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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...

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...

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...

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...

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, along with Washington Department of Agriculture, is investigating a pattern of Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes contamination in raw pet foods manufactured by Arrow Reliance Inc. Fast Facts The FDA is alerting pet owners to a history of four recalls of and multiple complaints associated with Darwin’s Natural and ZooLogics pet foods, manufactured by Arrow Reliance Inc., dba Darwin’s Natural Pet Products, over the period from October 17, 2016 to February 10, 2018. In each instance, the company...

DOR offers in-person and online assistance to Hoosiers. INDIANAPOLIS –Customers in need of tax preparation assistance are encouraged to take advantage of the free services offered by the Indiana Department of Revenue (DOR) and other reputable organizations. Programs are available for both low-income and senior taxpayers. One of the programs available to Hoosiers is the Indiana free file (INfreefile) program, which allows taxpayers who qualify the ability to file their state and federal tax returns for free online. Taxpayers with an adjusted...

Posted on Feb 11 2018 - 4:56pm by George Price
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Ten blankets are being sent out into the community to help raise money and awareness for Madison County’s sexual assault victims and treatment center. Watch video below to learn more. ...

Posted on Feb 4 2018 - 12:07am by George Price
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Snow is expected to start around or shortly after midnight and continue overnight into Sunday. The snow may mix with or change torain late tonight into Sunday morning over far southern counties. 1 to 2 inches of total snow accumulation is possible by late Sunday. The highest accumulations will likely be over the northern half of the area. Areas across far south central Indiana may only see less than an inch. The snow may create some slick spots on untreated roadways and make travel difficult at times. Exercise caution if you plan on traveling...