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Goodyear G159 tires linked to over 100 deaths, never recalled

Did confidential settlements prevent safety regulators from learning about all crashes involving Goodyear's G159 tires? According to an investigation by to the transportation and vehicle website Jalopnik, at least one crash involving the tire was never recorded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration -- possibly because the people involved were prevented from notifying NHTSA by a confidentiality agreement.

FDA seeks to ban most flavored e-cigarettes at retail locations

E-cigarettes and nicotine vaporizers have been under increasing scrutiny after dramatic increases in their use by young people. The rate of traditional tobacco smoking is at a record low, but vaping nicotine is increasingly popular among underage youth. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration believes part of the problem is the delicious-sounding flavors vaporizer fluids come in. Therefore, the agency plans to issue a regulation restricting the sale of flavored e-cigarettes at brick-and-mortar retail locations. In addition, it plans to require online purchasers to submit verification of their age.

Testing finds toxic cadmium in adult jewelry at some chain stores

After a 2010 scandal involving cadmium in some children's jewelry of Chinese manufacture, several states outlawed the metal in kids' products -- but not for adults. By 2012, it seemed the metal was no longer being used in children's jewelry. However, the nonprofit Center for Environmental Health recently tested adult jewelry from three national manufacturers and found at least 40 percent -- and the majority over 90 percent -- cadmium.

Jury says Monsanto should pay $289 million to man who got cancer from Roundup

In the first such lawsuit to go to trial, a California jury has ordered Monsanto to pay $289 million to a school groundskeeper who developed cancer after routinely using the company's glyphosate-based weed killers, including Roundup. After deliberating for three days, the jury found that Monsanto failed to warn consumers of the cancer risks posed by its products containing glyphosate.

Ups and downs of home trampolines

Family trampolines are popular across Tennessee. Drive around any neighborhood in the Chattanooga area, and you'll likely see them dotting yards on both sides of the street. Regardless of the size, trampolines have one thing in common: they are dangerous, especially for children.

Was deceptive marketing a catalyst for America's opioid crisis?

One seemingly innocuous phrase may have helped jump start the modern-day opioid abuse epidemic. The statement, used for years in marketing materials for the opiate painkiller OxyContin, implied that the drug was less likely than other similar medications to result in addiction. Specifically, the patient insert included with the drug from the time of its launch in 1996 (until the FDA required revamping in 2001) indicated that:

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