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Greg Webb

Tobacco Survey Shows Alarming Surge in Teen Use of E-Cigarettes

James has never smoked cigarettes and cannot  imagine ever starting. As he says, “the girls think they’re gross.” So  James ‘vapes’ instead.  James is one of the 2 million high school students smoking e-cigarettes (e-cigs), according to a survey just […]

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Laundry Detergent Pods: Convenience and Clever Marketing Masks Dangers

Many detergent manufacturers are now marketing detergents in single-use packets (detergent pods), which eliminate the need to measure out the right amount of product. But the clever packaging, a small sleek brightly colored “pod”, is dangerously attractive to toddlers.  In […]

Greg Webb

Business Usage of Drones in U.S. Airspace – How Safe Will It Be?

By September 2015 we can expect to have drones in American air space, that is the date scheduled by Congress for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to have rules in place governing the civilian use of drones. Drones have been […]

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Ford Joins the Recall Party (Again) – 1.39 Million SUVs for Steering Issues

Yesterday Ford Motor Company (Ford) announced the recall of 1.39 million small and full-size SUVs for power steering issues. Additionally Ford is 1)  recalling 200,000 Taurus sedans, 2010-2014 model years, for corrosion issues, and 2) floor mat/acceleration pedal problems in […]

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J&J Halts Production and Sales of Morcellator Following FDA Investigation

In April the FDA issued a warning about the dangers of using the power morcellator surgical instrument for removal of fibroid tumors and for hysterectomies. As I noted in a previous article, over half a million women undergo hysterectomies every […]

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E-cigarette Poisoning From Liquid Nicotine On the Rise

E-cigarettes — battery-powered devices that let users inhale nicotine-infused vapors — now account for more than 40 percent of all poison center calls about cigarette-type products, according to a report published last week by the Centers for Disease Control and […]

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E-Cigarette Marketing Targets Kids with Candy Flavors

The debate over e-cigarettes continues to rage as researchers look at the pros of ‘vaping’, a possible reduction in tobacco consumption and the cons—use by teens. What do the flavors mango, gummi bears and cotton candy have in common? They […]

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BPA Is Everywhere, But How Harmful Is it?

Remember the fuss over BPA in 2012?  First the FDA said our exposure wasn’t great enough to cause significant concerns. That was March 2012.  Three months later it issued a ban on the use of BPA in baby bottles and […]

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Johnson & Johnson Still Struggling with Quality Control Issues

Blood glucose meters, artificial hips, contact lenses, anti-psychotic medications, Tylenol, infant Motrin, K-Y Jelly and vaginal mesh implants. These are just a few of the Johnson & Johnson products demanding the attention of the FDA and the public over the […]

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Toyota Recalls Autos For Second Time To Fix Suspensions

If you have watched much television in the past several weeks you are seeing the newest Toyota ads, showing Americans from several decades singing and dancing around Corollas. Happy faces and ever sleeker models of the Toyota car lead up […]