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January 2020 Archives

California may declare acetaminophen a known human carcinogen

Acetaminophen is one of the most common over-the-counter drugs in the world. It is known by the brand names Tylenol and Excedrin, and it is found in many OTC remedies for pain, flu and fever. It has been available without a prescription in the U.S. since 1955. Now, the State of California is considering labeling it a known human carcinogen.

Repeat drunk driving comes with high penalties in Tennessee

If you have been convicted in the past of a Tennessee drunk driving offense, you could be facing much stiffer penalties if you are convicted again. In fact, a fourth DUI is charged as a Class E felony. Earlier this year, the law changed so that a fifth DUI offense is a Class D felony, which is more serious than Class E.

FDA panel urges higher testing standards for asbestos in cosmetics

Many cosmetics, from baby powder to eye shadow, contain talcum powder. Unfortunately, evidence increasingly suggests that talc sometimes contains asbestos, and exposure to asbestos causes mesothelioma, lung cancer, or certain non-malignant lung diseases.

What is CTE?

Your brain is the epicenter of every emotion you feel, every decision you conclude and every move you make. That is what makes brain injuries so dangerous. Even one injury could significantly affect your physical abilities as well as your mental and emotional health.

How reliable are breathalyzers? Michigan state police take them offline

On Jan. 13, the Michigan state police announced that they would stop using all 203 breathalyzer machines they operate in stations around the state. The breath testing machines, Datamaster DMT evidential breath-alcohol testing machines, may have been improperly calibrated.

Johnson & Johnson settles asbestos-talc cancer claim in mid-trial

Nearly 17,000 lawsuits have been filed against Johnson & Johnson accusing the company of selling talcum powder products that it knew were laced with asbestos. Asbestos is known to cause mesothelioma, a rare but deadly form of cancer, and other lung cancers. There is no safe level of exposure to asbestos.

Good news on lung cancer: What to make of it

Recently, an analysis by the American Cancer Society found that the overall cancer death rate in the U.S. made its "biggest single-year drop ever," or 2.2%, between 2016 and 2017. On average, cancer rates have been dropping by about 1.5% per year over the last three decades. That means the cancer death rate dropped nearly twice as fast as usual during the study period.

Do ignition interlock devices actually cause more accidents?

If you're convicted of drunk driving in Tennessee or 33 other states, you could be required to have an ignition interlock device installed on your car. This device is kind of like a breathalyzer. It is hard-wired into your car's engine -- at your expense -- and requires you to provide a clean breath sample before the engine will start.

Planning a home remodeling project? Plan for asbestos risk

Asbestos is a fiber that was widely used in insulation, flooring, roof tiles and other building materials especially before 1978. The Environmental Protection Agency says there is no safe level of asbestos exposure. Exposure can cause serious illnesses, including mesothelioma, lung cancer, and asbestosis.

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