NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A New Orleans pediatric gastroenterologist has won a national award for his research on the dangers posed to children by tiny, powerful rare earth magnets and his work that led to a recall of desk sets of such magnets.
The American Academy of Pediatrics gave Dr. R. Adam Noel the 2013 Outstanding Achievement Award last Sunday, during its annual meeting in Orlando, Fla. He was one of two recipients.
Noel is a doctor at Children's Hospital and an associate professor at the LSU medical school.
After treating several children who had swallowed magnets, he did a nationwide study that found a dramatic increase in such cases. The Consumer Product Safety Commission said they also endangered teens who use them to mimic piercings.
Six retailers recalled the magnet sets in April.