Consumers need to be aware of dangerous beauty products containing hazardous substances that can be detrimental to your health. In some instances, hair styling products, skin creams and makeup have been found to contain bacteria, heavy metals or hazardous chemicals.
A warning for women who wear lipstick: A study by the Food and Drug Administration found 400 lipsticks on the market that tested positive for lead. Although the FDA says the amounts of lead are at a low enough level to not cause a serious health risk, they might cause some to think twice about what they're putting on their lips.
The smoking-cessation drug Chantix appears to be a dangerous product, with risks that outweigh its benefits, according to Dr. Curt Furberg of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. He is the co-author of a new study that shows people taking Chantix are far more likely to attempt suicide and experience serious depression than people using other types of smoking-cessation treatments.
Many Maryland workers have been injured by defective and dangerous products in their workplaces over the years. Often, power tools and machinery cause worker injuries. People who do not work with these potentially dangerous instruments may feel safe from product-related injuries in the workplace. However, recent reports indicate that salon workers may have been injured by a dangerous product.
As chemical hair straighteners become increasingly popular, concerns that they might be harmful to the user's health has prompted some lawmakers to call for regulation of these products by the FDA. Several salon workers testified in Washington, claiming that exposure to chemical hair straighteners had caused them to become sick.
Drug maker Ortho-McNeil, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, has recalled 57,000 bottles of the anti-seizure medication, Topamax, after receiving reports that the drug was defective and had an unusual smell. Two defective shipments of 100-milligram Topamax tablets, made last October and December, were pulled and destroyed after four consumers described an odor that was "uncharacteristic."