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Miss Vickie’s Recalls Jalapeno-Flavored Chips Due to Salmonella Risk

Monday

Miss Vickie’s is voluntarily recalling its jalapeno-flavored, kettle-cooked potato chips due to the potential presence of salmonella in a seasoning used in the product. The move comes after a supplier’s recent recall of a seasoning blend which includes jalapeno powder that could contain salmonella. No salmonella was found in the seasoning supplied to Miss Vickie’s, the company said. It issued the recall “out of an abundance of caution.” The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is conducting a food



Roches Bags New U.S. Approvals for Tecentriq, Lucentis

Monday

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has expanded the approval of Roches Tecentriq so that it can be used to treat a wider range of patients with bladder cancer. The regulator has now cleared the drug’s use to treat patients with locally advanced or metastatic urothelial carcinoma (mUC) who are not eligible for cisplatin chemotherapy. The drug was previously cleared for people with locally advanced or mUC who have disease progression during or following any platinum-containing chemotherapy,



Honda Invests $124 Million for Wind Tunnel Facility

Monday

Honda has announced a new investment of $124 million to establish a multifunctional aeroacoustic wind tunnel facility to advance vehicle innovation and enhance the world-class testing facilities at the Transportation Research Center (TRC), in East Liberty, Ohio. The groundbreaking is slated for the late summer of 2017. “This new facility will further enhance our ability to efficiently create products of the highest quality for our customers,” said Frank Paluch, president of Honda R&D Americas, Inc. “It



Golf Ball Pieces from Harvest Cause Hash Brown Recall

Monday

A food company is recalling frozen hash browns from stores in nine states because the potatoes may have pieces of golf balls in them. McCain Foods USA’s recall notice said the golf balls apparently were “inadvertently harvested” along with the potatoes and chopped up. They say the pieces could be a choking hazard, but no injuries have been reported. The company is recalling 2-pound bags of Harris Teeter Brand Frozen Southern Style Hash Browns in North Carolina,



Phenobarbital 15 mg Tablets, USP by C.O. Truxton: Recall—Labeling Error on Declared Strength

Monday

C.O. Truxton, Inc. is voluntarily recalling lot 70952A of Phenobarbital Tablets, USP, 15 mg, to the consumer/user level. The manufacturer received a confirmed customer complaint that a bottle labeled as phenobarbital 15 mg was found to contain phenobarbital 30 mg tablets. This mislabeled product could expose the consumer or their pet(s) to potential overdosing that can cause severe intoxication which may lead to cardiogenic shock, renal failure, coma or death. BACKGROUND: The product is indicated for use



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

Friday

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

Friday

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

Friday

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,



Tesla Recalls 53,000 Model S and X Vehicles for Brake ‘Issues’

Friday

Electric car maker Tesla (TSLA) is voluntarily recalling 53,000 Model S and X vehicles after recently discovering “manufacturing issues” related to its electric parking brakes. The recall applies to vehicles built in 2016, between February and October. In an email sent to Tesla owners, the carmaker said parking brakes could be prevented from releasing but added, “We don’t believe this issue could ever lead to a safety concern for our customers, and we have not seen a



Company Testing Facebook Chatbot to Communicate with Customers

Friday

Wells Fargo and Company is testing a “chatbot,” an automated program that can communicate with the bank’s customers on Facebook’s messaging platform to give them information on their accounts and help them reset their passwords. The U.S. bank said on Tuesday that it is piloting the virtual assistant with several hundred employees, and plans to extend testing to a few thousand customers later this spring. Wells Fargo’s chatbot will use artificial intelligence to respond to natural



New Drug Cocktail May Be Future Treatment for Sensorineural Hearing Loss

Thursday

You might say researchers had a gut instinct when they decided to explore whether a specific drug cocktail could be used to treat hearing loss. The researchers at MIT, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts Eye and Ear were already involved in a study of intestinal cell regeneration when they discovered a similarity between structural support cells in the cochlea and intestinal stem cells. If regeneration could work in the cochlea like it did in the



Apple to Launch Three iPhones for Smartphone’s 10th Anniversary

Thursday

Ten years after Steve Jobs held up the original iPhone to a gushing San Francisco crowd, Apple Inc. is planning its most extensive iPhone lineup to date, Bloomberg reports. Apple is preparing three iPhones for launch as soon as this fall, including upgraded versions of the current two iPhone models and a new top-of-the-line handset with an overhauled look, according to people familiar with the matter. For the redesigned phone, Apple is testing a new type



Toyota to Begin Demonstration Tests of the ‘Mirai’ Fuel Cell Vehicle in China

Thursday

Toyota Motor Corporation will send two “Mirai” fuel cell vehicles (FCVs) to China in October 2017 to conduct demonstration tests in the country. Coinciding with the start of these tests, Toyota will also establish a hydrogen station at TMEC, its Chinese research and development base. Toyota is participating in the Accelerating the Development and Commercialization of Fuel Cell Vehicles in China2 project, and will carry out demonstration tests on the Mirai FCV for three years between



New Battery Coating Could Improve Smart Phones and Electric Vehicles

Thursday

High performing lithium-ion batteries are a key component of laptops, smart phones, and electric vehicles. Currently, the anodes, or negative charged side of lithium ion batteries, are generally made with graphite or other carbon-based materials. But, the performance of carbon based materials is limited because of the weight and energy density, which is the amount of energy that can be stored in a given space. As a result, a lot of research is focused on lithium-metal



FDA Approves First Drug for Moderate and Severe Eczema Cases

Thursday

U.S. regulators have approved the first powerful, injected medicine to treat serious cases of the skin condition eczema. The Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday approved Dupixent for moderate or severe eczema, which causes red, fiercely itchy rashes on the face, arms and legs. In three studies of the drug including a total of 2,119 participants, one-third to two-thirds achieved clear or nearly clear skin after 16 weeks of treatment. About four in 10 had itching decrease



New Device Helps Limit Hospital Needle Pricks

Wednesday

Scientists at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Ben Gurion University have developed a prototype device designed to quickly and accurately locate a vein or artery in children and adults in need of a medical procedure. It uses ultrasound and a robotic arm. FIND, or Fast Intelligent Needle Delivery, is the invention of the newly formed company, Xact Medical and an ongoing partnership with Ben Gurion. Co-inventor Daniel von Allen, MD, surgeon-in-chief at Children’s, knows finding the right vein



FDA OKs Marketing of Whole Slide Imaging System for Digital Pathology

Wednesday

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration permitted marketing of the Philips IntelliSite Pathology Solution (PIPS), a whole slide imaging (WSI) system that allows for review and interpretation of digital surgical pathology slides prepared from biopsied tissue. According to a media release, this is the first time the FDA has permitted the marketing of a WSI system for these purposes. “The system enables pathologists to read tissue slides digitally in order to make diagnoses, rather than looking directly



California Utility Launches First Hybrid Power Systems

Wednesday

A California utility has launched unique systems combining a hybrid battery and gas turbine to produce and store electricity for use during hot summer months and other times when power demand soars. The new Hybrid Electric Gas Turbines are the first of their kind in the world, officials with Southern California Edison and manufacturer General Electric said during an event Monday near Los Angeles. The new systems will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution by 60%



Unichem Laboratories Receives ANDA Approval for Piroxicam Capsules

Wednesday

Unichem Laboratories has received ANDA approval from the United States Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) for Piroxicam Capsules USP 10mg & 20mg, which are therapeutically equivalent to Feldene Capsules 10mg & 20mg of Pfizer, Inc. Piroxicam is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) indicated for relief of the signs and symptoms of osteoarthritis (OA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA). For the relief of rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis, the dosage is 20 mg given orally once daily. If



Subaru Recalls Over 33,000 Vehicles for Engine Failures

Wednesday

The recall covers Impreza cars from the 2017 model year. Subaru is recalling over 33,000 vehicles in the U.S. because of fuel issues which causes the vehicles’ engines to stall without warning, the AP reports. The recall covers Impreza cars from the 2017 model year. In documents filed with the government, Subaru said that a winter blend of fuel could change to vapor in the fuel line, prompting the engine to stall. Drivers may not be able



FDA Approves Genentech’s Lucentis (Ranibizumab Injection) for Diabetic Retinopathy, the Leading Cause of Blindness Among Working Age Adults in the United States

Tuesday

Genentech, a member of the Roche Group, today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Lucentis (ranibizumab injection) 0.3 mg for the monthly treatment of all forms of diabetic retinopathy. The most common cause of vision loss in people with diabetes, diabetic retinopathy is the leading cause of blindness among adults aged 20 to 74 and affects nearly 7.7 million people in the U.S. With this approval, Lucentis becomes the first and



U.S. FDA Rejects Marketing Approval for Eli Lilly, Incyte’s Arthritis Candidate Baricitinib

Tuesday

The U.S. FDA has rejected marketing approval of U.S. drug makers Eli Lilly and Incyte’s rheumatoid arthritis (RA) candidate baricitinib (proposed brand name Olumiant), the companies said in a statement. According to the source, the FDA said in a letter to Eli Lilly that it required additional information on the safety and optimal dosage of baricitinib. In response, Eli Lilly said it disagreed with the FDA’s decision but would work with the agency to obtain



FDA Demands St. Jude Take Action on Medical Device Security

Tuesday

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday sent Abbott Laboratories a warning letter citing that it had inadequately addressed the security of the maligned Merlin@home Transmitter. The letter promises regulatory action against the healthcare company should vulnerabilities in the device continue to be unaddressed; those actions could include fines, injunctions and other penalties. The Merlin@home Transmitter is a radio frequency transmitter designed by St. Jude Medical which was acquired by Abbott in January for at-home monitoring



Tech Prodigy Eyes More Accurate Car Sensor Tool; Luminar’s Ambitions for Self-Driving Cars About to Be Tested

Tuesday

Austin Russell, now 22, was barely old enough to drive when he set out to create a safer navigation system for robot-controlled cars. His ambitions are about to be tested. Five years ago, Russell co-founded Luminar Technologies, a Silicon Valley startup trying to steer the rapidly expanding self-driving car industry in a new direction. Luminar kept its work closely guarded until Thursday, when the startup revealed the first details about a product Russell is touting as



Computer Programs Can Predict Heart Attacks Better than Doctors

Tuesday

British researchers have found that machine-learning algorithms can predict a patient’s risk for a heart attack much better than a human doctor can. The research was led by epidemiologist Stephen Weng with the University of Nottingham. His team plugged electronic medical records of nearly 300,000 U.K. patients into a quartet of machine-learning algorithms: Random Forest, Logistic Regression, Gradient Boosting and Neural Networks. The algorithms analyzed the data to form patterns of who was at risk for a



Apple Receives Permit in California to Test Self-Driving Cars

Monday

Apple Inc. has secured a permit to test autonomous vehicles in California, fueling speculation that it is working on self-driving car technology in a crowded arena of companies hoping to offer those cars to the masses. The permit allows it to conduct test drives in three vehicles with six drivers, the state Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) said on Friday. The vehicles are all 2015 Lexus RX450h, according to the DMV. Although it has never openly



Musk Says Tesla Has Plans for Pickup, Semi; Challenge Is Coming Up with the Capacity

Monday

Tesla CEO Elon Musk said Thursday the electric-car maker would reveal plans for a heavy commercial truck in September and show off a pickup within two years. The plans could stir up the red-hot American market for highly profitable pickups and introduce a new wrinkle into the freight-hauling business, which some think is poised for a shakeup with the prospect of self-driving trucks in the next decade. Musk revealed the plans on Twitter, where he also said



Hyland’s Homeopathic Teething Tablets Recalled Nationwide

Monday

Any remaining Hyland’s homeopathic teething products are now being removed from store shelves under a major recall. Two types of the teething products, which previously were linked to the deaths of 10 children, have been recalled, the Food and Drug Administration announced on Thursday. Standard Homeopathic Company, the Los Angeles-based maker of Hyland’s homeopathic teething products, recalled all of its teething tablets and nighttime teething tablets, the announcement said. The FDA concluded that the products have mislabeled



Target Recalls Easter Egg Toys for Potential Swallowing Hazard

Monday

Target is recalling several Easter egg and dinosaur egg expandable toys because the contents, if consumed by children, will expand in their stomachs and require surgery to remove. The toys included in the recall are Hatch & Grow Easter Eggs, Easter Grow Toys and Hatch Your Own Dino. The Consumer Product Safety Commission said there are about 560,000 units in circulation. Parents who have purchased the items should return them to the Target store where they



Nestlé Recalls Product Amid Nut Allergy Alert

Monday

Nestlé has recalled a batch of its KitKat Bites and warned people with nut or peanut allergies to be “especially vigilant” after fears they may have been incorrectly packaged. The firm is recalling bags of KitKat Original Milk Chocolate Bites as they may have been wrongly packed with its KitKat Bites Peanut Butter variant. It said that although the packs were clearly labelled “may contain peanuts and nuts” there was a risk to anyone with a