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New Treatment Cures, Vaccinates Mice Against Cancer

Monday

Researchers at Duke University have successfully cured and vaccinated mice against cancer in a recent small study using nanotechnology and immunotherapy. The study, published on Aug. 17 in Scientific Reports , combined a Food and Drug Administration-approved cancer immunotherapy treatment with a new tumor-killing nanotechnology to improve the effectiveness of both therapies. “The ideal cancer treatment is non-invasive, safe and uses multiple approaches,” said Tuan Vo-Dinh, professor of Biomedical Engineering, professor of chemistry, and director of the Fitzpatrick



Ensuring Pharmaceutical Safety Goes Beyond the Supply Chain

Monday

Pharmaceutical companies continue to adapt to regulations like the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA) and 21 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 11. At the same time, their supply chain needs to operate more efficiently to compete in a growing marketplace. That’s why more and more manufacturers are looking at labeling to provide an edge in the face of these challenges. Improving efficiencies in a highly complex supply chain The



Tesla Announces Risky New Approach to Customer Service

Monday

During the past few years, Tesla was slammed by a number of complaints from some-high profile customers who sued the electric-carmaker alleging that the company didn’t respond to emails and calls about repairs. In order to thwart any such issue in the future, Tesla has made a big change, taking a risky new approach to customer service. The e-carmaker recently revealed that it is now letting customers to bring their issues straight to a company executive. Jon



Daimler Vans U.S. Recalls 43,689 Vehicles to Replace Air Bag

Monday

NHTSA campaign number: 17V478000. Manufacturer: Daimler Vans USA. Components: Air bags. Potential number of units affected: 43,689. Summary: Daimler Vans USA, LLC (DVUSA) is recalling certain 2007-2009 Freightliner and Dodge Sprinter 2500 and 3500 vehicles. These vehicles are equipped with certain air bag inflators assembled into the passenger frontal air bag modules used as original equipment or replacement equipment. In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the passenger frontal air bag, these inflators may rupture due to



Hyundai Group Reveals New Fuel-Cell SUV

Monday

Hyundai has revealed a new alternative-powertrain vehicle development roadmap, aimed at expanding the line-up of such vehicles. Hyundai and its affiliate Kia plan to launch 31 alternative-powertrain vehicles in global markets by 2020, according to a company statement. This includes 10 hybrid vehicles, 11 plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs), eight electric vehicles (EVs) and two fuel-cell electric vehicles (FCEVs). Last year, the duo announced that they plan to launch 28 alternative-powertrain vehicles by 2020. This new



Mazda Recalls Nearly 80,000 Vehicles to Replace Faulty Air Bags

Friday

Mazda is recalling nearly 80,000 cars and SUVs, some for a second time, to replace dangerous Takata air bag inflators. The recall covers front passenger inflators on certain 2007 through 2009 and 2012 CX-7, CX-9 and Mazda 6 vehicles. The recalls vary by state and age of the vehicles. Takata inflators can explode with too much force and hurl shrapnel into drivers and passengers. As many as 19 people have been killed and more than 180 hurt



Human Technical Error Causes Massive Blackout in Taiwan

Friday

Taiwan suffered a massive power blackout Tuesday evening that hit businesses and residential homes, affecting nearly 7 million households on the heavily industrialized island in a sweltering heat. The outage left millions of homes without power and hit offices and factories on the island of nearly 24 million people, but appeared to have a limited impact on businesses, including some of the world’s leading technology manufacturers. Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC), the world’s largest contract chipmaker and



AI to Analyze Anger of Insurance Firm Clients in Japan

Friday

Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Insurance Inc. plans to introduce a system using artificial intelligence (AI) in February 2018 to analyze conversations between its employees and clients in an effort to improve customer service. The voice recognition system will be installed at the nonlife insurance company’s about 300 offices across the nation. In the process of analyzing the conversations, the AI system will categorize customers’ feelings into several groups, including “satisfactory” and “angry,” based on such factors as



Is FDA Taking Close Enough Look at Fast-Tracked Drugs?

Friday

Many cutting-edge drugs and updated medical devices are not receiving the rigorous scientific scrutiny needed to ensure their safety and effectiveness, two new studies contend. Medications fast-tracked to market under the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) “accelerated approval” process are not receiving proper follow-up clinical trials that are required to confirm their benefits, one study reported. “Our concern is that a lot of newer drugs approved through this pathway are not then being subjected to rigorous



Galaxy Note 4 Units Recalled Due to Overheating Batteries, But it Isn’t Samsung’s Fault

Friday

The affected units are the refurbished Galaxy Note 4 units supplied by FedEx in the United States. Samsung had its worst fallout last year with the Galaxy Note 7’s battery fiasco. The South Korean conglomerate managed to come out of the chaos following lawsuits, unit recalls, and even re-launched the refurbished Galaxy Note 7 units as Galaxy Note 7 FE. Now, another case of battery overheating has struck Samsung with its older tablet, the Galaxy Note



Modern Cars’ Components Can Be Hacked

Thursday

Modern cars’ electronic components, including safety features, are susceptible to hacks from individuals with physical access, according to researchers. Researchers from Politecnico di Milano, Linklayer Labs and Trend Micro’s Forward-looking Threat Research team produced information and an advisory was posted earlier this month by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC) and Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team (ICS-CERT). “NCCIC/ICS-CERT is aware of a public report of a vulnerability in



BRIO Recalls Baby Rattles Due to Choking Hazard

Thursday

The Consumer Product Safety Commission issued the following recall alert on BRIO soft hammer rattles: Name of product: BRIO soft hammer rattles. Hazard: The wooden rings on the hammer rattles can crack, posing a choking hazard to children. Remedy: Refund, replace. Recall number: 17-207. Consumer Contact: BRIO, through North American distributor Ravensburger, at www.brio.us and click on Recalls at the bottom of the page or call 800-886-1236 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday for more information. Recall details Description:



Pressured by Government, Uber Agrees to Protect Rider Data

Thursday

Ride-hailing service Uber has agreed to protect data and audit use of rider information to settle a complaint from the federal government that it deceived customers. The Federal Trade Commission, in a complaint settled on Tuesday, alleged that Uber failed to secure data about rider trips and neglected to monitor employee access to the information. It’s another in a long string of missteps for the San Francisco-based company, which faces a separate federal investigation for allegedly



Consumer Reports Pulls its Recommendation of Microsoft Surface Products

Thursday

Consumer Reports will no longer recommend Microsoft Surface products based on consumer feedback that differs markedly from data collected by PCMag. Consumer Reports yanked its recommendation from several Microsoft laptops on Thursday, citing results from reader surveys that described problems such as freezing on startup and unresponsive touch screens. Based on the feedback, Consumer Reports said that it can no longer recommend Microsoft products with detachable keyboards, including the Surface Pro and the Surface Book, or the



Researchers Power Wearable Devices With Printed Batteries

Thursday

Researchers at the University of Manchester are a step closer to powering wearable technology devices without the need for cumbersome battery packs by printing flexible batteries directly on fabric. Their research was motivated by the problem that small wearable gadgets often need large power devices—which is impractical. The new technique will allow a person to wear the battery powering his or her device. The “wearables” feature a solid-state flexible supercapacitor that works by using conductive graphene-oxide ink



FDA Warns of Potential Contamination of Products Manufactured by PharmaTech

Wednesday

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned of potential contamination of a number of brands of drugs and dietary supplements manufactured by PharmaTech that have been voluntarily recalled by Rugby Labs, Major Pharmaceuticals and Leader Brands. The regulatory agency said the liquid drugs and dietary supplement products produced by the Davie, Florida-based manufacturer could be potentially contaminated with the bacteria Burkholderia cepacia, which could cause severe patient infection. The products that have been recalled include



IBM: Wait Is Over for Deep Learning

Wednesday

Last week IBM Corp. announced that its software was able to take the speed of training deep neural networks down from weeks to hours, or hours to minutes depending on the use case, while also improving the accuracy. It accomplished this by increasing the scalability of its training applications across 256 Nvidia Corp. GPUs in 64 IBM Power systems. IBM was looking specifically at image recognition and was able to train its model in 50 minutes.



Opel, Fiat-Chrysler and Mercedes-Benz Launch Diesel Trade-in Scrappage Schemes

Wednesday

In the latest German diesel scrappage schemes, customers can get money off the list price of a new Fiat-Chrysler, Opel or Mercedes-Benz if they trade in their old diesel. Opel, Fiat-Chrysler and Mercedes-Benz have joined the growing number of German car manufacturers in launching trade-in schemes with incentives for owners of older diesel cars. German news site Tagesspiegel also reported that Opel would be retrofitting Euro 5 and 6 standard cars with software that would reduce emissions. The



New Handheld Spectral Analyzer Uses Power of Smartphone to Detect Disease

Wednesday

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have developed technology that enables a smartphone to perform lab-grade medical diagnostic tests that typically require large, expensive instruments. Costing only $550, the spectral transmission-reflectance-intensity (TRI)-Analyzer from Bioengineering and Electrical & Computer Engineering Professor Brian Cunningham’s lab attaches to a smartphone and analyzes patient blood, urine, or saliva samples as reliably as clinic-based instruments that cost thousands of dollars. “Our TRI Analyzer is like the Swiss Army knife



Egg Scare Prompts Review of EU Alert Systems

Wednesday

The European Commission has called a “high-level” € meeting on the egg health scare that has struck 15 EU states so far. The health commissioner, Vytenis Andriukaitis, is to discuss how to improve EU alert systems with health ministers and national food safety agencies in Brussels on September 26. A Commission spokeswoman said on Friday that this was “not a crisis meeting.” She said the timing was designed to create “some distance” between the unfolding events and



Poultry Products Recalled Over Packaging Mistake

Tuesday

Washington-based Luvo Inc. has recalled approximately 4,805 pounds of poultry products due to misbranding and undeclared allergens, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). The recalled products are mislabeled as Chicken Chile Verde that contain milk and soy but contain Turkey Meatloaf, which has additional allergens, eggs and fish (anchovies), that are not declared on the product label. The products were produced on June 13, 2017. Subject to recall are: 10



Target to Buy Software Dtartup for Faster Product Delivery

Tuesday

Big box retailer Target announced Monday it will acquire software startup Grand Junction to better compete with Amazon and Walmart in local deliveries—including same-day. San Francisco-based Grand Junction connects retailers and other distributors to more than 700 carriers across North America, and currently handles same-day delivery service for Target’s store in Manhattan’s Tribeca neighborhood, Target said in a release. “Target will have immediate access to Grand Junction’s technology and carrier network, which will accelerate the work we’re



Google Buys Another Startup, Senosis, to Turn Smartphones Into Health Monitoring Devices

Tuesday

Google has acquired another health-monitoring start-up, this time scooping up Seattle, Washington State-based Senosis. The company specializes in techniques to make smartphones more useful at detecting and monitoring health conditions, with no extra equipment. Primarily aimed at heart monitoring, it enables smartphones not just to monitor heart rates, but also blood makeup, such as hemoglobin counts. The new acquisition would logically come under Google’s parent company Alphabet’s Verily subsidiary, which specializes in technology to help us live “longer



Repairing Broken Hearts With Injectable Patches

Tuesday

What if a damaged heart could be repaired without surgery to open up the chest cavity? Scientists at the University of Toronto are developing tiny heart patches that they hope will provide a noninvasive way to significantly relieve symptoms in patients with heart failure. The patches are made of heart tissues that are grown in a lab. One of the patches, which they call AngioChip, comes complete with blood vessels and heart cells that beat. And



Researchers Insert Malware Into DNA to Hack Computers

Tuesday

Researchers have successfully been able to inject malware into DNA to remotely hack computers. Researchers from the University of Washington stated that one day viruses/malware could infect systems through DNA. The team explained that it’s possible to add malware to a genetic molecule and use it to infect a system that is used to analyze it. Researchers stated that the new method could be used to target university computer networks, police forensics labs, and scientists’ research



Internet of Medical Things Providers Tap Growth Opportunities

Monday

Internet of Medical Things (IoMT) is an amalgamation of medical devices and applications that can connect to healthcare IT systems using networking technologies, the analysis covers product-centric and process-centric functions of the technology. Sharing of medical data or transmission of medical data through the cloud is a recent trend and is gaining traction, even in developing nations, with the healthcare industry becoming digitized, observed Frost & Sullivan TechVision Industry Analyst Bhargav Rajan. IoMT will accelerate the



Kenosha Beef Recalls Nearly 4,000 Pounds of Burgers, USDA Says

Monday

Nearly 4,000 pounds of beef patty products that were shipped to New York and five other states have been recalled, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service said Thursday. Kenosha, Wisconsin-based Kenosha Beef International is recalling about 3,960 pounds of bacon cheddar beef patties because they may contain milk, in the form of cheddar cheese, a known allergen that was not declared on the finished product label, according to a USDA news



School Uses Pupils to Snoop on Teachers ‘Like Secret Shoppers’

Monday

A school has been accused of spying on its teachers after it used pupils as “secret shoppers” to anonymously judge lessons and report back to the head teacher. Longfield Academy, a secondary school in Darlington, Co Durham, was criticized for using pupils to snoop on their own teachers in a bid to improve “customer satisfaction” among students. The scheme is based on the “mystery shopper” concept generally used in the retail and hospitality industries to give feedback



5 Deaths Reported While Using Weight Loss Balloon Treatment, FDA Says

Monday

Five people who were using an obesity treatment that places balloons inside their stomachs have died since 2016, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Four of the deaths involved people using the Orbera Intragastric Balloon System and one involved ReShape Integrated Dual Balloon System, the agency said. “At this time, we do not know the root cause or incidence rate of patient death, nor have we been able to definitively attribute the deaths to



IBM Watson Makes a Treatment Plan for Brain Cancer Patient in 10 Minutes; Doctors Take 160 Hours

Monday

A new study, in which IBM Watson took just 10 minutes to analyze a brain cancer patient’s genome and suggest a treatment plan, demonstrates the potential of artificially intelligent medicine to improve patient care. But although human experts took 160 hours to make a comparable plan, the study’s results weren’t a total victory of machine over humans. The patient in question was a 76-year-old man who went to his doctor complaining of a headache and difficulty