Archive for February, 2015

Lenovo Faces Lawsuits Filed on Behalf of Customers Affected by Preinstalled Malware

Filed February 27th, 2015 laurie

Some Lenovo laptop customers got a lot more than they bargained for when they opened up their computers recently: pre-installed malware. The “Superfish” software is an Internet browser add-on that floods your computer screen with ads when you visit websites. It also undermines basic computer security protocols, according to CNN Money, by tampering with a […]

Caramel-Colored Sodas may be Making Consumers Sick

Filed February 24th, 2015 laurie

According to the results of a new study, caramel-colored sodas like Coca-Cola and Pepsi may put consumers at increased risk for developing cancer. Researchers from Consumer Reports and the Center for a Livable Future at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health say a potential carcinogen known as 4-methylimidazole (4-MEI), which is formed during […]

Southwest Airlines Settles Lawsuit with Mechanic who Reported Fuselage Cracks

Filed February 16th, 2015 laurie

Southwest Airlines will pay $35,000 to settle a whistleblower lawsuit filed by a mechanic who alleged that he was disciplined for discovering and reporting two cracks in the fuselage of a Boeing 737-700. The mechanic claimed he found the cracks during a routine inspection of the aircraft. After reporting the damage, the mechanic was allegedly […]

Pennsylvania Senator Urges FDA to ban Powdered Caffeine

Filed February 5th, 2015 Julie Ann Fidler

Pennsylvania Senator Robert Casey said Monday that he believes powdered caffeine is a potentially dangerous supplement and he wants the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to ban it. Senator Casey announced that he has written a letter to the head of the FDA detailing his concerns about powdered caffeine. One teaspoon of the substance […]

Toyota Ordered to Pay $11 Million to Victims of a Car Crashed Caused by a Design Flaw

Filed February 5th, 2015 Julie Ann Fidler

A federal jury on Tuesday decided that Toyota Motor Co. was partly to blame for a 2006 car crash that killed three people and left two seriously injured, ordering them to pay the victims nearly $11 million. In 2006, Koua Fong Lee was behind the wheel of his 1996 Toyota Camry when it accelerated wildly […]

Ginko Biloba Tablets from Four Major Retailers Found to be Adulterated

Filed February 4th, 2015 Julie Ann Fidler

Many store-brand ginkgo biloba tablets sold in stores and pharmacies contain non-herbal ingredients but no actual ginkgo biloba, a recent investigation by the New York State attorney general’s (AG) office found. The AG’s office investigated store-brand supplements at GNC, Target, Walgreens and Wal-Mart and issued all four stores cease-and-desist letters insisting that they stop selling […]

Researchers Uncover Link Between ADHD and Commonly Used Pesticide

Filed February 3rd, 2015 Julie Ann Fidler

Common household pesticides may increase the risk of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children, according to a recent study. Rutgers University, Emory University, University of Rochester Medical Center and Wake Forest University researchers discovered that mice who were exposed to the pesticide in utero and through lactation exhibited several features of ADHD. Those features […]

Experts say Vitamin Drinks are Unnecessary, Potentially Harmful

Filed February 2nd, 2015 Lillian Chiu

Vitamin drinks may be marketed as a healthy beverage option, but some experts are concerned that they may actually expose people to excessive vitamins in combination with their diet. According to a New York Times Well blog, the average person is already exposed to enough nutrients through food and in some cases, supplements. “You have […]

DeflateGate’s Effects Impact Legal Gambling and the Economy

Filed February 1st, 2015 Cynthia Diaz-Shephard

The National Football League (NFL) has initiated a probe into the New England Patriots following allegations that the team intentionally used overly deflated footballs in their recent drubbing against the Indianapolis Colts in the American Football Conference (AFC) Championship Game, according to an NFL spokesman. The Patriots 45-7 win is bringing them to this Sunday’s […]