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Blog Posts in June, 2010

  • American Signature Entertainment Centers Recalled Due to Hazard

    Recently,the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a recall of entertainment centers due to a fall hazard. About 24,000 units were recalled because the shelves of the entertainment centers can detach and fall when moved. The following modes were part of the recall: Arts and Crafts Vineyard Manor Lake Cottage Studio One West Indies Plantation Cove The units are sold at Value City ...
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  • Serious Denture Cream Risks

    Consumers who are currently using denture creams containing zinc may not realize the great risks associated with their usage. Two of the most popular denture creams on the market, Super Poligrip (manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline) and Fixodent (manufactured by Procter & Gamble) have been linked to the development of serious illnesses such as copper depletion that may result in neurological problems ...
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  • Popular Blood Pressure Medications May Lead to Higher Risk of Cancer

    New research recently published in the medical journal, Lancet Oncology, reports that some of the most popular blood pressure pills, such as Micardis, could increase a patient’s risk of cancer. After analyzing five previous studies, scientists found that taking medications known as angiotensin-receptor blockers (ARBs) lead to an increase in cancer. ARBs are typically taken for conditions such as ...
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  • New Warning for Weight Loss Drugs Alli and Xenical

    Alli and Xenical are both drugs used by consumers for weight loss. Xenical requires a prescription, while Alli is an over-the-counter version that contains lower doses. On June 24, 2009, the FDA listed both drugs under investigation for safety issues of liver toxicity. Alli has also been in the news for problems in counterfeits of the drug. Recently, the FDA ordered label changes on these drugs. ...
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  • Salmonella Outbreak at Subway Restaurant

    The Chicago Tribune recently reported that health officials are investigating a salmonella outbreak in many Subway restaurants throughout Illinois . So far, 34 people have reported becoming ill with 14 requiring hospitalization. Symptoms of salmonella typically include fever, cramps and diarrhea. Subway has voluntarily withdrawn suspected contaminated produce from its restaurants. Officials are ...
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  • First Avandia Case Settled by GlaxoSmithKline

    In February 2010, Avandia made headlines due to the uncovering of confidential government reports where doctors from the Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) concluded that "Rosiglitazone [Avandia] should be removed from the market." Avandia is a popular drug used to treat Type 2 diabetes, and has been linked to a higher risk of heart attack and heart failure than any other diabetes drug ...
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  • Tougher Warnings Placed on Painkillers Ultram and Ultracet

    Recently, Johnson & Johnson strengthened suicide warnings for two of its painkillers: Ultram and Ultracet. The changes come in the wake of reports of suicide deaths of patients with medical histories of emotional problems and drug abuse. Both Ultram and Ultracet contain tramadol, an opioid, that is more potent when combined with alcohol, other painkillers, or drugs that depress the central nervous ...
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