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In early 2018, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reported an outbreak of E. coli found in romaine lettuce, which sickened nearly 200 people and killed five. Right before Thanksgiving, another outbreak caused the CDC to recall all romaine, fresh and bagged. In the fall, over 19 million pounds of ground beef were recalled in three separate salmonella outbreaks. Is our food out to get us? If you think you’re...

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As the number of surgeries performed in these centers has risen into the millions, so have the risks of medical complications. A new joint investigation by USA TODAY and Kaiser Health News sheds light on centers plagued by poor oversight, unqualified or ill-equipped staff, and little to no accountability. The rising cost of health care in America is a big concern. Small, relatively routine surgeries that are performed in a...

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Pure and gentle enough for babies’ bottoms.A product mothers can trust.Made by a company that puts customers first. Company documents revealed that Johnson & Johnson knew about possible asbestos contamination in talc as far back as 1957. Generations of mothers know these are the advertising promises behind Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder, the talc product with a fragrance that is among the most recognizable in the world....

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U.S. consumers spent about $20 billion on toys in 2017 with projections for a seven percent increase in sales for 2018. In short, toys are big business. The downside: a market flooded with toys that, in some cases, are not tested for safety. Fortunately for American toy buyers (and kids), the definitive annual toy safety survey from the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (U.S. PIRG) is here. For more than 30 years, the Trouble in...

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When a doctor writes a prescription, most of us assume we’ll walk out of the pharmacy with the drug best suited for the diagnosis. But what if the doctor chose a new drug based on a big marketing push by the manufacturer? Or maybe it’s the other way around: Patients often request a particular brand-name drug after seeing hundreds of television ads with actors or well-known celebrities vouching for its effectiveness. So far in 2018,...

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Our pets and the law

Our pets and the law


Posted By on Jul 24, 2018

Furry, scaly or feathered companions are nearly a given in most American homes. It is estimated that 68 percent of all American households own pets, and in 2017 these households spent over $69 billion on food, vet care and more for their beloved beasts. Clearly an injury to a pet can be traumatic and expensive for owners, especially if it was caused by the negligence of another party. Consider these legal options: American pet owners...

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