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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — A witness who helped rescue a family after their mother allegedly drove her minivan into the ocean tells WESH 2 that one of the children was screaming that their mother was trying to kill them.
Tim Tesseneer, of Rutherfordton, N.C., said he was one of the two men to first reach the minivan.
The pregnant mother allegedly drove it into the ocean north of the Silver Beach approach in Daytona Beach Tuesday afternoon. Tesseneer said the woman made a hard turn toward the ocean.
It is possible there was a medical emergency, which could have led the driver to lose control and wind up in the water.
Tesseneer told WESH 2 that one of the children inside was screaming that their mom was trying to kill them.
“The two in the back seat was crying, with their arms out saying ‘Our mommy’s trying to kill us, please help,’” said Tesseneer.
A bystander’s video of the rescue shows a rescuer carrying two children away from the sinking van when the children tell them there was another child inside.
“The kids are like, ‘No there’s a baby. There’s a baby,’” Tesseneer said. “She (the mother) wouldn’t say a word. She didn’t tell us nothing about a baby.”
The men are seen on video frantically trying to get to the small child through the hatchback and the driver’s side door.
Video shows that the mother appears disoriented and walks away from the minivan, with the child still inside.
“She had this look on her face,” said Tesseneer. “I can’t describe it. It was just an awful blank look, like spaced out look.”
The small child is eventually pulled to safety.
The mother has been admitted to a local hospital for a mental health examination.
Her children, aged 3, 9 and 10, were also taken to the hospital to be examined and are OK, officials said.
Investigators said the mother will not speak with them about the incident.
Department of Children and Families is also investigating the mother’s drive into the ocean.
Officials said the children could be turned over to a relative in Orlando.
By Maria Papadopoulos, The Enterprise
BROCKTON, Mass. — A fatal heroin overdose reported in Brockton is the city’s seventh in the past 17 days.
The 30-year-old Cohasset man lay unresponsive inside the room of the Westgate Hotel and Conference Center on Monday morning.
Wicked Local reported that police said a friend of his called 911 about 9:30 a.m. to report that the man wasn’t breathing – but it was too late.
When emergency crews arrived, they found the man dead with drug paraphernalia nearby, authorities said.
If authorities confirm heroin use as a cause in Monday’s death, the man would become the seventh person to die of a suspected heroin overdose in Brockton in 17 days.
Additionally, police and fire officials are eyeing heroin overdoses in deaths in several other communities recently, including:
In Taunton on Friday, a 46-year-old man was found dead of a suspected heroin overdose at a Kilmer Avenue home, marking the seventh suspected fatal heroin overdose of 2014 in that city.
In Avon on Thursday, a 28-year-old man was found dead of a suspected heroin overdose on Nichols Avenue.
In Stoughton on Feb. 16, a 29-year-old man died of a suspected heroin overdose in an apartment on Buckley Road.
In Whitman on Jan. 31, a 39-year-old man died of a suspected heroin overdose on Beulah Street.
The calls for reported heroin overdoses have become so frequent, and the deaths so familiar, that several police departments are training their officers on how to administer the chemical spray Narcan to reverse the potentially deadly effects of a heroin overdose.
Brockton officers are receiving Narcan training this week.
“It’s a nightmare that has to end,” Brockton Police Chief Robert Hayden said Monday. “This bad batch is killing people. Prevention is the part of the answer, trying to educate people to never, never get in that boat (of drug use).”
Officers in Stoughton and Quincy are already trained in the life-saving procedure.
And Whitman, Bridgewater and West Bridgewater are looking into training their police officers on how to administer Narcan, a brand name of the drug naloxone, as well.
“It’s been epidemic,” Whitman Deputy Police Chief Timothy Hanlon said of calls reporting heroin overdoses Monday.
Since Jan. 1, Whitman has seen seven suspected heroin overdoses – more than double the amount of the three suspected heroin overdoses in Whitman during the same time period last year, Hanlon said.
In Easton, emergency crews have responded to four suspected heroin overdoses since Jan. 1, on Knollwood Street, Washington Street, Hilltop Lane and Linden Street, fire officials said.
In West Bridgewater, since Jan. 1, firefighters have responded to five calls reporting drug overdoses, officials said.
Bridgewater had two suspected heroin overdoses over the weekend, said Fire Chief George Rogers.
Emergency crews administered Narcan and were able to save both people who were overdosing, he said.
Rogers said he is working with the Bridgewater Police Chief Chris Delmonte to get Narcan into police cruisers.
“We’re averaging probably three to four (overdoses) a week,” Rogers said. “It’s a serious issue.”
Meanwhile, over in Brockton, authorities are investigating Monday’s death at the Westgate Hotel and Conference Center at 391 Westgate Drive.
“Drug paraphernalia was found in the room, but we’ll have to await the finding of the medical examiner as to the cause of death,” Assistant District Attorney Bridget Norton Middleton said Monday.
Meanwhile, Plymouth County District Attorney Timothy Cruz has requested expedited state testing of 400 grams of heroin seized in a Brockton drug bust Friday to rule out any link to the powerful prescription drug fentanyl.
In Plymouth County, there have been no confirmed overdose deaths involving fentanyl, Cruz said. But authorities say they’ve been on the lookout for fentanyl, a powerful painkiller that has been implicated in dozens of fatalities in the Northeast, in some cases in combination with heroin.
In Stoughton, which had five suspected heroin overdose deaths from June to December 2013, police Sgt. Donna McNamara is among officers who received Narcan training in December.
“We trained our entire department to put this on the road in January,” McNamara said. “It’s a life-saving tool that we need to have.”
Mass., R.I. officials reaching out to customers
NORTH ATTLEBOROUGH, Mass. — A warning about possible measles exposure has been issued for a North Attleborough CVS.
A person believed to have measles was seen at the Minute Clinic Friday.
“The patient was diagnosed by our nurse practitioner as having symptoms associated with measles and was referred to Rhode Island Hospital,” CVS said in a statement.
Massachusetts and Rhode Island health officials are in the process of contacting people who were there between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. that day.
If you were there and you’re not contacted by Monday, state health officials ask that you get in touch with them.
“We are following Department of Health protocols in this matter, including notifying customers and patients who may have been exposed as well as verifying that employees who were potentially exposed have received the proper vaccinations,” CVS said.
The patient also visited Rhode Island Hospital on Friday, right after the CVS visit, and Roger Williams Medical Center on Feb. 25.
Those hospitals are also notifying patients who may have been exposed.
Anyone who begins to develop symptoms should call their health care provider before visiting an office or emergency room.
Early symptoms occur 10 days to two weeks after exposure and may resemble a cold with fever, cough, runny nose and red eyes.
There is no indication that the North Attleborough incident is related to two cases of measles in the Framingham area.
By Zahir Shah Sherazi and Ben Brumfield, CNN
- Two vans carrying a polio vaccination team are hit by a roadside bomb
- Security forces and militants fire upon each other
- Pakistan’s military has carried out operations against the Taliban since peace talks broke down
Peshawar, Pakistan (CNN) – Two vans carrying a polio vaccination team were hit by a roadside bomb in Pakistan’s northern Khyber Agency on Saturday, authorities said.
The attack killed at least six people and injured 12, they said.
Security forces and militants at the scene were engaged in a gun battle.
The Khyber Agency is a loosely governed tribal region, which borders on Afghanistan.
Pakistan’s military has been carrying out operations against suspected Taliban strongholds in Khyber and other nearby agencies, after peace talks with the militant group broke down.
Earlier this week, government airstrikes demolished suspected Pakistani Taliban hideouts in Waziristan and may have killed dozens, the military said.
Fleisch AF, DR Gold, SL Rifas-Shiman, P Koutrakis, JD Schwartz, I Kloog, S Melly, BA Coull, A Zanobetti, MW Gillman, E Oken. 2014. Air pollution exposure and abnormal glucose tolerance during pregnancy: the Project Viva cohort. Environmental Health Perspectives.http://dx.doi.org/10.1289/ehp.1307065.
|Air pollution may be linked to higher blood sugar in pregnant women.|
Pregnant women who lived in neighborhoods with more air pollution were twice as likely to have elevated blood sugar than women in less polluted areas, according to a new study of Boston area women.
While previous research has linked fine particle pollution to type 2 diabetes, this is the first study to link it to high blood sugar during pregnancy. High blood sugar can lead to serious complications in pregnancy, including preeclampsia and preterm birth, as well as obesity and insulin resistance in mother and child.
Researchers measured blood glucose levels of more than 2,000 pregnant women from the Boston area at the end of the second trimester, when doctors routinely screen pregnant women for gestational diabetes.
The researchers then measured fine particles, known as PM2.5, outside the women’s homes. Those who had the highest levels of fine particles were 2.3 times more likely to have elevated blood sugar levels than women in areas with less air pollution.
“To put our findings in perspective, the extent to which second trimester exposure increased odds of impaired glucose tolerance in the present study is the same order of magnitude as other well known risk factors for impaired glucose tolerance,” wrote the authors from Harvard University and Boston Children’s Hospital.
Being overweight at the start of pregnancy and having family members with diabetes are major risk factors for gestational diabetes. On average, the study women were normal weight before pregnancy and only 8 percent had a family history of diabetes.
Air pollution was not associated with gestational diabetes, only impaired glucose tolerance, which is a less severe condition indicative of prediabetes. Sixty-five of the women, or about 3 percent, had impaired glucose tolerance, while 118 women, or about 6 percent, had higher levels and were diagnosed with gestational diabetes.
It’s possible that women who are prone to more severe degrees of elevated blood sugar may be less sensitive to short-term air pollution exposures, according to the researchers.
The PM2.5 levels outside the women’s homes were not considered inordinately high. They “were almost uniformly lower” than federal health standards, the researchers wrote. One limitation is that the researchers didn’t measure the women’s actual exposures, just the pollutant levels near their homes.
The particulate levels were associated with traffic density, suggesting that vehicles were the major source of air pollution near the women’s homes. Black, Asian and Hispanic women were more likely than white women to live at addresses with higher levels of fine particles and traffic. The results may not be generalized to all pregnant women, because the study women were older and largely white.
Two earlier studies from the Netherlands and Sweden examined air pollution and blood sugar levels of pregnant women. The Dutch study found no association between traffic density and diabetes, while the Swedish study found one between gestational diabetes and nitrogen oxides, gases that come from vehicle exhaust and other sources that burn fossil fuels.
Up to 18 percent of pregnant women worldwide develop some degree of abnormal glucose tolerance by the end of the second trimester of pregnancy, according to the researchers.
Pregnant women are at risk of high blood sugar and diabetes because insulin resistance increases during pregnancy as a result of weight gain and other normal physiological processes. Insulin takes sugars out of the bloodstream and helps them enter the body’s cells, where they can be used for energy.
27 February Air pollution linked to high blood sugar in pregnant women. Pregnant women who lived in neighborhoods with more air pollution were twice as likely to have elevated blood sugar than women in less polluted areas, according to a new study of Boston area women. Environmental Health News.
29 January Is the Central Valley’s air pollution affecting our cells and genes? In California’s Central Valley – in one of the most polluted air basins in the country – we know that poor air is bad for our health. We feel it in our eyes and throat, and when we struggle to breathe. But what if air pollution is affecting us at a deeper, cellular level? Fresno Valley Public Radio, California.
28 January Can car exhaust fumes cause dementia? Asthma. Heart attacks. Cancer. Even diabetes. Respiratory illnesses including asthma are just some of the health problems increasingly associated with air pollution. With some, poor air quality is a known cause. In others, it triggers new symptoms or exacerbates existing ones. London Daily Mail, United Kingdom.
22 January Air pollution causes more diseases than expected. It turns out that pollution may be deadlier than expected. Scientists have discovered that air pollution causes a list of injuries and diseases that’s far longer than previously thought. Science World Report.
11 January Air pollution and diabetes. We’ve long known that air pollution is bad for our lungs and can even cause cardiovascular disease, but recent research suggests that breathing dirty air in combination with a fatty diet can promote diabetes. Living On Earth.
11 December Poor air quality keeps some Colorado students indoors. Air pollution levels have rapidly grown over the past two weeks, and have reached a point that some District 51 students are being forced to stay indoors. Grand Junction KREX TV, Colorado.
6 November Post-Diwali smog prompts health warnings in Delhi. The National Capital is staring at another spell of thick smog after Diwali fire-crackers significantly increased air pollution. On Tuesday, Delhi remained under the grip of smog which triggered a host of respiratory infections and other health problems. London Daily Mail, United Kingdom.
23 October Exposure to traffic pollution a health risk for third of Canadians: Researchers. Traffic-related air pollution poses major health risks for the one-third of Canadians who live or work close to high-traffic roads or highways, say researchers, suggesting there are steps that can be taken to mitigate the danger. Canadian Press.
9 October Noise pollution: the city dweller’s environmental health risk. A recent large population study found that noise pollution increases an individual’s risk of heart disease — just like fine-particle air pollution. The Weather Channel.
29 September Dusting down clean air controls. Harm to human health from airborne dust pollution has been seriously underestimated, forcing Europe to revisit its air quality legislation this year. Times of Malta.
28 September Cleanest air in 50 years! How did New York do it? Air quality in New York and many other US cities has been getting better since the 1970s. One factor in New York’s recent improvement: a phase-out of heavily polluting heating oil in older buildings. Christian Science Monitor.
25 July Study finds link between long-term exposure to air pollution and diabetes-related mortality. Researchers found that where diabetes was listed as the primary cause of death – about 5,200 deaths in total – the individuals had lived in areas with a higher level of air pollution for 10 years or more. Windsor Star, Ontario.
4 July Europe must tackle air pollution, warn UN scientists. The health effects of air pollution have been underestimated and Europe should review its laws to tackle the problem, UN scientists have concluded after a major review of new evidence. The Guardian.
18 June Heavy pollution linked to risk of autism, study shows. Researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health found that diesel, mercury, lead, manganese and methylene chloride in the air significantly increased the risk of having a child with autism. The results add to a growing body of research that links air pollution to autism. Portland Oregonian, Oregon.
10 May Air pollution raises risk of diabetes precursor in kids. Exposure to air pollution raises the risk of resistance to insulin, a typical warning sign of diabetes, according to a study of almost 400 German children. Bloomberg News.
10 May Diabetes: Dirty air ‘may raise’ insulin resistance risk. Children’s exposure to air traffic pollution could increase their risk of insulin resistance, which can lead to diabetes in adults, suggests a study in Diabetologia. But some experts say the results should be treated with caution. BBC.
8 May Pittsburgh health summit finds link between pollution, health problems. High levels of air pollution make the Pittsburgh region a risky area to live when it comes to asthma, cancer and cardiovascular disease, according to studies presented Tuesday by a parade of researchers at a public health summit Downtown. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pennsylvania.
7 May ‘AC, carpeted rooms triggering asthma attacks.’ Long hours spent in air-conditioned and carpeted rooms and genetic factors are now being increasingly seen as major causes of asthma, which was earlier attributed mainly to vehicular exhaust and other forms of air pollution. Times of India, India.
30 April Michigan results mixed in new air quality study. Michigan has reduced overall air pollution since 2012, but its most populous counties still don’t earn a passing grade, according to a new report from the American Lung Association. The State of the Air report provides grades of A to F in two areas: particle pollution and ozone action days. Oakland Press, Michigan.
24 April Monmouth, Ocean counties get F’s for ozone pollution. Ozone pollution in Monmouth and Ocean counties earned failing grades for the 14th year in a row, but Ocean received an A for particle pollution in an annual report on air quality. Asbury Park Press, New Jersey.