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Hyland’s Teething Tablets: Recall - Risk of Harm to Children

From FDA.gov:

FDA notified consumers that Hyland’s Teething Tablets is being recalled because the tablets may pose a risk to children. The tablets are manufactured to contain a small amount of belladonna, a substance that can cause serious harm at larger doses. For such a product, it is important that the amount of belladonna be carefully controlled. FDA laboratory analysis has found that Hyland’s Teething Tablets contain inconsistent amounts of belladonna.

FDA has received reports of serious adverse events in children taking this product that are consistent with belladonna toxicity. The FDA has also received reports of children who consumed more tablets than recommended, because the containers do not have child resistant caps.

Posted: 10/29/2010 12:08:00 PM

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Trying Immitation Marijuana "Terrifying" For NC Friends

From digtriad.com:

Daniel Carr, 23, remembers the night when he and his friends were rushed to the hospital after trying the imitation pot. He described the experience as the most terrifying he's ever had.

His friend Austin Walker started hallucinating and collapsed to the ground, experiencing similar symptoms as Carr. "It was the worst thing I've ever experienced," said Walker, who said he nearly died.

K2 is a man-made marijuana and as of now, the drug is legal in the state of North Carolina. Urged by those who have had terrible experiences, some lawmakers are looking into whether the drug should be deemed illegal.

Posted: 10/26/2010 9:04:00 AM

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Canada Declares BPA, a Chemical in Plastics, to Be Toxic

From The New York Times:

The government of Canada formally declared bisphenol A, a chemical widely used to create clear, hard plastics, as well as food can liners, to be a toxic substance on Wednesday.

The compound, commonly known as BPA, has been shown to disrupt the hormone systems of animals and is under review in the United States and Europe.

Canada’s move, which was strenuously fought by the chemical industry, followed an announcement by the government two years ago that it would eliminate the compound’s use in polycarbonate bottles used by infants and children.

The compound was formally listed as being toxic to both the environment and human health in an official notice published online by the government without fanfare, a noticeable contrast to the earlier baby bottle announcement, which was made by two cabinet ministers.

Canada’s designation is at odds with Europe’s approach. Last month, the European Food Safety Authority released an update that concluded that “data currently available do not provide convincing evidence of neurobehavioral toxicity of BPA”

But France and Denmark have independently imposed temporary bans on some uses of BPA.

Posted: 10/21/2010 8:30:00 AM

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NJ college places ban on boozy energy drinks

From the ABC News:

It's cheap, it comes in tall cans, and it contains caffeine, other common energy-drink ingredients — and as much alcohol as four beers.

After students at northern New Jersey's Ramapo College were hospitalized last month after drinking Four Loko, the college president ordered that it and similar drinks be banned — and he's encouraging other colleges and the state to follow suit.

Posted: 10/19/2010 1:08:00 PM

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Driving while on prescriptions a growing issue for police and the courts

From NorthJersey.com:

As more doctors prescribe Xanax, Vicodin and Oxycodone, police are seeing a rise in more DWIs, not with driving under the influence of alcohol, but with drivers on legally obtained painkillers. According to the federal Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), statistics speak for themselves. Between 1997 and 2007, according to a University of Michigan study, treatment admissions for prescription painkillers increased more than 400 percent. The DEA said that between 2004 and 2008, the number of visits to hospital emergency departments involving the non-medical use of narcotic painkillers increased 111 percent. Area cops are reporting making more prescription medication-related DWI arrests and area lawyers are now vigorously defending those cases in court.

Posted: 10/14/2010 2:51:00 PM

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Feds Warn NYPD About New Heroin-Mixed Drug Aimed at Kids

From DNAinfo.com:

Federal officials warned the NYPD about a new drug being aimed at children as young as nine that contains a deadly mix of heroin and Tylenol PM, according to a published report.

The new drug, nicknamed "cheese," sells for just $1 or $2 a hit and gives users a quick high followed by drowsiness.

Dealers are branding packets with pictures of Mickey Mouse, Lady Gaga and the Lion King. 

Posted: 10/13/2010 8:13:00 AM

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Blood monitoring of drug advocated after Napier death

From Hawke's Bay Today (New Zealand):

The recommendation for regular testing of blood clozapine concentrations comes in a report on an inquiry into the death of Anne Philp, who was 59 at the time she died at her home in Taradale Rd at the end of April.

The cause of death was diabetic ketoacidosis, a metabolic disturbance usually seen in type 1 diabetics, but occasionally reported in cases involving clozapine medication, the coroner was told by forensic pathologist Dr Katherine White.

The death was being reported to the Centre for Adverse Reactions Monitoring, Dr White said, and the coroner made a recommendation to the Royal College of Psychiatrists that regular testing of blood clozapine concentrations be done to avoid accumulation of toxic levels.

Posted: 10/12/2010 11:13:00 AM

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New BPA findings help fill research gaps

From Environmental Factor:

Barely a year after NIEHS announced $30 million in funding to support research on the chemical bisphenol A, new grantee findings are already emerging. Gail Prins, Ph.D, of the University of Illinois at Chicago, presented data during a seminar at NIEHS on how the dose levels and the route of administration of BPA given in her rat model are relevant to human exposure levels.

The lecture, organized by Jerry Heindel, Ph.D., an acting branch chief in the NIEHS Division of Extramural Research and Training, attracted an at-capacity audience Sept. 21. It began with an introduction to the rat model Prins uses for her work and an overview of prostate cancer — the second leading cause of cancer death in American men behind lung cancer.

Prins said her lab developed what she referred to as a two-hit model, giving rats low doses of estrogenic compounds including BPA, soon after birth, and then testosterone and estradiol later in life, to mimic what happens with aging in humans. Using this model, she has shown that low doses of estrogen and BPA early in life would impact the susceptibility of prostate cancer later in life.

Posted: 10/4/2010 10:44:00 AM

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