Experts Warn Parents that Dangerous Toys Lurk on Store Shelves this Christmas

The California Public Interest Research Group and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles are warning parents this Christmas to be aware that many of the toys on store shelves are dangerous to children.

“At Children’s Hospital, we see about 72,000 visits per year, many of them due to casual behaviors where adults put children at risk by having them play with types of toys that we see here, that are choking hazards, that are swallowing hazards, et cetera,” Dr. Jeffrey Upperman, a pediatric surgeon at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles told KABC-TV.

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When You Watch TV, Your TV May Watch You

If you own an LG Smart TV, your TV might be viewing you while you are viewing it. The TV, however, relays what it learns about you back to the company.

The discovery was made by a savvy blogger who figured it out while running a traffic analysis on his own TV. The appliance collected information about what the man and his wife were viewing and then transmitted the data back to the South Korean manufacturer via the blogger’s own router, Law Technology News reported. Continue reading When You Watch TV, Your TV May Watch You

Potential Link Found Between Preterm Birth and Phthalates

A group of hormone-mimicking chemicals found in personal care products and processed foods known as phthalates may put pregnant women at risk for preterm delivery, a new study suggests.

The study included 130 pregnant women from the Boston area who had given birth early, before 37 weeks of pregnancy, and 352 women who delivered at full term between 2006 and 2008. Researchers measured the levels of common phthalates in the women’s urine up to three times a day during their pregnancies, LiveScience reported. Continue reading Potential Link Found Between Preterm Birth and Phthalates

FDA Recalls OxyElite Pro Products Linked to Liver Damage

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is recalling OxyElite Pro products, made by USPlabs, including VERSA-1, because they have been linked to liver damage.

OxyElite Pro is believed to be responsible for dozens of cases of liver damage in Hawaii, including hepatitis and liver failure. The Hawaii Department of Health submitted 46 medical records to the FDA, including 27 patients who had taken a dietary supplement labeled “OxyElite Pro” prior to becoming ill. Seventeen of the 27 patients reported that OxyElite Pro was the only dietary supplement they were taking. One patient died, one required a liver transplant, and several others are awaiting transplant. Continue reading FDA Recalls OxyElite Pro Products Linked to Liver Damage

Federal Officials Crack Down on Force-Placed Insurance Industry

A U.S. housing regulator will bar mortgage companies from accepting big payouts in exchange for a controversial form of homeowners’ insurance known as “force-placed” insurance.

The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) is moving forward on plans to ban fees for force-placed insurance policies. Such policies are thrust upon borrowers whose regular homeowners’ policy has lapsed. The industry objects to the ban, saying it impinges on state regulators, according the Wall Street Journal (WSJ). Continue reading Federal Officials Crack Down on Force-Placed Insurance Industry

HCG Platinum Diet Products Called Unhealthy by Dietician

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) last week filed a lawsuit against Arizona resident Kevin Wright over his HCG Platinum products. Wright and his company, Right Way Nutrition, claim that the products cause rapid weight loss because of HCG, the hormone women produce when they are pregnant.

According to the FTC, those claims are false and Wright sold millions of the products based on lies and endangered the lives of his customers. Registered Dietician Monika Woolsey told KPHO.com that the diet plan does, in fact, but because of its low calorie count, not anything in the product.  She also said those dieters are literally starving themselves.

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