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Lithium-Ion Batteries Caused 191 Aviation Emergencies Since 1991

Lithium-ion batteries are blamed for at least 191 incidents of explosion, fire, and smoke in airports and aircraft since March 20, 1991, according to a new report from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). According to the FAA report, the incidents involved lithium-ion batteries carried in passenger bags or transported as cargo and used to power a multitude of devices including e-cigarettes, laptop computers, cameras, flashlights, and cell phones, among others. Incidents of lithium-ion batteries overheating, exploding, bursting into flames, and smoking have prompted emergency landings and airport evacuations on multiple occasions, the FAA report shows. The incidents, which can snowball ... Read More

Research: Number of Workplace Injuries Could be Reduced Using Smartphone Technology

Factory employees work hard every day in various jobs making, packaging, preparing and delivering products we need for daily living. Their wrists, arms and shoulders sustain so much daily strain, it often leads to injuries such as carpel tunnel or tendinitis. Employers lose money on worker’s compensation, lost time and reduced productivity. Rob Radwin, a professor of industrial systems engineering at University of Wisconsin-Madison, has set out to change that. “We want to solve these problems before people get hurt,” says Radwin, who has been scrutinizing this issue for more than 20 years. Radwin intends to utilize technology such as ... Read More

Smartphones can cause pacemakers to stop working

People with pacemakers are advised to keep a safe distance from smartphones and mobile phones to avoid unwanted painful shocks or pauses in function, medical device manufacturers and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warn. Pacemakers and other implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs) are small devices that are placed in the chest or abdomen to help control abnormal heart rhythms by using electrical pulses to prompt the heart to beat at a normal rate. Studies from a decade ago have found that pacemakers can sometimes mistakenly detect electromagnetic interference, or EMIs, from smartphones and mobile devices as a cardiac signal that can ... Read More

New FMCSA app lets travelers, trip planners check bus company safety

People who frequently travel by bus and those in charge of chartering commercial buses for group travel may find the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) new SaferBus application for smartphones a valuable tool and a potential lifesaver. The new app is free and available for the iPhone and Android, allows users to quickly and easily check the safety record of a bus company before choosing a carrier. “There’s more to consider than just price and convenience,” the FMCSA said, advising potential passengers and group trip planners to “Look before you book.” “If you are purchasing a bus ticket or ... Read More

FDA proposes oversight for mobile medical apps

Certain medical applications used on smartphones and iPads may be required to follow guidelines laid out by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), especially if they pose risks for patients if they do not work as designed. The agency proposed a list of guidelines this week and is taking public comment over the next 90 days. The FDA is tasked with protecting the public health by assuring that foods are safe, sanitary and properly labeled, and that drugs, vaccines and other biological products and devices are safe and effective. The agency says that the guidelines for certain medical apps are ... Read More