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Possible Energy Drink Ban

The American Medical Association may recommend a ban of sales and advertising of “high-energy/stimulant drinks” to children and adolescents under the age of 18. As we have warned readers before, energy drinks can be especially dangerous to children. During a debate this weekend in Chicago, The AMA’s House of Delegates, its principle policy-making body, heard… read more

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Beware of Travelling Contractors

In the wake of recent storms, Attorney General Mike DeWine has issued a warning regarding traveling contractors. He cautions Ohioans that some contractors may try to take advantage of desperate storm victims as they struggle to rebuild their homes. “After severe weather hits, it’s important to be vigilant about home improvement scams,” DeWine said. “Some… read more

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Wireless Proof of Insurance

You may have seen a certain insurance company’s a commercial – the one with their little “spokes-pig” showing a police officer his proof of insurance on a cell phone. While this may work in some states, it’s not legal in Ohio – yet. The Columbus Dispatch reports that “A proposed change to state law would… read more

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New Safety Review of Diabetes Drugs

  Possible link to cancer The American Diabetes Association (ADA) has called for an independent safety review of drugs used to control blood sugar for patients with Type 2 Diabetes.  The ADA issued a statement this week asking pharmaceutical companies to “make patient-level data on their products available for an independent review that could help… read more

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Warning for Meat Tenderized with Needles

Some grocers sell cuts of meat that have been mechanically tenderized.  Now, that may sound no different than machines wielding spikey meat-tenderizing hammers (like the one we all have shoved somewhere in the back of a kitchen drawer.) But for the food industry, the industrial method of meat tenderizing involves piercing the meat – with… read more

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3 Deaths in same hotel room

A string of mysterious hotel room deaths has been solved. “Officials say they discovered carbon monoxide in a North Carolina hotel room where an 11-year-old boy died Saturday, nearly two months after an elderly couple was found dead in the same room,” CBS affiliate WBTV reports. Jeffery Williams of South Carolina was found dead inside… read more

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Airbag recall may extend to Honda

by  Arthur M. Elk The National Highway traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is investigating older model minivans to determine whether faulty airbags should lead to a recall. Reports indicate that front air bags on 2003-04 model Honda Odyssey minivans can spontaneously inflate, possibly causing an accident and injury to drivers and passengers.  When combined with two previous… read more

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New Mobile App provides recall information

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has announced the release of a free mobile app that will provide real-time recall and vehicle safety information to consumers.  Using data from the NHTSA’s Safercar.gov site, the “Safer Car” app allows users to search its 5-Star Safety Ratings for vehicles by make and model. Users will be… read more

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Ohio’s Return to Play Law – what you need to know

This summer, thousands of children will take part in youth sports. Parents should know that Ohio lawmakers recently approved legislation known as “The Return to Play Law” to protect student athletes from one of the most pervasive and serious sports injuries:  Concussions. A concussion is an injury to the brain that may be caused by… read more

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Hidden cameras reveal patient neglect

Hidden cameras reveal patient neglect In an extraordinary effort, the offices of Ohio Attorney General, Mike DeWine, have teamed up with the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) to investigate Autumn Health Care of Zanesville – a Muskingum County nursing home. Triggered by numerous failed inspections as well as complaints by residents and their family members,… read more

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