Congressional Report Discovers Toxic Heavy Metals in Popular Baby Foods

A recent congressional report found that many baby food products may not be safe for children. The House Oversight Committee’s subcommittee on economic and consumer policy found significant amounts of toxic heavy metals, including arsenic, lead, cadmium, and mercury, in some of the largest commercial baby food manufacturers’ rice cereals, sweet potato purees, juices, and sweet snack puffs. The committee sought product data on seven of the largest baby food manufacturers’ including Nurture, Inc. (HappyBABY), Beech-Nut Nutrition Company (Beech-Nut), Hain Celestial Group, Inc. (Earth’s Best Organic), Gerber, Campbell Soup Company (Plum Organics), Walmart Inc. (Parent’s Choice), and Sprout Foods, Inc….

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Is Your Christmas Décor Increasing Your Risk of Home Fire?

Did you know that half of all home heating fires occur in December, January, and February? And that the top three days for home candle fires are Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, and New Year’s Eve? While it is fun to decorate for the winter holidays, it is especially important that you do so in a way that doesn’t compromise the safety of those you love. To help decrease your risk of a home fire, the NFPA and the U.S. Fire Administration teamed up to help offer some decorating tips for the holiday season. Here are some of their suggestions:…

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Buying Used Tires Not Worth the Safety Risks

New sets of tires can be expensive, but purchasing used tires for their cost savings is not worth the risk. Although used tires are cheaper than new ones, opting to purchase used is not the same as making a similar decision when shopping for other expensive items. Hidden Risks of Used Tires While many consumers believe that finding a used tire with good tread depth implies it is safe to drive, there are many hidden factors in buying tires used. Tires degrade more quickly if they are driven for long periods of time while underinflated, overinflated, overloaded, or at high…

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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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How Patients Can Evaluate Different Hospitals

An alarming disparity exists among hospitals and other health care facilities in the United States. Some hospitals provide stellar care, while others see continued medical errors or may be breeding grounds for infection. Clearly, where you stay can have a huge impact on both your current symptoms and long-term health. If possible, you’ll want to assess local options while you feel healthy to ensure that you make the right decision in the event of a medical emergency. The following are a few of the many factors worth considering as you select the best possible location for treatment: Look at a…

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Why Lawsuits Over Electronic Cigarettes Are Increasing

Electronic cigarettes have become a very popular alternative to traditional nicotine products. Millions of people in the US have given up cigarettes in favor of these pocket-sized devices. However, some people have suffered serious injuries after the batteries in their electronic cigarettes exploded without warning. Electronic cigarette explosion injuries have included: Second and third-degree burns Blast injuries (including the loss of multiple teeth or limbs) Facial injuries Loss of function (of the limbs or sexual function) In one case that occurred in 2015, a Colorado Springs man suffered a broken neck and severe facial injuries. According to the man’s family,…

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Will Ford Recall Explorers for Carbon Monoxide Leaks?

The Center for Auto Safety (CAS) has once again called on Ford to recall 1.3 million Explorers. According to CAS, Ford should recall 2011-2017 Ford Explorers and replace exhaust manifolds that are causing carbon monoxide leaks. Depending on the outcome of the federal investigation into the possible defect, CAS may get its wish. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has received roughly 1,400 complaints from Ford Explorer owners who allege that exhaust fumes are seeping into the passenger cabins of their vehicles. Eighty of the complaints mention injuries. NHTSA began investigating the potential defect in 2016 after receiving dozens…

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How Could I Handle Frozen Water Pipes During Freezing Weather?

It would not be a stretch to argue that the cold weather in recent weeks has been out of this world. Recent weather conditions caused parts of the US to become colder than parts of Mars. Freezing weather conditions create numerous problems, including frozen pipes. You could prevent your pipes from freezing by letting your faucets drip during cold weather conditions. Shutting off outside water sources and raising your thermostat could also work. Although your utilities bill could increase, you could owe far more money if your pipes freeze and burst. There are obvious warning signs when your pipes have…

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WATCH Releases its 2017 Dangerous Toys List for the Holiday Season

The holiday season is fast-approaching. Many parents have already started shopping for gifts. Each year, consumer safety groups like World Against Toys Causing Harm (WATCH) warn parents about toys that may harm their children. WATCH has compiled a list of unsafe toys for the past four decades. This year’s list was recently published online. The list for 2017 includes the following toys: Fidget Spinners: It comes as no surprise that fidget spinners ended up on WATCH’s 2017 list of unsafe toys. According to WATCH, fidget spinners are sold with small parts that can pose a choking hazard to children. Hallmark’s…

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Our tax dollars to study “tort reform” – What about patient safety? | DC Metro Area Medical Malpractice Law Blog

Massachusetts obtained a $3 million grant to study “alternatives” to a consumer’s 7th Amendment right to a jury trial when it comes medical malpractice claims.  The grant is part of a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services program to investigate ways to improve compensation for people injured by medical errors and has a secondarily identified goal of  lowering malpractice insurance premiums. One of the grant’s goals is to “ensure that patients are compensated in a fair and timely manner for medical injuries, while also reducing the incidence of frivolous lawsuits.” We can save significant tax payer funds and save…

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