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

Filed September 15th, 2015 Fran Kelley

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 […]

Recalled Toro Mowers have Potentially Dangerous Blade Defect

Filed April 20th, 2015 Julie Ann Fidler

Toro is recalling about 800 of its walk-behind power mowers. The affected mowers were assembled with an incorrect blade driver and blade combination, which can cause the blade to break, posing a risk of serious injury. According to a recall notice posted on the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) website, the recall applies to […]

Medical Device Maker Biomet in hot Water with the Justice Department Over new Bribery Allegations

Filed March 20th, 2015 laurie

An anonymous whistleblower has lobbed new allegations against medical device maker Biomet, prompting a U.S. Justice Department (D.O.J.) investigation. Biomet says that prosecutors have decided to extend the company’s probation stemming from a 2012 bribery investigation for an additional year. An anonymous whistleblower said in an email that distributors hired by Biomet to sell the […]

Ice Cream Tainted with Listeria Kills Three Patients in Kansas

Filed March 17th, 2015 laurie

Blue Bell ice cream products tainted with listeria have sickened five people in Kansas, killing three of them. Blue Bell issued its first-ever recall of some of its products after five patients were infected with listeria after eating some of the company’s ice cream while in being treated at a hospital for unrelated conditions. Four […]

Caramel-Colored Sodas may be Making Consumers Sick

Filed February 24th, 2015 laurie

According to the results of a new study, caramel-colored sodas like Coca-Cola and Pepsi may put consumers at increased risk for developing cancer. Researchers from Consumer Reports and the Center for a Livable Future at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health say a potential carcinogen known as 4-methylimidazole (4-MEI), which is formed during […]

Southwest Airlines Settles Lawsuit with Mechanic who Reported Fuselage Cracks

Filed February 16th, 2015 laurie

Southwest Airlines will pay $35,000 to settle a whistleblower lawsuit filed by a mechanic who alleged that he was disciplined for discovering and reporting two cracks in the fuselage of a Boeing 737-700. The mechanic claimed he found the cracks during a routine inspection of the aircraft. After reporting the damage, the mechanic was allegedly […]

Pennsylvania Senator Urges FDA to ban Powdered Caffeine

Filed February 5th, 2015 Julie Ann Fidler

Pennsylvania Senator Robert Casey said Monday that he believes powdered caffeine is a potentially dangerous supplement and he wants the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to ban it. Senator Casey announced that he has written a letter to the head of the FDA detailing his concerns about powdered caffeine. One teaspoon of the substance […]

Toyota Ordered to Pay $11 Million to Victims of a Car Crashed Caused by a Design Flaw

Filed February 5th, 2015 Julie Ann Fidler

A federal jury on Tuesday decided that Toyota Motor Co. was partly to blame for a 2006 car crash that killed three people and left two seriously injured, ordering them to pay the victims nearly $11 million. In 2006, Koua Fong Lee was behind the wheel of his 1996 Toyota Camry when it accelerated wildly […]

Ginko Biloba Tablets from Four Major Retailers Found to be Adulterated

Filed February 4th, 2015 Julie Ann Fidler

Many store-brand ginkgo biloba tablets sold in stores and pharmacies contain non-herbal ingredients but no actual ginkgo biloba, a recent investigation by the New York State attorney general’s (AG) office found. The AG’s office investigated store-brand supplements at GNC, Target, Walgreens and Wal-Mart and issued all four stores cease-and-desist letters insisting that they stop selling […]

Researchers Uncover Link Between ADHD and Commonly Used Pesticide

Filed February 3rd, 2015 Julie Ann Fidler

Common household pesticides may increase the risk of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children, according to a recent study. Rutgers University, Emory University, University of Rochester Medical Center and Wake Forest University researchers discovered that mice who were exposed to the pesticide in utero and through lactation exhibited several features of ADHD. Those features […]