Dec 30 2011

Public Health News Roundup: December 30

Build-A-Bear Announces Teddy Bear Recall

National retailer Build-A-Bear Workshop has announced a nationwide recall of “Colorful Hearts Teddy” stuffed toy bears sold between April and December 2011. The company says the bears were made using a substandard fabric that can cause the fabric around the bears’ eyes to tear, and for the eyes to fall out, posing a choking hazard. Nearly 300,000 bears were sold. Read more safety stories.

Federal Nursing Home Comparison Tool to Include Resident Data

Nursing Home Compare, a federal comparison tool to help potential residents and their families compare quality and amenities at nursing homes, will add resident reviews to the site in April 2012. Read more on the health of older adults.

GAO Report: Students with Disabilities Face Barriers Taking Postsecondary Exams

A new report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) finds that people with disabilities often face barriers getting the legally mandated accommodations they need when taking postsecondary exams such as GREs required for many graduate school programs and LSATs needed to apply to most law schools. Members of Congress have already sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder asking for an investigation. Get the latest news impacting the health of people with disabilities.

Los Angeles Vote Will Consider Requiring Condoms in Adult Films

A proposed ballot measure that would require actors in pornographic movies to wear condoms while filming in the city of Los Angeles has qualified for the June ballot, as reported by the Los Angeles Times. The measure is intended to help prevent the spread of HIV and AIDS among people involved in the adult film industry. Read up on sexual health.

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