Public Health

Children’s Tylenol, Motrin and other drugs recalled

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said May 1 that it was investigating the products and facilities involved in the voluntary recall of more than 40 varieties of liquid medication for children and infants, including Tylenol, Motrin, Benadryl and Zyrtec.

Graco recalls 217,000 wooden cribs

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced a recall of Graco brand wooden cribs manufactured by LaJobi Inc. All of the cribs affected by the recall have a drop side—or a side that can be lowered to facilitate reaching into the crib. So far 99 incidents in which the drop side either became unattached or the hardware …

When interrupted, nurses more likely to make mistakes

When you get interrupted in the middle of something, it can be hard to regain your train of thought—which can be annoying if you’re knitting and lose count of stitches, for example, or you’re wandering through the office and lose track of whom you’d been headed to speak with. But when you’re interrupted while measuring medication for …

Why Dennis Quaid is fighting to improve patient safety

Three years ago, a medical mistake almost cost actor Dennis Quaid’s twin children their lives. As the Associated Press reports, at “Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, Thomas and Zoe Quaid were accidentally given an overdose of the blood thinner heparin.” For the next 41 hours Quaid says his children’s lives hung in the balance. …

Calling on health insurers to drop fast food stock

Health insurance companies in the U.S., Canada and Europe hold nearly $1.9 billion in fast-food company stock, according to a new study from researchers at Harvard Medical School and the department of medicine at Cambridge Health Alliance. In the study, published this week in the American Journal of Public Health researchers examined …

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