Medi Teddy: a sweet stuffed teddy bear toy that can hide the front of a child’s IV bag. That way, instead of seeing a plastic hospital bag filled with mysterious liquids and medications, a young patient can look at a smiling toy friend.

“When I had my first infusion, I was surprised and a little bit intimidated by the look of the amount of tubing and medical equipment on my IV pole,” says Ella. “As I saw more and more children experiencing the same feelings, I became more interested in creating a friendlier experience for young IV patients, so I created Medi Teddy.”

Since Ella and her family created a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for the Medi Teddy’s manufacturing, they have surged past their goal and raised almost $20,000.

The family is now trying to launch a nonprofit around the Medi Teddy so they can give away the toys away for free.

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Pillsbury Best Flour Recall

It’s time once again to check your cupboards – this time for Pillsbury Best flour because of the possible presence of E. coli, the FDA announced on Friday.

Hometown Food Company, along with ADM Milling Co. initiated the voluntary recall of two specific lots of its Pillsbury Best 5 lb. Bread Flour due to the potential presence of the bacteria.

“Approximately 4,620 cases of impacted Pillsbury® Best 5 lb. Bread Flour were distributed to a limited number of retailers and distributors across the following 10 states: Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia,” the FDA said in its release.

The affected product also has the following UPC codes, lot codes and ‘Best-If-Used-By’ dates:

  • Pillsbury Best™ Bread Flour 0 5150020031 5 8 342 JUN 08 2020 4,080
  • Pillsbury Best™ Bread Flour 0 5150020031 5 8 343 JUN 09 2020 540

The FDA says so far, no illnesses have been reported in association with the recall and that company was issuing it out of an abundance of caution. Hometown Food Company says they were informed by ADM Milling Co. that certain wheat used to make the two lots of Pillsbury Best 5 lb Bread Flour has been linked to E. coli illnesses associated with other flour products.

E. coli can cause a variety of symptoms in people, including severe stomach cramps, diarrhea, and vomiting. People develop symptoms within 3-4 days of ingesting the bacteria and most people recover within a week of becoming ill. In some, more serious cases, individuals could develop a more serious illness called hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), which can result in kidney failure, stroke and even death, the Centers for Disease Control said.

Pillsbury apologized for the recall and said they were offering replacement coupons for your product. Consumers can call their toll-free 800 number (1-866-219-9333), which will be staffed daily from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. CDT.

Suntrust and BB&T Being Sued Over New Name

A North Carolina-based credit union is suing Atlanta-based Suntrust and BB&T over the name they’ve selected for their proposed merger.

The merger partners announced last week they’ll be called Truist after they combine, pending regulatory approval.

The Charlotte Observer reports that Truliant Federal Credit Union filed suit in federal court, saying that Truist is a clear infringement on their name and that the new company’s proximity to Truliant’s main business region will confuse consumers and undermine trust. SunTrust and BB and T said last they went through thousands of names and that Truist was clearly a winner.

Once the merger is approved, Truist will form a bank expected to be headquartered in Charlotte.

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Gloria Vanderbilt Has Died

Gloria Vanderbilt, the intrepid heiress, artist and romantic who began her extraordinary life as the “poor little rich girl” of the Great Depression, survived family tragedy and multiple marriages and reigned during the 1970s and ’80s as a designer jeans pioneer, died Monday at the age of 95.

Vanderbilt was the great-great-granddaughter of financier Cornelius Vanderbilt and the mother of CNN newsman Anderson Cooper, who announced her death via a first-person obituary that aired on the network Monday morning.

Cooper said Vanderbilt died at home with friends and family at her side. She had been suffering from advanced stomach cancer, he noted.

 

AP

City of Atlanta Creating Largest Public Food Forest

As a means of ending hunger and providing healthy food to all its citizens, the city of Atlanta is creating the largest public food forest in the United States.

According to a new piece of legislation that was passed last week, the food park will be located on 7 acres of vacant forested land near Lakewood Heights.

The ordinance states that the city plans to “transform these formerly vacant properties into a public park with edible trees, shrubs, vines and groundcover” with “public gathering spaces, walking trails, community garden beds and a restored forest and stream-side areas.”

Completion of the Urban Food Forest will pave the way towards the city’s goal of ensuring that 85% of their population will be within a half-mile of fresh food by 2021.

The abandoned plot of land was originally purchased in 2016 by the Conservation Fund, a nonprofit dedicating to buying and preserving natural land across the US. According to the city ordinance, the charity will continue to work with the parks and recreation department to maintain the public space.

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Hepatitis A Cases Continue Growing

THE NUMBER OF HEPATITIS-A CASES CONTINUES TO GROW IN NORTHWEST GEORGIA… AND THEY’RE SPREADING SOUTH.
HIGH-PROFILE CASES CAUSED A SCARE WHEN RESTAURANT WORKERS IN FORT OGLETHORPE AND CHICKAMAUGA WERE DIAGNOSED WITH THE HIGHLY CONTAGIOUS DISEASE… AND NOW MORE THAN TWO DOZEN CASES HAVE BEEN REPORTED IN CHATTOOGA COUNTY.
THE NORTHWEST GEORGIA HEALTH DISTRICT, WHICH COVERS 10 COUNTIES DOWN TO ROME… HAVE REPORTED OVER 140 CASES OVERALL.
HEP-A SEEMS TO SPREAD MOST EASILY IN DRUG USE AND JAIL POPULATIONS… MEN WHO HAVE SEX WITH MEN… AND AMONG THOSE WITH CHRONIC LIVER DISEASE.
HAND WASHING IS THE NUMBER-ONE DEFENSE AGAINST HEPATITIS-A… AND VACCINATIONS ARE AVAILABLE AT ALL AREA HEALTH DEPARTMENT OFFICES AS WELL.

 

WQCH

Ragu Pasta Sauces Recalled

A nationwide voluntary recall was issued for certain Ragu pasta sauces that could contain fragments of plastic, parent company Mizkan America said.

No consumers have reported injuries or complaints, the company said Saturday.

The recall is for jars of Chunky Tomato Garlic & Onion (45-ounce and 66-ounce jars), Old World Style Traditional (66-ounce jars) and Old World Style Meat (66-ounce jars) with certain production codes.

The jars were distributed nationwide, the company said. Retailers have already been notified.

Customers are asked to look in their fridges and pantries for jars with the product codes below. Any recalled sauce shouldn’t be eaten and should be discarded.

Customers can call 800-328-7248 to receive a replacement.

BBB Warning About Booktiz, An Online Bookseller

BBB  is alerting the public about Booktiz, an online bookseller claiming to be located in New York that appears to offer textbooks and educational material.

Consumers have reported to BBB that payments are processed upon ordering books from the Booktiz website, however, shipment tracking notifications are not received within the expected time frame after orders are placed. Reports filed indicate that multiple attempts to contact the company via an info@ email address are unsuccessful, and books are not delivered. Many complainants noted that the “contact us” button on the website does not function and the website does not list a telephone number.

Since May 3, 2019, BBB has received 31 consumer complaints and 42 negative reviews. In addition, 14 Scam TrackerSM reports citing Booktiz have been received by BBB. BBB Metro New York has assigned the company an “F” rating.

Reports have been received from individuals in Alabama, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Washington. Almost all the complaints noted their attempted purchases related to textbooks needed for classes.

The company website at https://booktiz.com was live as of June 3, 2019, and lists an address at 106 Mosco St, New York City, NY 10013. A Google street map image shows the address to be a street-level restaurant. A Whois domain name search of the website shows that it was privately registered on March 29, 2019, to an address in Panama. A search of the New York State Department of Corporations website finds no entity registered in New York.

On May 16, BBB Metro New York wrote Booktiz to request substantiation of advertising claims posted on its website that are in violation of the BBB Code of Advertising. The business has not responded to this request.

To avoid falling victim to fake online booksellers, BBB Metro New York recommends that students:

  • Read the information carefully on a website. If it lists an address, do a search to see if it might be a legitimate address. Check for a working telephone number.
  • Review the website for obvious grammatical or spelling errors, which may be a sign of a fake site.
  • Check BBB.org  to see what has been reported. Read consumer complaints and reviews, and the company’s response to those reviews and complaints.
  • Search BBB Scam TrackerSM to see if others have reported issues about a company, and read what others may be saying elsewhere online.

Source: BBB.org

To report a scam, go to the BBB Scam Tracker. To find trustworthy businesses, go to https://www.bbb.org