Family News

Mattel reintroduces ThingMaker as a 3-D printer

Feb. 16, 2016—When we took a look at the emerging consumer market for 3-D printers, we came away unimpressed with the devices as a useful household tool for a variety of reasons, including price.

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Related Department Briefs

“Toddler milk” needs more regulation

An open letter that was published November 2016 in Healthcare urges government regulators to step up efforts against companies that produce liquid nutritional supplements that are commonly referred to as “toddler milks” because of what the authors say is companies’ misleading and potentially harmful marketing to the parents of children who are ages 6 months and older.

Pet foods under new FDA scrutiny

Food and Drug Administration is considering guidelines that call for its staff to look for and possibly take regulatory action against manufacturers of pet foods whose labels are deceptive regarding how their food is intended to treat or prevent diseases.

Drug disposal expanded

Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) expanded its National Drug Take-Back Days program to make it easier for people to get rid of their unwanted prescription medications safely.

Boys’, girls’ brains differ after PTSD

A study that was published November 2016 in the journal Depression and Anxiety shows that the area of the brain that processes emotion differs between boys and girls, and, as a result, that girls are more likely than boys are to be affected by post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

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Family Recalls

Certain Oball rattles pose choking hazard

March 3, 2017—Kids II recalled Oball rattles, because the clear-plastic discs that are on the outside of the ball can break and release small beads, which poses a choking hazard.

Certain Britax B-Agile and BOB Motion strollers pose fall hazard to infants

Feb. 16, 2017—Britax recalled certain B-Agile and BOB Motion strollers that have Click & Go receivers, because a damaged receiver mount that’s on the affected strollers might cause the seat to disconnect from the stroller and fall unexpectedly, which poses a fall hazard to an infant in the car seat.

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