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Exposure to thirdhand smoke an ‘under-appreciated health risk’

The ill effects of cigarettes have been shown to affect not only smokers but also those exposed to the smoke second hand. New research shows that thirdhand smoke – the invisible remnants of tobacco smoke that clings to surfaces and dust particles – could also be putting several billion people at an “under-appreciated health risk.” Even the most courteous of smokers can be leaving behind tobacco residue that can be dangerous, say researchers from the University of California-Riverside. They reference previous studies that show children living with adults who smoke are absent from school 40 percent more days than children ... Read More

Testosterone therapy linked to increased risk of heart attack, stroke, death

More and more men are using hormone treatments to up their low testosterone levels and enjoy more energy and a stronger libido as they enter midlife; however, the treatment may give them more than they bargained for. A new study of more than 8,700 older men has found that men who use a testosterone supplement were 30 percent more likely to have a stroke, heart attack or die. “Our findings raise some uncertainty regarding the potential safety of testosterone use in men,” authors of the study concluded. “It is important to inform patients that long-term risks are unknown and there ... Read More

Judge finds TVA liable for December 2008 coal ash spill

The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) did not build its holding ponds according to plan, did not train its inspectors to ensure the stability of the dikes, and did not properly maintain its Kingston, Tenn., facility in order to prevent one of the worst environmental disasters in U.S. history, a U.S. District judge ruled Thursday. TVA will be held liable for the December 2008 coal ash spill that dumped more than a billion gallons of toxic sludge onto a neighboring community. The ruling allows the hundreds of plaintiffs who filed lawsuits against the TVA to move one step closer to recovering for ... Read More

FDA warns of counterfeit versions of Adderall

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning consumers that counterfeit versions of Adderall, used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy, have been sold through the Internet. Adderall is a controlled substance that is only available by prescription. The counterfeit versions of the drug involve the 30 mg dosage. They were found to contain the wrong active ingredients. Adderall contains dextroamphetamine saccharate, amphetamine aspartate, dextroamphetamine sulfate, and amphetamine sulfate. The counterfeit version of Adderall contains the painkillers tramadol and acetaminophen. Adderall is currently on the FDA’s short supply list because its active ingredients are in short supply. ... Read More

Like US, EU fights rising tide of dangerous Chinese-made products

RAPEX, the European Union’s rapid alert system for dangerous consumer products (excluding food, pharmaceutical, and medical devices), released its annual report of the most dangerous products flooding the European market, and Chinese-made products top the list. Although this isn’t the first time made-in-China has dominated RAPEX reports, the findings indicate the problem is growing in Europe as rapidly as it is in the United States. It’s no secret that products manufactured in China consistently pose more dangers to consumers than domestically manufactured goods. Poisonous lead paint in children’s toys, toxic cadmium in jewelry, lethal melamine in pet food and baby ... Read More