Federal Regulators ban Dangerous High-Powered Magnet sets that can Injure and kill Children

Some of the high-powered magnets found in a variety of toys and games including Buckyballs have been banned by federal regulators after several children were injured and at least one toddler died after ingesting one of the powerful magnets.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) says that between 2009 and 2013 nearly 3,000 children ended up in emergency rooms (ERs) after swallowing magnets, according to CBS News. An Ohio toddler died last year after ingesting magnets that cut off the blood supply in her stomach. Young children can mistake the magnets for candy and older children often use the toys as fake facial piercings. Inhaling or swallowing the products puts children at risk of developing holes in their intestines, intestinal blockages and blood poisoning, The Palm Beach Post reported. Continue reading Federal Regulators ban Dangerous High-Powered Magnet sets that can Injure and kill Children

Chrysler Recalls 350,000 Vehicles over key Ignition Switch Problems Similar to Those Plaguing General Motors

More than 350,000 Chrysler cars and SUVs are being recalled due to defective ignition switches that could cause the vehicles to stall. The auto maker has recalled 2 million vehicles because of the problem thus far.

The latest recall affects model year 2008 Jeep Commanders and Grand Cherokee SUVs, Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger sedans and Dodge Magnum wagons. The switches can slip out of the “on” position, much like the switches that have plagued certain General Motors (GM) vehicles. The vehicles involved in the latest Chrysler recall were all manufactured before May 12, 2008, according to ABC News. Continue reading Chrysler Recalls 350,000 Vehicles over key Ignition Switch Problems Similar to Those Plaguing General Motors

Movie Theater M&Ms Recalled due to Undeclared Ingredient

Several lots of M&Ms candies sold in movie theaters have been recalled by Mars Chocolate North America due to undeclared peanut butter.

Mars is recalling its M&M’s Brand Theater Box 3.40-oz. UPC #40000294764. The boxes of chocolate candies may contain peanut butter that is not listed in the ingredients listed on the outside of the box. The ingredients are properly listed, however, on the inside of the box. The problem came to the company’s attention after a consumer found M&M’s Brand Peanut Butter package containing peanut butter M&M’s inside a M&M’s Brand Milk Chocolate Theater Box. Continue reading Movie Theater M&Ms Recalled due to Undeclared Ingredient

FDA Critical of Electric Cigarettes

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) continues to raise questions concerning the overall safety of electronic cigarettes.

E-cigarettes gained popularity several years ago as an alternative delivery system for nicotine that involve vapors instead of smoke. Makers of e-cigarettes have maintained that their products are safer than traditional cigarettes, but not everyone is buying that claim. Continue reading FDA Critical of Electric Cigarettes

Artificial Sweeteners may be Making Consumers fat and Promoting Type 2 Diabetes

The popular artificial sweeteners Equal (aspartame), Splenda (sucralose) and Sweet’N Low (saccharin) may be making Americans fatter and unhealthier, Israeli researchers say.

That information conflicts with guidelines jointly published in 2012 by the American Heart Association and the American Diabetes Association that noted that artificial sweeteners “when used judiciously…could facilitate reductions in added sugar,” and thus influence weight loss.” According to the study, published Wednesday in the journal Nature, artificial sweeteners can trigger “dramatic” blood sugar disturbances in both humans and mice by altering the amount of bacteria in the gut. The study’s authors are calling for a reassessment of the popular food additives, which are found in everything from soda to yogurt, even some candies, the National Post reported. Continue reading Artificial Sweeteners may be Making Consumers fat and Promoting Type 2 Diabetes

FDA Issues Warning on Popular Acne Treatments

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has informed the public that the use of certain acne products containing the active ingredients benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid can cause serious and even life-threatening allergic reactions.

The acne products the FDA is warning about are sold over-the-counter (OTC) and applied to the skin. Their serious allergic reactions include burning, dryness, itching, peeling, redness, and slight swelling where the product is applied, the FDA said on its website. Other reactions include throat tightness, feeling faint, difficulty breathing, and the development of hives. Continue reading FDA Issues Warning on Popular Acne Treatments

E-cigarettes May Start Teens Down a Path of Addiction

The makers of e-cigarettes have touted their products as a “healthy” alternative to tobacco cigarettes, but new data paints a vastly different picture of the increasingly popular personal nicotine delivery systems.

Researchers from Columbia University Medical Center have found that e-cigarettes serve as a conduit to marijuana and other drug use in teenagers. “While e-cigarettes do eliminate some of the health effects associated with combustible tobacco, they are pure nicotine-delivery devices,” said Denise B. Kandel, from Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC), co-author of the study, in a news release obtained by Natural World News. Continue reading E-cigarettes May Start Teens Down a Path of Addiction

Settlement Agreement is Approved in Class Action Lawsuit Against Lenovo U Series Computers with Inadequate Wi-Fi Capabilities

A preliminary settlement has been approved in a class action suit against Lenovo, Inc. The company is accused of manufacturing and marketing IdeapadU310 and U410 “U Series” computers with inadequate Wi-Fi capabilities.

The U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, Southern Division, approved the preliminary settlement agreement against Lenovo, Inc. (Garrett Kacsuta and Michael Wheeler v. Lenovo, Inc, Case No. SACV 13-00316-CJC [RNBx]). The lawsuit alleges that the Lenovo IdeapadU310 and U410 “U Series” computers have inadequate Wi-Fi capabilities that severely impeded class members’ ability to connect to Wi-Fi networks or obtain Wi-Fi reception speeds fast enough to sufficiently use the Internet. Continue reading Settlement Agreement is Approved in Class Action Lawsuit Against Lenovo U Series Computers with Inadequate Wi-Fi Capabilities

CVS is no Longer a one-stop shop for your Prescriptions, Household Needs and Cigarettes

Cigarettes are no longer for sale at CVS stores seven months after the company announced it would stop selling tobacco products at its more than 7,700 stores.

The national pharmacy chain proudly announced September 3 that it had beat its goal of phasing out cigarettes by October 1, according to LongIsland.com. Continue reading CVS is no Longer a one-stop shop for your Prescriptions, Household Needs and Cigarettes

Class Action Alleges Protein Supplement Contains Far Less Protein than its Label Claims

A class action lawsuit has been filed on behalf of consumers who purchased the protein supplement product Body Fortress Super Advanced Whey Protein.

The lawsuit was filed on August 25, 2014 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York (Case No. 1:14-cv-05030). Continue reading Class Action Alleges Protein Supplement Contains Far Less Protein than its Label Claims