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Woman Sues GM After Suffering Third-Degree Burns from Heated Seat

A woman in Maine is suing General Motors after she suffered a third-degree burn while riding in the backseat of her friend’s Chevrolet Suburban. Emma Verrill filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Portland, Maine, saying that GM failed to adequately test the rear seat heaters to prevent them from reaching dangerously high temperatures that would burn human flesh. She’s seeking unspecified... 

Robin Williams Death Raises Awareness About Suicide and Hotlines

Since Robin Williams’ death on Monday, August 11, 2014, calls into crisis hotlines around the country have surged. Physicians, public health officials and mental health advocates hope the death of Robin Williams will bring new attention to suicide. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline reported that they saw the greatest number of calls in its history on Monday, the day that Williams’... 

Drinking Coffee May Reduce the Risk of Tinnitus

In the past, it was believed that people with tinnitus should give up caffeinated beverages in fear that it made the symptoms increase. New research shows otherwise. According to new research from Brigham and Women’s hospital in Boston, drinking coffee may prevent tinnitus, or chronic ringing of the ears. The study was published in the August edition of the American Journal of Medicine, and tracked... 

Could Having Your Neck Adjusted by a Chiropractor Increase Your Chances of a Stroke?

Having your neck adjusted by a chiropractor could be associated with an increased risk of stroke, according to a statement released by the American Heart Association. Although, researchers cautioned that it’s not completely certain that neck manipulation causes strokes, they do want to inform people of the risks. Neck manipulation has been associated with a risk of cervical artery dissection,... 

FDA Warns Tattoo Ink May Not be Safe

Last month, California company White and Blue Lion Inc. recalled inks in their in-home tattoo kits after testing and confirming bacterial contamination in unopened bottles. Now, the Food and Drug Administration is warning tattoo parlors, their customers and those buying at-home tattoo kits that not all tattoo ink is safe. According to Linda Katz, M.D., M.P.H., director of FDA’s Office of Cosmetics... 

Till Death Do Us Part: California Couple of 62 Years Dies Within Hours of Each Other

A true love story, when one can’t live without the other.  Don and Maxine Simpson, of Bakersfield, California were married 62 years and died within four hours of each other. According to the couple’s granddaughter, Melissa Sloan, the couple passed away approximately four hours apart on the morning of July 21. Maxine, 87, had suffered from bladder cancer, while Don, 90, had struggled with... 

Could a Birth Control Side Effect be Breast Cancer?

A recent preliminary research analysis found a link between breast cancer and those who take oral contraceptives. Birth control pills containing high doses of estrogen, along with some other formulations, may increase the risk of breast cancer in women under 50, the research suggests. “There are numerous oral contraceptive formulations,” explained lead researcher Elisabeth Beaber, a staff... 

California Considers Mandate for Bilingual Prescription Drug Labels

The California Board of Pharmacy is in the discussion of requiring all pharmacies in California to provide translated labels on prescription drug bottles. Approximately 44 percent of California residents speak a language other than English. The proposed requlation is similar to a law passed last year in New York that makes labeling easier for non-native English speakers to take their medications properly. The... 

Blood Test During Pregnancy Could Reduce Neural Tube Defects

Neural tube defects are the most common birth defects that affect 300,000 births globally, each year. It is one of the most common severely disabling birth defects. One of the ways to reduce this from happening is getting enough folate (a form of vitamin B). Or another method is folic acid, which is synthetically produced and is used in fortified foods and supplements. Taking synthetically-produced... 

Tonsillectomy for Sleep Apnea Treatment in Children May Cause Weight Gain

Tonsillectomies are commonly prescribed to help children who suffer from sleep apnea, but a recent study found that the treatment can make children gain weight, especially if they’re already overweight. In the study, researchers analyzed 204 children between the ages of five and nine who were recommended to undergo tonsillectomy surgery and another 192 children who didn’t. The team followed... 
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