Monthly Archives: March 2014


Daylight Savings Ups Heart Attack Risk


By David Mittleman Daylight Savings May Spell Trouble for Some Daylight savings can be both a blessing and a curse: its a blessing in the fall when we want the extra daylight and a curse in the spring when we must “leap” forward and lose an hour of sleep for a day. However, daylight savings [...]

New Motorcycles Offer the Latest in Advanced Safety Technology


By David Mittleman Motorcycles Acquire New Safety Features Motorcycles can be dangerous, which can be due to factors with the motorcyclist such as poor driving skills, distractedness or intoxication. It may also be other careless drivers on the road who may not share the road very well with motorcyclists or fail to see motorcycles altogether. [...]

Three Fires in Lansing Area Linked to Hoarding


By David Mittleman Hoarding Easily Leads to Fires I'm sure you've watched the TV show “Hoarders” on TLC, or at least flipped by it with the remote. The plights of the hoarders on that show are surely sad, but hoarding can cause problems for other people than just the hoarder. In the past month, Lansing [...]

Former NFL Player Accused of Date-Raping Women Using Ambien


By David Mittleman Former NFL Player's Crimes Highlight Dangers of Sleep Drugs Darren Sharper, a former NFL player, started taking Ambien in 2012 after retiring from the game to treat his ongoing insomnia. He became a frequent user, with records indicating that he took 70 pills in 65 days through mid-January of 2014. Besides his [...]

Study Finds That E-Cigarettes Don’t Really Help Smokers Quit


By David Mittleman E-Cigarettes Not Effective in Helping Smokers Quit I'm sure you've seen an E-cigarette by now with its glowing blue tip and odorless emission of smoke. These devices were introduced as a method of helping smokers to quit their traditional cigarette habit for good, with celebrities advocating their utility in commercials. However, new [...]

Minnesota Company Recalls Food Products Over Listeria Contamination


By David Mittleman Minnesota Company Recalls Hundreds of Food Products Over Listeria Contamination A Minnesota company is recalling peanut butter, cheese, salsa, and spreads that are distributed nationwide under the brand names Happy Farms, Parkers, Parker Farms, Central Markets, Hy-Top, Amish Classic, Say Cheez, Win Schuler, and Bucky Badger. The products are apparently contaminated with [...]

Toyota Pays $1.2 Billion to Settle Criminal Charges


By David Mittleman Stuck pedal because of faulty floor mats in Toyota 2009 and 2010 vehicles Toyota to Pay $1.2 Billion to Avoid Prosecution GM isn't the only car maker in deep trouble with federal regulators lately–Toyota recently announced that it would pay $1.2 billion to avoid prosecution for its role in 37 deaths caused [...]

Doctors Express Mounting Fears Over Generic Drugs from India


By David Mittleman Doctors' Concerns Grow Over Generic Drug Indian Imports The other day I wrote about Ranbaxy, an Indian pharmaceutical company that has historically produced large quantities of generic drugs sent to the U.S. However, Ranbaxy and other Indian pharmaceutical companies are quickly withdrawing from the U.S. market as the FDA has ramped up [...]

Health Benefits of the Paleo Diet Called Into Question


By David Mittleman Paleo Not So Good for you Afterall The Paleo diet has become increasingly popular over the past few years, with followers swearing by it and its health benefits. The diet consists of a high amount of protein, mainly fish, grass fed beef, eggs, vegetables, fruit and fungi, roots and nuts and excludes [...]