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Another popular heartburn drug gets FDA cancer warning

Another popular heartburn drug gets FDA cancer warning

Since last year, the FDA has been looking into the presence of impurities in various types of medication, leading to multiple drug recalls over past months. In the latest announcement on this matter, the agency reports that some units of a popular heartburn and antihistamine drug called ranitidine may contain low levels of a cancer-causing impurity, though it isn't ordering a recall of the products at this time.

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Google launches new tools for finding local addiction resources

Google launches new tools for finding local addiction resources

Google has launched two new tools to help opioid addicts get help from nearby resources. The tools involve Google Maps, making it easier to find life-saving naloxone medication and to locate recovery centers that can help individuals get over their addiction. Both tools are free to access through Google's newly launched Recover Together website, which doesn't link searches for centers to one's Google account.

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Public warned to avoid all pig ear treats over risk to dogs and owners

Public warned to avoid all pig ear treats over risk to dogs and owners

In addition to the Salmonella outbreak linked to the growing trend of keeping backyard chickens is another Salmonella outbreak previously linked to dried pig ears sold as dog treats. The CDC previously issued an advisory about the matter, though it didn't have any information about the source of the potentially contaminated treats. In a new update, the agency is warning that people should avoid all pig ear treats, including ones that have already been purchased.

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Pet vaccination rates plummet as anti-vax movement grows

Pet vaccination rates plummet as anti-vax movement grows

A UK-based pet charity called PDSA has warned that the number of pet owners who are choosing not to vaccinate their pets are putting millions of animals at risk. The decrease in pet vaccination rates coincidences with the steady increase in anti-vax sentiment, the movement putting children, vulnerable adults, and their pets at risk of a variety of easily preventable diseases.

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Hedkayse ONE Review: Multi-impact bike helmet for people who hate helmets

Hedkayse ONE Review: Multi-impact bike helmet for people who hate helmets

The Hedkayse ONE is a bicycle helmet made with several innovative design elements that, together, create a multi-impact, foldable, adjustable piece of head protection. For many years I've been stuck between cost and comfort in head protection whilst cycling. Most often this meant that I didn't wear a helmet when I should have, despite more-than-ample reason to take the time to attain the helmet that was right for me. I was extremely fickle. This summer I got to test out the helmet called Hedkayse ONE, and it changed the way I thought about helmets entirely.

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Turns out physical controls in autonomous cars are super-controversial

Turns out physical controls in autonomous cars are super-controversial

What manual controls should be present in autonomous vehicles, how they should be tested as road-worthy, and just how advanced the current state-of-the-art is are all points of controversy, as US road safety regulators mull feedback on what might be holding back driverless technologies. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) threw down the gauntlet to skeptics, enthusiasts, and everyone in-between to comment on the challenges of control-free autonomous car regulations, and as you might expect the responses were spirited.

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Toyota fixed the Takata airbag in two popular cars – now it’s recalling them again

Toyota fixed the Takata airbag in two popular cars – now it’s recalling them again

Toyota is recalling 191,000 cars for a second airbag replacement, having discovered that the Takata replacement first installed could itself be faulty. The double recall impacts cars both in North America and Japan, and among some of Toyota's most popular models.

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Coca-Cola Star Wars: Galaxy Edge’s “detonator” bottles banned by TSA

Coca-Cola Star Wars: Galaxy Edge’s “detonator” bottles banned by TSA

It's not out of place for brands to try to ride on some hype to advertise their products and, of course, get some extra sales. Sometimes, those marketing attempts are genius and sometimes you can't help but go "WTF!". Coca-Cola's and Disney's latest Star Wars collaboration stands somewhere near the latter. The two have made a very convincing replica of a Star Wars prop available from the newly opened "Galaxy's Edge" theme parks. The soda bottles are, in fact, so convincing that the TSA is banning them on all flights, be it checked-in or carry-on luggage.

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Car camera side-mirrors could finally get US approval

Car camera side-mirrors could finally get US approval

Cameras that replace car side mirrors with a high-tech - and more aerodynamic - alternative will go into safety testing by US road regulators, potentially bringing legislation currently blocking the high-tech upgrade in line with what's permitted internationally. Several automakers already offer vehicles with cameras in the place of traditional glass mirrors, but current laws prevent their use in the US.

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New Honda airbag grabs your head like a baseball mitt – and that’s a good thing

New Honda airbag grabs your head like a baseball mitt – and that’s a good thing

A new airbag design is set to show up in Honda cars from 2020, promising to grab and cradle a passenger's head like a baseball in a mitt. While that may not be the most reassuring mental image when you're considering an unexpected impact, the multi-part airbag could help avoid neck injuries that are often sustained by front passengers during crashes that occur at an angle.

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June smart ovens reportedly preheats overnight on its own

June smart ovens reportedly preheats overnight on its own

Having connected bulbs and thermostats can be convenient and almost harmless when things go wrong. When you take the Internet of Things to stoves and ovens, however, you are taking things to a whole new level, especially when it comes to safety. Some homeowners might be a bit wary of such hi-tech cooking equipment and three cases of June Ovens turning on in the middle of the night are doing nothing to assuage their fears. June's response, however, is also classic.

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Audi’s e-tron SUV just scooped Tesla to a top EV safety award

Audi’s e-tron SUV just scooped Tesla to a top EV safety award

Audi's e-tron SUV may not have been the first all-electric luxury car to US roads, but it can claim to be the first such vehicle to get a 2019 IIHS Top Safety Pick+ rating. The new fully battery-electric SUV has managed to scoop rivals like the Tesla Model X and Mercedes-Benz EQC to the independent safety test's top score.

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