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2009 Archive

Published on Dec 29, 2009 by Edgar Snyder
Tylenol arthritis pills recalled

McNeil Consumer Healthcare has announced the recall of all lots of Tylenol Arthritis Pain Caplet 100 count bottles. The pills are believed to be contaminated with a chemical that may lead to nausea, stomach pain, vomiting, and diarrhea.

Published on Dec 28, 2009 by Edgar Snyder
Work zones

Highway work zones have the potential to be more than just inconvenient – they can be deadly. And with billions of dollars being funneled into highway construction projects, experts worry that these trouble zones will become even more dangerous.

Published on Dec 23, 2009 by Edgar Snyder
New booster seat safety ratings

Because the federal government doesn't have any guidelines for how booster seats should be designed, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is attempting to offer consumers some guidance on what seats to buy. The institute tested 60 different booster seats and found that only 15 of them got top safety ratings.

Published on Dec 16, 2009 by Edgar Snyder
PA Drunk Driving Laws

Did you know that in Pennsylvania, a "loophole law" permits people arrested for drunk driving to legally get back behind the wheel? Did you also know that many times, despite state laws, people caught driving with a suspended license don't go to jail?

Published on Dec 15, 2009 by Edgar Snyder
Window shades and blinds recalled

Over 50 million Roman shades and roll-up blinds have been recalled because they pose a strangulation hazard to children. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) said five deaths and 16 near-strangulations involving Roman shades have been reported since 2006, and three deaths linked to roll-up blinds have been reported since 2001.

Published on Dec 15, 2009 by Edgar Snyder
Swine flu shots recalled

Approximately 800,000 swine flu shots for children have been recalled, including 15,000 lots that were distributed in Pennsylvania. Testing found that the shots, intended for children ages six months to three years, have lost some strength.

Published on Nov 24, 2009 by Edgar Snyder
Stork cribs recalled

Stork Craft Manufacturing Inc. has recalled over 2.1 million drop-side cribs because they pose a suffocation hazard to babies and toddlers. In the wake of the recall, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) admitted that it hasn't acted as quickly as it should on crib safety.

Published on Nov 20, 2009 by Edgar Snyder
Pennsylvania drunk drivers

Over 50,000 Pennsylvania motorists get caught drunk driving each year and remain on the road. This is because, unlike most states in the country, Pennsylvania has what critics are calling a loophole law.

Published on Nov 17, 2009 by Edgar Snyder
Teens and texting while driving

A new study has found that approximately half of teens ages 16 and 17 who own cell phones have talked on the phone while driving. About one-third of those same teens have texted behind the wheel.

Published on Nov 16, 2009 by Edgar Snyder
food poisoning side effects

Most people think of food poisoning as a few days of stomach problems – something that can be awful while it lasts but eventually comes to an end. A new report, however, has found that most foodborne pathogens can cause serious medical conditions.

Published on Nov 10, 2009 by Edgar Snyder
Maclaren stroller recall

Almost 1 million Maclaren strollers have been recalled after at least 12 reported finger amputations. The amputations occurred when babies or toddlers got their fingers stuck in the strollers' hinges.

Published on Oct 27, 2009 by Edgar Snyder
FDA's accelerated approval program

According to the Government Accountability Office (GAO), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has allowed drugs to stay on the market even when follow-up studies found that they weren't effective. This and other practices are under review by the GAO, which investigated the FDA's "accelerated approval program."

Published on Oct 22, 2009 by Edgar Snyder
Car seats unsafe outside of cars

Many parents take advantage of the convenience of today's car seats, using them as handheld baby carriers and snap-in seats for strollers. According to experts, however, this is not always safe for your infant.

Published on Oct 16, 2009 by Edgar Snyder
Food safety regulation overhaul

Plans for significant changes to food safety laws have been introduced by lawmakers in an effort to improve food inspections, regulations, recall responses, and public education on food safety. The primary building block behind the plan is enacting new laws mandating E. coli inspections of ground beef.

Published on Oct 07, 2009 by Edgar Snyder
Food poisoning outbreaks

The Center for Science in the Public Interest, a nutrition advocacy group, has compiled a list of the foods that pose the greatest risk of food poisoning. At the top of that list are foods that are highly touted for their health benefits – leafy greens like lettuce and spinach.

Published on Oct 01, 2009 by Edgar Snyder
Texting and driving

More than 300 lawmakers and transportation experts are in the midst of a "distracted driving summit," a meeting intended to address roadway hazards. At the beginning of the summit, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood called distracted driving a "menace to society."

Published on Sep 30, 2009 by Edgar Snyder
Toyota and Lexus gas pedals prompt recall

Toyota has recalled millions of cars and light trucks to fix a gas pedal defect that the company says can cause runaway acceleration. Toyota announced that the vehicles will receive reshaped and/or replacement pedals.

Published on Sep 29, 2009 by Edgar Snyder
Rollover accidents

Rollover accidents are responsible for almost one-third of all vehicle crash deaths. While any vehicle can be involved in a rollover, there are certain risk factors that make these accidents more likely.

Published on Sep 22, 2009 by Edgar Snyder
Breast cancer drugs raloxifene and tamoxifen

Recent data have revealed that raloxifene and tamoxifen, drugs taken to reduce the risk of breast cancer, put women at a greater risk for serious health problems. Doctors and their patients are urged to weigh the drugs' benefits against their risks.

Published on Sep 18, 2009 by Edgar Snyder
Household cleaning products linked to health risks

Many parents worry about their children's safety when they leave the confines of their home, but a recent finding has shown that parents may now have to be cautious about what they bring into their homes.

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