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Consumer advocates with the Center for Auto Safety (CAS) have called on Chrysler to issue a recall for 2017 Pacifica minivans. More than 156,000 of these vehicles have been sold in the US. CAS claims the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has received 50 reports from consumers who claim…

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Statistics published by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) show that 21.4 percent of workplace fatalities in private industry during 2015 were in construction. However, construction workers are not always responsible for dangerous workplace conditions in this industry. Despite the many ways that construction workers can be harmed on the job,…

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More than 180 women claim they were sexually assaulted while receiving treatments at Massage Envy, a national chain of day-spas. Massage Envy has grown into a multibillion-dollar business that operates more than 1,170 franchise locations in 49 states. The claims were uncovered by a BuzzFeed News investigation, which gathered information…

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If you read last week’s blog, then you know that cerebral palsy refers to a group of neurological disorders that may be caused by a brain injury or malformation while the brain is still developing. You would also know that medical mistakes before, during and shortly after birth can lead to the development of…

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Inferior vena cava filters (IVC filters) are implantable medical devices that are used to prevent pulmonary embolisms. These are blood clots that can travel from the lower body to the arteries in the lungs. IVC filters are spider-like medical devices are placed in the inferior vena cava to break up…

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EpiPens are pocket-sized medical devices that can treat symptoms of anaphylaxis, a life-threatening allergic reaction. Anaphylaxis can be triggered in individuals with allergies to certain foods, insect stings, medications and materials. An individual experiencing anaphylaxis only has moments to use an EpiPen to inject epinephrine (adrenaline). In some cases, bystanders…

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Cerebral palsy is a neurological disorder that may be caused by a brain injury or malformation while the brain is still developing. Children with this disorder may have difficulty controlling movements. They may also have moderate to severe cognitive impairment. Depending on the severity, children with this disorder may require…

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Johnson & Johnson is facing thousands of lawsuits over allegations that its talcum baby powder product is linked to ovarian cancer. Talcum baby powder may increase the risk of developing ovarian cancer. Talc is a mineral composed of silicon, oxygen, magnesium and hydrogen. Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower…

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IKEA dressers linked to the deaths of eight children can still be found in homes across the country. In 2016, IKEA recalled 29 million of these dressers. It turns out many homes in the US still contain these deadly pieces of furniture. According to the Consumer Federation of America, only…

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In 2013, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a new class of drugs to treat patients with Type 2 diabetes. Invokana (also called canagliflozin) is a subtype 2 sodium-glucose transport inhibitor (SGLT2 inhibitor) that is used to treat this common condition. Other names for the drug include Invokamet…