Recalls and Warnings

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Epidural Corticosteroid Injections May Cause Neurological Damage: FDA

New warnings issued by federal drug regulators suggest that side effects of epidural corticosteroid injections may cause severe injury or even death.   Continued

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Summer Infant Video Monitor Battery Recall: Burn Hazard

Following nearly two dozen reports of rechargeable batteries for handheld infant monitors overheating, the manufacturer has issued a recall for more than 800,000 batteries sold with Summer Infant video monitors, indicating that they may pose a risk of burns and fires. Continued

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Leaf Blower Recalls Issued Over Laceration, Injury Risk

Two different manufacturers are recalling a combined 158,000 electric leaf blowers, following at least 18 reports of the impellers breaking during use, including more than a dozen cases where users suffered lacerations, cuts, bruises and other injuries.   Continued

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Medical Misdiagnosis Harms 6M Outpatients Per Year: Report

An estimated six million Americans are harmed by outpatient misdiagnosis errors each year, according to researchers from Veterans Affairs in Texas.   Continued

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Volkswagen Jetta, Beetle, Passat Recall Issued Due to Oil Leak, Fire Risk

Roughly 26,452 Volkswagen vehicles from the 2014 model year are being recalled due to a risk of transmission fluid leaks, which may pose a potential fire hazard if the fluid comes into contact with a hot surface.   Continued

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Oscar Mayer Hot Dog Recall Issued Over Cheese Weiner Mix-up

Kraft foods has announced a recall for approximately 96,000 pounds of Oscar Mayer Classic Wieners, due to a risk that they may accidentally contain cheese dogs, putting consumers at risk of known allergens that could cause severe adverse health consequences.   Continued

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National Distracted Driving Month Launched to Raise Awareness of Risks

The U.S. Department of Transportation has launched the first ever national advertising and law enforcement campaign this month against distracted driving, as part of National Distracted Driving Awareness Month.   Continued

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FDA Warns of Morcellation Cancer Risk with Hysterectomy, Myomectomy

Federal health regulators are discouraging doctors from using power morcellation in hysterectomy or myomectomy procedures, due to the risk that the laparoscopic uterine fibroid procedure may cause the spread of aggressive cancer in women.  Continued

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Salmonella Food Poisoning Rate Fell, Vibrio Cases Rose in 2013: CDC

According to a new report by federal health officials, the rates of salmonella food poisoning declined last year, yet food borne illnesses linked to other pathogens, including vibrio, are on the rise. Continued

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Fresenius Recalls NaturaLyte Bicarbonate Concentrate Used in Dialysis

Fresenius is recalling 49 lots of NaturaLyte Biocarbonate Concentrate, which is used during hemodialysis procedures, due to a potential risk of bacterial contamination.   Continued