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Greg Webb

CPSC May Strengthen Crib Standards After Recalls

On October 21, 2008, the Consumer Product Safety Commission issued two separate recalls on cribs, involving almost 1.6 million cribs manufactured by Delta Enterprise Corp. of New York. The CPSC also said it would review crib standards and may [...]
Greg Webb

CPSC Labeling Requirements for Children’s Toy Ads Outlined

The Consumer Product Safety Commission outlined the new labeling requirements for advertisements in catalogues and other printed materials for toys and games with small parts that pose a choking hazard to small children. The Consumer Product [...]
Greg Webb

New Website Ranks Hospitals Around The Country

HealthGrades, a leader in the measurement of health-care quality, just published new online rankings of hospitals around the nation. The company uses a rating system of one, three, or five stars based on how many patients develop complications [...]
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Nissan Recalling 204,361 Vehicles From 2007-2008 Model Years

Beginning November 3, 204,361 vehicles from Nissan Motor Company Limited’s 2007 to 2008 model years are being recalled in the United States due to the possibility that the passenger-side airbag could fail to deploy properly if an accident [...]
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US Senators Probe Cardiac Foundation’s Relationship To Device Makers

Much to the dismay of cardiac doctors and medical device manufacturers meeting for their annual convention, two Senators from different sides of the aisle asked questions about the financial ties between the two parties. The lawmakers sent a [...]
Greg Webb

MRI’s May Not All Be the Same – Machine and Radiologist Differences Matter

It seems that MRIs (Magnetic Resonance Imaging examinations) may not be as infallible as many believe them to be. Problems arise from both the quality of the MRI machine, as well as the experience and skill of the radiologist reading the scan. An [...]
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Bush Administration Pushes For Pre-Emption – Taking Power from the Citizenry in Favor of Corporate America

In their last weeks in office, Bush administration officials are urging about fifty federal rules be rewritten to include changes or additions that could block product-safety lawsuits filed by consumers and states. These new rules govern motorcycle [...]
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Physicians Lose Fight To Have Cold Medicines Banned For Children

A top government official has rejected pediatricians’ calls for an immediate ban on over-the-counter cold and cough medications for young kids under the age of six, claiming it might cause unintended harm. Problems with the drugs send [...]
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Medtronic Faces Scrutiny By Congress Over Financial Arrangements with Physicians

Senate lawmakers are pressuring Medtronic to disclose more information about its consulting arrangements with physicians. They cited previous evidence that the company paid surgeons to boost sales of spinal implants. The company is being asked [...]
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Drugmakers Issue Warning on OTC Cold Medicines for Children – After the FDA Prompts the Move

Drugmakers recently announced that they did not recommend over-the-counter cough and cold medicines for children under 4 years of age. What they did not say in the announcement was that one year before, pediatricians and a panel of independent [...]