December 28, 2011

300,000 Colorful Hearts Recalled

1 Choking Hazard: Build-A-Bear Colorful Hearts

Build-A-Bear Workshop Inc, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada have announced a recall of the Colorful Hearts teddy bear. The bears were sold between April 2011 and December 2011 for around $18 in the U.S. and $23 in Canada. Manufactured in China, the bears pose a risk because their eyes could loosen and fall out, posing a choking hazard for kids. The bear, featuring multi-colored heart shapes, is around 16 inches tall with black plastic eyes. No injuries have been reported, but consumers should still take the bear away from children. Parents may return the bear to any Build-A-Bear store to receive a coupon for an available stuffed animal. Customers with questions may call the company at (866) 236-5683.

More at CPSC | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: SpongeBob Saves Choking Girl

Tags: Dangerous Toys, Teddy Bear Recall, Build a Bear Recall, Colorful Hearts Choking Hazard, Colorful Hearts Teddy Bears, Choking Hazard Kids, Eyes Falling Out Teddy Bear

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Cupcake Bomb, Hummus OK

2 TSA Says Cupcake Icing Is Security Risk

Few argue that cupcakes are dangerous to waistlines, but the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) believes cupcakes may also be a security threat. One lady's frosted treat was confiscated by an airport security officer who said he thought that the vanilla-bourbon icing on the cupcake may pose a "security risk." The woman, Rebecca Hains, says that a Las Vegas-McCarran International Airport agent took away her red velvet cupcake on Wednesday. The agent told Hains that the frosting was gel-like, a violation of regulations. Hains took along the cupcake as a snack for her toddler. According to Yahoo! News, the cupcake, enclosed in a glass container with a metal lid, attracted attention from the scanner, but the family's creamy hummus sandwiches made the cut to take on the plane.

More at Yahoo! News | Hat tip to Slate | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: McDonald's Debuts Cupcakes to Dubious Germans

Tags: TSA Rules, Cupcake Security Threat, Gel Items Planes, Dumb TSA Rules, TSA Agent Takes Away Cupcake, Rebecca Hains

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Opposite Effect Good for Heart

3 Viagra Relaxes Protein in Heart Cells

New research shows that Viagra increases the elasticity of myocardial cells in people with diastolic heart failure by causing an intercellular protein to relax. It begins when Viagra inhibits the enzyme phosphodiesterase 5 A which elevates levels of a molecule called cGMP that acts as a messenger and activates protein kinase G which adds phosphate groups to several proteins, a process known as phosphorylation. Titin, which researchers compare to a rubber band, is the protein that reduces stiffness in the heart walls when phosphorylated. Fifty percent of people over 60 years old hospitalized because of a weak heart have diastolic heart failure and there are no current heart medications that successfully treat it. Human clinical trials are already underway to determine if it works in people.

More at Science Daily | Posted 6 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Scientists Using Old Drugs in New Ways

Tags: Heart Failure, Viagra, Titin, Phosphorylation, Cardiac Disease, Phosphodiesterase 5 A

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