New, Lower Cost Epinephrine Pre-Filled Syringe Approved By FDA

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Adamis Pharmaceuticals Corporation (Adamis) announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Adamis’ epinephrine injection, USP, 1:1000 (0.3 mg pre-filled single dose syringe) (PFS) for the emergency treatment of allergic reactions (Type I) including anaphylaxis. The FDA has also approved the PFS trade name of Symjepi.

Symjepi provides two single dose syringes of epinephrine (adrenaline), which is considered the drug of choice for immediate administration in acute anaphylactic reactions to insect stings or

297,000 Minivans Recalled Because Airbags Can Deploy Inadvertently

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Fiat Chrysler is recalling about 300,000 minivans because their driver-side airbags can deploy inadvertently.

The problem has been linked to at least 13 minor injuries but no crashes.

The company said the wiring in the steering wheel can chafe against the trim, causing a short-circuit that can set off the airbag. The affected minivans are the 2011 and 2012 Dodge Grand Caravan. The recall includes 209,000 minivans in the United States and 88,000 in Canada.

As for all

Apple to Turn iPhone Into Hub of Medical Info

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Managing your health information and sharing them with your trusted doctor may soon become a lot less cumbersome than it is now as Apple is on works to turn the iPhone into a hub of all your medical information, the media reported.

A secretive team within Apple’s growing health unit has been in talks with developers, hospitals and other industry groups about bringing clinical data, such as detailed lab results and allergy lists, to the iPhone,

Lead Detected in Baby Food Samples; FDA Reviewing Outdated Standards

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Twenty percent of baby food samples were found to contain lead, according to a report from the Environmental Defense Fund. Pediatricians says there’s no safe lead level. FDA is reviewing its policy.

About 20% of baby food samples tested over a decade-long period had detectable levels of lead, according to a new report from Environmental Defense Fund, a nonprofit group.

The group evaluated data collected by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) from 2003 to 2013. This

Printed Sensors Monitor Tire Wear in Real Time

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Duke University’s Pratt School of Engineering issued the following news release:

Electrical engineers at Duke University have invented an inexpensive printed sensor that can monitor the tread of car tires in real time, warning drivers when the rubber meeting the road has grown dangerously thin.

If adopted, the device will increase safety, improve vehicle performance and reduce fuel consumption. The group hopes that the tire wear sensor will be the first of many that could disrupt the

Porsche Accused of Manipulating Emission Results Using Steering Inputs

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Earlier this month Audi recalled 24,000 A7 and A8 models after the German motor authority charged them with using steering wheel angle to manipulate the nitrogen oxide emission figures. Now, Porsche has been accused for using a similar cheating technique.

KBA (Germany’s Transport Motor Authority) is investigating if Porsche was using a cheat device that is connected to the steering wheel to manipulate the emission output. The authority believes that this device identifies it as a

Facebook Teaches Chatbots to Negotiate for You

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We’re one step closer to asking Facebook to schedule dinner with friends.

The tech giant’s artificial intelligence research lab announced Wednesday a new technique allowing chatbots to carry out negotiations with other chatbots and humans. Facebook’s researchers see the development as a key step toward creating personal digital assistants.

For example, you could have it negotiate the price of a product with a business’ chatbot or human customer service representative. The chatbot could also go back and

Artificial Intelligence to Usher in New Era of Drug Safety Automation

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Genpact is investing in leading digital technologies that are transforming industries. Genpacts Pharmacovigilance Artificial Intelligence (PVAI) will be the life sciences industry’s first fully-integrated, end-to-end adverse event (AE) processing solution, leveraging intelligent automation to not only dramatically reduce the effort of processing adverse events, but also to enable an AI-driven level of real-time predictive analytics and actionable insight not previously possible.

As life sciences companies face escalating AE volumes for their products and increasing pressure to

114,409 Pounds of Beef Products Recalled Due to Misbranding and Undeclared Allergens

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service has issued the following news release:

Joseph Seviroli Foods, a Garden City, N.Y. establishment, is recalling approximately 114,409 pounds of beef ravioli products due to misbranding and undeclared allergens, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The products contain milk, a known allergen, which is not declared on the products labels.

The beef ravioli items were produced on Jan. 9, 2017

MIT Researchers Refine Yardstick for Measuring Schools and Teachers

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The following information was released by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT):

In recent years, 14 states in the U.S. have begun assessing teachers and schools using Value-Added Models, or VAMs. The idea is simple enough: A VAM looks at year-to-year changes in standardized test scores among students, and rates those students’ teachers and schools accordingly. When students are found to improve or regress, teachers and schools get the credit or the blame.

Perhaps not surprisingly, however,