San Rafael, CA venue Terrapin Crossroads has announced that Phish bassist Mike Gordon will join Phil Lesh & Friends for a special “Big Bass Bash” at the venue on Sunday, July 17th. The show will take place on the Back Porch Stage, and will see Gordon and Lesh joined by Jackie Greene, Barry Sless, Jason Crosby, and John Molo.Mike Gordon Talks Prince, New Phish Album, Dead & Company And MoreTaking on support duties for the event will be The Infamous Stringdusters with Nicki Bluhm and Midnight North. Gordon will be playing on a Phish off day as the group will have just finished a three-night run at The Gorge before beginning another three-night stint at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco on Monday, July 18th. Gordon is no stranger to Terrapin Crossroads, as the bassist has played the venue back in 2013 and 2014.Tickets are currently on sale and can be purchased here.Mike Gordon w/ Phil Lesh & Friends at Terrapin Crossroads “U.S. Blues” Live 10/26/14, courtesy of jshensa:
Dec 15, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – Four Floridians suffering from botulism were injected with massive doses of a botulinum toxin that was not approved for use on humans, according to news reports based on court documents filed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)A suspended physician working at a clinic in Oakland Park, Fla., injected himself and three other people with botulinum toxin that he had prepared as if it were Botox, a licensed drug, rather than the far more potent, raw toxin it was, according to reports by the Associated Press (AP) and the South Florida Sun-Sentinel in Fort Lauderdale. Botox is used to smooth facial wrinkles and treat certain muscle disorders.The clinic, called Advanced Integrated Medical Center, had bought the toxin from List Biological Laboratories in Campbell, Calif., according to the reports. The FDA gave details of the case in an application to a federal court for a warrant to search List Biological.The FDA said the company’s botulinum toxin is not licensed or legally salable for human use, the AP reported. FDA agents searched the business Dec 9.Allergan Inc., manufacturer of Botox, estimated that the vial of toxin ordered by the Florida clinic might have contained as much as 10 million units, as compared with 100 units of botulinum toxin in a vial of Botox, the company said in a Dec 13 statement. One hundred units of the toxin amounts to only “billionths of a gram,” the company said.The four patients received injections to treat wrinkles at the Florida Clinic Nov 23 and 24 and fell ill a few days later, according to the latest reports. Early suspicions had fallen on Botox as a possible cause of the illnesses.Allergan’s executive vice president and general counsel, Douglas Ingram, said the FDA document confirmed the company’s conclusion that Botox played no role in the cases and is a safe product.Yesterday’s Sun-Sentinel report said the four patients were “virtually paralyzed in critical but stable condition.” The patients have been identified as Bach McComb and Alma “AJ” Hall, hospitalized in Bayonne, N.J.; and Eric and Bonnie Kaplan, hospitalized in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.McComb is an osteopathic physician whose Florida license was suspended in 2003 because of allegations that he prescribed excessive amounts of painkillers, according to the AP.As reported by the Sun-Sentinel, the FDA document said that McComb asked a clinic worker named Thomas M. Toia to order a vial of botulinum toxin from List. Toia told federal agents that List personnel who took his order asked only his name, address, and billing information.The toxin is shipped as a powder and is mixed with saline solution before use, the report said. Toia said that when the vial arrived Nov 23, McComb began mixing it with 10 milliliters of saline, as he would have done for a standard vial of Botox. Toia told agents he estimated that the vial was equal to 20,000 units of Botox and warned McComb to dilute it with much more saline.But McComb brushed off the warning, the report said. He injected himself and Hall with the preparation the same day and injected the Kaplans the next day.The Sun-Sentinel quoted “Botox experts” as saying a fatal dose of Botox would be 3,000 to 5,000 units.Federal and state agents had previously reported they were investigating whether the Florida clinic had bought unlicensed botulinum toxin products from Toxin Research International in Tucson, Ariz., which sells a toxin labeled for use only in animal research, according to the Sun-Sentinel. Agents said they found that the Tucson company buys its toxin from List, the newspaper said.The FDA investigators said in the court documents that they had found evidence that Toxin Research was promoting its toxin to cosmetic surgeons for use on people, the newspaper reported.Botulinum toxin is made by the bacteria Clostridium botulinum, which is widespread in the environment. The bacteria themselves (and their spores) are harmless, but the toxin is considered the most lethal known poison. It binds to nerve endings where they join muscles, leading to weakness or paralysis. Recovery from botulism occurs when the nerves grow new endings, which can take months, according to the FDA.Botulism cases are commonly linked to contaminated food, especially improperly home-canned food. Babies can contract botulism by ingesting food containing C botulinum spores, which may germinate and grow in a baby’s colon because the intestinal bacteria in infants are not fully developed, according to the FDA.See also:CIDRAP overview of botulismFDA Consumer article on botulinum toxinhttp://www.fda.gov/fdac/features/095_bot.html
Alvin Werner, 61, of St. Leon, IN passed Thursday January 18, 2018. He leaves his beloved wife, Darlene, children: Wayne of Bright, Chad (Kristina) of Elletsville, IN, Renee (Zach) Eppert of Greenfield, IN, Clint (Jennifer) of Bright, Blain (Amanda) of Bright. He also leaves his grandchildren: Makalynn Roofe, Lindsay Roofe, Olivia and Lucas Eppert, Gage, Owen and Kaitlyn Werner, Brayden and Alyssa Werner.His parents: Alvin O. and Annie (Zink) Werner of St. Leon. His siblings: Anthony (Ty) of St. Leon, Art of St. Leon, Eric (Brenda) of Sunman, Anita (Charlie) Smith of Grandledge, MI, and Jerry of Lawrenceburg.Preceded in death by Andrew Werner who passed in 2001.Alvin was a loving father, grandfather, son and brother. He enjoyed spending time with his family and grandchildren. He was a shooting and sports enthusiast and loved watching Notre Dame football. He loved ocean vacations.Visitation is Monday from 10:00-1:00 at St. John Church in Dover, IN followed by Mass of Christian Burial. Rosary is at 10:00.
British American Tobacco (BAT) has announced a range of benefits for new parents among its workforce worldwide, including a compulsory minimum of 16 weeks’ fully paid maternity leave.The organisation, which employs more than 55,000 people across 180 countries, will introduce the benefit to new mothers and adoptive parents from 1 January 2019, supplementing statutory pay where required.BAT says the new benefit will go beyond local requirements for 20,000 employees in 26 countries.A return-to-work guarantee means that all new mothers who are on maternity leave, or parents who are on adoption leave, for 12 months or less will be able to return to their previous job or a suitable alternative wherever reasonably practicable.In addition, all new parents and adopters will have the opportunity to request flexible working arrangements following their return to work during the first year of the child’s birth or arrival. Depending on role and location, this could mean one or more days off per working week, reduced working hours or the flexibility to work from home, subject to local business requirements.BAT has also set up an online coaching service, called ‘[email protected] online’, designed to help new parents and prepare line managers for career discussions and to support those returning to work.Nicandro Durante, chief executive at BAT, said: “It’s of such great importance to us that our organisation is made up of as many different types of people as possible, ensuring they are rewarded, appreciated and supported, especially at times when they need it most.“We want to ensure no one at BAT has to choose between their career and their family, and that’s why this will be available to colleagues all over the world. We are proud to be offering this new range of parental benefits on a global scale and we are looking forward to seeing the changes this will hopefully make to the lives of both our current and future employees.”