APA Review Indicates Violent Video Games are Linked to Aggression

APA Calls for Greater Parental Controls in Violent Games
APA Calls for Greater Parental Controls in Violent Games

Playing violent video games is a risk factor for aggressive behavior, a review by the American Psychological Association (APA) task force on violent media indicates. The review looked at more than 300 violent video game studies published between 2005 and 2013. Aggressive behavior was not caused by a single influence but was an “accumulation of risk factors”, the report showed. It stated that “The research reviewed here demonstrates that violent video game use is one such risk factor.” according to Press Association.

“Scientists have investigated the use of violent video games for more than two decades but to date, there is very limited research addressing whether violent video games cause people to commit acts of criminal violence.” said Dr. Mark Appelbaum, who chaired the APA task force. “However, the link between violence in video games and increased aggression in players is one of the most studied and best established in the field…We know that there are numerous risk factors for aggressive behaviour.”

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Federal Regulators Seek to Tighten e-Cigarette Marketing

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is seeking to have e-cigarette makers retroactively submit their marketing applications for these nicotine delivery system products, according to The Daily Caller.

The cost, if the agency is successful, could run into the millions of dollars, according to The Daily Caller. e-Cigarette manufacturers may also be banned from advertising that the devices offer reduced risks when vaping, unless the manufacturers are able to prove otherwise to the FDA. Continue reading Federal Regulators Seek to Tighten e-Cigarette Marketing

Federal Regulators Issue Warning Concerning Contaminated Tattoo Inks

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently issued a warning to tattoo artists and consumers regarding specific tattoo inks marketed and distributed by A Thousand Virgins.

The FDA, through testing, discovered bacterial contamination in unopened bottles of the impacted tattoo inks. The inks were tested as part of a collaboration with the Florida Department of Health during its investigation of an outbreak of mycobacterial infections in people who recently received tattoos, according to WTSP. The contaminated inks A Thousand Virgin tattoo inks involved are gray wash shades in colors labeled G1, G2, and G3 and bearing Lot #129 and a 1/16 expiration date. Continue reading Federal Regulators Issue Warning Concerning Contaminated Tattoo Inks

Berkeley, California, Cellphone Ordinance Sparks First Amendment Lawsuit

 Berkeley, CA, CellPhone Ordinance Sparks Lawsuit
Berkeley, CA, CellPhone Ordinance Sparks Lawsuit

Starting next month, cellphone retailers in the city of Berkeley, California, will be required to notify customers that “you may exceed the federal guidelines for exposure” to radio frequency radiation by carrying one of the devices in a bra, or pants or shirt pocket. The notification will also warn that “the potential risk is greater for children.”

Supporters of the ordinance, which was unanimously passed by the Berkeley City Council in May, say although there is no scientific evidence showing that cellphone use can cause cancer in the short-term, the public should be concerned about the potential for cancer over the course of years. These same supporters also point out that similar language is found in the fine print of wireless device’s manuals, according to The New York Times (The Times). Continue reading Berkeley, California, Cellphone Ordinance Sparks First Amendment Lawsuit

Consumers Take to Social Media to Condemn Natural Sunscreen Product

Consumers Take to Social Media to Condemn Sunscreen Product
Consumers Take to Social Media to Condemn Sunscreen

Consumers that purchased sunscreen from Jessica Alba’s Honest Company are complaining on social media that SPF 30 lotion does not work and posting their sunburn pictures.

The Honest Company advertises that the sunscreen lotion provides “broad spectrum, mineral-based protection.” In a statement obtained by CNBC, the company said it stands by the product’s “safety and efficacy.” The firm also claims the sunscreen was tested by an independent third party, per U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) protocol, and that the lotion meets the agency’s standards when used as directed (apply 15 minutes before sun exposure and reapply after 80 minutes of swimming or sweating.) Continue reading Consumers Take to Social Media to Condemn Natural Sunscreen Product