Some 200 Spaniards born with severe defects after their mothers used the drug thalidomide during their pregnancies decades ago took the drug's German producer to court Monday to seek 204 million euros ($277 million) in compensation.
The company said that small heater coils in the barrel of the hair dryer can come into contact with adjacent coils and potentially create an electrical short. If there is an electrical short, small hot coils can project out of the dryer posing a burn or fire hazard.
The work is not nearly enough to prove a link, but it adds to "the biological plausibility" that BPA might affect fertility and other aspects of health, said Dr. Linda Giudice, a California biochemist who is president of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine.
A new Driving Mode will automatically silence incoming calls and texts so that you can focus on the road. You also can configure the feature to automatically send out a reply to say that you're driving.It can be activated automatically when the phone is linked wirelessly with a Bluetooth device in the car, such as a headset.
Small and organic vegetable farmers who say proposed federal food safety rules could harm their businesses have organized dozens of events nationwide to inform people about the regulations and encourage them to write to the Food and Drug Administration.
Inside the labs of DuPont's Nutrition and Health business at the Experimental Station, a team of scientists in Delaware whose life work is rooted in improving food safety testing technologies advance the BAX system, which the firm invented to detect foodborne pathogens, including salmonella, listeria and E. coli.
Some products contained fillers like wheat or rice that were not listed on the label. Some were contaminated with other plant species that could have caused toxicity or triggered allergic reactions. And still others contained no trace of the substance the bottle purported to contain.
The outcome of the so-called "bellwether" case could influence whether Toyota should be held responsible for sudden unintended acceleration as part of a larger group of lawsuits filed in state courts. Another case began in Oklahoma this week and there are more than 80 similar lawsuits filed in U.S. state courts.
The head of the U.N. nuclear agency says Japan should work harder to address international concerns about leaks of contaminated water at its crippled Fukushima nuclear plant and that his agency will jointly monitor radiation levels in the nearby ocean.
The federal government has cited the company that operated a Texas fertilizer plant that exploded in April and killed 15 people. The West Fertilizer Co. is being hit with 24 serious safety violations and a proposed fine of more than $118,000.
A Boeing 787 Dreamliner headed to Tokyo was diverted back to San Diego because of a possible problem with the aircraft's deicing system. NBC-7 in San Diego reports the Japan Airlines flight left Lindbergh Field shortly after 1:30 p.m. PDT Wednesday. But the plane turned around and landed back in San Diego by 3:10 p.m. PDT.
An eastern New Mexico peanut butter plant involved in a nationwide salmonella outbreak last year closed its doors and filed for bankruptcy Wednesday. Officials with Sunland Inc., the nation's largest organic peanut butter processor, said "ongoing financial and liquidity challenges made it necessary for the company to file for bankruptcy under Chapter 7 of the bankruptcy code."
A movie funded by donations and crowding-funding investments from nearly 7,000 people has highlighted the battle of a Samsung factory worker's family to win compensation for her death from leukemia in the face of media indifference and corporate obstruction.
Lives and property are at greater risk because auto recalls and investigations of safety defects have been put on hold during the partial government shutdown, safety advocates said.The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has furloughed employees who investigate safety complaints and order carmakers to recall vehicles.
The Agriculture Department is threatening to shut down three California poultry processing facilities linked to a salmonella outbreak that has sickened 278 people across the country.USDA said Wednesday that Foster Farms, owner of the three facilities, has until Thursday to tell the department how it will fix the problem.
A three-judge panel from the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans didn't indicate how soon it would rule after hearing arguments Wednesday by lawyers for Taishan Gypsum Co. Ltd. and a group of Virginia homeowners who sued the foreign company.
East Baton Rouge sheriff's detectives say a 41-year-old Denham Springs man was killed in an industrial accident at Stupp Corp. Plant near Baker. Deputies say Antonio Pollard was pronounced dead on the scene Tuesday. They say Pollard became pinned between two large pipes, as one rolled forward during the course of his work.
General Motors is recalling nearly 22,000 full-size pickup trucks to fix problems with the seats. The recall affects Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups from the 2014 model year that were sold in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.
The Hawaii Department of Health and federal agencies are warning the public to stop using a diet supplement and have asked retailers to take the product off the shelves after reports of hepatitis and liver failure around the state, including one death.
The pilots of Asiana Flight 214, which crashed in San Francisco in July, as well as the airline, are raising the possibility that a key device that controls the Boeing 777's speed may have malfunctioned, an aviation expert familiar with the investigation into the crash said Tuesday.
A fire killed 10 people at a garment factory in Bangladesh about six months after a factory building collapse that killed 1,100 people exposed the harsh and often unsafe conditions in an industry that is the world's third-largest.
Also being recalled are 200 engineers, inspectors and safety staff who approve new plane designs and equipment and register new planes. Manufacturers of small planes and business jets say the shutdown threatens to halt $1.38 billion in near-term deliveries of new planes.
Besides sensing smoke, Nest Protect is designed to detect unsafe levels of carbon monoxide. That could broaden the square-shaped device's appeal among homeowners who live in the growing number of states that require the installation of instruments that check for poisonous levels of carbon monoxide.
Koehler's bill would require farmers and manufacturers to label any food that's available for retail sale in Illinois and that contains more than 1 percent of genetically engineered ingredients. The front or back of the package must clearly state "Produced with Genetic Engineering" or "Partially Produced with Genetic Engineering."
European lawmakers approved sweeping new regulations governing the multi-billion dollar tobacco market on Tuesday, including limits on electronic cigarettes, bigger warnings on cigarette packs and a ban on menthol and other flavorings in a bid to further curb smoking.