ISSUE: The FDA is aware that some women have received the Essure device without being adequately informed of Essure’s risks. In order for this device to meet reasonable assurance of safety and effectiveness, all women considering Essure should receive this important information. On April 9, 2018, the FDA restricted sales of the Essure device to only doctors and healthcare facilities who use the FDA-approved “Patient-Doctor Discussion Checklist – Acceptance of Risk and Informed Decision Acknowledgement”. Sale and distribution of...

– 25 percent of women don’t expect to reach above an entry-level role – About a third of women expect to reach less than a salary of $50,000 during their career – 82 percent of employers believe there should be pay transparency in the U.S. CHICAGO and ATLANTA, April 9, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Equal pay for equal work? Maybe not, according to CareerBuilder’s Equal Pay Day (April 10) survey on men and women in the workplace. Nearly a third of women (32 percent) do not think they are making the same pay as men in their organization...

Chevrolet Bolt debuts as Top Pick for Compact Green Car, Toyota Camry takes top honors as Midsized Car, and Ford F-150 named as best Full-Sized Pickup. YONKERS, NY — Consumer Reports today announced that seven new vehicles that made its 2018 Annual Top Picks list—the Toyota Corolla and Toyota Camry, Chevrolet Bolt, Toyota Sienna, Ford F-150, BMW X3, and Audi A4. The Top Picks list of 10 cars and trucks was released at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., before the respected Washington Automotive Press Association. The...

According to a study conducted by Pew Research Center, 92 percent of teens (13-17 years old) report they go online daily. So what do you do to protect your child from the dangers of something that’s such a part of their lives?  Here are some tips for parenting in the Digital Age: 1.) Tweak Location and Privacy Settings Keeping up with family members through GPS may give you peace of mind, but it’s important to limit your child’s location only to the people who absolutely need it. Making sure your kids have their location disabled...

Smartphones might make people feel more connected, but they likely don’t belong at the dinner table, according to new research from the University of British Columbia. Researchers looking at the effect of smartphones on face-to-face social interactions found that people who used their devices while out for dinner with friends and family enjoyed themselves less than those who did not. “As useful as smartphones can be, our findings confirm what many of us likely already suspected,” said Ryan Dwyer, the study’s lead...

We all have that Facebook friend — or 10 — who regularly posts photos of his or her fitness pursuits: on the elliptical at the gym, hiking through the wilderness, crossing a 10K finish line. The goal of those posters might be to brag, to inspire or simply to share a part of their lives with friends. But what they may also be doing, for better or worse, is influencing the health of their social media pals, according to a study by researchers at Texas State University and the University of Arizona. Researchers found that the...

Both online and telephone tools help Hoosier taxpayers. INDIANAPOLIS – As millions of taxes are being filed this season, the Indiana Department of Revenue (DOR) reminds customers of the two easy and convenient ways to check refund statuses. Taxpayers can go online to use the Refund Status interactive tool, which allows customers to check their status at any time. Taxpayers can simply visit the DOR website at www.in.gov/dor, and click “Get Started” under “Check the Status of Your Refund.” Don’t have internet access? Taxpayers...

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is investigating potential contamination with the barbiturate pentobarbital in certain canned dog food products manufactured by The J.M. Smucker Company. Fast Facts The FDA is alerting pet owners about potential pentobarbital contamination in certain canned dog foods manufactured by The J.M. Smucker Company. After learning about positive pentobarbital results in certain cans of Gravy Train dog food, J.M. Smucker initiated a withdrawal of various canned dog food products from its Gravy Train, Kibbles...

CR recommends keeping these potent detergent-filled packets out of households with cognitively-impaired adults—and away from children. YONKERS, NY — As part of its ongoing investigation into the potential hazards of liquid laundry packets, Consumer Reports, the leading not-for-profit consumer organization, has discovered that they can pose a lethal threat to adults with dementia who may mistake them as edible. The packets have long been regarded as a danger to young children. In one case, an 87-year-old woman with dementia, living...

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Two U.S. senators today introduced a bill to set up a separate legal framework for the safety of highly automated vehicles, including self-driving cars, that is weaker than the safeguards for cars on the road today, according to Consumers Union, the policy and mobilization division of Consumer Reports. The bill — S. 1885, the AV START Act — sponsored by Sens. John Thune (R-S.D.) and Gary Peters (D-Mich.) seeks to change the existing laws and procedures for auto safety in the interest of speeding up the rollout...