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CPSC rules, safety guidelines for buyers and sellers of used products

Toys, children’s furniture, clothing, home appliances, power tools, sports equipment – these are just some of the many products that the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recalls every year to protect consumers from using potentially dangerous and life-threatening items. But while the CPSC’s safety alerts notify the public of recalls involving new and recently made products, millions of older, defective, once-recalled or banned products find their way into thrift stores every year. In fact, the CPSC says that 7 out of every 10 thrift stores sell products that pose the risk of injury and death. If hazards abound in second-hand ... Read More

Advisory board recommends tougher controls over coal ash storage

A Tennessee state advisory board is calling for tougher regulation of coal ash impoundment ponds and recommending that the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) turn over control of its storage ponds to the Dam Safety Group, according to WRAL. The board, which formed in the wake of last year’s massive coal ash spill from the Kingston, Tenn., TVA plant, released a report this week outlining its recommendations. The board also recommended that an independent board oversee the design, construction and closure of ash retention ponds. Barbara Martocci, TVA spokeswoman, said the Dam Safety Group will take over the inspection of all ... Read More

Antidepressant prescribing information updated to include warning of seizures, death

Psychiatric healthcare professionals are being alerted by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that Norpramin (desipramine hydrochloride),a medication used to treat depression, should be used with extreme caution with patients who have a family history of sudden death, cardiac dysrhythmias, and cardiac conduction disturbances. The new WARNINGS and OVERDOSAGE sections also include a warning that seizures precede cardiac dysrhythmias and death in some patients. ... Read More

CPSC, LaJobi remind thrift-store shoppers of 2001 crib recall

Consumers try to be vigilant, keeping an eye on the news for product recalls and important safety information. But while current recalls are top-of-mind, many products for which warnings were issued in the past may still pose a threat when purchased second hand. For this reason, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and crib manufacturer LaJobi, Inc., are reissuing warnings about a 2001 voluntary recall of LaJobi's "Molly" and "Betsy" cribs, which pose a danger of entrapment and strangulation. ... Read More

More coal ash lawsuits filed against TVA

More lawsuits have been filed against the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) as a result of last year’s massive coal ash spill in east Tennessee, bringing the number to 14, according to a report by News Channel 3. One year ago this month, a coal ash pond at the TVA’s Kingston, Tennessee, coal-burning plant breached, sending a wave of toxic material onto 300 acres of neighboring property. Piled as much as nine feet high in some areas, the wave of coal ash toppled houses, destroyed property and poured into the nearby Emory River. No one was killed when the wave tumbled ... Read More

Task force advises stopping colonoscopies for elderly

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, a government-appointed, independent panel of doctors and scientists, raised quite a ruckus with its recommendations on the frequency of mammograms and pap smears, bucking the American Cancer Society’s recommendations by suggesting that fewer screenings were necessary for otherwise healthy women. But the task force’s opinions on colonoscopies mirror those of ACS with at least one small exception – limiting colorectal exams for patients 75 years and older. ACS and the task force recommend colon screenings beginning at age 50 with one of three tests – colonoscopy every 10 years, a sigmoidoscopy every five years, ... Read More

“Made in China” often means “Buyer Beware”

Toys with lead paint, contaminated food, toxic drywall, defective all-terrain vehicles – these are just some of the Chinese exports that have spawned massive safety recalls and personal injury lawsuits in the last couple of years. In 2007, made-in-China products accounted for more than 82% of all U.S. consumer product recalls. Assuming that U.S.-China trade relations remain normal, what will the future of the American marketplace look like in 5 or 10 years? Will it be rife with all sorts of defective and dangerous imports or will Chinese manufacturers eventually embrace what it means to make a “quality” product? The ... Read More

Surgical navigation system recalled due to potential for serious injury

Medical technology company Stryker Corporation is recalling 23 surgical navigation systems because of the potential for the machines to stop working, which could potentially lead to serious adverse consequences for patients, including death, according to an announcement by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). ... Read More

Mother says Yaz nearly killed her daughter

A Pittsburgh woman has joined a lawsuit against Bayer, claiming that her teenage daughter was injured and nearly died as a result of taking Yaz. Dana Kraus, the plaintiff, told Pittsburgh’s WTAE that her 15-year-old daughter Katie had been taking the birth control drug for 6 months before she started experiencing severe side effects, which began with the sensation of suffocating. “She was short of breath. She was having severe chest pains and her face was changing colors,” Kraus told WTAE. “She ended up going into cardiac arrest three times. One time it took 10 minutes to revive her. They ... Read More

ATV rollover kills 6-year-old Oklahoma boy

A 6-year-old Oklahoma boy died Wednesday evening when he lost control of the all-terrain vehicle he was driving, sending the ATV into a deadly rollover. Reports from throughout the state say that the young victim, Daniel Brock Smith-Maynard of Sand Springs, Okla. was driving the ATV on a homemade dirt track on his grandfather’s property in Tulsa when the accident occurred. According to officers from the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, the boy was wearing a helmet, but it was not enough to protect him from serious injury. Reports say that the boy was thrown from the vehicle and landed about 3 ... Read More