Month: September 2010

Deaths Prompt Warning About Infant Sleep Positioners

For years, new parents have been advised about how to reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS): keep cribs free of quilts, comforters, pillows, and stuffed toys…and always place an infant on his or her back at night or during nap time. Some companies have been selling “infant sleep positioners,” which they claim …

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DePuy Hip Replacement Recall Raises More Questions

On August 24, DePuy Orthopaedics, a division of Johnson & Johnson, sent a letter to doctors announcing a recall of two of their hip replacement systems, the ASR XL Acetabular System, and the ASR Hip Resurfacing System. Why? Because they have a higher-than-usual failure rates, causing people to have to have second surgeries to replace …

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RECALL: Similac Powder Infant Formula

This one is not only dangerous, it’s just plain disgusting. Abbott has issued a recall for certain Similac brand powder infant formulas due to contamination with—take a deep breath—beetles, beetle parts, and beetle larvae. Infants who consume the contaminated formula could experience gastrointestinal discomfort and may refuse to eat. Abbott recommends that if the stomach …

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Massage Therapists and Strippers Improperly Classified as Independent Contractors

Lawsuits are being brought against strip clubs in Massachusetts for improperly classifying its workers as independent contractors.  Employers only have to pay certain mandated benefits, including Worker’s Compensation coverage, to “employees”, but not to independent contractors.  At least one such establishment in Massachusetts was found to have incorrectly classified its workers.  Simply calling a worker …

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