Infant safe sleep guidelines updated, but message is same: Put baby flat on back, alone.

Infant safe sleep guidelines updated, but message is same: Put baby flat on back, alone.

“We know that many parents choose to share a bed with a child, for instance, perhaps to help with breastfeeding or because of a cultural preference or a belief that it is safe,” said Dr. Rebecca Carlin, who coauthored the guidelines and technical report from the AAP Task Force on Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and … Read more

400K bottles of medication from Kroger, Walgreens recalled: What to know

400K bottles of medication from Kroger, Walgreens recalled: What to know

Hundreds of thousands of bottles of over-the-counter medications sold at Kroger and Walgreens are being recalled because of unsafe packaging. Here’s a breakdown of the four different recalls from the Consumer Product Safety Commission: Name of Product: Kroger Aspirin, 300 count bottles and Ibuprofen, 160 count bottles This recall involves the Kroger brand aspirin and … Read more

Report: Smoking bans no longer a threat to casino revenue

Report: Smoking bans no longer a threat to casino revenue

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ (AP) — For decades, it was accepted wisdom in the casino industry that eliminating smoking would automatically lead to revenue declines and customer losses. But a new report examining how the coronavirus pandemic has changed gamblers’ habits says that may no longer be the case. The report issued Friday by Las Vegas-based … Read more

FDA authorizes 1st COVID-19 shots for infants, preschoolers

FDA authorizes 1st COVID-19 shots for infants, preschoolers

US regulators on Friday authorized the first COVID-19 shots for infants and preschoolers, paving the way for vaccinations to begin next week. The Food and Drug Administration’s action follows its advisory panel’s unanimous recommendation for the shots from Moderna and Pfizer. That means US kids under 5 — roughly 18 million youngsters — are eligible … Read more

Formula production at Abbott’s Michigan plant delayed after flooding from severe storms

Abbott baby formula: Former employee filed whistleblower complaint about Sturgis facility eight months before previously known

Production at the plant had restarted less than two weeks ago following a months-long closure that helped drive a nationwide formula shortage. “Severe thunderstorms and heavy rains came through southwestern Michigan on Monday evening, resulting in high winds, hail, power outages and flood damage throughout the area,” Abbott said in a statement Wednesday night. “These … Read more

Infant rockers have led to 14 deaths, commission warns

Infant rockers have led to 14 deaths, commission warns

Another infant died in 2019 while lying in the Kids 2 Bright Starts Rocker, the agency announced. Kids 2 encouraged consumers call 800-230-8190 or visit its website to report incidents or ask questions. Infant rockers are designed to gently swing back and forth, thus providing a soothing, calming motion to relax babies. Other types of … Read more

The ‘best’ and ‘worst’ places in America for first-time home buyers

The 'best' and 'worst' places in America for first-time home buyers

Angelenos, congratulations — you officially live in one of the worst metro areas for first-time home buyers, according to a new study by Bankrate.com. Out of the 50 largest metro areas studied, Los Angeles ranked 49th in affordability, 48th in employment factors, 30th in safety, and 39th in housing-market tightness, as the supply of homes … Read more

How far will Operation Fly Formula shipments really go to fill America’s store shelves?

How far will Operation Fly Formula shipments really go to fill America's store shelves?

According to the White House, the first two Operation Fly Formula flights brought in 170,000 pounds of Gerber and Alfamino formulas. Subsequent announcements have included 300,000 pounds of two kinds of formula manufactured in the UK by Kendamil, 380,000 pounds of Bubs brand infant formula from Australia and 110,000 pounds of a formula made in … Read more

Abbott baby formula: Former employee filed whistleblower complaint about Sturgis facility eight months before previously known

Abbott baby formula: Former employee filed whistleblower complaint about Sturgis facility eight months before previously known

The complaint was filed February 16, 2021, and was passed on to Abbott and the US Food and Drug Administration three days later, the source said. The news was first reported Wednesday by the Wall Street Journal, which also said the whistleblower was terminated in August 2020 and filed a discrimination complaint with Michigan OSHA … Read more

New vaccine may be option for troops with religious concerns

New vaccine may be option for troops with religious concerns

WASHINGTON (AP) — A COVID-19 vaccine that could soon win federal approval may offer a boost for the US military: an opportunity to get shots into some of the thousands of service members who have refused other coronavirus vaccines for religious reasons. At least 175 active duty and reserve service members have already received the … Read more