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Chinese company and the CPSC cooperating on product safety

For better and for worse, many products sold in the U.S. are imported from other nations. These nations may or may not have stringent product safety standards. American regulators make significant efforts to shield consumers from the importation of dangerous products. However, many unsafe foreign goods do find their way past safety checks and into the hands of Americans.

In an effort to protect against the importation of dangerous consumer products, the Consumer Product Safety Commission recently announced that it is now cooperating with the prominent Chinese e-commerce corporation Alibaba. Alibaba and the CPSC are working together to ensure that unsafe Chinese products are rooted out of shipments to the U.S.

The concussed brains of boys and girls differ

Sustaining a traumatic brain injury is a serious event for anyone. However, it is important to understand that TBIs may differ in their severity and in their consequences. For healthy adults, a mild concussion may not lead to any significant long-term consequences. However, for infants, children and teens, even mild concussions may significantly affect their developing brains.

According to a recently published study, concussions and other traumatic brain injuries may also affect the brain differently depending on whether the concussed brain belongs to a young male or a young female. Specifically, young girls may be affected by concussion-related consequences that young boys may be spared. The new study indicates that young girls may be more susceptible to behavioral problems in the wake of TBIs.

Why is powdered caffeine insufficiently regulated?

Many Americans remain unaware of how dangerous caffeine can be. In very small amounts, caffeine can be relatively harmless, provided that anyone ingesting it does not have a medical condition that could be exacerbated by caffeine and is not taking any drugs which could interact with caffeine. However, because caffeine is indeed a drug, it can cause potentially harmful side effects and is dangerous in large doses.

The Food and Drug Administration has the authority to regulate many different kinds of pharmaceutical products. As a result, the FDA may regulate the caffeine content present in medications, as well as the caffeine content of food and drinks. However, this government agency is not currently empowered to strictly regulate the sale of pure powdered caffeine.

One age group is increasingly at risk for motorcycle accidents

Many Americans will receive the exciting gift of motorcycles this season. Hopefully, these gifts will be accompanied by helmets, protective clothing and pre-paid safety courses as well. Because as exciting as motorcycles can be, they can also be dangerous if not treated with respect.

Unfortunately, riding motorcycles can be a dangerous adventure even if the act of riding is treated with respect. Distracted drivers, intoxicated motorists, dangerous road conditions and other factors can inspire injurious and even fatal motorcycle accidents. According to The Wall Street Journal, approximately one dozen Americans die while riding motorcycles in the U.S. on a daily basis.

Do I have a case if I have been negligent too?

Accidents happen. Sometimes accidents seem to occur from out of nowhere. You are driving along, minding the speed limit and paying close attention to the task of driving. Suddenly, a vehicle beside you veers out of control and slams into the side of your vehicle. In these “out of nowhere” kinds of accidents, you cannot be held responsible for any wrongdoing.

However, other kinds of accidents often occur that involve more than one negligent party. You are driving along, minding the speed limit and texting on your phone. You look up in time to realize that you need to brake but you don’t have quite enough time to brake fully before hitting the car in front of you. You hit the back of the vehicle, which is being operated by a motorist who is also texting and had to slam on his brakes because he was not paying attention either. In these kinds of personal injury cases, both parties are negligent. But that does not necessarily mean that you cannot recover damages simply because you were negligent too.

Think twice before buying these gifts for children and teens

‘Tis the season to shop for kids of all ages. Holiday shopping can be very enjoyable, but it can also be a highly stressful experience. It can be difficult to find just the right girl for everyone on your list. It can also be uniquely difficult to shop for kids and teens, as many children’s products are ultimately proven to be unsafe. If you are concerned about shopping for safe gifts for kids and teens, you are not alone. And thankfully, keeping a few guidelines in mind will likely aid you in your quest.

First, make sure that the gifts you are purchasing are age-appropriate. The exact same gift could be a wonderful choice for a nine-year-old but potentially dangerous if given to a five-year-old. Most children’s products will indicate a safe age range on their packaging.

Study: Medical errors seldom acknowledged

Most people likely have heard the phrase: “do no harm.” It is an important principle in the medical profession. Patients, and their families, rely on medical professionals to provide medical care while strictly adhering to the appropriate standard of care under the circumstances. In any human endeavor, mistakes may occur. Unfortunately, if a medical mistake occurs, the harm can be life-altering for the patient.

From time-to-time, researchers release the results of studies that count or estimate the number of patients who suffer harm do to medical mistakes. These studies may often reach divergent results. Most people understand that known complications can arise from a medical procedure –even in the absence of a mistake, negligence or a breach of the standard of care. Do we really know how many medical mistakes occur in a given year?

Parents: Beware of detergent pod dangers

‘Tis the season for savory eats and sweet treats. It seems that appetizing snack foods and desserts can be found just about everywhere you go. From your workplace to your own home, chances are that you are encountering seasonal foods on a regular basis at this time of year. Chances are that your children have noticed an increased availability of these fun foods as well.

Unfortunately, some objects that look like sweets and treats to children are actually not safely edible. As a result, small children especially are at risk of suffering injury as a result of eating objects that look like food but are not safe to ingest. For example, a startling number of American children have suffered injury over the past few years after eating laundry or dishwasher detergent pods.

Toxic chemicals in consumer products should inspire reform

If you were asked, “What are the earth’s most ubiquitous environmental contaminants?” what would you answer? Unless you have a very specific set of knowledge, you would like not choose triclosan and triclocarban. However, according to a piece recently published in The New York Times, these two chemicals are indeed the correct answer to the question posed above.

According to the Times, the Food and Drug Administration has been struggling to properly regulate these chemicals for nearly four decades. Despite widespread and longstanding concerns that these chemicals negatively impact both humans and the environment in disturbing ways, these chemicals remain present in a host of consumer products, including cosmetics and antibacterial soaps.

Are you regularly replacing the batteries in your home alarms?

Nearly every corner of the United States recently experienced “Fall Back.” This autumn ritual insists that individuals alter the time on their clocks by one hour in such a way that they “gain” one hour of sleep. It can take some individuals weeks to adjust to the change, while others barely notice it. However, “Fall Back” serves an important purpose beyond altering daylight hours. Both “Fall Back” and its counterpart “Spring Forward” mark the two dates on which Americans are generally urged to change the batteries in their home smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.

This alarms and detectors are critical to ensuring that you, your loved ones and guests in your home remain safe. Failure to change these batteries on a regular basis could not only lead your guests to sue you in a premises liability lawsuit for harm caused during a fire or carbon monoxide leak, this failure could cause you and your loved ones injurious or even fatal harm.