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Salads and sandwich wraps recalled due to cyclospora parasite

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service is advising consumers to avoid buying salad and sandwich wrap products sold in major grocery stores due to the risk of parasite contamination. According to the federal agency, the contamination relates to the parasite cyclospora, which can cause serious intestinal illnesses.

Consumers should not blindly trust every pharmaceutical drug

The life-saving and pain-reducing benefits of prescribed drugs have helped millions throughout the world. However, these medicines are not always completely safe and free from risks. In each case, a doctor must evaluate a particular medication to determine if its potential benefits outweigh the risks involved with taking it.

Asbestos has a counterpart that could also make you sick: Silica

Like asbestos, crystalline silica is a naturally occurring mineral contained in ores, sand, stone and soil. Numerous products such as concrete, pottery and ceramics, among other things, contain silica. It, too, can lead to serious and even fatal health consequences to those who inhale it, which happens more often than anyone would like to admit.

3 surprising benefits of driverless cars

We're decades away from seeing driverless vehicle technology become the norm on American roads, but that doesn't mean we can't dream about the benefits of a driver-free future. Provided that the technology can do what autonomous car manufacturers claim it will, these benefits will have life-saving and time-saving effects on humanity.

Can Johnson & Johnson appeal $4.7 billion baby powder verdict?

Readers of this blog may remember a previous post about the massive $4.7 billion verdict against Johnson & Johnson. According to the 22 female litigants at the center of the case, which was tried in Missouri, the women contracted ovarian cancer after using asbestos-laden baby powder for female hygiene purposes.

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