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Fire Hazard from Insect Repellant and Sunscreen Sprays

Okay, this makes sense, but I never thought of it before, and now my obsessive/compulsive mind won’t be able to let it go. The FDA has just released a warning about using certain sprays near an open flame, such as a burning grill, campfire, bonfire, candle, lighter, or even a cigarette. Many sprays contain flammable …

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Do You Need a Hearing Aid? And Can You Afford It?

Despite jokes and sitcom story lines, hearing loss is not inevitable. It is common, however, affecting one in three adults over age 65, and about half of people over age 70. While some people are genetically prone to develop problems with hearing, others face increased risk because of loud noises they experience throughout their lives–on …

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Temporary Tattoos May Cause Permanent Scars

Temporary tattoos seem so fun and innocuous. But as the saying goes: It’s all fun and games until someone gets hurt. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a warning about temporary tattoos, also known as “henna” tattoos. There have been reports of severe skin reactions, sometimes leading to permanent scarring. “Just because …

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When It Comes to Exercise, It Really Is the "Great Outdoors"

When it comes to exercise, new research suggests that benefits may depend on location, location, location. An article published in The New York Times outlines the reasons why exercising outdoors may be a better physical experience than exercising in a gym or at home. Here are some reasons why: Your stride is different when running outdoors. …

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New Guidance About Metal-On-Metal Hip Implants

This week, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) released updated safety recommendations for metal-on-metal hip replacement devices. This is the FDA’s most comprehensive set of recommendations to date. What’s the Problem with Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants? While all hip replacements pose risks for patients, research has shown that metal-on-metal hip implants carry unique risks. In metal-on-metal hip …

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Button Batteries are Dangerous for Children and Pets

Lithium disc or “button” batteries–those coin-sized round batteries–are found in many items these day, including mini remote control devices, watches, flameless candles, musical greeting cards, bathroom scales, hearing aids, calculators, and small electronic toys. Because of their small size and appealing shape (looking very much like shiny candy bits), button batteries are frequently swallowed by …

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