Health and Safety

RECALL: Child Car Seats

Approximately 800,000 infant, convertible, and booster child restraint systems, which were sold both as stand-alone seats, or as part of a travel system (with stroller).  The seats were manufactured by the Dorel Juvenile Group (DJG), but are sold under various brand names, including Eddie Bauer, Safety 1st, Maxi-Cosi, and Cosco. On the recalled seats, the …

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RECALL: Attention Phenobarbital Users

A very serious recall was announced by Qualitest Pharmaceuticals. Bottles labeled to contain phenobarbital actually contain hydrocodone with acetaminophen. Phenobarbital is a barbiturate used as a sedative, and also to control convulsions in people with epilepsy. It was discovered that some bottles that were labeled as phenobarbital actually contained the narcotic pain medication commonly known as Vicodin …

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About Super Bowl Suffering…and Stress Attacks

Who’s your team? Packers? Steelers? No matter where your allegiance lies, you may want to prepare for Sunday’s big game. Your life may depend on it. And no, that’s not hyperbole. According to an article in The New York Times, watching the Super Bowl can be hazardous to your health, especially if your team loses. …

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Americans Eating Too Much of the "Spice of Life"?

The human body requires salt to live. It helps nerves conduct messages throughout the body, allows muscles to move us, and generally regulates fluids so we don’t become either bloated or dehydrated. In cooking, moderate amounts of salt helps to bring out flavors in food. But we can definitely get too much of this good …

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FDA Has New Health Advice for Women with Breast Implants

New information today from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of special interest to women with breast implants, and the family who love them. The FDA announced a possible association between saline and silicone gel-filled breast implants and anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL), a very rare type of cancer. ACLC is not a form …

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First Major Drug Recall of 2011

For decades, McNeil Consumer Healthcare has given the world some of the most popular over-the-counter (OTC) medications, including Tylenol, Motrin, Benadryl, Sudafed, and Zyrtec. But with a long string of recent product recalls, McNeil  is at risk of losing consumer trust. The latest recall affects several highly popular brands. In consultation with the U.S. Food and …

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FDA to Restrict Acetaminophen in Pain Medications

Acetaminophen—the active ingredient in Tylenol products—is a popular, over-the-counter pain reliever. Because it is so useful to treat many types of pain, it is often added to prescription narcotic pain medications. Even though you can buy acetaminophen in any supermarket or pharmacy, it is actually a potent drug, capable of causing permanent liver damage if …

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