In an ideal world, manufacturers would do a better job of making sure medical products are safe before they reach vulnerable patients. In the meantime, know that there are steps you can take to stay informed so that you can protect yourself as best you can when recalls are announced. Find answers to key questions such as why there was a recall, if the recall affects you, how the recall affects you and what to do once you learn of a recall.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported 881 vehicle recalls in 2019, affecting a staggering 38,583,951 vehicles. With hundreds of vehicle recalls issued each year, we face the very real problem of “recall fatigue,” a phrase that’s often used to describe consumer apathy due to the oversaturation of recall notices in the market. When consumers are no longer alarmed by recalls, they may be overwhelmed by them or recalls may become buried or ignored. This makes it easier for life-threatening defects to slip through the cracks.

The demand for long-term contraception has grown in recent years. There are many theories about the increase. Truthfully, the “why” of it all is deeply personal for each woman. It is, however, less important than our need to ensure the safety and efficacy of the birth control that so many women rely on.

Jodi Westbrook Flowers

Whether you’re getting an education, talking to your doctor through telehealth services, or shopping online, it’s important to know that cybercriminals are lying in wait, in search of any opportunity to steal your private health or personal information to your detriment. Fortunately, there are important steps you can take to protect yourself and your family, but several common misconceptions can make it easier for you to fall victim if you aren’t vigilant.