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Year End Re-Cap- Health Concerns of 2011

susan_harr5 years ago

Each new year brings new health concerns- from child product failures and pharmaceutical recalls, to new causes for injury and illness. 2011 was no exception- between having one of the deadliest foodborne illness outbreaks in our nation’s history, to the discovery of a cell phone/cancer link, below is a recap of the top health concerns that captured the attention of the United States in 2011.

Tales of a Cell Phone/Cancer Risk

In May of this year, the World Health Organization announced that radiation from cell phones could possibly cause cancer, causing major concern for the estimated 91% of Americans who use cell phones on a regular basis. This news led the city of San Francisco, California to establish the “Cell Phone Right-to-Know Ordinance,” which mandates that cell phone buyers be warned about the possible effects of cell phone radiation when purchasing their phones.

Listeria-Tainted Cantaloupe Recall

In September of this year, Listeria-tainted cantaloupes killed 29 people and left nearly 150 ill in states all over the nation, marking the deadliest listeria outbreak since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention began keeping track. The outbreak was eventually traced back to a Colorado farm where unsanitary conditions at the farm's packing facility are a possible contributing cause.

Child Sports Injuries

Child sports injuries were on the minds of many Americans this year- with a majority of concern focused on traumatic brain injuries caused by repeated head trauma and second-impact syndrome in sports like football, soccer, and youth boxing. Additionally, a number of deaths caused by heat-stroke and heat-induced illness raised concerns about the number of youth dying not on game days, but during after school or off-season practice. Overuse injuries were another a cause for concern in 2011. 

Product Recalls

This year, there were a number of products recalled- from food and kids toys to prescription drugs and automobiles. Topping the list were: 

  • Harley Davidson Motorcycles– In October, more than 250,000 Harley-Davidson motorcycles were recalled in the U.S. for issues with the brake lights and the brakes themselves.
  • Ford F-150 Trucks– 280,000 F-150 trucks were recalled in January for faulty door handles, another 144,000 were recalled in February for air bag problems (expanded by another 1.2 million in April) and 2.7 million more were recalled in May for fuel tank issues. Additionally, in July, the F-150 was among a million Ford vehicles recalled for defective fuel tank straps.
  • Sony Flat Screens– More than 1.6 million Sony Bravia LCD TVs were recalled in October after reports that some sets caught on fire in homes.
  • Baby Monitors– Last February, 1.7 million corded baby monitors were recalled after two infants were strangled to death by the cords.
  • Topamax– Last April, more than 57,000 bottles of the anti-seizure medicine Topamax were recalled due to the suspected presence of a foul-smelling chemical called 2,4,6 tribromoanisole, or TBA.
  • Stihl Lawn and Yard Tools– 2.3 million Stihl products were recalled for burn hazards in May.
  • B.O.B. Strollers – The company recalled 330,000 strollers in February and nearly half a million in October due to loose canopies.
  • Salmonella-Tainted Turkey – 27 tons of contaminated turkey were recalled in April; 36 million pounds were recalled in July.

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