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All news posts from December 01, 2009 to December 31, 2009

Posted by Jane Akre
December 29, 2009 2:24 PM

Tylenol Arthritis Caplets are recalled because of some bacterial contamination. Contact Johnson & Johnson for a full refund and the FDA warns consumers not to use the product.

Posted by Jane Akre
December 28, 2009 5:09 PM

Flights inbound to the U.S. will use extra security measures after a foiled terrorist attempt Christmas day and another scare over Detroit.

Posted by Jane Akre
December 28, 2009 4:09 PM

Antibiotic resistant diseases are an urgent problem that has one immediate solution, backing off on feeding 70 percent of the U.S. antibiotics to farm animals, about 28 million pounds a year.

Posted by Jane Akre
December 22, 2009 11:26 PM

In major announcement, the 50,000 member American Public Health Association is calling for a ban in the use of artificial dairy hormones and growth hormones used in beef cattle, especially in those foods served to school children. Just last year the American Nurses Association also voiced its opposition.

Posted by Jane Akre
December 22, 2009 10:13 PM

It is unlikely that cholesterol drug, Vytorin, and related drug, Zetia, raise the risk of cancer. That is the good news for Merck & Co. from the FDA which adds that a link cannot be ruled out until ongoing research is concluded.

Posted by Jane Akre
December 22, 2009 12:28 PM

The FDA has sent warning letters to the world's largest food company, Nestle, for the promises it makes about brain development and sugar content in foods for young children.

Posted by Jane Akre
December 21, 2009 11:10 PM

Dr. Julie Gerberding has left the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as director and is heading Merck's vaccine division, responsible for bolstering sales domestically and overseas.

Posted by Jane Akre
December 21, 2009 6:56 PM

The Dorel infant carrier and baby seat should not be used until consumers obtain a free repair kit to keep the handle from coming loose from the seat. So far 3 infants have been injured among the 77 reports received of handle failure.

Posted by Jane Akre
December 18, 2009 4:58 PM

Does the maker of GARLIQUE misrepresent its health benefits to the public? A lawsuit that just survived a motion to dismiss says so and hopes to become a class action against the multi-million dollar company.

Posted by Jane Akre
December 18, 2009 12:46 PM

50 million Roman shades and roll-up blinds are being voluntarily recalled by the industry because of the strangling hazard presented when a child  gets his/her head stuck between the fabric and a cord, or in the cord itself.  Many of these blinds still exist in homes today. Know what to look for.

Posted by Jane Akre
December 17, 2009 3:12 PM

Miami-Dade health officials have cleared the luxury Epic Hotel of the Legionella bacteria that killed one tourist. Where it came from they are not saying. But the two others sickened did contract Legionnaires' disease from the hotel, which is being cleaned and remains closed.

Posted by Jane Akre
December 17, 2009 12:16 PM

For the first time, an FDA panel is recommending that healthy people receive a drug, the statin,Crestor, to prevent heart attacks, despite the side effect of diabetes. The recommendation was based on a study done by maker, AstraZeneca.

Posted by Jane Akre
December 17, 2009 12:03 AM

What role did Charles Schwab & Co. play in the Ponzi scheme by disgraced "Economan", Al Parish? That is what a class action lawsuit filed by 53 individuals in 13 states hopes to uncover, naming Schwab as liable for its involvement in the sale of unregistered securities, a violation of state law.

Posted by Jane Akre
December 16, 2009 5:03 PM

A class action lawsuit has been filed against G.E. Healthcare over its brain scanners, reportedly responsible for delivering radiation eight times the recommended dose.

Posted by Jane Akre
December 15, 2009 4:16 PM

Sanofi-Aventis has pulled four lots of infant swine flu vaccine, about 800,000 doses because of a potency problem. The vaccine should still work, the CDC says.

Posted by Jane Akre
December 15, 2009 11:39 AM

CT scans, commonly used to get a 3-D picture of the body, pose a higher risk of cancer than previously thought, concludes two published studies, and may be responsible for 29,000 future cancers, particularly in the abdomen and pelvis.

Posted by Jane Akre
December 15, 2009 12:11 AM

St. John's wort shows some phototoxicity to the eyes, which may not show up for years in the form of cataracts and macular degeneration among users taking it for depression. But under law, the industry largely regulates itself and federal regulations take over only after the consumer is harmed. The uninformed user is left vulnerable.

Posted by Jane Akre
December 14, 2009 10:43 AM

Legionnaires' disease was first identified in 1976 at a convention in Philadelphia. Now a Miami hotel, which recently upgraded its filter system to remove chlorine, finds that instead the hotel had a growth of the dangerous bacteria which killed one guest and sickened two others.

Posted by Jane Akre
December 11, 2009 4:51 PM

Talc contains tiny fibers similar to those found in asbestos that can travel from the genital area to the ovaries causing cancer. This federal lawsuit filed by a woman diagnosed with ovarian cancer, blames talc maker, Johnson & Johnson, as well as two mining companies for failing to warn the consumer.

Posted by Jane Akre
December 11, 2009 12:12 PM

A warning for those who use St. John's wort as a natural alternative to prescription drugs. "Nature's Prozac" also can be phototoxic to the eye lens creating cataracts, a reaction that's only been seen in the lab until now.

Posted by Jane Akre
December 10, 2009 11:46 AM

Hypericin, the active compound in the herb, St. John's wort, works to keep depression at bay but also has been shown in the lab to be phototoxic to the human ocular lens. Now for the first time, a correlation has been seen in the human population between the popular herb and cataracts.

Posted by Jane Akre
December 10, 2009 10:32 AM

Fruit Loops and Trix will have less sugar General Mills announced Wednesday as part of campaign to make children's cereals healthier.

Posted by Jane Akre
December 09, 2009 11:34 PM

Will health care reforms result in cheaper drugs for American consumers? A bipartisan group wants to allow prescription medications from Canada, Europe, and elsewhere that could represent billions in savings. But the FDA is pushing back.

Posted by Jane Akre
December 09, 2009 1:17 PM

34 stroke patients who received CT perfusion scans, have been added to the list of radiation overexposed patients at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank. This is the third Los Angeles area hospital to report that its scanners delivered excessive radiation. 256 at Cedars-Sinai have been identified as well.

Posted by Jane Akre
December 09, 2009 11:36 AM

The Zhu Zhu Pet testing methodology has caused a lot of controversy and a black eye for a new consumer group. Consumers can check more reliable, established consumer sites to find accurate information on the safety of this seasons hot toys.

Posted by Jane Akre
December 08, 2009 1:34 PM

Toyota Corolla and Matrix models are the subject of a sudden engine stalling probe by NHTSA. Some cars are even stalling at highway speeds and at intersections.

Posted by Jane Akre
December 08, 2009 12:45 PM

San Diego Sheriff's Deputies, issuing a 61-page investigation into the crash that led to a massive Toyota recall over sudden acceleration, say that mechanical problems cannot be ruled out.

Posted by Jane Akre
December 08, 2009 11:54 AM

Toyota has the most complaints for sudden acceleration among 6,000 models reports Consumer Reports looking at 6,000 NHTSA reports. Ford came in second and GM had the fewest. Do you know what to do if your car suddenly accelerates?

Posted by Jane Akre
December 08, 2009 10:31 AM

Bayer must pay two farmer $2 million for contaminating their fields with genetically engineered (GE) rice, which contains a novel protein that resists Bayer's herbicide sprayed after the corn grows. The company profits on both ends, but farmers lost their ability to export to countries that ban GE foods.

Posted by Jane Akre
December 07, 2009 1:01 PM

20,000 pounds of beef have been recalled by Cargill, based in Fresno, California over concerns of salmonella. Two people have already become sick over the bacterial contamination. Last August, Cargill recalled almost 826,000 pounds contaminated with the same strain which tends to be antibiotic resistant.

Posted by Jane Akre
December 07, 2009 11:23 AM

Mr Squiggles, the Zhu Zhu Pets Hampster is not being recalled, but is the focus of a low rating from the for-profit consumer group, GoodGuide, because of a high level of the metal, antimony.

Posted by Jane Akre
December 04, 2009 7:46 PM

Slim-Fast Ready-to-Drink meal replacement is found with bacterial contamination and removed from store shelves and, hopefully, consumer shelves at home.

Posted by Jane Akre
December 04, 2009 6:43 PM

With more than five million people in the US reportedly misusing prescription pain relievers, the FDA is asking drug makers to formulate a risk-management plan for the entire class of opioids to avoid overdose and death.

Posted by Jane Akre
December 04, 2009 1:04 PM

The European Union is issuing a warning to parents that the GSK Pandemrix is giving young children a fever after the second dose for swine flu.

Posted by Jane Akre
December 04, 2009 11:01 AM

A Danish study finds that there is no increase in brain tumors during a time when mobile phone use escalated. But the author cautions that tumors may take a longer time to develop. Meanwhile consumers can take certain precautions, just in case.

Posted by Jane Akre
December 03, 2009 3:42 PM

This third annual consumer guide from The Ecology Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan finds one out of three children's toys still has measurable levels of heavy metals, though lead levels are declining. Use Their HealthyStuff.org to shop and a Lead Test Kit for the home may not be a bad idea either.

Posted by Jane Akre
December 03, 2009 12:25 PM

Lead exposure in children appears to permanently damage the brain this study finds, echoing previous findings that associate a lower IQ and criminal behavior and developmental exposure to lead.

Posted by Jane Akre
December 03, 2009 10:40 AM

CDC users beware! A malware campaign launched by hackers Tuesday morning invites people concerned about the swine flu to create a profile in an invitation that appears to come from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Once that's done, your computer will get very sick, and you lose all confidential information.

Posted by Jane Akre
December 02, 2009 1:11 PM

Tyson foods was thawing seafood at a dangerous low temperature to prevent bacterial growth, says the FDA in a warning letter to the company.

Posted by Jane Akre
December 01, 2009 11:48 PM

A dry cat food with insufficient amounts of thiamine has sickened 21 cats in the South and East, the company Diamond Pet Foods announced today following a September recall of its product.

Posted by Jane Akre
December 01, 2009 10:45 PM

The Ford Motor Company was handed a defeat before the U.S. Supreme Court Monday when it denied a last-ditch effort by Ford to overturn a $82.6 million judgment in a Ford Explorer rollover accident. Jurors had decided Ford showed a "conscious disregard" for consumer safety by failing to enforce the roof for about $20 a vehicle.

Posted by Jane Akre
December 01, 2009 12:05 PM

The World Health Organization has just approved GlaxoSmithKline's latest swine flu vaccine, made with adjuvants, to be used in developing countries.

Posted by Jane Akre
December 01, 2009 10:31 AM

Young women with a high-risk of breast cancer may want to pay attention to the latest findings released Monday suggesting even low doses of radiation from mammograms may increase their risk of breast cancer.

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