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Enhanced Warnings for Immediate-Release Opioid Pain Medications Related to Risks of Misuse, Abuse, Addiction, Overdose, and Death

Categories: Alcohol/Drug Abuse,Consumer Info/Protection,Health/Medical,Laws/Regulations

http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm491739.htm

Agency press release announcing required warning labels for safety reasons on opioid pain medications.  The labels warn about the risks of misuse, addiction, overdose, and death, and represent a response to the opioid epidemic in the U.S.  From the Food and Drug Administration

 

Potential Zika Virus Risk Estimated for 50 U.S. Cities

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Environment,Health/Medical,Maps/Geography

https://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=137907&WT.mc_id=USNSF_1

Reports results of research into the spread of mosquitoes capable of carrying the Zika Virus into the U.S. Anticipates the mosquitoes will become abundant along the East Coast as far north as New York City and across the southern tier as far west as Phoenix and Los Angeles. From the National Science Foundation

 

Chairman Wheeler’s Proposal to Give Broadband Consumers Increased Choice, Transparency and Security with Respect to their Data

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Laws/Regulations,Privacy,Telecommunications/Internet

http://transition.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2016/db0310/DOC-338159A1.pdf

A proposal that would apply the privacy requirements of the Communications Act to broadband Internet access services. Includes ISP’s duty to keep data secure, data breaches, and consumers’ right to know. From the Federal Communications Commission

 

2015 Airline Consumer Complaints Up From Previous Year

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Disability,Headlines,Statistics,Transportation

http://www.rita.dot.gov/bts/sites/rita.dot.gov.bts/files/dot14_16.pdf

Agency press release on how 2015 airline passenger complaints were up nearly 30% over the 2014 total. The complaints covered a variety of subjects including flight delays, baggage, reservation, ticketing, refunds, customer service, disability, and discrimination. From the Bureau of Transportation Statistics

 

2014 Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) National Analysis: Executive Summary

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Environment,Natural Resources,Statistics,Waste Management

http://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2016-01/documents/2014-tri-na-exec-summary.pdf

Announces 2014 results of the program to control the release of toxic chemicals into the air, land, and water. Summary includes trends from 2003 and links to more detailed data. From the Environmental Protection Agency

 

FSMA Final Rule on Produce Safety

Categories: Agriculture/Rural Issues,Consumer Info/Protection,Food/Nutrition,Headlines,Health/Medical,Laws/Regulations

http://www.fda.gov/Food/GuidanceRegulation/FSMA/ucm334114.htm

Provides wording and explanation of final regulations relating to safety standards for growing, harvesting, shipping and selling of fruits and vegetables grown for human consumption. From the Food and Drug Administration

 

MyRA.gov

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Retirement/Social Security

https://myra.gov/

New federal site designed to make retirement saving easier for workers without easy access to a retirement benefit. Works like a Roth IRA account but invests in conservative U.S. treasury retirement savings bonds while charging no fees and requiring no minimum balance. From the Treasury Department

 

Q&A on the Carcinogenicity of the Consumption of Red Meat and Processed Meat

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Food/Nutrition,Headlines,Health/Medical,United Nations

http://www.iarc.fr/en/media-centre/iarcnews/pdf/Monographs-Q&A_Vol114.pdf

Covers the definitions of red and processed meats, methods of cooking, types of cancers, the degree of risk and more. From the International Agency for Research on Cancer of the World Health Organization

 

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