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December 24, 2007 | Elena Conis, Special to The Times
Childproofing for the holidays usually involves putting those showy, toddler-beckoning poinsettias beyond the reach of small hands. But the now ubiquitous Christmas plants have an undeserved reputation for being poisonous. A small child could actually eat up to 500 leaves with little effect -- if he could withstand the terribly bitter taste. Whence this fear of the holiday plant, then?
December 14, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Roman Catholic dioceses nationwide have taught more than 6 million children to protect themselves from sexual predators and have conducted 1.6 million background checks on workers in response to the clergy sex abuse crisis, according to a report released Thursday. Auditors hired by America's bishops found that nearly all of the 195 U.S.
November 29, 2007 | From Times Wire Services
U.S. regulatory advisors recommended strengthening safety warnings on GlaxoSmithKline's asthma drug Serevent amid new reports of deaths among children taking the drug. A Food and Drug Administration expert panel reviewed nine new adverse-event reports on children taking the inhaled treatment, including five deaths in about a year. At least two panelists said the data were so convincing that Serevent should be pulled from the market.
November 26, 2007 | From the Associated Press
The popular but dangerous toy Aqua Dots was recalled but the fliers advertising it apparently were not. A Toys R Us flier distributed in some Sunday newspapers contains an ad for Aqua Dots, the popular toy beads yanked from U.S. store shelves nearly three weeks ago because they are coated in a chemical that can turn into the "date-rape" drug when swallowed. The circular advertises the Aqua Dots Super Studio for $19.99 -- a $5 savings.
October 20, 2007 | Jordy Yager, Times Staff Writer
In the wake of rising safety concerns, a Food and Drug Administration advisory panel said Friday that children under the age of 6 should not be given over-the-counter cough and cold medicines such as Children's Tylenol Plus Cold and Johnson & Johnson's PediaCare. The panel also recommended that such medications not be sold for use by infants.
September 2, 2007 | From Times Wire Services
Newell Rubbermaid Inc. is recalling 277,000 Graco ComfortSport baby car seats because the lower anchor belt may have been improperly laced through the car seats during production. This could cause a seat, when in a rear-facing position, to tip forward too far in the event of a collision. The seats were manufactured from January through July, Exton, Pa.-based Graco said. Information on how to correct the problem can be found at or by calling (800) 345-4109.
August 27, 2007 | SCOTT COLLINS
Other TV executives must be envious. In the midst of an August notably devoid of buzz for new fall shows, CBS is already getting a huge burst of PR for one of its efforts. Unfortunately for the rest of us, the show in question is "Kid Nation," the reality series that dumped 40 children at a New Mexico ranch for six weeks without any contact with parents or tutors.
August 15, 2007 | Abigail Goldman and Ronald D. White, Times Staff Writers
First it was tens of millions of containers of pet food recalled because of tainted ingredients from China; then it was 1.5 million of the popular Thomas & Friends wood trains, made in China, recalled for lead paint. Two weeks ago, El Segundo-based Mattel Inc., one of the most trusted names in playthings, jolted consumers with warnings that 1.5 million of its Chinese-made Fisher-Price toys also could contain lead paint.
June 3, 2007 | From Times Wire Services
* About 112,000 Rainforest Open Top Take-Along baby swings, imported by Fisher-Price, were recalled because a baby can shift to one side of the swing and get caught between the frame and seat. The company has received 60 reports of babies getting trapped, resulting in cuts, bumps, bruises and red marks. For more information, call (888) 303-5631 or go to or * About 103,000 pieces of metal children's jewelry, distributed by Tween Brands Inc.
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