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Kristina Labanauskas

Chicago-area grocery store tested for Legionnaires’ bacteria

Six cases of Legionnaires’ disease have been reported recently: five people in Tinley Park and one person in Orland Park. All people have been successfully treated and released from…

Kristina Labanauskas

After the Flood: Safety Tips

Many Americans suffered the devastating effects of Hurricane Ike and resulting inclement weather. Here in Chicago, we experienced record rainfall and the worst flooding in years due to the remnants…

Jenny Albano

Magnet Dart Boards Recalled Due to Aspiration and Intestinal Hazards

Family Dollar, in conjunction with the CPSC, is recalling about 250,000 FUN ‘N SAFE Magnetic Dart Boards because the magnets pose aspiration and intestinal hazards.Small magnets at the ends of the darts can detach. Magnets found by young children can be swallowed or aspirated. If more than one magnet is swallowed, the magnets can attract each other and cause intestinal perforations or blockages,…

Jenny Albano

Cold and Cough Medicine May be Risky for Children

The FDA will be discussing the safety and efficacy of cold and cough medicines for children in a meeting that will take place in October. Some doctors and health officials have questioned the safety of these medicines for children, especially toddlers. Some feel that the benefits of the medicines do not outweigh the risks that the children can incur. A group of doctors have filed a petition…

Jenny Albano

Two of Over 500 Sick from Taste of Chicago Sue Pars Cove

As of Monday afternoon, 529 people had reported they were infected with salmonella from the Taste of Chicago festival. Of those who reported their illness, around 50 have been confirmed by lab tests, and 36 have been identified as Salmonella heidelberg which is a common strain. Now 17 people have been hospitalized for their symptoms.City Health officials have only found one source of the…

Jenny Albano

491 Cases of Salmonella Illness from Taste of Chicago

The number of people reported being ill has increased to 491 after they ate at the Pars Cove Persian Cuisine booth at the Taste of Chicago festival. The source of the salmonella outbreak has been linked to a hummus dish called hummus shirazi which includes fresh herbs, tomato and cucumber salad on top of hummus. The numbers of salmonellosis have been increasing over the last week.As a…

Staff Writer

300+ People Sick at Chicago Food Tasting

Chicago Sun-Times reports that over 300 people have become sick after eating at a popular food tasting event in Chicago with a number complaining of salmonella poisoning.On Thursday about 126 people who ate at the Pars Cove Persian Cuisine booth at the Taste of Chicago had reported illness. As as of this weekend the number of complaints had more than tripled according to Chicago Sun-Times.City…

Barry Doyle

Florida eliminating no-fault auto insurance

Florida lawmakers recently allowed the state’s no-fault auto insurance law to lapse. No-fault auto insurance, which was intended to keep a reign on auto insurance costs, had resulted in Florida consumers paying the sixth highest rates in the nation for coverage.At least one commentator besides myself thinks that this is a good thing.The virtue and vice of a no-fault auto insurance system is…

Barry Doyle

Bill to permit wrongful death jurors to consider familly's grief

The General Assembly has sent a bill to Gov. Blagoevich for signature that would allow juries to consider the grief of surviving family members as part of the damages in a wrongful death case. Hopefully, the governor will sign the bill.One thing that most people are unaware of is that the damages in a wrongful death case are controlled by a statute — the Wrongful Death Act. By statute, the…

Barry Doyle

Magnetix toy magnets a swallowing hazard for children

The Chicago Tribune ran a disheartening article today on the saga of the Consumer Product Safety Commission, Magnetix toy magnets, and children.The story detailed the agency’s receipt of complaints about children suffering serious injuries to their intestines after swallowing the tiny magnets. The kind of magnets used in Magnetix are not tthe traditional rubbery magnets used for refrigerator…