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Robots Apply for Supplier Jobs

Friday

YuMi the two-armed robot can be found on YouTube delighting viewers by folding paper airplanes, playing “Simon Says” with a technician, mixing drinks, and even cooking pancakes. But now, YuMi is migrating from YouTube videos to the auto industry’s factory floor. At Gentex Corp., engineers are testing a YuMi to help make mirrors. The robot will load plastic parts into a plasma oven to remove impurities from the molding process, according to company spokesman Craig Piersma. Gentex, which



Car Safety Systems May Need Recalibration After Windshield Replacement

Friday

Drivers of cars equipped with high-tech safety systems are being warned to double check if they have a replacement windscreen fitted. Safety experts at Thatcham Research say that devices such as lane departure warning systems and emergency braking sensors may need to be recalibrated when a damaged windscreen is changed, writes Chris Russon. So-called Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) use cameras and other types of sensors which are normally located between the glass and the rear-view



Research Into Exoskeleton Walking Devices Big Leap Forward for Human-Robot Interactions

Friday

At first glance it looks like a fancy leg brace. But the “exoskeleton” system developed by a group of researchers at Carnegie Melon University (CMU) in Pittsburgh could open the door to a new, more customized way of approaching human-robot interaction. Led by computer scientist Juanjuan Zhang, the team created a new method that could have widespread impact on the way human performance is enhanced by devices of many kinds, including those that help people with disabilities,



Mazda to Recall 49,166 Vehicles Due to Parking Brake Defect

Friday

Mazda Motor Corp. reported to the Japanese transport ministry Thursday that it will recall a total of 49,166 units of its Atenza and Axela cars for free repairs due to a parking brake defect. The parking brake may not work at all or properly, the Japanese automaker said. A total of 88 complaints related to the defect have been reported in Japan, according to the ministry. The cars subject to the recall were manufactured between October 2012



U.S. Halts Brazil Beef Imports, Citing Safety Concerns

Friday

The United States has halted imports of fresh Brazilian beef after a high percentage of shipments failed to pass safety checks. In a statement, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) said it had “recurring concerns about the safety of the products intended for the American market,” after increasing tests on Brazilian beef in March. The agency raised scrutiny on Brazilian beef and ready-to-eat products as a precaution following an investigation into corruption involving Brazil’s health inspectors. The USDA’s



Aston Martin Vehicle Recall in China Goes Global

Thursday

Aston Martin has announced that it will undertake a global recall of its Vantage model after discovering problems with vehicles in China, reports Reuters. The automaker’s CEO, Andy Palmer, has told the news service that 1,658 vehicles would be rectified after problems relating to a transmission software update were noticed that caused some cars to stall and lose power. The affected cars were built between June 2010 and September 2013 and feature its Sportshift I



More Than 200 Scientists, Medical Professionals Urge Stricter Limits on Antibacterial Agents

Thursday

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) issued the following news release: Today EWG joined an international roster of more than 200 scientists and medical professionals to call for stricter limits on antibacterial chemicals that are added to thousands of consumer products, despite evidence that they are ineffective and pose health risks. In a statement published in the peer-reviewed journal Environmental Health Perspectives , scientists, doctors, nurses, government officials and others from 30 nations urged avoidance and tighter regulation



Teva Pharmaceuticals Voluntarily Recalls Schizophrenia and Schizoaffective Medication

Thursday

Teva Pharmaceuticals USA initiated a voluntary recall to retail-level on 05/31/2017 for one lot of Paliperidone Extended-Release Tablets, 3mg, 90-count bottles that was distributed under the Actavis Pharma label. In coordination with U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Teva is extending this recall to the Consumer/User level. According to a media release, this recall is being carried out due to failing test results for dissolution. Teva cannot at this time exclude the potential for additional tablets to



14 Food Companies Issue Recall for Possible Listeria Contamination

Thursday

At least 14 U.S. food companies this month have issued voluntary recalls for products vulnerable to listeria, a bacterial infection that poses dangers to pregnant women, infants, the elderly and anyone with a weakened immune system. About 1,600 people each year are sickened by listeria, which can cause diarrhea, fever, fatigue, muscle aches and death. About 260 die annually from listeria-related illness. All of the food companies that have issued recalls said no illnesses related to their



Staples Recalls 124,000 Office Chairs Due to Fall Hazard

Thursday

Office superstore Staples has recalled 124,000 Hazen Mesh Task office chairs due to a potential fall hazard. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced the recall on Tuesday, saying that the legs on the base of the chair can break, posing a fall hazard. Staples said it has received 20 reports of the legs breaking on the chairs, including three reports of minor cuts and bruises resulting from falls. It recalled the items voluntarily



Pet Chews Recalled on Chemical Fears

Wednesday

The potential use of an ammonium compound mixture on rawhide dog chew products by manufacturing facilities in Mexico, Colombia and one of its suppliers in Brazil has resulted in United Pet Group to voluntarily recall multiple brands of its dog chew products. The ammonium compound mixture is a microbial chemical approved for cleaning food processing equipment but not approved in the United States as a processing aid in the production of rawhide chews for dogs. Some



Fitbit Developing Sleep Apnea Monitors as Traction in Fitness Trackers Wanes

Wednesday

The wearable technology company is developing a new kind of health tracker to keep pace with Apple. Fitbit Inc. is developing tools to diagnose and monitor sleep apnea with a wearable technology device after Apple Inc. overtook the company in fitness trackers this year, CNBC reported. The Apple Watch eclipsed Fitbit’s wearable products in Q1 2017. Fitbit stock is down 62% in the past year and shipments dipped 35% in the first quarter compared to the same



Bulletproof Protein Bars Recalled for Possible Listeria Contamination

Wednesday

A protein bar from the United States is being recalled due to possible listeria contamination, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency said June 15. People should not consume Bulletproof-brand Collagen Protein Bars and Bites, which have been sold nationally and through Internet sales. Products include Collagen brownies, lemon cookies and vanilla shortbreads. Throw out the products or return them to the store where they were purchased. If you think you became sick from consuming a recalled product, call your doctor. There



Experimental Ebola Vaccine Tested on Humans Found Safe

Wednesday

Declared an epidemic and a global emergency by the World Health Organization, the deadly Ebola virus held West Africa hostage from 2013-2016. It was the most widespread outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in history and resulted in major loss of life and socioeconomic disruption in the region, mainly in the countries of Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. In December 2016, an experimental Ebola vaccine tested on humans in the waning days of the West African epidemic



Polaris Recalls up to 35,000 ATVs Because of Asbestos Bans

Wednesday

Polaris Industries is recalling up to 35,000 all-terrain vehicles in Australia, Europe and New Zealand because they may have violated bans on asbestos use in those countries. Polaris announced the recall in Australia of a dozen different ATV models sold since Dec. 31, 2003 on Monday. The details of recalls in New Zealand and Europe are still being finalized. Polaris spokesman James Fuller says a supplier inadvertently provided parts with asbestos to the company. A firm Polaris



Infiniti Research Highlights Cyber Attack Risks Faced by the Medical Devices Industry and Methods to Counter Them

Tuesday

The growing incidence of ransomware attacks in the UK and Indonesia has aroused a concern for cyber-attacks on medical devices across the globe. New technology is being adopted by the manufacturers of medical devices which will help in better diagnosing of health conditions. However, Infiniti Research notes that while digitalization has improved the overall performance of medical devices, at the same time it has exposed the industry to events like hacking, malware, and cyber-attacks. Infiniti Research provided



Online Retailer Amazon Buying Whole Foods

Tuesday

Online retail giant Amazon is making a bold expansion into physical stores with a $13.7 billion deal to buy Whole Foods, setting the stage for radical retail experiments that could revolutionize how people buy groceries and everything else. Amazon will be able to use automation and data analysis to draw more customers to stores while helping Whole Foods cut costs—and perhaps prices—and better tailor its offerings to customers. Amazon, meanwhile, will be able to use hundreds of



Liquefied Gas Electrolytes Power New Lower-Temperature Battery

Tuesday

Scientists at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) have developed new electrolytes capable of powering batteries at temperatures as low as minus 80 degrees Celsius. The technology could help make lithium ion batteries safer and more efficient, as well as boost the range of electric vehicles during cold winter months. The new batteries could also power vehicles and instruments operating in extreme cold, like space rovers, satellites and high-altitude weather balloons. The electrolytes are composed of



Gilead Submits Drug Application for Simplified HIV Treatment

Tuesday

Gilead Sciences has submitted a new drug application (NDA) to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for an investigational, once-daily single tablet regimen containing bictegravir (50 mg; BIC), a novel investigational integrase strand transfer inhibitor (INSTI), and emtricitabine/tenofovir alafenamide (200/25mg; F/TAF) for the treatment of HIV-1 infection in adults. BIC/F/TAF has demonstrated high rates of virologic suppression and no treatment-emergent resistance through 48 weeks in Phase 3 clinical trials among treatment-nave adult patients and among



Antibiotics Tied to Side Effects in Nearly 20% of Hospitalized Patients, Says Study

Tuesday

The data indicated 20% of patients (n=298) who were prescribed antibiotics had at least one adverse event, with the risk increasing by 3% for every 10 additional days of antibiotic use. Researchers from The Johns Hopkins Hospital found that nearly 1 in 5 hospitalized adults developed an antibiotic-associated adverse drug event after receiving antibiotic therapy. Findings from their study are published in JAMA Internal Medicine . The team evaluated electronic medical records of 1,488 adult patients admitted to



Supreme Cuisine Recalls Meat and Poultry Fat and Lard Products Due to Processing Deviation

Monday

Supreme Cuisine, a Montgomery City, Mo. establishment, is recalling approximately 325,000 pounds of meat and poultry fat and lard products due to a processing deviation, which may result in the potential growth and survival of bacterial pathogens in the products, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The duck, beef and pork fat and lard items were produced and packaged from June 1, 2016 through May 8, 2017. The



New Research Overcomes Major Hurdle to Wireless Charging of Moving Electric Vehicles

Monday

Researchers with Stanford University have developed a way to wirelessly deliver electricity to moving objects, which could one day charge electric vehicles and personal devices like medical implants and cell phones. If electric cars could recharge while driving down a highway, it would eliminate concerns about their range and lower their cost. A paper, published this week in the journal Nature , addresses the technology hurdle by introducing the way that electricity is transmitted wirelessly to a moving



Swimming Robot to Probe Damage at Japan Nuclear Plant

Monday

A Japanese industrial group unveiled Thursday a robot designed for underwater probes of damage from meltdowns at the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant after the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami. Remote controlled robots are key to the decades-long decommissioning process for the plant. But super-high radiation and structural damage inside the reactors hampered earlier attempts to inspect areas close to the reactors’ cores. The developers say they plan to send the new “mini manbo,” or “little sunfish,” probe



Dr. Reddy’s Recalls Acne Medication From U.S. Market

Monday

City-based pharma giant Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories (DRL) has voluntarily recalled 13,221 cartons of Zenatane capsules, which is used to treat severe cystic acne, from the U.S. market. Citing the reason for the recall, the company said the drug failed “dissolution specifications out of specification results observed for low dissolution.” The drug was being manufactured by Cipla Limited’s unit at Kurkumbh for DRL. The recall falls under ‘Class II’, which is defined by the U.S. Food and



New Malaria Drug Shows Positive Results

Monday

The plasmodium parasite GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and Medicines for Malaria Venture (MMV) have announced positive results of the phase III global program to evaluate the efficacy and safety of tafenoquine in treating plasmodium vivax (P. vivax) malaria. Tafenoquine is an investigational medicine which is being developed for the treatment and relapse prevention (radical cure) of plasmodium vivax (P. vivax) malaria, a form of the disease caused by one of several species of plasmodium parasites known to infect



New, Lower Cost Epinephrine Pre-Filled Syringe Approved By FDA

Friday

Adamis Pharmaceuticals Corporation (Adamis) announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Adamis’ epinephrine injection, USP, 1:1000 (0.3 mg pre-filled single dose syringe) (PFS) for the emergency treatment of allergic reactions (Type I) including anaphylaxis. The FDA has also approved the PFS trade name of Symjepi. Symjepi provides two single dose syringes of epinephrine (adrenaline), which is considered the drug of choice for immediate administration in acute anaphylactic reactions to insect stings or



Lead Detected in Baby Food Samples; FDA Reviewing Outdated Standards

Friday

Twenty percent of baby food samples were found to contain lead, according to a report from the Environmental Defense Fund. Pediatricians says there’s no safe lead level. FDA is reviewing its policy. About 20% of baby food samples tested over a decade-long period had detectable levels of lead, according to a new report from Environmental Defense Fund, a nonprofit group. The group evaluated data collected by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) from 2003 to 2013. This



Printed Sensors Monitor Tire Wear in Real Time

Friday

Duke University’s Pratt School of Engineering issued the following news release: Electrical engineers at Duke University have invented an inexpensive printed sensor that can monitor the tread of car tires in real time, warning drivers when the rubber meeting the road has grown dangerously thin. If adopted, the device will increase safety, improve vehicle performance and reduce fuel consumption. The group hopes that the tire wear sensor will be the first of many that could disrupt the



Apple to Turn iPhone Into Hub of Medical Info

Friday

Managing your health information and sharing them with your trusted doctor may soon become a lot less cumbersome than it is now as Apple is on works to turn the iPhone into a hub of all your medical information, the media reported. A secretive team within Apple’s growing health unit has been in talks with developers, hospitals and other industry groups about bringing clinical data, such as detailed lab results and allergy lists, to the iPhone,



297,000 Minivans Recalled Because Airbags Can Deploy Inadvertently

Friday

Fiat Chrysler is recalling about 300,000 minivans because their driver-side airbags can deploy inadvertently. The problem has been linked to at least 13 minor injuries but no crashes. The company said the wiring in the steering wheel can chafe against the trim, causing a short-circuit that can set off the airbag. The affected minivans are the 2011 and 2012 Dodge Grand Caravan. The recall includes 209,000 minivans in the United States and 88,000 in Canada. As for all