FDA Warns on Teething Products, baby formula

FDA warns on teething products, baby formula

The FDA has advised against the use of homeopathic teething tablets and gels for infants and children following reports of seizures, breathing problems, muscle weakness, sleepiness, agitation and more after product use, and amid an investigation of 10 deaths likely linked to such remedies. The FDA has recalled Sammy’s Milk Baby Food and the Consumer Product Safety Commission announced recalls of Babies R Us pacifier clips, Captiva Designs bungee chairs, SmartPool PE12 Pool Eye alarms and Lenny Lamb Buckle Onbu infant carriers.


Decline in teenage pregnancy due to use of contraceptives, study suggests

The New York Times (9/1, Bakalar, Subscription Publication) reports a new study published in the Journal of Adolescent health found the “sharp decline in American teenage pregnancy and birthrates in recent years was driven exclusively by the use of contraceptives.” The study of a “nationally representative sample of more than 3,000 women ages 15 to 19” in 2007, 2009 and 2012 concluded “that sexual activity in the last three months of each time period did not vary — about one-third of the young women had had sex during that time.” However, the “percentage of teenagers who reported using contraception increased to 86 percent from 78 percent, and the share using more than one method increased to 37 percent from 26 percent.” Laura Lindberg, a research scientist with the Guttmacher Institute, said, “The long-term decline in teen pregnancy and teen births has been brought about by teenagers making considered and responsible decisions.”

Unity Day – Wear Orange!

Unity Day is Wednesday, October 19. PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center Site exit disclaimer started Unity Day in 2011. The purpose of Unity Day Site exit disclaimer is to demonstrate that we are together against bullying. We are united for kindness, acceptance and inclusion of all students.

Get involved! Wear and share the color ORANGE on Unity Day! Join in sending one large ORANGE message of support, hope, and unity so that all students feel safe and supported.

Falls the leading cause of injury among older adults, CDC says

The CBS News (9/22, Marcus) website reports that “falls are the number one cause of fatal and nonfatal injuries among adults over 65,” researchers concluded in a report published in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. The report found that “in 2014, older Americans fell 29 million times, leading to seven million injuries” that sometimes landed people in the emergency department. Unfortunately, “more than 27,000 falls led to death.” In a press statement, CDC Director Tom Frieden, MD, MPH, said, “Older adult falls are increasing and, sadly, often herald the end of independence.” Dr. Frieden went on to emphasize that falls can be prevented.