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Monday
Oct292012

Safety Alert: Magnets - a (potentially) fatal attraction

Perhaps you've seen them, the small magnets marketed to adults as a fun "desk toy" to use to "destress" or "get the creative juices flowing" sold under brandnames such as Buckyballs or Neo Cubes (among others).  

The highly powerful neodynium magnets are quite addictive to play with, but unfortunately they pose a huge hazard if swallowed.  And they are being swallowed at increasing rates according to pediatricians and consumer-product safety officials who report rising cases of intestinal injuries occuring in kids who have ingested these magnets.  Cases include toddlers (who we all know will put anything in their mouths) but also older children and even teens (many of whom have used the super powerful magnets to "fake" a tongue or nose ring and then inadvertantly ingested or inhaled them).

The reports first began appearing in 2005, when a 20-month-old boy died from complications following a

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