Archive for November, 2014

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

Filed November 25th, 2014 Julie Ann Fidler

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 […]

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

Filed November 20th, 2014 Julie Ann Fidler

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 […]

Study Finds Higher Rates of Glioma among Heavy Cell Phone Users

Filed November 17th, 2014 Lillian Chiu

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 […]

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

Filed November 17th, 2014 Julie Ann Fidler

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 – […]

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

Filed November 12th, 2014 Julie Ann Fidler

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 […]

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

Filed November 11th, 2014 Julie Ann Fidler

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 […]

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

Filed November 10th, 2014 Julie Ann Fidler

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 […]

Defective Ignition Switch Still Not Fixed in Many GM Cars

Filed November 5th, 2014 Lillian Chiu

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 […]

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

Filed November 5th, 2014 Julie Ann Fidler

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 […]

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

Filed November 3rd, 2014 Julie Ann Fidler

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. […]