New AHA Study Indicates Energy Drinks Have Serious Health Consequences

Energy drinks like RedBull and Monster are popular today because they are a convenient way to get a rush of energy in a short amount of time. However, for years, many physicians and health experts have cautioned against consuming energy drinks, as the health effects are still unclear. Now, thanks to a new study from the American Heart Association, there is more evidence that suggests energy drinks have a significantly negative impact on cardiac health and other bodily functions. Too Much Caffeine At Once The National Institutes of Health (NIH) states that the caffeine content in a typical energy drink…

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Lawn Care Safety: By the Numbers

Many homeowners take pride in their perfectly manicured lawns. Unfortunately, those beautiful lawns sometimes come at a huge cost. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, lawn mowers prompt over 80,000 emergency room visits every year. The scope of these injuries can prove surprisingly broad, with homeowners harmed not only by lawn mowers, but also by trimmers and other implements. With the help of statistics, we highlight the greatest threats below: Riding Lawn Mowers All lawn care tools can prove dangerous, but riding mowers are especially likely to cause harm. Small children may be the most at risk; the Consumer…

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Furniture At Risk of Deadly Tip-Over Needs More Regulation According to Congressional Testimony

Many parents assume that they don’t need to pay extra attention to furniture they buy unless it has a safety warning. This is not always the case, as a new Consumer Reports study finds that certain furniture, unregulated by consumer safety standards, is linked with child injury and death. Some parents are urging Congress to broaden regulation on furniture to include higher standards on anti-tipping rules. Consumer Reports Says Current System Insufficient Between 2000 and 2017, over 500 people died from furniture tip-over incidents; 84% of the victims were under 10 years of age. There is currently an industry standard…

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Fisher-Price Recalls Popular Inclined Infant Crib After Series of Deaths: Crib Never Properly Tested for Safety

The Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play Sleeper, developed as an alternative to cribs, elevates the baby’s head to a 30 degree inclined position. The intended use is for infants to lie on their backs on the padded frame as if it were a recliner. The design of the sleeper was inspired by incorrect assumptions about infant sleep that overlooked updated safety guidelines. Concerns were raised after a recent Consumer Reports study linked the crib to infant deaths. The news of this study was followed by a statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics calling for the recall of the crib. After…

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Federal Appeals Court Rules Amazon Not Liable for Defective Third-Party Products

In 2014, a Maryland couple’s house was burned down by a headlamp purchased on Amazon. The couple sued Amazon for damages, but Amazon asserted that the Chinese company that manufactured the product was at fault. A Maryland judge sided with Amazon, stating that Amazon was only the platform for selling the product and never actually owned the product. The couple appealed the ruling, but the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond agreed with the original decision. Amazon and Product Liability This isn’t the first time Amazon has had trouble with product liability allegations. In 2016, a Tennessee family’s…

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Replacement Takata Airbag Recall: What You Need to Know (Part II)

Honda recently issued a recall of vehicles equipped with replacement Takata airbags, but this is far from the first time Takata and Honda have faced issues — and it’s just one facet of an ordeal involving many automakers. In our last blog on the recent airbag recall, we explored the circumstances surrounding the defective replacement airbags. Now, we’ll delve into the broader trend of airbag inflator malfunctions. Airbag Inflator Injuries: By the Numbers The 2018 crash that prompted the latest Takata recall is just one in a series of incidents involving airbag inflators. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety…

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Replacement Takata Airbag Recall: What You Need to Know (Part I)

Takata lies at the center of what the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration calls the “largest and most complex safety recall in U.S. history.” A recent Honda recall involving replacement airbags is just the latest in the long Takata saga. According to the automaker, the airbags’ improper manufacturing could prompt explosions that might send sharp metal fragments flying within vehicle cabins. In this two-part series, we will explore the latest recall and its relation to the overarching Takata drama. How Honda Discovered the Malfunction The dangers of replacement Takata airbags were brought to light in January, 2018, when a 2004…

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Electric Scooters Are Sending People to the Emergency Room

Scooters are becoming more and more popular, especially in cities, where commuters might find a car to be inconvenient. A scooter allows for rapid transit along city streets without the hassle of parking. As scooter use increases, however, emergency room visits have sky-rocketed. Injuries It is common for scooter accidents to cause broken noses, wrists and shoulders, as well as facial fractures and lacerations. As with any other kind of vehicular accident, the victim may sustain permanent brain damage from blunt head trauma. At this time there is no national data on scooter injuries, but if you talk to emergency…

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Are You Vulnerable to Lead Exposure? What to Know Before Working With Contractors

It is currently common knowledge that lead exposure can cause severe health problems — particularly for young children. But while lead-based paint has long been banned in new construction, it remains a considerable risk in millions of homes built before lead was widely recognized as a threat. In pristine condition, lead-based paint does not necessarily harm homeowners — but that all changes when general contractors enter the picture. Read on to learn how you can protect yourself and your loved ones as you proceed with home renovation projects: Lead-Safe Certification Issued in 2008 and recently reaffirmed, the EPA’s Renovation, Repair…

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Food Safety Education Month – Key Things to Know

Foodborne illness is no joke; every year, these diseases strike one in six Americans. Of these, 128,000 end up in the hospital and at least 3,000 die. During Food Safety Education Month, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention alerts Americans to the risks everyday meals can pose. This year, don’t ignore the problem; read on to learn how you can protect yourself and your loved ones. Food Should Be Cooked And Served at the Right Temperature You regularly check the temperature of meals while cooking, but what about when serving a meal? Both are important. According to…

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