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Lego releases Braille bricks to teach blind and visually impaired children

Lego has unveiled a new project aimed at helping blind and visually impaired children learn Braille in a “playful and engaging way.” Lego Braille Bricks, a concept originally proposed to the toy company by two charities, will allow children to learn the touch writing system through play. The bricks, which will launch fully in 2020,…MORE

E. coli outbreak from tainted ground beef expands to 10 states

At least 156 people in 10 states have been infected with E. coli after eating tainted ground beef at home and in restaurants, federal officials said. Of the people infected so far, 20 of them have been hospitalized, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday. There have been no fatalities. The cases include…MORE

Connecticut attorney general files new suit against Purdue Pharma

An amended lawsuit filed by the Connecticut attorney general alleges that the owners of pharmaceutical giant Purdue Pharma illegally shuffled hundreds of millions of dollars to other Sackler family-owned properties and downplayed the addictive nature of opioids to doctors while pressuring sales reps. The initial lawsuit, alleging violations of the Connecticut Unfair Trade Practices Act…MORE

Former pharmaceutical company execs hit with drug trafficking charges

Two former executives of a pharmaceutical distributor company are facing criminal drug trafficking charges on accusations of illegally distributing opioids and conspiring to defraud the US Drug Enforcement Administration, the first time distributors have been criminally charged with these crimes. Federal prosecutors say that between 2012 and 2017, the Rochester Drug Co-Operative, which buys medicines…MORE

Target recalls half a million wooden toy cars that pose a choking risk

Target is voluntarily recalling nearly half a million Bullseye’s Playground toys after four reports that the wheels can detach from the vehicles, posing a choking hazard to children, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission said. No injuries have been reported. The commission urged parents who purchased the toy cars to immediately take them away from…MORE

Walgreens raises minimum tobacco sales age to 21 after FDA pressure

Walgreens stores will no longer sell tobacco products to anyone under the age of 21 starting September 1, the Walgreens Boots Alliance announced Tuesday. Boots is the UK division of the company. The legal age to buy tobacco in both countries is currently 18, but efforts to raise the limit to 21 are underway. In…MORE

Medicaid expansion tied to positive gains for black babies

A major part of the Affordable Care Act — the expansion of the Medicaid program — may play a role in shrinking the gap in premature birth and low birth weight between black and white infants born in the United States, according to a new study. Both prematurity and low birth weight can put an…MORE

Computers, not TV, are to blame for increase in US sitting time, study says

There’s a key culprit in the battle against sitting. Time spent watching TV and videos has remained consistently high in the United States over the past 15 years, but time sitting at a computer has increased dramatically, new research finds. Leisure-time computer use increased between 4.8% and 38% for various age groups between 2001 and…MORE

World’s first malaria vaccine to go to 360,000 African children

Some 360,000 children a year in three African countries will receive the world’s first malaria vaccine as part of a large-scale pilot project, the World Health Organization (WHO) said Tuesday. Malawi has started vaccinating children under two years of age and Kenya and Ghana will begin using the vaccine in the coming weeks, with health…MORE

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