Health Buzz: Johnson & Johnson Recall of Moldy-Smelling Products Expands

5 steps to mend a broken heart; 3 ways to make sure kids’ jewelry is safe.


Johnson & Johnson Recalls More Moldy-Smelling Medicine

Following last month's recall of Tylenol Arthritis, Johnson & Johnson announced today it will voluntarily remove several of its popular over-the-counter products from store shelves, Reuters reports. The initial recall was sparked by buyer complaints that the pills had a moldy odor; some reports linked the musty-smelling products to nausea and stomach pain, though the illnesses so far have not been serious. The expanded recall involves more than 500 lots of products like Tylenol, Motrin, and Benadryl, according to Reuters. J&J has said the odd smell might come from a chemical applied to the wood pallets used in shipping.

[Read How to Use Tylenol So It's Safe for Your Kids and What You Need to Know About Pain Medications.]

5 Steps to Mend a Broken Heart

Getting over a broken heart is never easy—especially in the social networking age, when photos of you and your ex in happier times remain plastered on your friends' Facebook pages. But bestselling author and relationship expert Susan Piver contends that it's actually good to go through the insane despair and bouts of endless tears that result from being dumped. We should embrace these feelings rather than running from them, she says in her new book, The Wisdom of a Broken Heart.

Piver spoke with U.S. News and outlined 5 ways to ride through those uninvited waves of grief. One step is to know the difference between grief and depression. There is often a fine line between the two, and normal heartbreak can sometimes transform into full-blown depression.

How to tell the difference? In depression, nothing seems to matter, Piver writes, whereas with sadness, everything does. A telltale sign that depression is setting in is that you ruminate nonstop about the breakup, "where you cannot stop your mind from tormenting you with very painful thoughts," Piver says. Read more.

[Read Why Do Women Have Sex? and How to Tell Healthy Sadness From Depression.]

Cadmium in Kids' Jewelry: 3 Ways to Stay Safe

Cadmium is an extremely toxic heavy metal. So what the heck is it doing in children's jewelry?

Children's jewelry was supposed to get safer after a federal ban on the use of toxic lead in charms and jewelry went into effect last year, U.S. News contributor Nancy Shute reports. But it's not illegal to make children's products out of cadmium, despite the fact that it's clearly dangerous. And now cadmium has shown up in inexpensive children's jewelry.

The federal Consumer Product Safety Commission has launched a probe of cadmium-tainted bling, and politicians are rushing to extend the federal ban on lead in children's products to include cadmium. In the meantime, parents are left wondering once again whether common and popular children's products are safe. The tainted pieces in this latest investigation were bought at stores that included Wal-Mart, Claire's, and a Dollar N More outlet. Almost all the charms were imported from China. Read more.

[Read How to Find Out if Toys Are Safe and 5 Ways to Keep Your Kids Safe at Home.]

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