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December 2017 Archives

Asbestos found in make-up targeted at your girls

Just before the holidays, a Rhode Island mother went out Christmas shopping for her young daughter. She bought some glittery cosmetics from Claire’s—an accessory store that sells jewelry and beauty products aimed at young and teenage girls. As a clerk for a law firm that focuses on asbestos litigation, the mother decided to have the product tested. What she discovered horrified her: asbestos was present in the make-up.

The Ambien defense

Last week, we examined the unexpected and potentially devastating side effects of Ambien--the world's number one sleep aid. We talked about cases of well-intentioned patients who took the medication as prescribed before bed into order to help them fall asleep. They then awoke to a horrid discovery: that they had committed atrocious crimes in their sleep--without any intention or knowledge of what they were doing.

The dark underbelly of the world’s leading sleep aid

Since its release into the market over a decade ago, Ambien has become a ubiquitous name in the medical industry. It has been shown to induce sleep in about 20 minutes, and people all over the world have sworn by its efficacy. It has quickly become the number one prescription sleep aid as well as one of the top-selling prescription drugs in the United States—more widely consumed that Percocet or prescription-strength Ibuprofin. Its generic version—Zolpidem—sells for just $2 per pill, making it affordable to most consumers.