Consumer Alerts


Strawberries Top Dirty Dozen List for Pesticide Residues — Again

For the third year in a row, strawberries top the Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) Dirty Dozen list of fruits and vegetables with the highest levels of pesticide residues.


Consumer Alert: Popular Blood Pressure Drugs Found to Up Death Risk

Two commonly used medications to lower blood pressure may instead be doing the exact opposite by increasing blood pressure and leading to death, according to new research.


Statins and Allergy Meds Could Be Fueling Antibiotic Resistance

Common pills that people take regularly for a variety of maladies could be fueling antibiotic resistance by changing the bacteria in the gut.


Major Study Ignores the Real Truth About Taking Antidepressants

A questionable study concluded antidepressants work and doctors should prescribe them to millions more patients. Should this research put to rest the debate over the medications’ efficacy and safety?


5 Doctors Arrested for Taking Bribes to Prescribe Highly Addictive Painkillers

Last week, the opioid epidemic seemingly reached new heights as five doctors in New York City were charged for accepting bribes from a pharmaceutical company.


Common Antibiotic May Increase Death Risk for Heart Disease Patients (Even Years Later)

The FDA has advised health care providers to be cautious in prescribing the antibiotic clarithromycin to cardiovascular disease patients.


Exactly How Dangerous Is Your Painkiller? Scientists Determine Heart Attack and Stroke Risk

In a new study, scientists compared the exact heart attack and stroke risk associated with common pain relievers to determine if some posed a greater danger than others.


Consumer Alert: More Than 90% of Receipts Contain Toxic Chemicals

A new study found 93 percent of the checkout counter receipts tested contained bisphenol A (BPA) or the related chemical bisphenol S (BPS).


Why You Should Be Concerned About GMOs

Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) have recently been grabbing headlines, with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) continuing to reverse bans on one genetically engineered crop after another.


Tamiflu Side Effects: Reports of Hallucinations Abound

Many people with the flu have reached for Tamiflu; however, reports of serious neuropsychiatric side effects, such as hallucinations, are raising concerns about its safety.