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The Dangers of the IVC Filter

The Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) filter has been used for years, but recently it has made the news based on problems that appear to be caused by it. With that in mind, it is very important to understand what these filters are, how they work, and the risks associated with them.

New Does Not Always Mean Improved: The Problem with Jeep's Electronic Shifter

On Sunday, 27-year-old actor Anton Yelchin lost his life when his 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee rolled down the driveway and pinned him against his security gate. "[Anton's] death," writes Jeff Guo for the Washington Post, "raised the fear of anyone who's ever parked on a steep incline and worried if the brakes would hold."

Poison Pods: Lock Them Up

If you have young children, be sure to keep both your dishwasher pods and your laundry detergent pods safely locked away. Consumer advocate Erin Brockovich recently cautioned via Facebook that roughly one child per hour suffers poisoning from eating laundry detergent pods (Erin's information comes from a study published by the American Academy of Pediatrics).

Ferrari Is Latest Automaker to Recall Cars over Defective Takata Airbags

The Takata airbag problem caused "the biggest recall in US history," according to Business Insider, with seemingly every major brand forced to recall vehicles (look to the bottom of this post to see the list). All told, a staggering 30 million vehicles have been recalled.

Supervisory Pharmacist Criminally Charged in Case Involving Tainted Drugs

This is perhaps one of the most striking examples of "malpractice," if you can call it that, perpetrated by a pharmacist. Indeed, the authorities took it a step further by calling it racketeering. The two terms generally aren't related, but in this case, supervisory pharmacist Glenn Chin is alleged to have caused the deaths of 25 people in seven states because of his "wanton and willful disregard," as Denise Lavoie reports for the Associated Press on Wednesday.

Woman Acquitted of Negligent Homicide Charge in Connection to Defective G.M. Ignition Switch

We have yet another story involving G.M., which creates an image of a house of cards, a house that could eventually crumble given all the legal trouble piling on the automaker.  

Auto Industry Continues to Face Tough Road Over Product Defects

"I find it troubling," Sen. Claire McCaskill said, "but more importantly I am sad that I am not surprised, that we find ourselves examining another example of manufacturers' failure to fulfill safety obligations that could have saved lives."

Possible Link between Anti-Anxiety Drugs and Alzheimer's Disease

Melissa Healy with the Los Angeles Times reports that common anti-anxiety drugs may be linked to the development of Alzheimer's disease ("Drugs used for anxiety, sleep are linked to Alzheimer's disease in older people"). According to new research, Healy writes, "Older people who have relied on a class of drugs called benzodiazepines to reduce anxiety or induce sleep are at higher risk [...]."

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