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FDA warns coffee recalled after analysis finds risky pharmaceutical drugs

FDA warns coffee recalled after analysis finds risky pharmaceutical drugs

A coffee product marketed as offering alleged weight loss and anxiety relief benefits has been recalled after testing positive for two pharmaceutical drugs, including one that was withdrawn from the market by the FDA years ago due to its various health risks. The Food and Drug Administration notes that the presence of these two chemicals makes it an unapproved drug.

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Chicago is strategically using feral cats to deal with its huge rat problem

Chicago is strategically using feral cats to deal with its huge rat problem

Rats remain a big problem for megacities -- they're often fearless and intrusive, making their way into businesses and homes where they can spread diseases and cause destruction. Chicago has consistently ranked as the top US city with a rat problem, but it has a unique solution to this problem: strategically deployed feral cats.

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US government warns: Stop filling plastic bags with gasoline

US government warns: Stop filling plastic bags with gasoline

The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission was put in a position this week where they needed to issue a warning to citizens. May 12, 2021, at 9AM, the USCPSC released a warning: "Do not fill plastic bags with gasoline." The followed up with another warning: "Use only containers approved for fuel." Why, you might wonder, would anyone EVER fill a plastic bag full of gasoline?

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US Customs asks travelers to stop putting cow dung in baggage

US Customs asks travelers to stop putting cow dung in baggage

The US Customs and Border Protection agency made a surprising announcement on Monday, stating that its agents have found cow dung packaged in luggage -- and, it warns, you should stop doing this because of the health risk it presents. The cow dung may have been transported under the mistaken belief that it offers protection against COVID-19.

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Pay attention to this chocolate recall if you have a nut allergy

Pay attention to this chocolate recall if you have a nut allergy

If you're allergic to nuts but have a love of chocolate, you'll want to pay attention to a new voluntary recall from Hershey. The company is recalling 1,700 bottles of its chocolate shell topping, which is often put on ice cream, because the wrong variety of shell topping -- the kind made with almonds -- was mistakenly put in these bottles.

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This motorcycle airbag vest stops working if you don’t pay

This motorcycle airbag vest stops working if you don’t pay

Motorcyclists around the world routinely take their lives into their hands, sharing the roads with inattentive drivers. There is a lot of different safety equipment designed specifically for motorcyclists to help protect their lives in an accident. One of those safety devices is a vest that motorcyclists wear called an airbag vest.

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Peloton treadmill recalls: The issues, the fix, and your Affirm financing

Peloton treadmill recalls: The issues, the fix, and your Affirm financing

Peloton is recalling both of its treadmills, with the Tread+ and Tread blamed for numerous injuries and even a child's death. The company is offering owners of the treadmills a full refund, having worked with the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) on the recall, raising questions around Affirm financing, what to do if you would rather keep your Tread+, and just how the dangers might eventually be mitigated.

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Peloton treadmills recalled after Tread+ child death: What owners do next

Peloton treadmills recalled after Tread+ child death: What owners do next

Peloton will recall all of its treadmill models, after concerns about child safety around the fitness equipment and at least one reported death. The voluntary recall impacts both the Tread+ and Tread models, with Peloton and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) advising owners to cease using them immediately.

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Hyundai and Genesis vehicles to feature standard rear-occupant alert technology

Hyundai and Genesis vehicles to feature standard rear-occupant alert technology

In cooperation with the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) annual ‘Look Before You Lock’ pediatric heatstroke prevention campaign, South Korean automaker Hyundai and its Genesis luxury arm will now offer rear-occupant alert technologies as standard in its vehicle lineup.

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USGS brings earthquake mobile alerts to the full US West Coast

USGS brings earthquake mobile alerts to the full US West Coast

If you live in any of the states along the US West Coast, you're now covered by the US Geological Survey's ShakeAlert earthquake early warning system. The USGS announced the expansion today, explaining that the three states in the US most prone to earthquakes -- Washington, Oregon, and California -- can now deliver mobile alerts when an earthquake is about to strike.

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PSA: Fake COVID-19 vaccination cards could be a crime

PSA: Fake COVID-19 vaccination cards could be a crime

An FBI announcement made clear this late winter/early spring that fake COVID-19 vaccination record cards are illegal. If you make or buy a fake COVID-19 vaccination record card, wrote an FBI representative, "you endanger yourself and those around you, and you are breaking the law." Further, the FBI and HHS-OIG recommend that you do NOT post photos of your legitimate vaccine card to social media - people are using said photos to fake their own cards and commit fraud.

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Popular thyroid drug recalled because the pills aren’t potent enough

Popular thyroid drug recalled because the pills aren’t potent enough

Acella Pharmaceuticals has announced a recall of its popular thyroid medication because the tablets in the recalled lots may not be as potent as expected. Assuming a patient with hypothyroidism takes sub-potent medication, their TSH levels may increase and their symptoms may return. The recalled tablets were labeled with doses ranging from 15mg to 120mg.

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