New York Company Recalls Ayurvedic Dietary Supplements That Contain Dangerous Levels of Lead and Mercury

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Butala Emporium of Jackson Heights, New York, has recalled 11 Ayurvedic dietary supplements that contain elevated lead and mercury levels and could be dangerous to health.

The elevated lead and mercury levels in the Baidyanath brand supplements may cause health problems. Infants, small children, pregnant women, and those with underlying kidney disorders are at greatest risk, according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The elevated lead and mercury levels were discovered during testing by the New York City Department of Health and the FDA. Continue reading New York Company Recalls Ayurvedic Dietary Supplements That Contain Dangerous Levels of Lead and Mercury

Poison Control Centers Report Large Increase in Reports of Children and Teens Getting Drunk on Hand Sanitizers

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Since 2010, poison control centers across the country have seen a nearly 400 percent increase in calls related to children younger than 12 ingesting hand sanitizers that contain alcohol.

Dr. Gaylord Lopez, who is director of the Georgia Poison Center, said, “Kids are getting into these products more frequently, and unfortunately, there’s a percentage of them going to the emergency room.” The amount of alcohol in hand sanitizers ranges from 45 to 95 percent, CNN reports. (In comparison, wine has about 12 percent alcohol and beer about 5 percent, Lopez said.) Continue reading Poison Control Centers Report Large Increase in Reports of Children and Teens Getting Drunk on Hand Sanitizers

Outdoor Cell Phone Use Could Increase Skin Cancer Risk

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Researchers from the University of New Mexico have published a study showing that outdoor use of electronic devices like smartphones, tablets, and laptops can increase the user’s skin cancer risk by increasing exposure to cancer-causing wavelengths.

Mary E. Logue of the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, coauthor with Dr. Barrett J. Zlotoff, said it is easy to overlook the “reflective properties” of electronic devices, “unless you happen to catch the glare off a screen,” Reuters reports. Continue reading Outdoor Cell Phone Use Could Increase Skin Cancer Risk

Lumber Liquidators Suspends Sale of Flooring Made in China Because of Formaldehyde

Lumber Liquidators Suspends Sale of Flooring Made in China
Lumber Liquidators Suspends Sale of Flooring Made in China

Lumber Liquidators has suspended sales of wood laminate flooring made in China, because of concerns about the levels of formaldehyde, a carcinogen, in the product.

Though Lumber Liquidators says the flooring is safe, customers are concerned about the dangers, CBS News reports. In March, the news magazine 60 Minutes reported that some Chinese-made flooring had levels of formaldehyde higher than allowed. After the report, Lumber Liquidators gave air quality test kits to thousands of customers. Continue reading Lumber Liquidators Suspends Sale of Flooring Made in China Because of Formaldehyde