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Enthusiastic Bipartisan Support for Self-Driving Trucks at Senate Hearing

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Support for self-driving technology in tractor-trailers and other heavy commercial trucks is gaining steam in the upper echelons of the U.S. government. On Sept. 13, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation held a hearing titled “Transportation Innovation: Automated Trucks and our Nation’s Highways,” offering legislators, industry officials, safety advocates and others an opportunity to discuss the benefits of automated truck technology as well as the impact self-driving trucks could have on jobs and the U.S. economy. From a safety angle, the evidence is indisputable. Even at its current level of development, self-driving vehicles are far safer than vehicles ... Read More

Florida nursing homes now required to have working generators

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Eight deaths at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills where Hurricane Irma caused a days long power outage that caused residents to suffer heat-related injuries has prompted Florida Gov. Rick Scott to require all long-term care facilities to have generators capable of maintaining comfortable temperatures for at least 96 hours. Under the new rule, all of the state’s nursing homes and assisted living facilities have 60 days to obtain “ample resources” to “sustain operations and maintain comfortable temperatures” for a minimum of four days in the event of a power failure, the governor said in a statement. The “ample resources” refer ... Read More

Alopecia story inspires girls to donate hair for children’s wigs

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September is Alopecia Areata Awareness Month where many who suffer from the autoimmune disease that causes hair loss, often beginning in childhood, are reaching out to their families, friends and communities and telling their stories with the hopes of raising awareness and support for those who face the challenges of this disease. There is, as of yet, no cure for alopecia areata. One young woman in Northern Ireland heard just such a story and was inspired to do something. Agriland reports on what happened when Nicola Edgar (24 years old) watched a local documentary about hair loss and spoke to ... Read More

Hackers Stole Your Data From Equifax. Now What?

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Do you have a credit report? If so, there’s a good chance that you are one of the 143 million Americans whose personal and credit information was accessed when hackers broke into Equifax’s database. Unlike citizens of the European Union, who have a right to have their sensitive information removed from online databases, U.S. citizens are under constant threat of identity theft because they have no control over what corporations store their information. When unknown hackers broke into Equifax, they obtained names, social security numbers, birthdates, addresses, driver’s license numbers, and even credit card account numbers and disputed credit information. ... Read More

FDA approves first mobile app for substance abuse treatment

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the first mobile medical app to help treat individuals with substance use disorders. The Reset app, made by Pear Therapeutics, is designed to be used alongside outpatient therapy to treat alcohol, cocaine, marijuana and stimulant substance abuse. It is not intended to assist with opioid dependence therapy, as it was not proven effective in this role. “This is an example of how innovative digital technologies can help provide patients access to additional tools during their treatment,” said Carlos Peña, Ph.D., M.S., director of the Division of Neurological and Physical Medicine Devices in ... Read More

Illinois Woman says shattered IVC Filter caused injuries

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An Illinois woman filed a lawsuit against the manufacturer of her IVC filter, saying she was severely injured by the device shattering inside her body. Pattie H. from Cook County, Illinois was implanted on June 22, 2010, with an OptEase retrievable inferior vena cava (IVC) filter made by Cordis Corporation, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson. In December 2015, Pattie underwent a CT scan that revealed that multiple legs of the filter had pierced through the wall of her inferior vena cava, the largest vein in the body in which the filter is implanted. In February 2016, Pattie underwent another ... Read More

Risperdal side effects victim wants compensation

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Pedro was in middle school when he started growing female-like breasts. He tried to hide them, keeping his shirt on at the beach and during other activities. But by high school, changing clothes in the boys’ locker room, his secret came out. It was heart-wrenching. “People picked on me, and I tried to laugh it off,” he said. “In the locker room they would call me names and flick my boobs. It wouldn’t stop.” Pedro is one of several boys who agreed to share his struggle with Risperdal side effects to a team producing an essay called Rispedal Boys to ... Read More

Multistate Campylobacter Outbreak Linked To Petland Puppies

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Federal and state health officials are investigating an outbreak of human Campylobacter infection linked to puppies sold at or through Petland, a pet store chain with retail locations in several states. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Petland Campylobacter outbreak has infected 39 people in seven states: Florida, Kansas, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Wisconsin. Those are only confirmed infections, and as outbreaks of pet-to-person illnesses go, many cases almost certainly go unreported. Of the confirmed infections, a dozen are employees of Petland stores in four states and 27 either purchased a puppy at ... Read More

New Orleans Woman Convicted for Fraudulent Medicare Kickbacks

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A New Orleans woman has been convicted of multiple criminal charges for her involvement in a Medicare fraud scheme to obtain illegal kickbacks for referring mentally ill Medicare beneficiaries to home health agencies in and around New Orleans. After a two-day trial, a Louisiana federal jury found Kim Ricard guilty of conspiracy, identity theft, and making false statements to law enforcement in connection with her part in the illegal kickback scheme, which reaped about $2.1 million from the government health care program, the U.S. Department of Justice announced. Federal prosecutors alleged at trial that in addition to engaging in the ... Read More

Insys sues Teva for patent infringement of Subsys

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Saddled with lawsuits and criminal investigations over its potent oral spray opioid Subsys, Insys Therapeutics lashed out against rival drug maker Teva Pharmaceuticals alleging Teva intends to manufacture and sell a generic version of Subsys before Insys’ patent for Subsys expires. Insys filed the patent-infringement lawsuit against Teva in federal court in Delaware. Insys hasn’t marketed any of its pharmaceuticals since 2015, after the company was slapped with lawsuits over its marketing of Subsys. Insys was accused of paying kickbacks to doctors to prescribe the drug for patients for whom it was not intended and for conning insurance companies to ... Read More