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Health officials warn ‘severe lung disease’ has been linked to vaping

Health officials warn ‘severe lung disease’ has been linked to vaping

The Department of Health Services in Wisconsin has issued a public health advisory urging the public to stop using e-cigarettes and other 'vaping' devices after linking them to 'severe lung disease.' This health issue has been observed in teenagers and young adults who used vaping devices; 11 of these individuals have been hospitalized as a result and another seven cases are described as under investigation.

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Lyft pauses e-bike rentals in San Francisco following battery fires

Lyft pauses e-bike rentals in San Francisco following battery fires

Lyft has temporarily suspended rentals of its electric bicycles in the San Francisco Bay Area following reports of two suspected battery fires impacting the e-bikes. The first fire reportedly happened last Wednesday and was followed by a second fire over the weekend. The electric bikes are operated under Lyft's Bay Wheels, which recently returned to San Francisco following a legal spat between Lyft and the city's transportation agency.

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Michigan officials reveal fair pigs tested positive for swine flu

Michigan officials reveal fair pigs tested positive for swine flu

This weekend, the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development revealed that pigs at the Fowlerville Family Fair had tested positive for swine flu. The diagnosis was made on late Friday after the pigs began showing symptoms of the illness on Thursday, July 27. No humans have been reported as ill due to exposure to these pigs, which were isolated after the test results came back.

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FDA cracks down on CBD products sold for pain and other health issues

FDA cracks down on CBD products sold for pain and other health issues

The 2018 Farm Bill caused a massive spike in the CBD market, one that now includes a variety of products containing CBD as an ingredient. Some of these CBD products are sold with marketing that claims vast health benefits, ones unproven and often predatory, including promises of curing cancer, preventing Alzheimer's, and sending chronic diseases into remission. The FDA has had enough and is cracking down on such claims.

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FDA warns taco seasoning recalled over Salmonella contamination risk

FDA warns taco seasoning recalled over Salmonella contamination risk

If you're planning to make tacos this weekend using premade taco seasoning packets, beware: the FDA is alerting the public to two recalls involving Walmart-brand and HEB taco seasonings over the risk of Salmonella contamination. The recall was voluntarily initiated by Williams Foods of Kansas, according to the agency, as a precautionary step to ensure no one contracts the potentially deadly illness.

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Backyard chickens are fueling major Salmonella outbreaks across US

Backyard chickens are fueling major Salmonella outbreaks across US

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention believes backyard chickens are largely responsible for Salmonella outbreaks that have impacted hundreds of people across the United States. In its most recent update on the outbreaks, the CDC says two infected individuals have died and more than one hundred have been hospitalized. As well, more than 700 people have been infected with the outbreak strains.

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FamiSafe offers tools to keep kids safe in the mobile age

FamiSafe offers tools to keep kids safe in the mobile age

Experts and parents are still debating the long term effects of exposing young ones to screens and mobile devices. It is, however, a fact of life that kids will eventually get their hands on a phone or tablet. Rather than banning them outright, some parents may prefer to train children in the proper use of modern technologies by allowing their limited and supervised use. To that end, Wondershare's FamiSafe parental control app promises peace of mind for parents while delivering the wonders of the mobile age to children at the same time.

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Facebook Messenger Kids bug allowed chat groups with strangers

Facebook Messenger Kids bug allowed chat groups with strangers

Given the growing number of young users on the Internet, that has also been a rise in apps that cater specifically to this young audience. Those range from educational or entertainment apps to parental control apps. Those, of course, have to take great care in making sure the young ones don't get exposed to harmful content. Unfortunately, just like in any other piece of software, those apps can have bugs and one found in Facebook's Messenger Kids app practically bypassed all the protection that the app promised.

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CDC warns ‘crypto’ parasite outbreaks at public pools are increasing

CDC warns ‘crypto’ parasite outbreaks at public pools are increasing

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have warned that outbreaks of a parasite called Cryptosporidium, more commonly called 'crypto,' have increased over the years since 2009. These outbreaks are primarily impacting public swimming pools and water playgrounds, putting the public at risk of acquiring the parasite, which is able to survive for multiple days in chlorinated water.

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Florida issues rabies alert covering part of Walt Disney World

Florida issues rabies alert covering part of Walt Disney World

The Florida Department of Health in Orange County issued a rabies alert on July 9 that will remain in effect for 60 days. The alert covers a two-mile radius around the region's Interstate 4 and Epcot Center Drive, the road leading into Walt Disney World's Epcot theme park. The warning was issued after a feral cat that scratched two park employees tested positive for rabies (the employees, however, were fine).

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Boeing 737 Max may have a different problem in Europe

Boeing 737 Max may have a different problem in Europe

Its own press releases have been unsurprisingly positive but Boeing might still be a long time before its beleaguered 737 Max can take flight again. It may be close to getting approval from the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) but it is facing yet another hurdle in Europe. The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has a list of changes it wants Boeing to make and one of them is reportedly about its autopilot system.

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Virgin Atlantic flight forced to land over battery pack fire

Virgin Atlantic flight forced to land over battery pack fire

A Virgin Atlantic flight from London to New York was forced to make an emergency landing on July 4 after a possibly faulty external battery pack caused a small fire. The plane, an A330 Airbus, had left New York's JFK airport and was on its way to London's Heathrow airport when the crew was alerted to the presence of smoke, forcing the pilots to make an emergency landing in Boston.

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