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German police raid Audi offices in connection with Volkswagen Dieselgate investigation

Police in Germany raided the offices of automaker Audi last week in connection with an investigation into the Volkswagen Dieselgate scandal. Volkswagen is facing criminal investigations in connection with the emissions cheating scandal from authorities in the city of Braunschweig, Germany, as well as a separate investigation of Audi by authorities in Munich. Read the full article…

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Fiat Chrysler may face charges in France over diesel emissions cheating

Fiat Chrysler may face prosecution from French authorities over allegations of emissions cheating on its diesel vehicles. The charges would make Chrysler the third automaker to face the possibility of charges over emissions cheating since the Volkswagen Dieselgate scandal was made public in late 2015. Read the full article…

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New Jersey family plans wrongful death lawsuit over fatal overdose caused by fentanyl spray Subsys

The family of a New Jersey woman who died of a fentanyl overdose plans to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the manufacturer of the fentanyl spray Subsys and the doctor who prescribed the drug. The family alleges that Vivienne Matalon, the doctor who treated Sarah Fuller for chronic pain, prescribed the Subsys at the urging of a representative of the company that manufacturers the fentanyl spray. Read the full article…

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Doctor prescribing habits may determine long-term opioid use risk, study finds

The risk for patients of long-term opioid use may come down to the prescribing habits of their hospital emergency room physician, according to a new study by researchers at Harvard University. Researchers say that luck – rather than the medical condition of the patient – may be the biggest factor in whether patients undergo extended treatment with prescription painkillers, increasing their risk of abuse or addiction. Read the full article…

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Another study confirms link between talcum powder and ovarian cancer

A new study finds that women who use talcum baby powder products for feminine hygiene face an increased risk of developing ovarian cancer. The study – conducted by researchers at the Tisch Cancer Institute of Mount Sinai Hospital in New York – was published this month in the European Journal of Cancer Prevention. Read the full article…

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CPSC bans chemicals in children’s toys linked to reproductive damage

The U.S.  Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced this week that it has reached an agreement with the Natural Resources Defense Council to ban five chemicals known as phthalates that have been linked to reproductive damage from use in children’s toys. The ban comes more than two years after the CPSC was ordered to remove phthalates from children’s toys by a federal judge. Read the full article…

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Dupont, Chemours agree to $671 million settlement in Teflon cancer MDL

Dupont and Chemours have agreed to pay nearly $671 million to settle an Ohio multidistrict litigation (MDL) involving a chemical used to make Teflon. Dupont agreed to pay half of the settlement, although the company’s liability connected to Teflon was transferred to Chemours when the company was spun off from Dupont in 2015. Read the full article…

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Reports suggest Audi was heavily involved in Volkswagen diesel emissions cheating

New reports from media outlets in Germany suggest that Audi was deeply involved in the Volkswagen Dieselgate emissions cheating scandal. In September 2015, Volkswagen admitted that it had installed a software “defeat device” on millions of VW and Audi “clean diesel” models in an effort to conceal the high emissions levels of these vehicles from regulators and consumers. Read the full article…

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Lack of Basketball Buffer Zones May Cause Serious Injuries to Young Athletes

More than 4 million children participate in competitive basketball leagues in the U.S. each year. As the popularity of the sport has grown, so too has the number of serious injuries occurring during games or in practice. According to data collected by the Children’s Hospital at Stanford, more than 200,000 children between the ages of 5 and 14 end up in emergency rooms for basketball-related injures each year. Read the full article…

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