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IKEA pays large civil penalty to CPSC

IKEA North America Services, LLC of Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania, has agreed to pay a $500,000 civil penalty for its failure to follow procedures issued by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). The CPSC announced that Swedish retail giant inadvertently sold some potentially dangerous outdoor candles and failed to immediately report incidents connected to use of the defective candles. The CPSC says that the hazardous candles can flare up unexpectedly when consumers attempt to blow the fames out, potentially causing burn injuries. The candles are also a fire hazard because they are capable of flaring when lit according to the ... Read More

Low auto roof standards are often deadly in rollovers

The American standard for automobile roof strength, which has been in effect since the 1970s, has been “a total, ineffective disaster,” according to automobile expert Byron Bloch in an investigative report by WBNS TV of Columbus, Ohio. Bloch, whose knowledge of automobile roofs has played a role in court testimonials throughout the country, is not alone in his opinion. The report uncovered other automotive industry professionals who echoed similar thoughts. Why the chorus of disapproval? First is the number of fatalities. According to data from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), approximately 273,000 rollover crashes occur every year, killing ... Read More

FL woman suffers head injuries in ATV wreck

A 38-year-Florida old woman suffered severe injuries, including a skull fracture and broken hand, when the Yamaha Rhino Utility Terrain Vehicle she was riding in rolled over. Rachel A. Jollimore was a passenger in the vehicle when the driver swerved to avoid hitting a tree, causing the Rhino to roll over on its side. Jollimore was pinned underneath the UTV, the website reported. Jollimore and the driver were riding the UTV through a field in Silver Springs when the accident occurred. Jollimore says that she has been considerably impaired since the July 2007 accident. “I have to watch what ... Read More

Baxter International spent thousands on lobbying efforts

Drug maker Baxter International Inc., shelled out more than $720,000 in the third quarter of the year lobbying on health care issues including government reimbursement for kidney dialysis treatment and increased funding for kidney disease education, according to Forbes/Associated Press. Baxter International makes heparin, the blood thinner that is routinely used before treatment for kidney dialysis to prevent blood clots as well as during many surgeries. Several lots of heparin manufactured in Baxter International’s China plant were recalled by the FDA earlier this year after they were found to have been contaminated during manufacturing. The tainted heparin ultimately killed more ... Read More

Steps to prevent shoulder injuries

Imagine a 16-year–old athlete being told that a shoulder surgery that was supposed to relieve his shoulder problems has caused permanent damage to his shoulder, and it will never be the same. Any hopes of being normal again, or pursuing an athletic career, are gone. The damage is done. This sort of story is happening to more and more young athletes due to the pain pumps used after shoulder surgeries. Shoulder problems are occurring in young athletes, causing them to look to surgery to relieve the pain and get back into the game. Little did they know that after the surgery, ... Read More

Report cites drop in cancer rates among men and women

Two years ago, M.D. Anderson researchers announced a 7 percent drop in breast cancer rates which coincidentally occurred around the same time that women were being told by the media and their doctors of the possible link between hormone replacement therapy (HRT) and serious diseases and conditions such as breast cancer and heart disease. The link was discovered during the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI), a major 15-year research program launched in 1991 to address the most common causes of death, disability and poor quality of life in postmenopausal women – cardiovascular disease, cancer and osteoporosis. The study was halted prematurely ... Read More

Baseball hero, sportscaster McCarver lost funds to RMK investments

The New York Post reported an exclusive item on Sunday, saying former Major League Baseball catcher and current sports broadcaster Tim McCarver has entered an arbitration case against Morgan Keegan & Co. for losses totaling about $1 million. The Post says McCarver’s broker represented the investment funds as conservative, similar to CDs and bonds, but instead put his money in high-risk funds tied to the mortgage market. When other funds suffered losses topping out around 6 percent, McCarver’s fund dropped between 70 and 90 percent, the paper reports. It is estimated that industry investor losses in the Regions Morgan Keegan ... Read More

Scientists on road to modifying, customizing human heparin

Scientists at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have learned to modify the human enzyme that produces heparin, which may lead to a more effective synthetic version of the blood thinner, according to Newswise Medical News. “Previously it was nearly impossible to change the nature of the heparin generated by the enzyme,” said Jian Liu, Ph.D., associate professor at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy medicinal chemistry and natural products division. “The degree of difficulty was 10-plus. Now it’s more like a two or three, which opens the door to the possibility of improving on the natural product.” The ... Read More

Timberlake employee among growing number of FLSA abuses

Working for Justin Timberlake’s posh “Southern Hospitality” does not exempt you from unfair treatment and pay. According to an article from Fox News, the former Southern Hospitality bus boy, Felipe Ramales, filed a lawsuit against Timberlake’s restaurant for not compensating him for the overtime he accumulated while there. “Southern Hospitality” is not the first to be sued over overtime hours, and it certainly won’t be the last. Ramales is one of many who are suing companies over unfair compensation of the amount overtime worked. The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) requires overtime to be paid to employees who work over ... Read More

CA man with head injury waits to be put back together

Lee Lyle, a 52-year-old California resident, has a dilemma that represents the seemingly insurmountable financial hardship and red tape facing many drivers who wind up in a traffic accident. Lyle was riding his motorcycle down Niles Street in Bakersfield when he was struck by a vehicle that merged from the center lane onto him. Lyle was thrown from his bike in the hit and run incident and landed headfirst on a curb according to witnesses. The accident left Lyle with severe head injuries, the worst of which was swelling of the brain. Doctors at Kern Medical Center, where Lyle was ... Read More