October 2007 Archive

Oct 31, 2007

If it wasn’t hard enough protecting your child from lead paint and dangerous magnets in toys, now you may have to think twice about your baby bottles and plastic storage containers. Emerging studies find that popular plastics used to make baby bottles and food storage items may seep toxic chemicals into the food you and your loved ones eat.

Oct 30, 2007

Big changes may be coming for the leading injection drug used to prevent blood loss during heart bypass surgery. The preliminary results of a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) study found that Trasylol increases the risk of patient death compared to other similar blood loss drugs.

Oct 19, 2007

An important message for erectile dysfunction (ED) patients: taking Viagra, Levitra, or Cialis may cause serious hearing loss. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced that a class of drugs most commonly used to treat impotence will receive label changes alerting patients and doctors that some people may suffer loss of hearing due to use of the medications.

Oct 17, 2007

Pennsylvania drivers – your days of texting behind the wheel and driving while holding your cell phone may be numbered. State legislators are currently reviewing a series of bills including a PA hands-free law, a ban on sending text messages while driving, and other attempts to cut down on the number one cause of car crashes – distracted drivers.

Oct 16, 2007

Schools around the country are using a new weapon to fight the devastating effects of underage drinking – breathalyzer tests. Orders for the portable alcohol-measuring devices have risen 120 percent in the past four years as many high schools and colleges take a hard line stance against teenage alcohol consumption.

Oct 11, 2007

Attention parents – the makers of Dimetapp, Little Colds, Pediacare, Robitussin, Triaminic, and Tylenol have pulled all cold and cough medicine marketed toward infants from U.S. store shelves. Following last month’s warning by Food and Drug Administration (FDA) experts, children’s cold medication has been removed due to reports of overdose and misuse.

Oct 10, 2007

Check your freezers – another frozen meat product poses a serious risk of food poisoning that has already sickened over 100 people across America. Chicken pot pies and turkey pot pies sold in both Banquet and generic store-brand packaging may be tainted with Salmonella.

Oct 04, 2007

Attention Mirapex users – are you aware that your medication for Parkinson’s disease or Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) may have a rare but serious side effect? Many cases have been reported of Mirapex causing otherwise frugal or money-conscious individuals to succumb to severe compulsive gambling.

Oct 03, 2007

Attention prescription drug users – there is a serious loophole in the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) drug approval process that allows doctors to write 65 million prescriptions a year for unapproved medication. Many of these unapproved drugs could have dangerous side effects that may result in adverse events or even worse, death.

Oct 02, 2007

Be careful the next time you clean up the house – spraying air freshener in your home could lead to cancer and other serious health risks. Although there are currently no bans on phthalate ingredients in household air fresheners in the United States, some studies have suggested the chemicals are linked to cancer, developmental defects, and sex-hormone abnormalities.

Oct 01, 2007

UPDATED ALERT – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) held a panel to discuss the safety of children’s over-the-counter cold and cough medications. The panel composed of medical experts voted 21 to one to ban pediatric cold products in children less than two years of age. The vote for a ban against child cold drugs for children from two- to five-years-old was 13 to nine.