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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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What Did Manufacturer Know About Hip Replacement Defects?

Lots more information since we last wrote about defective metal-on-metal hip replacements. The first trial is underway, and plenty of details are emerging. From all the reports, this looks to be a particularly heinous story of corporate greed causing injury to many thousands of unsuspecting individuals. First, a little background: While all hip replacements pose …

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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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Junior Seau's Family Sues NFL Over Concussion-Related Disease

In May 2012, we told you about the apparent suicide death of football star Junior Seau. He killed himself with a shot to the chest, presumably to preserve his brain so that experts could determine whether he was suffering from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a progressive form of brain damage caused by multiple concussions. (To …

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More Contaminated Well Water in Raleigh

Last year, we told you about wells in Wake Forest, NC, that were contaminated with a carcinogenic chemical called trichloroethylene (TCE). Now, a new neighborhood faces a different threat to their drinking water. According to an article in the News & Observer, half of the wells in an East Raleigh neighborhood contain excessive levels of …

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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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Flu Hurts Nursing Homes Residents in More Ways than Illness

The 2012-2013 flu season is turning out to be one of the worst and most dangerous in years. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that, as of this week, most of the country is experiencing high levels of influenza and influenza-like illness (ILI). Nationwide, 47 states report widespread geographic flu activity. Since …

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