Poison Control: One Thing You Should Know

Car accidents used to be the number one cause of accidental death in the U.S.; now that dubious distinction goes to unintentional poisoning.* Poisonings are a common occurrence – about 10 million occur in the U.S. every year.  Children and older adults are more likely to have poison accident, and more likely to be seriously… Learn More »

Accidental Poisoning Cases Rise in U.S.

30 children die every year in the U.S. from accidental medicine poisoning.  The alarming rise of cases of child poisoning was highlighted in recent report by Portland’s KGW and Seattle’s KING5 news, which tells the story of a doctor whose toddler was poisoned by pills she mistook for candy while trick-or-treating in his office last… Learn More »

Company Denies Contaminated Alcohol Wipes Linked to Deaths

Last year, a Texas toddler died of bacterial meningitis caused by Bacillus cereus, the rare bacterium later linked to the recall of millions of alcohol prep wipes.  A 66-year-old man, who received outpatient treatment for skin cancer and diabetes, died after Bacillus cereus infected his blood.  So far, there are eight reports of fatalities, 11 infections and… Learn More »

Oregon Strawberries Traced to Deadly E. coli Outbreak

Oregon public health officials traced an outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 to strawberries grown at Jaquith Strawberry Farm , a medium-sized strawberry producer in rural Washington County, Oregon. According to a news release from the Oregon Health Authority: E. coli is a common inhabitant of the gastrointestinal tract and is usually harmless. But E. coli… Learn More »

Skin Deep: An Online Guide to Safety Ratings for Cosmetics and Other Personal Care Products

Did you know that the government presently has no authority to require companies to test personal care products for safety before they reach the store shelf? That is, personal care items such as cosmetics, shampoos, deodorants, etc. are not subject to FDA premarket approval authority. The Environmental Working Group has sought to remedy the absence… Learn More »

Popular HCG Diet That “Tricks” Body to Lose Weight May Carry Health Risks

    In the ever growing catalog of radical diet fads, the New York Times recently reported on one that seems especially extreme.  More and more women are paying top dollar for a fertility hormone called human chorionic gonadotropin, or HCG.  The trendy new “diet” requires regular self-administered HCG injections and a restricted calorie intake.  The science… Learn More »

Poor Dosing Directions and Devices on OTC Medicines Puts Kids at Risk

As reported on MedPage Today, a recent study has found that out of the 200 top-selling pediatric over-the-counter medications — including analgesic, cough/cold, allergy, and gastrointestinal liquid medications for children under 12 — more than twenty five percent (25%) didn't include a spoon or other dosing device. And among those that enclosed a dosing device,… Learn More »

FDA Issues Warning on Prescription Cough Medication Benzonatate (Tessalon) After Child Deaths

Benzonatate is a prescription cough suppressant used to treat cough due to the common cold, bronchitis, pneumonia, or other lung infections. It is sold in the United States under the brand name Tessalon Perles (gelcaps) or Tessalon Capsules. Recently, the FDA reviewed reports on 31 overdoses of Tessalon, including the deaths of five toddlers. The… Learn More »

Child Injuries From Certain Household Cleaning Products Remain High

According to research released earlier this year, the good news is that the overall number of kids ages 5 years and younger treated in emergency departments for household cleaning product-related injuries fell 46% from 22,141 in 1990 to 11,964 in 2006. Child-resistant packaging mandated for the most dangerous products — furniture polish, drain cleaners, and… Learn More »

E. Coli Scare in Washington Athletic Club

A child who tested positive for E. Coli who had played at the Lake Shore Athletic Club caused the Clark County health department to close down the club for disinfection. Since the closure, no one else had tested positive for E. coli. But this could be because not all parents had tested their children. People… Learn More »