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North Carolina Construction Company Fined $20K Over Worker Death
A construction company whose employee died after falling out of an elevator has been cited for safety violations. WBTV-TV reports that the North Carolina Department of Labor announced that Gilbane Building Company is required to pay $20,300 in fines in …

POSTED DECEMBER 19, 2018 6:06 AM
U.S. Safety Agency Streamlines Autonomous Vehicle Approvals
The U.S. auto safety regulator said on Tuesday it is speeding up the process for reviewing whether automakers can deploy self-driving vehicles without devices such as brakes and steering wheels. Automakers must currently meet nearly 75 auto safety standards, many …

POSTED DECEMBER 19, 2018 6:00 AM
Williams-Sonoma Lawsuit Claims Amazon Infringes Furniture Patent, Trademark
Williams-Sonoma Inc. sued Amazon.com Inc. in a case that challenges the online retailer’s private label push that started with batteries, baby wipes and phone chargers and has expanded to include clothing, toys and high-end furniture. Amazon’s “Rivet” line includes products …

POSTED DECEMBER 19, 2018 6:00 AM
Larger Houses Replace Smaller When Rebuilding After Hurricanes
A study of hurricane-hit areas of the United States has revealed a trend of larger homes being built to replace smaller ones in the years following a storm. The research, led by the University of Southampton (UK) and published in …

POSTED DECEMBER 19, 2018 6:00 AM
Gold Becomes First Female CEO of Insurors of Tennessee
Insurors of Tennessee named Ashley Gold as CEO of the organization, effective Jan. 1, 2019. Gold currently serves as general counsel for the trade association – which represents independent insurance agents in the state – a position she has held …

POSTED DECEMBER 19, 2018 5:40 AM
Bus Crash in North Carolina Injures 13 Middle School Students
A North Carolina school bus overturned after it was hit by a car on Monday, sending 13 middle school students to the hospital. Twelve of the students had minor injuries in the crash in Alexander County, while one was in …

POSTED DECEMBER 19, 2018 5:10 AM
California’s 376 Fatal Occupational Injuries in 2017 Equals Previous Year, Report Shows
The California Department of Industrial Relations issued a report on Tuesday showing that 376 Californians died on the job in 2017, the same as in 2016. California’s workplace fatality rate remains stable with slight fluctuations over the past eight years, …

POSTED DECEMBER 19, 2018 12:02 AM
Worldwide Facilities Adds Ives as Broker, Cannabis Specialist in Washington
Worldwide Facilities has named Norman Ives to the management and brokerage team in its NutraRisk division, which specializes in cannabis, nutraceuticals and dietary supplements insurance coverage. Ives, who is based out of Washington, has more than 20 years of insurance …

POSTED DECEMBER 18, 2018 8:08 PM
Study Shows Arkansas Auto Insurance Rates Lowest in South Central Region
Auto insurance rates are the lowest in the South Central region and 17th lowest in the nation, a study by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) shows. The Arkansas Insurance Department reported that in its Auto Insurance Database Report, …

POSTED DECEMBER 18, 2018 5:34 PM
Second Earthquake in 4 Days Shakes Eastern Tennessee
An earthquake centered in eastern Tennessee also was felt in three other states. The U.S. Geological Survey website says the epicenter of the magnitude 3.0 earthquake early Sunday was about two miles (four kilometers) southeast of Mascot, near Knoxville. It …

POSTED DECEMBER 18, 2018 5:20 PM

Reuters: Health News

Indian regulator to test samples of Johnson & Johnson baby powder: media
India's federal drug regulator will on Wednesday seize samples of Johnson & Johnson's baby powder for testing, local media said, following a Reuters report that the company knew for decades that cancer-causing asbestos lurked in the product.

POSTED DECEMBER 19, 2018 1:52 AM
Allergan stops sales in Europe of breast implants linked to cancer
Breast implants made by drugmaker Allergan, which have been linked to a rare form of cancer, are being taken off the market in Europe, said a French regulatory body.

POSTED DECEMBER 19, 2018 1:50 AM
Pharma industry returns on R&D investment hit nine-year low
The cost of developing a new drug has nearly doubled since 2010 and the world's 12 biggest drugmakers are making the lowest return on their R&D investments in nine years, according to Deloitte.

POSTED DECEMBER 18, 2018 9:58 PM
More U.S. adults may be trying to lose weight, after all
(Reuters Health) - - Researchers said last year that the proportion of overweight U.S. adults trying to lose weight has been shrinking - but newly reanalyzed data suggest the proportion of adults trying to slim down actually grew slightly.

POSTED DECEMBER 18, 2018 6:43 PM
J&J moves to limit impact of Reuters report on asbestos in Baby Powder
Johnson & Johnson on Monday scrambled to contain fallout from a Reuters report that the healthcare conglomerate knew for decades that cancer-causing asbestos lurked in its Baby Powder, taking out full-page newspaper ads defending its product and practices, and readying its chief executive for his first television interview since investors erased tens of billions of dollars from the company’s market value.

POSTED DECEMBER 18, 2018 6:08 PM
FDA panel backs prescribing opioid overdose reversal drug along with painkillers
An advisory panel to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday recommended prescribing the opioid overdose reversal drug, naloxone, along with addictive painkillers.

POSTED DECEMBER 18, 2018 5:13 PM
Teen pot users may hallucinate, become paranoid
(Reuters Health) - - More than two in five teens who use marijuana experience psychotic symptoms like hallucinations, paranoia and anxiety, a U.S. study suggests.

POSTED DECEMBER 18, 2018 4:32 PM
New Hampshire physician assistant guilty of Insys opioid kickback scheme
A former physician assistant in New Hampshire was convicted on Tuesday of charges that he accepted nearly $50,000 in kickbacks from Insys Therapeutics Inc in exchange for prescribing its addictive fentanyl spray.

POSTED DECEMBER 18, 2018 2:46 PM
Guideline group turns gaze to opioid epidemic
(Reuters Health) - - As the opioid epidemic deepens, a government-backed panel that routinely draws up guidelines for disease prevention is starting to search for ways to prevent addiction to these drugs in the first place.

POSTED DECEMBER 18, 2018 2:10 PM
U.S. Surgeon General wants tougher action to tackle teen vaping epidemic
U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams on Tuesday issued a rare advisory https://e-cigarettes.surgeongeneral.gov/documents/surgeon-generals-advisory-on-e-cigarette-use-among-youth-2018.pdf, calling for aggressive steps against e-cigarette use among teens, which he said has become an "epidemic".

POSTED DECEMBER 18, 2018 1:29 PM

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