According to Wikipedia, salmonella is a form of bacteria that can cause serious illness in those with suppressed immune systems. Symptoms of infection include diarrhea and typhoid fever, and resulting dehydration can lead to death if left untreated. Thankfully, only 30 Americans die due to salmonella infection each year, although that is 30 too many.
Children the world over know and love the cantankerous Hollywood ogre known as “Shrek,” but after the recent Shrek glass recall, kids may need to worry about the health standards of the denizens of Far, Far Away. Neither ogre ooze nor donkey drool are quite as disturbing as cadmium in the paint used on Shrek
For generations, thousands of U.S. parents put their infants in drop-side cribs because they were cheap and gave parents easy access to their child. But as the Associated Press reports, the era of drop-side cribs has officially come to an end. After the deaths of more than 30 infants and toddlers since 2000 and millions
In the quest for ultra-straight hair, the Brazilian Blowout has marketed itself as a safe option. Rather than a deep chemical relaxer, Brazilian Blowout claims to “bond to the amino acids on the surface of the hair.” Recent reports, though, say that Brazilian Blowout could be anything but safe. The Oregon Health and Science University
In a new study presented at the American Stroke Association International Stroke Conference, diet soda was linked to risk of heart attack and stroke. Many are seizing on this study and others linking the product to obesity as proof that diet soda is dangerous. This study, however, is preliminary and the results are very heavily
“Bill shock” regulations to protect consumers from being burned by surprise mobile phone charges are being proposed by the Federal Communications Commission. Mobile users have been ambushed for years by surprise charges, but the issue came to the forefront last month when Verizon, under FCC pressure, agreed to refund customers about $50 million for bogus
A connection between Fosamax and femur fractures is currently under investigation by the FDA. Fosamax is a drug intended to treat bone weakness, though some doctors have been noticing a possible connection to Fosamax and fractured bones. The Medicine and Healthcare Regulatory Agency out of the UK published information in March of 2009 about the
Acetaminophen is a common ingredient in prescription and over-the-counter pain medications. Acetaminophen can be poisonous, and an overdose can seriously damage the liver. To halt a rising occurrence of acetaminophen overdose, the Food and Drug Administration has ordered drug companies to cut the amount of acetaminophen used in prescription medications. OTC acetaminophen drugs escape ruling
Cell phone radiation increases brain cell activity, according to a new study. The study found an increase in brain cell metabolism in regions of the brain closest to the cell phone antenna. Researchers confirmed that electromagnetic radiation from cell phones has an effect on brain cells but don’t yet know whether the effects are harmful.
A recent baby sling recall by Infantino that affects the “SlingRider” and “Wendy Bellissimo” models — heretofore to be referred to as the “Infantino Sling Rider Recall” — will take more than 1 million products off the market. That’s 1 million from the U.S. and 15,000 from Canada, reports the Chicago Tribune. For parents of
A Tylenol recall is the latest embarrassment for McNeil Consumer Healthcare, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson. The Tylenol recall is the fifth recall in a year for the drug maker, which is under investigation by Congress for its quality control practices. This time, Tylenol is being pulled from the shelves because of widespread customer
DMAE cream is an anti-aging product being hyped as a “facelift in a jar.” A doctor hawking DMAE cream appeared on the “Dr. Oz” show this week and buzz about the substance spread like wildfire. Dermatologists and the FDA dismiss anti-aging claims about DMAE as pseudoscience, but evidence does exist that DMAE creams provide certain
In 2006, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the use of Gardasil, a human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, in the prevention of cervical cancer. It was authorized for females up to age 26 and can be used as early as age 9, which created some controversy, as did laws proposed by some states that Gardasil
The Lexus GX 460 earned a rare “don’t buy” warning from Consumer Reports following performance testing by the magazine. If you thought about getting auto financing to buy one, bear in mind that the tests exposed a handling problem with the Lexus GX 460 that may cause a rollover of the SUV in everyday driving.
Freshway Foods, based in Ohio, has instituted a romaine lettuce recall 2010. In all, 19 cases of E Coli have been confirmed in connection to the romaine lettuce recall. If you have possibly been sickened by the Freshway Foods lettuce recall, you may need money now to go see a doctor – though most cases
As Reported By PersonalMoneyStore.com Parents know that teething is a painful time for both their kids and themselves. Tablets that help soothe the gums can sometimes be the only thing that permits a good night’s sleep, making them a mainstay for well-prepared moms and dads. This is why the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s recent
Do you remember the series of commercials Citibank produced about identity theft? You will probably find them somewhat less than entertaining if you are one of the 600,000 Citibank customers whose Social Security number was printed on the outside of the postal envelope containing your year-end tax statement. “Identity theft? What’s that?” exclaims an incredulous