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Breast implants and cancer

Pennsylvania women may be interested to know that according to the Food and Drug Administration, nine people have died as a result of a cancer linked to breast implants. Anaplastic large cell lymphoma is an extremely rare form of a slow-growing cancer that targets the cell in the immune system and can be located in the skin or lymph nodes near a breast implant. It is not a type of breast cancer and may be treated effectively if it is detected early enough.

Study reveals issues with baby products

Pennsylvania parents may have heard about a study conducted by Nationwide Children's Hospital and published in the journal Pediatrics. It found that one child under the age of 3 was injured every eight minutes on average by a nursery product. That equates to more than 66,000 emergency room visits each year during the study period from January 1991 to December 2011. The study also found that such injuries increased by 25 percent during the last eight years of that period.

Pennsylvania residents urged to return defective smartphone

On Sept. 10, Samsung posted a message on its website telling consumers to return their Galaxy Note 7s and get a replacement because of fire hazards. Those who own this product have been told not to turn it on during flights or put it in checked baggage, and some airlines have banned it from their planes. The company said that it would start providing replacement devices with new batteries in South Korea on Sept. 19.

Study finds strollers and carriers can be dangerous

Pennsylvania parents may be surprised to learn that, on average, two children are injured by strollers or child carriers every hour in the United States. The study, conducted by researchers at an Ohio hospital, also found that approximately one child per day has to be hospitalized for such injuries.

Potentially dangerous airbags still being installed by car makers

Pennsylvania residents may be aware that millions of cars, light trucks and SUVs have been recalled in recent months because airbags made by Takata have been known to shower vehicle occupants with metal shards after deploying, but they may be surprised to learn that at least four auto makers are still using the potentially dangerous airbags. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has linked at least 10 deaths and about 100 injuries to Takata airbags, but a report issued on June 2 by the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation revealed that Volkswagen, Chrysler Fiat, Mitsubishi and Toyota continue to install them in some of their vehicles.

Major recalls for chicken producer

A recall of more than 4.5 million pounds of chicken products might affect many Pennsylvania residents as Pilgrim's Pride Corp. is a large provider of fully cooked chicken meals, and one in five chickens in America reportedly come from the company. The chicken is being recalled for containing non-food materials like plastic and metal.

Fisher-Price swings recalled due to seat peg issue

Pennsylvania parents with toddlers may be concerned by news that more than 30,000 cradle swings made by Fisher-Price have been recalled. The models covered are the Soothing Savanna Cradle 'n Swing, the Sweet Surroundings Butterfly Friends Cradle 'n Swing and the Sweet Surroundings Cradle 'n Swing. The model numbers of the swings being recalled are CHM84, CMR43 and CMR40. The New York-based toy maker, which has been a wholly owned subsidiary of Mattel, Inc. since 1993, announced the recall on April 14.

NHTSA could recall all Takata airbag inflators

Many Pennsylvania drivers have a Takata airbag inflator in their vehicle that has been recalled or will soon be recalled. So far, Takata has had to recall 28.8 million airbag inflators around the country over a defect that can result in shrapnel flying at vehicle occupants during a crash. Eleven people have died because of the Takata airbag problem, and the automotive recall has been the largest in U.S. history.