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After news surfaced that Chinese manufacturers allowed dangerous levels of lead to be present in children’s toys and jewelry, a different substance – cadmium – was used instead. However, a recent associated press investigation has revealed that the heavy metal cadmium which has replaced lead in children’s jewelry is no substitute at all. Cadmium poses many dangers to children as well. Lab tests conducted by the associated press discovered that the most contaminated piece contained 91% cadmium. Bought on a national level, other pieces of jewelry amounted to a weight of 84% to 89% cadmium.

It is no secret that cadmium is a carcinogen and can easily come off of objects, thus contaminating the hands and other body parts of users. As additional concern arose regarding the exposure of this dangerous chemical substance to children, the Associated Press bought 103 items from store locations throughout Texas, New York, California, and Ohio, all during the months of November and December. What they found in the purchased items was that 12% of the jewelry items had at least 10% of cadmium present.
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The city of Brunswick is located about 30 miles north of Florida and encompasses part of southeastern Georgia. Sometimes referred to as the “shrimp capital of the world,” Brunswick is home to Georgia’s main shrimp and crab industries. Brunswick’s approximate metropolitan population of 101,792 and city proper population of 16,235 make it the twelfth-largest metropolitan area in the state of Georgia.

With the large population of Brunswick in mind, it is an unfortunate reality that birth injury takes place from time to time as the result of hospital malpractice or the negligence of medical professionals. However, with the legal assistance of a Brunswick birth injury attorney, families may be able to hold negligent parties legally responsible for their wrongdoing. Although birth injuries or complications are rare, they take place more than most people would like to admit. If a doctor fails to act in a timely manner or if medical professionals overlook a problem or condition that they are supposed to be able to identify, a newborn baby may endure serious health problems, scarring, disfigurement, or even death.
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They are a lot like the Amber Alerts. Since Florida began the Silver Alert program a year ago, 136 alerts have been issued for missing Florida seniors from ages 54 to 94. Some have Alzheimer’s or dementia. Many wander away from their homes. The alerts are also sued for younger adults who have developmental disorders.

In October of last year, Gov. Charlie Crist established the Silver Alert program that uses the media outlets, electronic message boards, and local law enforcement to help find missing persons, and find them fast.

Enlisting the help of the community is crucial when someone is missing. Every minute counts and the Silver Alerts engage motorists to be on alert. So far motorists have found about 15 percent of the state’s total cases.
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This news comes from the highly credible nonprofit organization, The Environmental Working Group (EWG).

EWG finds there are over 300 pollutants in U.S. tap water. After analyzing almost 20 million records, EWG finds that more than half of those chemicals are not even subject to health or safety regulations. That means they can legally be there in any amount, regardless of their safety. Sometimes it takes a nonprofit to do the work that our federal government should be doing. For example, no new regulations for drinking water standards have been established for the last eight years.
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After failing to enact legislation for many years, Florida will finally require pain practitioners to register with the state by early January.

Part of the new law requires the Department of Health (DOH) to establish a monitoring database. It gives pharmacies 15 days to report in after dispensing a prescription narcotic.

The goal is to prevent “doctor shopping” by monitoring the prescribing and dispensing of controlled drugs, making it difficult for addicts to collect large quantities of pills, and allowing doctors, pharmacists, and even law enforcement to identify those who are “doctor shopping” for prescription pills.
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News is beginning to emerge in the popular media that the plant, St. John’s wort may, while being a cure for mild depression, not be good for our eyesight.

Research out of Fordham University finds that in the lab, hypericin, which is the active ingredient in St. John’s wort, may also make the eye susceptible to sunburn, even in visible light, which can cause a cloudy lens, leading to cataracts, and a damaged retina, which can mean irreversible macular degeneration which can lead to blindness.

In other words, the herb is phototoxic to the ocular lens.

If that is true we would expect to see the effects in a large population…and that is exactly what we are seeing.
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A petite 35-year old woman was a doctor’s office receptionist with a problem.

After purchasing nearly 4,500 doses of painkillers in one year, she got behind the wheel of a Dodge Durango on June 4, 2004 and weaved in and out of traffic before plowing into a man who had helped repair a flat tire on the side of a highway. The 21-year-old young man was killed at the scene. She also hit a 33-year-old man who was helping the other individual. He was injured. The female driver was not.

A lawsuit filed by the families of these afflicted men is pending in the Nevada Supreme Court. It charges that Wal-Mart Stores, CVS, and Walgreen Co. need to be held liable when they do nothing to curb prescription drug abuse.
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The consumer group, Public Citizen, is recommending that patients wait until at least the year 2012 before taking the prescription diabetes drug, Byetta.

Public Citizen issued the warning in the November 2009 issue of its Worst Pills, Best Pills report.

As is true with many drugs, we don’t really know the side effects until a drug has been used on a population for at least five to seven years.

In the case of Byetta (exenatide), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recently announced that additional information will be added to the drug’s label warning of a risk of kidney failure among users, including reports of acute renal failure. Reportedly 80 adverse events have been linked to Byetta concerning kidney function.
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The premise of health care reform is that the larger number of participants in insurance pools, the greater the risk is spread among many keeping costs down for all. But that may not be the case in Florida, which is one of 11 states that has filed bills to “opt out” of federal legislation in case it does not meet its liking.

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) had suggested the “opt-out” of public option compromise as a way to get something moving among Republicans in a spirit of compromise.

State Sen. Carey Baker R-Eustis and Scott Plakon R-Longwood have filed a proposed constitutional amendment to let Florida businesses and residents opt out of a federal health care plan. But it’s unlikely a state can legislatively trump a federal mandate. That would have to be supported by three-fifths of the state Legislature and then 60 percent of voters.
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When you need to access health care in a hurry in Florida, you might not be thinking about how difficult it is to read the bill at the end of the day. Confusing codes, indecipherable language and discounts that may or may not apply, make shopping for the best and lowest cost health care something you don’t think of.

But consider this. Shop for health care like you shop for anything when you want to save money – wisely. The state of Florida is making it a bit easier.

Many consumers of medical services in Florida may not know that under law they have the right to reliable and understandable information about their health care charges.

Since January 1, 2009, when the “Health Care Consumer’s Right to Information Act” took effect, uninsured consumers have been entitled to receive a reasonable estimate of charges for any planned nonemergency medical service from a health care provider.
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