Battling breast cancer takes an excruciating toll from loss of hair to coping with a lumpectomy or complete mastectomy. Last year, approximately 109,000 women across the country had reconstructive surgery at the end of their cancer treatment. Another 290,000 American women received implants for breast enlargements, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
Take a minute and consider all the cosmetic products you roll, rub, brush and apply on or into your skin. You probably assume these products are completely safe, considering the fact that they are for sale and the directions might even say to "apply liberally" or "use then repeat," and perhaps there's even a note that the product is "safe for everyday use."
When we go to the store to buy something for our kids, we generally expect that whatever product we buy will be safe. Consumers have this expectation because products like toys, food and appliances are generally tested and must meet various standards before reaching the marketplace. Unfortunately, this doesn't always happen.
When you purchase a used vehicle, a Carfax report will tell you if the vehicle was in a wreck. But what it won't tell you is whether the car has a Takata air bag.
Wetness and odor are not topics of everyday conversation. For decades, women have used talcum powder to control both. Johnson & Johnson markets a range of products that use talcum powder for this purpose. One of these, marketed as Shower to Shower, comes in different scents and formulations for sport use.
Morcellators are medical devices used during a handful of medical procedures, mostly hysterectomies, myomectomies and the surgical removal of fibroids or noncancerous growths in the uterus. Morcellators have rapidly spinning blades that cut tissue into pieces that can be removed from the body through tiny slits made during minimally invasive surgery. Using them to cut out benign tumors which are hiding malignant cells can cause advanced stage cancer. Where there is undetected cancers, morcellators spray malignant cells around the inside the abdomen like seeds, speeding the progression of the disease.
Bungee cords are inherently dangerous. They contain great amounts of stored energy, and when released can strike a person's eye at 200 mph. Bungee cords are a leading causes of eye injury. Bungee cords are often designed and built in an unsafe manner. The hooks either straighten out, come loose, detach from the cord, or the cord can break. Injuries to the eye include bleeding within the eye, lacerations to the eye, traumatic cataracts, and tearing or detachment of the retina from the back of the eye. Bungee cord accidents have resulted in loss of the eye itself and even death.
The federal government sued Trinity Industries claiming that it fraudulently and secretly modified its guardrails which posed an added threat to drivers. The jury returned a verdict of $175 million. The rail head is a flat piece of steel at the front of the guardrail that, on impact, is supposed to glide along the rail and push the metal safely out of the way. Years ago, Trinity narrowed the channel behind the head from five to four inches without notifying the Federal Highway Administration. The shortening of the rail head is suspected to make them jam and fall off on impact, causing the rail to pierce a vehicle. People have become impaled by the metal.
In September 2012 there was an outbreak of fungal meningitis caused by contaminated batches of a steroid made by the New England Compounding Center in Framingham, Mass which was used to inject near the spine to treat chronic back pain. 620 people in 19 states have become ill, most with spinal meningitis. 39 people died.