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Horizon Hobby Recalls Remote-Controlled Model Vehicles Due to Fire Hazard

May 5, 2017 - 12:00am
Name of product: ECX Circuit, Ruckus, and Torment remote-controlled model vehicles. Hazard: The vehicle’s electronic speed control (ESC) can fail and short circuit, posing a fire hazard. Remedy: Replace. Consumer Contact: Horizon Hobby at 800-338-4639 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 P.M. CT on Saturday, and 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. CT on Sunday, or online at www.horizonhobby.com and click on Product Recalls at the bottom of the page for more information. Units: About 18,600. (In

Tests Find Samsung’s S8 Is More Prone to Screen Cracks

May 5, 2017 - 12:00am
Samsung’s latest phones feature big wraparound screens and lots of glass. They also appear to break more easily, according to tests run by SquareTrade, a company that sells gadget-repair plans. The nearly all-glass design of Samsung’s Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus makes them beautiful, SquareTrade said, but also “extremely susceptible to cracking when dropped from any angle.” Samsung had no comment. The new phones have received positive reviews from The Associated Press and other outlets. Samsung says advanced

FDA Expands Approved Use of Stivarga to Treat Liver Cancer

May 5, 2017 - 12:00am
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today expanded the approved use of Stivarga (regorafinib) to include treatment of patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC or liver cancer) who have been previously treated with the drug sorafenib. This is the first FDA-approved treatment for a liver cancer in almost a decade. Limited treatment options are available for patients with liver cancer, said Richard Pazdur, M.D., acting director of the Office of Hematology and Oncology Products in the FDA’s

IBM to Develop Industrial IoT Devices with ABB

May 5, 2017 - 12:00am
Systems giant IBM is teaming up with manufacturer ABB to develop Internet of Things (IoT) devices with artificial intelligence (AI). The initiative is intended to unite ABB’s Ability platform with IBM Watson Internet of Things (IoT) cognitive capabilities. The first two products will focus on “real-time cognitive insights” from the factory floor and on smart grids. IBM and Switzerland-based ABB hope that the new products will help companies to address some of their biggest industrial challenges, such

Toyota Issues Recall for Tacoma Pickups

May 5, 2017 - 12:00am
Toyota is recalling about 250,000 small pickup trucks mainly in North America because the rear wheels have the potential to lock up, causing drivers to lose control. The recall covers certain Tacoma trucks from the 2016 and 2017 model years. Toyota says oil can leak from the rear differential. That could damage components and cause the differential to lock up and stop the wheels from moving. A differential allows the wheels to travel at different speeds while

Tesla’s Autopilot System Labeled ‘Demonstrably Dangerous’ in Lawsuit

May 5, 2017 - 12:00am
Tesla’s Autopilot partial self-driving system is flawed, causing cars to steer erratically when it is engaged, and the electric-car maker hasn’t been timely in delivering promised safety features, a lawsuit filed Wednesday alleges. “Autopilot capabilities that consumers paid $5,000 extra to obtain are anything but ‘safer’ and ‘stress-free,’” alleges the lawsuit on behalf of three Tesla owners. “Many owners report the Autopilot is essentially unusable and demonstrably dangerous.” The suit, filed in U.S. District Court in San

FDA Approves Device to Help Curb Cluster Headaches

May 5, 2017 - 12:00am
Cluster headaches, though rare, are among the most severe forms of headache a person can face. But there’s new hope for at least some patients. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said it has approved a hand-held device to treat these attacks. The noninvasive device, called gammaCore, works to reduce cluster headache pain by transmitting mild electrical stimulation to the vagus nerve through the skin on the neck. This is a large nerve that runs from the

Apple Touts Greater Use of Recycled Metal in Gadgets

May 5, 2017 - 12:00am
Apple wants to “one day” end the need to mine materials from the earth to make its gadgets, the technology giant said in its annual environmental responsibility report out Thursday. “Traditional supply chains are linear,” it said. “Materials are mined, manufactured as products, and often end up in landfills after use. Then the process starts over and more materials are extracted from the earth for new products.” “We believe our goal should be a closed-loop supply chain,

Troubled Burrito Chain Chipotle Complains About Possible Credit Card Breach

May 4, 2017 - 12:00am
Troubled burrito chain, Chipotle, that is already suffering from a massive sales slump and several high-profile food safety disasters, is now said to be facing another big problem. A potential credit card breach is feared and the company has informed its customers about the bad news through a post on its website. It explained that it recently discovered unauthorized activity on its payment processing network, which means that customers that used to pay for a burrito using

Whole Genome Sequencing: Big Data Generating a Safer Food Supply

May 4, 2017 - 12:00am
On April 11-12, the 40th Annual National Food Policy Conference was held in Washington, D.C. From a food safety perspective, the most inspiring moments came from the breakout panel titled, Big Data and the Future of Food Safety. The panel of industry experts discussed how government agencies and public health laboratories are working together to rapidly detect, investigate, and most importantly prevent foodborne outbreaks using a highly-accurate testing procedure called whole genome sequencing (WGS). Using WGS,

Google’s Self-Driving Cars Offering Free Rides

May 4, 2017 - 12:00am
Eight years and nearly three million miles after Google began to build self-driving car technology, it’s ready for passengers. Waymo, the search giant’s autonomous car company, began taking applications Tuesday from Phoenix area residents who want to be among the hundreds of riders testing out an expanded fleet of Chrysler Pacifica hybrid minivans outfitted with Waymo’s myriad autonomous car sensors. A range of automotive and technology companies have said they aim to produce self-driving cars for ride-hailing

U.S. FDA Takes Action Against 14 Companies for Selling Illegal Cancer Treatments

May 4, 2017 - 12:00am
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration posted warning letters addressed to 14 U.S.-based companies illegally selling more than 65 products that fraudulently claim to prevent, diagnose, treat or cure cancer. The products are marketed and sold without FDA approval, most commonly on websites and social media platforms. “Consumers should not use these or similar unproven products because they may be unsafe and could prevent a person from seeking an appropriate and potentially life-saving cancer diagnosis or

ISO Tackles Loud Traffic Noise

May 4, 2017 - 12:00am
Anyone living near a busy road will agree that traffic noise is a serious nuisance. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), it can also affect our health and lead to premature death. Traffic-related noise pollution accounts for over one million healthy years of life lost annually to ill health, disability or early death in the western countries of the European Region, states a WHO report on the subject. But this problem is not limited to

Target Thinks Outside the Box With New Sustainable Packaging Goals

May 3, 2017 - 12:00am
Target says that, as part of its sustainability commitment, it not only reviews the products it sells but the packaging they come in. “We know our guests pay attention to packaging and its impact on the environment,” said Jennifer Silberman, Target’s chief sustainability officer. “When we provide them with thoughtfully designed, environmentally friendly packaging, we’re able to help them take another step toward sustainable living.” The retailer’s work began in 2013 with its first packaging goal-to enhance

Fineberg Packing Co. Inc. Recalls Ready-to-Eat Ham Products Due to Possible Listeria Contamination

May 3, 2017 - 12:00am
Fineberg Packing Co. Inc., a Memphis, Tenn. establishment, is recalling approximately 8,822 pounds of ready-to-eat ham products that may be adulterated with Listeria monocytogenes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The ready-to-eat hickory smoked and BBQ ham items were packaged on January 16, 2017. The following products are subject to recall: 14-lb. vacuum-sealed packages containing “FINEBERG’S Finest Danish Brand BBQ Flavored Ham” with Sell by date 03/26/2017 and case

WHO: Malaria Vaccine to Be ‘Real Life’ Tested in Africa

May 3, 2017 - 12:00am
The world’s first malaria vaccine will be available in selected areas of Ghana, Kenya and Malawi from 2018, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). The UN body’s regional office for Africa said in a statement on Monday that RTS,S injectable vaccine was developed to protect young children from the deadliest form of malaria caused by Plasmodium falciparum. “The prospect of a malaria vaccine is great news. Information gathered in the pilot will help us make decisions

WFSP Foods LLC Recalls Ready-to-Eat Chicken Breast Products That May Be Undercooked

May 3, 2017 - 12:00am
WFSP Foods LLC, a Decatur, Ala. establishment, is recalling approximately 42,147 pounds of ready-to-eat chicken breast products due to undercooking, resulting in the potential survival of bacterial pathogens in the products, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The ready-to-eat grilled chicken breast items were produced on March 29, 2017 and April 7, 2017. The following products are subject to recall: 9-lb. foodservice cases containing 8 poly film packages of

Target Thinks Outside the Box With New Sustainable Packaging Goals

May 3, 2017 - 12:00am
Target says that, as part of its sustainability commitment, it not only reviews the products it sells but the packaging they come in. “We know our guests pay attention to packaging and its impact on the environment,” said Jennifer Silberman, Target’s chief sustainability officer. “When we provide them with thoughtfully designed, environmentally friendly packaging, we’re able to help them take another step toward sustainable living.” The retailer’s work began in 2013 with its first packaging goal-to enhance

Target Thinks Outside the Box With New Sustainable Packaging Goals

May 3, 2017 - 12:00am
Target says that, as part of its sustainability commitment, it not only reviews the products it sells but the packaging they come in. “We know our guests pay attention to packaging and its impact on the environment,” said Jennifer Silberman, Target’s chief sustainability officer. “When we provide them with thoughtfully designed, environmentally friendly packaging, we’re able to help them take another step toward sustainable living.” The retailer’s work began in 2013 with its first packaging goal-to enhance

Hospira Recalls One Lot of 25% Dextrose Injection, USP (Infant)

May 3, 2017 - 12:00am
Hospira, Inc., a Pfizer company, voluntarily recalled one lot of 25% Dextrose Injection, USP, (Infant) pre-filled syringe to the hospital/user level due to the presence of particulate matter, identified as human hair, found within an internal sample syringe. If the particulate is administered to a patient, it could result in local swelling, irritation of blood vessels or tissue, blockage of blood vessels and/or systemic allergic response to the particulate. Administration of the particulate could also result

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