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  • FDA Says Temporary Tattoos May Cause Injury
    March 25 2013

    As families head out for vacations in the upcoming months, many will allow their children to get a temporary tattoo for fun.  These tattoos usually last from a few days to a few weeks before harmlessly fading away.  The tattoos have been looked upon as a fun harmless experience but the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recently received reports from people who wound up in the in the emergency room after getting a temporary tattoo made with “black henna” ink.

    Reported problems include redness, blisters, raised red weeping lesions, loss of pigmentation, increased sensitivity to sunlight, and permanent scarring.

    In the past, temporary tattoos have used henna ink which is a reddish-brown coloring made from plants. Today, more and more temporary tattoos are made with “black henna”, which may be a mix of henna and other ingredients or, may just be black hair dye.  Other ingredients have been added to make the tattoo last longer.

    If you or your child, experiences a reaction from a “temporary tattoo” seek medical attention.

  • Spring Break Driving
    March 14 2013

    It is that time of year again when Oregon and Washington roads will be filled with teenagers and families headed out for spring break vacations and day trips.  Unfortunately, it is also the time of year when we see an increase in traffic accidents involving drivers under the age of 20. Traffic crashes are the number one cause of injury and death for 15 to 20 year olds. Young drivers age 20 and under are involved in crashes at nearly twice the rate of the population as a whole.

    Share these tips from the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) with your family:

    •  Driving is a serious responsibility. Discuss what it means to be a safe driver with your children and set ground rules for when they’re behind the wheel.
    • Model safe behavior. Parents and older siblings carry a lot influence. By driving safely and responsibly, you’re setting a good example.
    • Never drink or take drugs and drive. Never get into a car with anyone who has been drinking or using drugs.
    • Limit the number of passengers riding with young drivers. The presence of passengers increases the crash risk for teen drivers.
    • That’s why Oregon’s graduated driver license program limits the number of passengers newly licensed teens can have in the car.
    • Since the graduated driver license laws were passed more than a decade ago, Oregon has seen significant decreases in teen driver crashes.
    • Put away your phone. Turn it off or put it in the backseat to reduce the temptation to look at it while you drive. Putting away your phone may be an inconvenience, but it’s better than the alternative—being a statistic.
    • Buckle up. Every time. Everyone.

     

  • $8.3 million Awarded in J&J DePuy hip implant case
    March 11 2013

    A Los Angeles jury awarded $8.3 million to Loren Kransky, 65, who accused Johnson & Johnson of knowingly selling and marketing a faulty hip implant manufactured by DePuy Orthopadeics, a subsidiary of J & J.

    Jurors found the product was defectively designed and caused metal poisoning after black pieces of metal flaked off the implant.  However, DePuy was not found negligent of failing to adequately warn consumers about its product. 

    This case is one of the first of nearly 11,000 cases pending against J&J DePuy Orthopaedics.  The implant was marketed worldwide before being recalled in 2010.  Most implants need to be replaced within 10 to 20 years but one in eight patients who received the DePuy implant needed a new hip within five years. 

    This is good news for the pending 11,000 cases against the manufacturer of this defective product

    J&J set aside $1 billion to cover costs of the recall and lawsuits.

    J&J plans to appeal the verdict.

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