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FDA warns of mercury poisoning with some cosmetic creams, soaps

Consumers are being warned not to use certain types of skin creams, beauty and antiseptic soaps or lotions because they contain mercury. Exposure to mercury can cause serious health consequences including damage to the kidneys and nervous system. The products in question are marketed as skin lighteners and anti-aging treatments that remove age spots, freckles, blemishes and wrinkles. Adolescents also may use these products as acne treatments. Products with this toxic metal have been found in at least seven states. The products are manufactured abroad and sold illegally in the United States – often in shops in Latino, Asian, African, ... Read More

Metal-on-metal hip implants suspected as source of pain for another patient

Patients needing hip replacement surgery should do their homework and avoid implants made with metal-on-metal parts, warns Tracie Ephgrave of the UK. “I just don’t want people to go through what I have,” she told the Gazette News.  In 2001, Tracie had a hip implant to help ease the pain and limited mobility she suffered from a form of arthritis she had as a child. She received a metal-on-metal implant designed to be more durable than traditional, ceramic models. But two years after receiving the implant, she heard a clunking in her hip joint. Soon after, her pain returned – with ... Read More