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Trend of Declining Traffic Deaths Continues in First Half of 2010

Traffic accident deaths continue to decline. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that an estimated 14,996 people died in car crashes in the first half of 2010, and while that number may seem high, it represents a 9.2 percent decline from the first six months of 2009. This decline continues a trend of fewer […]

Dismissed FDA Whistleblower Claims Will Get a New Review

Federal health officials are taking a new look at complaints by Food and Drug Administration scientists that their superiors pressured them to approve potentially unsafe medical devices. Scientists at the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health, the unit involved in approving medical devices, approached Congress and the Obama administration with their complaints last year. […]

Infant Sleep Positioners Can Be Deadly, Regulators Warn

Infant sleep positioners — marketed as devices to prevent Sudden Infant Death Syndrome by keeping babies on their backs — have been linked to at least 12 deaths since 1997 and should no longer be used, federal officials are saying in a new consumer warning. The Chicago Tribune reports that the joint warning by the Food […]

Fisher-Price Launches Massive Recall Even as Toy Industry Seeks Less Regulation

Nearly 11 million Fisher-Price tricycles, high chairs and toys are being recalled over safety concerns. The Consumer Product Safety Commission said Thursday that two of the products,  Fisher-Price Trikes and Tough Trikes toddler tricycles, have a protruding plastic ignition key near the seat that children have sat or fallen on, causing genital bleeding. The agency […]

Anti-Texting Laws Fail to Dent Distracted Driving, Report Says

The passage of laws prohibiting text messaging while driving has done little to make roads safer, according to a new report. The report, conducted by the Highway Loss Data Institute, which is funded by the insurance industry, compared the rates of car accidents in four states that had passed anti-texting laws with neighboring states that […]

Heart Risks Often Are Key in Decisions to Ban Drugs, Analysis Finds

When the Food and Drug Administration pulls drugs off the market because of possibly dangerous side effects, heart complications often are the concern. A Bloomberg analysis has found that the risk of heart complications was a factor in 10 of the 21 drugs removed from the U.S. market since 1995 because of safety issues. These […]

Feds Put Heat on California, Hawaii Over Job Safety Enforcement

A federal review of job safety enforcement by the states has come down hard on California, saying its Division of Occupational Safety and Health is slow to respond to hazard complaints, does a bad job of training inspectors, and is too willing to reduce penalties or dismiss cases through its appeals process — even in […]

Oil Refiner to Spend $142 Million, Ending Air Pollution Case

Murphy Oil Corp. has agreed to pay $1.25 million in penalties for violating the Clean Air Act at its refineries in Wisconsin and Louisiana, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Justice Department announced. As part of the settlement, Murphy also agreed to spend $142 million to upgrade pollution controls at the two refineries. The move […]

Mouthwash Claims Should Go Down the Drain, FDA Says

The Food and Drug Administration isn’t swallowing the health claims made by three mouthwash marketers. The agency has sent the companies warning letters saying that available scientific evidence doesn’t support their claims that the products — used by millions of Americans to rinse their mouths every day — remove plaque and promote healthy gums. The […]

Smashing Pumpkins Takes Bashing for Tobacco-Sponsored Concert in Indonesia

The rock group Smashing Pumpkins is scheduled early next month to do what it’s done hundreds of times before: headline a major concert. But, because of the sponsors, this event is proving controversial for the band. Jakarta’s Java Rockin’ Land festival, which from Oct. 8 to 10 also will feature such bands as the Vines and […]