Here are some of the latest health and medical news
developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:
Walmart Recalls Dolls Due to Burn Risk
Walmart is recalling 174,000 dolls that pose a burn risk due to
an electrical defect.
The circuit board in the chest of the My Sweet Love / My Sweet
Baby Cuddle Care Baby Dolls can overheat and cause the surface of
the doll to become extremely hot. There have been 12 reported
incidents, including two involving burns or blisters to the thumb,
the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said.
The dolls were sold for $20 at Walmart stores nationwide from
August 2012 through March 2014. Consumers with these dolls should
take them away from children, remove the batteries and return the
doll to any Walmart store for a full refund.
For more information call Walmart at 1-800-925-6278 or go to the
Nitroglycerin Shortage Has Medical Community Worried
An ongoing shortage of the drug nitroglycerin is causing
problems and concerns for doctors and hospitals in the United
The drug is often the first therapy used by emergency room
doctors when treating a heart attack patient.
"It's one of those drugs that in certain circumstances, there really is no substitute for," Dr. Frederick Blum, an emergency doctor who treats patients at Ruby Memorial Hospital in West Virginia, told The New York Times.
He said that nitroglycerin supplies are so low that "if we had
one or two patients that were really sick that needed extended
drips, it could exhaust our supply pretty quickly."
Hospitals and doctors became concerned they might run out of the
drug when Baxter International, the only U.S. manufacturer of
injectable nitroglycerin, recently said it was slashing shipments
of the drug,
This week, Baxter and the Food and Drug Administration said they
were taking action to ease the shortage of nitroglycerin.
Settlement in Four Loko Lawsuit
The maker of the alcoholic beverage Four Loko has reached a
settlement in a lawsuit launched by 20 state attorneys general and
the city attorney of San Francisco.
Phusion Projects, LLC was accused of marketing Four Loko to
underage drinkers and promoting binge drinking. The company denies
the allegations, but agreed to make changes to their marketing
Those changes include no longer promoting binge drinking, no
longer using models younger than age 25 who appear younger than age
21, and no longer advertising the drink on college campuses, except
in retail locations.
Phusion will also pay $400,000 to cover the states'
investigation costs, the
The settlement was reached with the attorney generals of New
York, Arizona, Connecticut, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas,
Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Mississippi, New Mexico, North Carolina,
Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Washington, and the city
attorney of San Francisco.
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