Category Archives: General Health

Study examines dangers of detergent pods to kids

The New York Times reports on the dangers posed by “colorful, single-load packets of” detergents introduced on the US market about two years ago. Since the pods’ introduction, “more than 17,000 children under age six ate or inhaled the contents or squirted concentrated liquid from a packet into their eyes, “ according to a study published in the journal Pediatrics. Continue reading

AMA: Physician-assisted suicide goes against physician’s role as a healer

The Boston Globe reports, following the death of cancer patient Brittany Maynard, who chose to end her life under Oregon’s “Death With Dignity” law, physicians, “medical ethicists, and patient rights activists in the Boston area remain sharply divided over whether doctors should actively participate in patient deaths.” Continue reading

Report: 30% of shrimp mislabeled in restaurants and stores

The Washington Post reports that, according to a report released by Oceana, a ocean conservation advocacy organization, “43 of 143 shrimp samples obtained from restaurants and grocery stores” in Washington, DC, New York City, Portland, Oregon, and the Gulf Coast “were misrepresented” on the menu. Nationally, 30% of shrimp were found to be mislabeled. Continue reading