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Powdered caffeine now on the radar of state, federal health officials

At this time of the year, it's not just high school classrooms and hallways that are once again bustling with activity, but athletic fields, weight rooms and locker rooms as well. That's because students are embarking on seasons in football, soccer and cross-country, while others are busy training for their respective winter or spring activities.

Plaintiff awarded $73 M in lawsuit over dangerous vaginal mesh

Imagine being forced to live with a dangerous and defective product that you could not dispose of and couldn't even stop interacting with. This is effectively the fate of countless Americans who are implanted with a defective medical device. Not only can these dangerous devices cause serious and permanent health problems, but removing them from the body can require multiple surgeries - if they can be removed at all.

New search tool allows consumers to see if vehicle was recalled

There is no question that this has proven to be a very busy year for auto recalls. Indeed, roughly 46 million vehicles have already been recalled this year. To put this in perspective, consider that this equates to nearly one out of every five vehicles on the nation's roads and highways here in the U.S., and that the previous annual recall record set back in 2004 was a mere 30.8 million.

Nightstands that pose burn hazard recalled

There is an expectation in the part of most consumers that the products they purchase will not inflict any harm upon them when they use it as intended. Despite this expectation, defective products are regularly sold to those residing throughout the country, including in Los Angeles, California. These defective items cover a wide variety of product types from food, to automobiles as well as items used regularly in households.

Are there defective products in your home?

Every year, the Consumer Product Safety Commission announces hundreds of recalls concerning thousands of defective products here in the U.S. However, despite these efforts and the 24-hour news cycle that has now become the norm thanks to the Internet and social media, a large number of these defective -- and frequently very dangerous -- products can still be found in homes.

Study backs FDA's controversial position on surgical instrument

While most people might not realize it, a debate has been raging between the Food and Drug Administration and certain sections of the U.S. medical community over the ongoing use of a medical device that the agency claims can be linked to an increased cancer risk. The medical device in question is a power morcellator, which for the uninitiated is a surgical instrument that is designed to cut up larger pieces of tissue inside the body for extraction via smaller laparoscopic incisions. The device is frequently utilized by OB/GYNs during hysterectomies or surgical procedures to remove uterine fibroids. Back in April, the FDA began discouraging OB/GYNs from using power morcellators, arguing that the devices can actually serve to spread previously undetected cancerous cells.

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