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Preparing the Thanksgiving Meal: CPSC, USFA and USDA share cooking safety tips to help protect from home fires

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One of the many hallmarks of a perfect Thanksgiving Day is the perfect Thanksgiving feast, complete with all the sides and a big, succulent turkey. What most Americans don’t know is that the risk of kitchen fires triples on Thanksgiving Day. Public safety agencies including the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) have all come together to ensure that this year’s Thanksgiving will be a safe and happy holiday for everyone. Considering the significantly increased risk of kitchen fires during Thanksgiving, one of the most important facts that ... Read More

Honda underreported potential defects to federal regulators, audit finds

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Honda Motor Company said Monday that an independent third-party audit of company records found it failed to report injury and death notices and claims to federal regulators more than half the time in the last 11 years. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) regards written notices submitted to automakers as “Early Warning Reports” that could help regulators detect defects and other safety trends, which could lead to recalls and possibly save lives. In 2003, Congress passed the Transportation Recall Enhancement, Accountability and Documentation (TREAD) Act, requiring motor vehicle manufacturers to provide federal regulators with Early Warning Reports and warranty or ... Read More

Judge clears Texas woman of fiancé’s death in GM ignition switch crash

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A Texas woman’s criminal record has been cleared 10 years and nine days after being convicted of her boyfriend’s death in a 2004 crash that happened when she lost control of her General Motors-made Saturn Ion and crashed into a tree. Ms. Anderson was just 21 when the deadly GM ignition switch crash occurred. She was driving her 2004 Ion in Canton, Texas, with her fiancé, Gene Mikale Erickson, a 25-year-old father of two, in the passenger seat when she lost control of the vehicle as it entered a slight curve, striking a tree and throwing both her and Mr. Erickson through the ... Read More

Extreme Cold: how to best protect yourself and your loved ones from winter’s deadly conditions

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Wintertime often brings about feelings of excitement for the holidays. Whether it is Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukah or simply enjoying time off with your loved ones, the coldest time of the year can also be the warmest one in our heart. However, extreme temperatures, cold or hot, are dangerous temperatures. Disaster can occur at any moment and when if it does, preparedness is the key to ensuring that your holiday season is as safe and happy as possible. During the winter, extreme cold occurs when temperatures drop uncharacteristically low and wind speed increases, causing body heat to decrease at a much ... Read More

Discontinuation of antibiotics before dental procedures linked to increase in heart valve infection

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Cutting back on the use of antibiotics before dental work may be to blame for an increase in heart valve infection in patients in England, a new study finds. Certain dental procedures can stir up the bacteria in the mouth and cause them to enter the bloodstream, where they can travel to the heart and cause a life threatening infection known as endocarditis. The heart problem kills 10-20 percent of those infected. People with artificial heart valves and other implants are at high risk of becoming infected with endocarditis, and those with naturally leaky heart valves, called mitral valve prolapse, are ... Read More

Investigators suspect fatigue played role in deadly California bus crash

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California Highway Patrol (CHP) authorities are investigating whether driver fatigue played a role in the crash of a tour bus in Northern California Sunday morning that killed one passenger and seriously injured several others. The bus, owned and operated by Othello, Wash.-based Yellow Arrow Lines LLC, was traveling to Pasco, Wash., from Los Angeles when it veered off the highway and careened down an embankment, landing on its roof. The crash occurred about 7:30 a.m. roughly 100 miles south of the Oregon border. The accident killed Octaviano Garcia, a 33-year-old man from Parlier, Calif., near Fresno. Three critically injured passengers ... Read More

FDA adds strongest warning to power morcellators for hysterectomies, myomectomies

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has slapped its most serious warning possible on a surgical tool used to perform hysterectomies and remove uterine fibroids because the devices can spread undetected cancer throughout the abdomen and worsen long-term survival. The warning was applied to laparoscopic power morcellators, surgical tools that are used to grind away uterine growths or entire uteruses inside the body and remove the bits through small incisions in the abdomen. Morcellation is often preferred for hysterectomies or myomectomies (removal of uterine fibroids) over open surgery because it is less invasive, offers less recovery time, and is less scarring. ... Read More

Complications with transvaginal mesh can occur years after implantation

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Women who have undergone transvaginal mesh procedures to treat pelvic organ prolapse (POP) or stress urinary incontinence (SUI) can experience complications from the defective devices years after implantation. Pelvic organ prolapse is a common condition in women in which muscles and ligaments supporting pelvic organs weaken, which can allow organs such as the bladder, uterus, rectum, and small bowel to slip out of place, or prolapse, into the vagina. It can cause discomfort, painful intercourse, and incontinence. Since 2004, polypropylene mesh kits have been used to lift prolapsed organs back into the correct anatomical position. Stress urinary incontinence is the ... Read More

Trinity guardrails to be independently tested after federal jury sides with whistleblower

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Federal highway regulators said they will re-test a certain guardrail system model manufactured by Trinity Highway Products LLC after the company lost a whistleblower lawsuit last month and was ordered to pay the U.S. $175 million. The new crash tests of Trinity’s ET-Plus guardrails will be conducted at an independent lab in San Antonio, Texas, in mid-January. The results are expected by the end of February. The results of the tests will determine whether the government will reimburse states that continue to use the Trinity guardrails, although the manufacturer suspended sales of the ET-Plus shortly after the verdict against it in ... Read More

Respironics recalls defective ventilators for adults, children, newborns

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Respironics California is recalling its Espirit V1000 and V200 Ventilators, Model V1000 and V200, installed with 3rd Generation Power Supplies and Generation Power Supply Repair Part Kits because of a defect that may cause the ventilators to shut off, which could cause the patient to receive too much carbon dioxide or not enough oxygen in the blood, and lead to death. The defective ventilators were manufactured and distributed from Dec. 21, 2012 to July 9, 2014. The 3rd Generation Power Supplies are installed in Espirit V000 andV200 Ventilators and are also sold as 3rd Generation Power Supply Repair Kits. A part ... Read More