Safety

RECALL: McDonald's Shrek Glasses

According to WRAL, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced the voluntary recall of its 16-ounce promotional glasses because the painted design contains cadmium, a toxin that can cause cancer, bone softening, and kidney problems. The glasses are being sold to advertise the theatrical release of “Shrek Forever After.”  About 12 million glasses have been …

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RECALL: PediaCare Children's Products

The FDA and Blacksmith brands have recalled four PediaCare products because they were manufactured by McNeil Consumer Healthcare, in the plant that made the now-recalled children’s liquid Tylenol, Motrin, Benadryl, and Zyrtec.  Recent FDA inspections found serious problems within the plant, and this current recall was issued as a safety precaution. The specific items recalled …

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Fayetteville Student Scores Big with Bicycle Safety Video

Promoting safety starts with good communication, a little creativity, and a video camera. Terrell Grice, a junior at Douglas Byrd High School, proved just that when he won the HensonFuerst Video Public Service Announcement (PSA) Contest, which challenged area teens to produce videos about cycling safety. “I wanted to show how commonly used excuses for …

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Weight Loss Drug May Cause Severe Liver Injury

The weight loss drug orlistat is sold over-the-counter under the brand name Alli, and by prescription under the brand name Xenical. Today, the FDA announced a label change to inform consumers that taking these medications can, in rare instances, cause severe liver injury. This is quite a different story from the relatively benign side effects …

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Concussions in High School Athletes Alarmingly Frequent

A report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that the number of injuries are often under-counted. In addition, the severity of symptoms is underestimated. For example, some states only require that injured athletes be removed from play for the rest of the day… and yet, a study by the Children’s National Medical Center in …

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Update on a Travesty: Police Captain Fired after DWI

According to WRAL.com, Highway Patrol Captain James Williams, Jr., was fired weeks after being pulled over and reported to be “extremely drunk.” This story caught our attention last month when it was reported that when Williams was pulled over, the police officers took him to a hotel instead of charging him. Fortunately for the public, …

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FDA Releases Update: Recall of Liquid Medicines for Children

Last week, McNeil Consumer Healthcare issued a recall for many of its infant’s and children’s liquid medicines, including Tylenol, Motrin, Zyrtec, and Benadryl. Problems in the manufacture of these products mean that some of the medicines may contain a higher-than-labeled concentration of active ingredient, and some may contain inactive ingredients that are not supposed to …

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Teen Driving Safety Emergency

There have been so many teen driving deaths in the past week that the names are starting to run together. The faces, however, are unique… and haunting. The eyes are full of optimism, intelligence, and promise, their youth seems fresh and endless, and in and instant it all disappeared–no more optimism…no more promise…no more youth. …

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