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Health Highlights: Sept. 26, 2013

Health Highlights: Sept. 26, 2013

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:

Kids' Sunscreens Recalled for Potential Contamination

Some Badger baby and children's sunscreen products are being recalled in the United States and Canada due to microbial contamination.

All lots of the company's 4-ounce SPF 30 Baby Sunscreen Lotion and one lot of its 4-ounce SPF 30 Kids Sunscreen Lotion are being recalled after tests revealed contamination with Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Candida parapsilosis and Acremonium fungi, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said.

The affected lots include:

  • SPF 30 Baby Sunscreen Lotion 4oz (UPC: 634084490091 & 634084490114) Lot #'s 3024A, 3057B, 3063A, 3063B, 3132A, 3133A.

  • SPF 30 Kids Sunscreen Lotion (UPC: 634084490145 & 634084490169) Lot # 3164A.

The sunscreen products were sold online and at major retailers, pharmacies and independent food co-ops. Consumers with the products should not use them and may return them to the point of purchase for a full refund, the FDA said.

Consumers can also contact W.S. Badger Co. Inc. at 1-800-603-6100.

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FDA Urged to Regulate E-Cigarettes Like Tobacco Products

The federal government should start regulating electronic cigarettes like tobacco products in order to prevent children from using them, says a letter sent by 40 state attorneys general to the Food and Drug Administration.

The letter notes that e-cigarettes are being marketed to children through cartoon-like characters in ads and by offering fruit and candy flavors, CBS News/Associated Press reported.

The attorneys general pointed out that the health effects of e-cigarettes have not been adequately studied and the ingredients are not regulated.

The FDA needs to meet an Oct. 31 deadline to release proposed regulations to control the advertising, ingredients and sale to minors of e-cigarettes, the letter stated. In the past, the FDA has announced intentions to tighten oversight of e-cigarettes but has delayed taking action.

A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report released earlier this month found that 1.8 million middle and high school students said they had tried e-cigarettes in 2012. The percentage of students who said they tried an e-cigarette jumped from 4.7 percent in 2011 to 10 percent in 2010, CBS/AP reported.

 
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