3T Heater-Cooler Systems Lawsuits – What You Need to Know

A number of open heart surgery patients have been shown to have developed severe infections from the non-tuberculous mycobacteria, Mycobacterium chimaera (or M. Chimera). The infection has been shown to be potentially life threatening and has been linked to issues with the 3T Heater-Cooler systems used in operating rooms. Problematic Heater-Cooler systems Various machines are […]

Surgeon General Warns Teens of E-Cigarettes

On Thursday, the US Surgeon General, Vivek Murthy, voiced his concern about the growing number of youth using e-cigarettes. “Contradictory to the believe of many,” Murthy stated, “the aerosol that is produced by e-cigarettes is not harmless water vapor, for either the user, or for those who inhale it second hand.” Murthy notes that nicotine, […]

Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing

Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing (ImPACT) is a computer program used to assess cognitive function after possible concussion. It is not meant to be a stand-alone diagnostic tool, but as part of medical evaluation for signs and symptoms of brain injury. On August 22, 2016, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) gave permission […]

Is Green Beer Safe?

Green beer is a St. Patrick’s Day tradition, in America. It is certainly festive, but is it safe? For most people, indulging in the dyed beverage once a year is no more dangerous than indulging in beer that has not been colored. If you drink responsibly, the addition of some green food coloring is relatively […]

What You Need to Know about Powdered Alcohol

If you haven’t heard of powdered alcohol, you are probably doing a double-take. Yes, it can and is made, and it may become available to consumers under the brand name Palcohol in September, 2014. The release of Palcohol to the public is very controversial and opponents say it poses a host of dangers, especially to […]

Dangers of Spray-On Sunscreen

Consumer Reports Warns about Dangers of Spray-On Sunscreen Spray-on sunscreen may seem like a great solution to the age-old problem of getting kids to wear sunscreen and reapplying it as often as needed. It’s quick and easy to use, simplifying life for parents with impatient and uncooperative children. Unfortunately, it may also pose an unacceptable […]

Is Caramel Coloring Dangerous

FDA Looking into Safety of Caramel Coloring in Soft Drinks and Foods Caramel coloring is used to turn sodas and some foods brown. There are different types of caramel coloring and some of them contain an impurity called 4-methylimidazole (4-MeI). In response to a study by Consumer Reports, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) […]