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Thousands of defective Ventolin asthma inhalers recalld

Imagine you go to the doctor for your asthma condition and you receive a prescription for an inhaler that's supposed to treat your condition. The problem is, the inhaler isn't delivering the right amount of medicine when administering a dose, and this is putting your life at risk.

The idea sounds terrifying, but that's exactly what happened to many patients in the United Kingdom who received prescriptions for the defective Ventolin Accuhaler. The company recently issued a recall of 6,000 defective inhalers that pose a threat to the health of the patients who are using them. According to the manufacturer, the faulty inhalers were not administering full doses when used.

Has your job made you sick?

In Pennsylvania and nearby states, many laborers earn their livings in construction, industrial work or other jobs that could place them at risk for injury or ill health conditions. You may recall that Pittsburgh played a significant role in the nation's industrial history; in fact, it was a leading hub of progress in the industrial revolution, worldwide. The Steel City continues to make headline news for its renaissance efforts and participation in modern architectural, cultural and business trends that attract new residents and provide career opportunities for many.

The problem is that, if you go to school, work or live in an environment that contains hidden dangers to your health, you may not realize the harm it has done until it's too late. In employment situations, your employer is responsible for making you aware of known health risks associated with your job and also with providing the proper training and equipment to keep you safe.

What are some symptoms of mesothelioma?

One of the major issues with diagnosing mesothelioma is that the symptoms are similar to those brought on by other issues. Since this is an aggressive type of cancer, a correct diagnosis needs to be made as soon as possible.

It's also worth noting that symptoms may not fully show up until a late stage of mesothelioma. People sometimes think minor symptoms are just everyday sicknesses and minor ailments at the beginning.

Dangerous products: Pocket bike warnings

There are numerous dangerous products on the market that could injure you or your family members. One of those items is known as the "pocket bike." This is not a bike that you can fit in your pocket. It's a miniature motorized bicycle that looks like a little motorcycle. When riders use the device, they will be hunched over with their knees bent, and they will appear as if they are a giants on little miniature motorbikes.

The problem with so-called pocket bikes is how fast they can go. These mini motorcycles can speed along the roadway at 40 to 50 miles per hour, making one stop to wonder: How can these be legal?

What are the dangers associated with silicosis?

Workers who are employed in industries that involve sandblasting, tile- and stone-cutting run the risk of contracting a devastating condition known as silicosis. Inhaling silica dust causes workers to develop this respiratory condition, which is not unlike emphysema.

Silicosis affects your lung functioning and ability to breathe. Tragically, there is no cure for silicosis. The disease can render a worker unable to carry out his or her job duties and leave them unable to earn an income.

Tesla's auto-driven car crashes into the back of a firetruck

Tesla's Model S electric vehicle is equipped with advanced self-driving technology. However, the driverless technology has proved to be less than reliable after the car recently drove into the back of a fire truck that was parked on the side of the road.

At the time of the crash, the vehicle was being driven by "autopilot" in Culver City, California. The crash happened earlier this week and it has inspired criticism and debate about the quality and safety of Tesla's driving-assist software.

The most common motor vehicle accident cases

No two motor vehicle accident cases are the same. Nevertheless, there are some cases that lawyers continue to see again and again. Let's take a look at some of the most common types of car accident cases we see at the Damico Law Offices LLC:

Drunk driver accidents

Study finds benzene in e-cigarettes

If you quit smoking as one of your New Year resolutions, you may already be struggling in these first few weeks. There is no denying the health benefits you will gain by giving up cigarettes, especially if you have heart disease or cancer in your family health history.

One way in which many begin their journey to a smoke-free life is by switching to e-cigarettes, or vaping. Manufacturers market e-cigs as a safer alternative to smoking tobacco cigarettes, having fewer of the harmful chemicals typical in most cigarettes. However, a recent university study says vaping may not be as safe as you think.

Woman contracts mesothelioma after washing husband's work clothes

An English woman suspects that she contracted cancer as a result of washing her husband's work overalls. The 72-year-old woman contracted mesothelioma of the lungs, which is a cancer that results from exposure to asbestos fibers in the air. She herself never worked in an asbestos-contaminated environment, but her husband did.

The woman's husband worked for a marine shotblasting company, and wore a blue boiler suit to work every day. When he came home, she would hug him every day and also would wash his clothes. According to the woman's story, her husband wore an unwashed suit for several days in a row until it became so dirty that it needed washing. She believes that this exposure was enough to result in her cancer.

Keep your kids safe: Know the risks and dangers of airsoft guns

Airsoft guns use compressed gas, springs or electrical firing systems to shoot pellets. Usually, these pellets are filled with paint and may be used in paintball games, firearms practice and even in the movie industry. These guns are supposed to simulate combat situations and the use of them is growing in popularity among children and adults alike.

Don't let the use of the word "soft" in the name of these guns fool you. There are many safety concerns related to airsoft guns -- not the least of which relates to the fact that these guns often resemble real guns. This has resulted in horrible instances of people being shot and killed by police after officers thought they had real guns.

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