Hookah Smoking is Dangerous, but Many Hookah Smokers Don’t Know

Hookah smoking is growing in popularity in the United States, but new research suggests inhaling the flavored tobacco could lead to an increase in cases of leukemia.

A new study, published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research, found that hookah smoke doubles exposure to benzene, a dangerous carcinogen, which has been proven to be responsible for several types of deadly cancers, including leukemia. Benzene is found in tobacco and charcoal and has been classified as a Group 1 carcinogen, which means it can cause cancer in humans. The World Health Organization (WHO) says there is no safe level of the chemical, according to Fox News. Continue reading Hookah Smoking is Dangerous, but Many Hookah Smokers Don’t Know

Researchers Warn that Energy Drink-Related Illnesses and Deaths are on the Rise, Particularly in Children

Poison control centers in the U.S. received 5,000 calls regarding people who got sick from energy drinks between 2010 and 2013, and nearly half of those calls involved children who did not realize what they were drinking.

According to research presented Monday at a meeting of the American Heart Association, thousands of kids have faced serious and potentially deadly side effects as a result of consuming energy drinks. Many of the cases involved seizures, irregular heart rhythms and dangerously high blood pressure, and children under the age of 6 frequently drank the beverages without realizing what they were, NBC News reported. Continue reading Researchers Warn that Energy Drink-Related Illnesses and Deaths are on the Rise, Particularly in Children

Study Finds Higher Rates of Glioma among Heavy Cell Phone Users

A study published in the journal Pathophysiology has found that heavy mobile phone use is associated with a significant increased risk of glioma, a deadly type of brain cancer. Lead researcher Dr. Lennart Hardell, an oncologist from University Hospital in Orebro, Sweden and his colleagues found a three-fold increased risk after 25 years among participants who reported using their cell phones the most, Fox News reports.

The study involved a group of patients diagnosed with malignant brain tumors compared to a group that did not have this diagnosis. Those who reported talking on their phones the most, over 1,486 hours, were twice as likely to develop glioma compared to those who recalled using their cell phones between between one and 122 hours. In a phone interview with Reuters Health, Dr. Hardell said “The risk is three times higher after 25 years of use. We can see this clearly,” Continue reading Study Finds Higher Rates of Glioma among Heavy Cell Phone Users

Young Children are Increasingly at Risk for Potentially Toxic Laundry Detergent Pod Exposure

Laundry detergent pods smell good and come in vibrant colors that fool young children into thinking they are candy. If the contents of the detergent pockets are ingested, they can be toxic to youngsters.

More than 17,230 young children have had potentially toxic exposure to laundry pods in 2012 and 2013, and 769 children – more than one-third – required hospitalization during that time period. In one case, a 7-month old from Kissimmee, Florida died due to laundry pod exposure, according to a study published today in the online version of the journal Pediatrics. The Los Angeles Times (LA Times) viewed the report. Continue reading Young Children are Increasingly at Risk for Potentially Toxic Laundry Detergent Pod Exposure

Data from More and More Studies Clash with the FDA’s Claim that Aspartame is Safe for Consumption

Aspartame is an artificial sweetener approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Though the agency says it is safe, an increasing number of studies show otherwise.

The FDA, the American Cancer Society and National Cancer Institute point to studies that have shown it does not increase the risk of health problems, but there is plenty of data to suggest otherwise. A study by the Department of Rheumatology at Dijon University Hospital and the Faculty of Medicine at Burgundy University in France found that fibromyalgia could actually be triggered by aspartame use. Researchers discovered that when patients cut the artificial sweetener from their diets, their fibromyalgia and pain completely disappeared. Researchers say more studies are needed on the subject, but they recommend that doctors ask patients if they are consuming aspartame-containing foods, and if they are, to recommend cutting it from their diets to see if they improve, according to EmaxHealth.com. Continue reading Data from More and More Studies Clash with the FDA’s Claim that Aspartame is Safe for Consumption

Lawmakers Suspect Auto-Parts Company Destroyed Data on its Dangerously Defective Airbags

Two United States senators are calling on the Justice Department to launch a probe into a report that Takata Corp. may have destroyed evidence years before recalling cars over its defective airbags.

Citing two unidentified former Takata employees, The New York Times reported Friday that the company began conducting secret tests of the airbags in 2004 to find out if the bags could explode and propel shrapnel toward front-seat passengers. Continue reading Lawmakers Suspect Auto-Parts Company Destroyed Data on its Dangerously Defective Airbags

FDA Study Finds that Many Foods Labeled “Gluten-Free” Contain Gluten

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning that a recent study conducted by the agency found that many processed foods that are marketed as being gluten-free actually contain gluten.

An FDA study of more than 400 market-sold foods revealed the while the products’ ingredients lists did not include wheat, rye, or barley many of them were contaminated with gluten. The agency analyzed 461 products and found that 98 percent of the food items did indeed meet the legal definition of “gluten-free” and contained less than 20 ppm of gluten. But 19.4 percent of products without that label surpassed the 20 ppm threshold, despite not listing any products containing gluten, according to NutritionalOutlook.com. Continue reading FDA Study Finds that Many Foods Labeled “Gluten-Free” Contain Gluten

Defective Ignition Switch Still Not Fixed in Many GM Cars

Nearly half of the cars affected by the ignition switch recall are still not fixed, The New York Times reports. GM initiated the recall nine months ago, and the issue now affects 2.36 million cars. The problem with the recalled vehicles is that they can suddenly switch out of the “run” position in a jarring event, such as a bump in the road. The defect has been linked to 30 deaths so far.

Federal regulators have been receiving letters from drivers questioning why the repairs are taking so long. Some also expressed safety concerns as the faulty unfixed vehicles remain on the road for a lengthening amount of time. This seems to be reflected in a recent fatal accident, NYT reports. A 25-year old woman was killed on Oct. 9th while driving her red 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. Her mother told NYT she attempted to repair the ignition switch twice but was turned away by both dealers. Continue reading Defective Ignition Switch Still Not Fixed in Many GM Cars

The Number of Deaths Related to Defective Ignition Switches in Recalled GM Vehicles Increases Again

The number of deaths related to faulty ignition switches in more than 2 million General Motors (GM) vehicles has risen to 30.

The GM Ignition Compensation Fund approved one new death claim, according to a report viewed by Reuters on Monday. The program has received 1,580 claims for deaths and injuries since GM attorney Kenneth Feinberg began accepting claims on August 1. The report listed all of the claims received and approved as of October 24, 2014. Continue reading The Number of Deaths Related to Defective Ignition Switches in Recalled GM Vehicles Increases Again

Fiery Hot Cinnamon-Flavored Whiskey Recalled in Europe Over the Presence of an Ingredient Found in Antifreeze

Fireball Whiskey is being recalled in Europe because it contains too much of the food additive propylene glycol, which serves as a stabilizer in foods.

The cinnamon-flavored whiskey has been pulled from shelves in Norway, Sweden and Finland. A batch of the North American-made recipe, which contains higher levels of propylene glycol, was shipped there. Officials in Finland say the affected batch of Fireball Whiskey is made to meet North American food regulations but fails to meet the requirements of the European Union’s more stringent standards on propylene glycol, according to Fox News. Continue reading Fiery Hot Cinnamon-Flavored Whiskey Recalled in Europe Over the Presence of an Ingredient Found in Antifreeze