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Fidget spinners causing injuries

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Fidget spinners may be entertaining for kids, helpful for those with attention-deficit issues, and annoying to parents, but they are also becoming a health hazard for some. Just days after a 10-year-old Texas girl was sent to the hospital after swallowing a bearing that popped off her fidget spinner, requiring doctors to go down her throat and retrieve it, a 5-year-old boy gulped a loose part of his spinner and suffered the same fate. Joheley Morelos said she was terrified when she saw her son Cayden vomiting blood as doctors pushed a tube down his throat in search of the ... Read More

Basil seeds contaminated with Salmonella


L.A. Lucky Import & Export Inc., is recalling its L.A. Lucky Brand Basil Seeds in 2.1-ounce packages because laboratory testing found Salmonella in packets of the product. Salmonella is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people and those with weakened immune systems. Healthy individuals who become infected with salmonella often experience symptoms such as fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., ... Read More

AAP: take fruit juice off the table for babies

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Fruit juice offers no nutritional benefit compared to whole fruit for infants and children, and should not be consumed by children younger than 1, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) said in a policy statement. Additionally, the AAP warned fruit juice could pave the way for tooth decay and weight gain in babies. However, 100 percent fresh or reconstituted fruit juice can be healthy if it is part of a child’s well-balanced diet for children older than 1, the AAP said. The statement, published in the journal Pediatric, is the first change in recommendations on fruit juice consumption for children and ... Read More

Some sunscreens don’t contain posted SPF amount


Consumers should not put too much faith into the strength of the sunscreen they are putting on their bodies, Consumer Reports warns in its July 2017 issue. Many of the lotions and oils sold in stores don’t always have the SPF level listed on their labels. Sunscreen is vital to protect against sunburn and skin cancer. The SPF, or sun protection factor, is a measure to help consumers understand how well a sunscreen protects against ultraviolet B (UVB) rays. How long a sunscreen will protect depends on a variety of factors from the strength of the UVB rays at any ... Read More

Fidget spinners may pose a choking hazard

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Fidget spinners are just beginning to take a turn as the latest gadget to grab kids’ attentions, but a Texas mother says the whirligig can be a dangerous pastime. Kelly Rose Joniec of Houston, Texas,shared her story on Facebook to warn other parents that these spinners are no joke. Joniec’s 10-year-old daughter Britton was innocently playing with her spinner in the be back seat of her mother’s car when Joniec heard her daughter choke. She pulled over and discovered that her daughter had swallowed one of the bearings from her fidget spinner. She performed Heimlich in an attempt to dislodge ... Read More

Red Bull makers face wrongful death lawsuit

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A Georgia federal judge has ruled that the makers of Red Bull cannot skirt a $60 million lawsuit from the family of a man who claims he died from a serious heart complication aggravated by drinking a large quantity of the energy drink, according to Law360. Red Bull North America Inc. had filed a motion to dismiss the wrongful death lawsuit involving William Jacob Wade, who died in August 2014 from an aortic dissection. But U.S. District Judge Lisa G. Wood denied the motion, saying Red Bull unpersuasively characterizes the complaint as an “improper shotgun pleading” and that the court ... Read More

Energy drinks blamed for teen’s death

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David Allen Cripe was a model student. The 16-year-old stayed away from drugs and alcohol. He had no reason to believe consuming caffeinated drinks was bad for him. But on April 26, after chugging a latte, a Mountain Dew, and an energy drink not long before walking into art class at his high school, he dropped to his knees and started complaining that he felt lightheaded. When he fell unconscious, he was rushed to the hospital. Within hours, he was dead. The coroner who conducted an autopsy on the boy didn’t understand what could have happened to this otherwise active and healthy teenager, ... Read More

Potentially tainted baby wipes recalled


The Honest Company is recalling certain lots of baby wipes distributed in the U.S. and Canada because they may be contaminated with mold. Wipes included in the recall include the following configurations: 10 count packages, UPC 0817810011276, 0816645024079, 0817810011276 72 count packages, UPC 0817810011863, 7000000011863, 0816645023584, 0816645023591 288 count packages, UPC 0817810014680 576 count packages, UPC 0817810028540 Affected wipes are also included in the Honest Diaper Cakes, Baby Basics Gift Sets and Baby Arrival Gift Sets. The lot numbers can be found on the back of the packages of wipes. No other products from The Honest Company are affected by ... Read More

Cotton swabs for ear cleaning can inflict injuries on kids

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Cotton swabs should not be used to clean out children’s ears because the swabs could land kids in the emergency room, according to a new study published in the journal Pediatrics. Researchers from the Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Ohio used data from the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System involving emergency department visits at 100 hospitals across the nation. They specifically looked at ear injuries involving cotton swabs, cotton-tipped swabs, or Q-tips, the common brand-name swab. Researchers then adjusted the data to estimate the numbers for the other 5,300 hospitals across the country to provide a representation of what the data ... Read More

Chaz Dean agrees to pay for WEN customer injuries

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WEN by Chaz Dean Inc. hair products and its manufacturer Guthy-Renker LLC, have agreed to pay $26.25 million to settle charges by a class of consumers who sued the companies in California federal court over claims that the products caused consumers to lose their hair, go bald, or experience scalp pain. The class of potentially millions of consumers claimed the companies were negligent in failing to warn about potential side effects. The proposed settlement requires WEN to include a warning label on its Cleansing Conditioner, and compensate affected consumers. Those who purchased the products but did not suffer injuries are ... Read More