FDA issues recall for popular blood pressure medication

first_imgWashington D.C. — The Food and Drug Administration has issued a recall for popular blood pressure medications because they contain a chemical known to cause cancer.Officials say the presence of NDMA (N-nitrosodimethylamine) in the popular drug, Valsartan, is na surprise and thought to be due to changes in the way the active substance was manufactured.A Valsartan recall was announced weeks ago but did not include the United States and was only for the generic version.Here is a list of the recalled drugs compiled by FDA officials:Valsartan – Prinston – Pharmaceutical Inc.Valsartan – AvKAREValsartan – A-S Medication Solutions LLCValsartan – Bryant Ranch Prepack Inc.Valsartan – HJ Harkins CompanyValsartan – Major PharmaceuticalsValsartan – Solco HealthcareValsartan – Northwind PharmaceuticalsValsartan – Teva Pharmaceuticals Industries Ltd.Valsartan/Hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ) – Proficient Rx LPValsartan/Hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ) – Remedy RepackValsartan/Hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ) – Solco HealthcareValsartan/Hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ) – Teva Pharmaceuticals Injustries Ltd.The FDA has also compiled an updated list of medications not included in the recall:Amlodipine and Valsartan – Alembic Pharmaceuticals LimitedValsartan/Hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ) – Alembic Pharmaceuticals LimitedValsartan – Alembic Pharmaceuticals LimitedByvalson (Nebivolol and Valsartan – Allergan Inc.Valsartan – American Health PackagingValsartan – Amneal Pharmaceuticals LLCDiovan and Valsartan  – Aphena Pharma SolutionsValsartan/Hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ) – Apotex Corp.Amlodipine and Valsartan – Aurodindo Pharma LimitedValsartan  – AcPAKValsartan – Cardinal HealthDiovan – Carilion Materials ManagementAmlodipine and Valsartan – Gavis Pharmaceuticals, LLCValsartan  – Jubilant Cadista Pharmaceuticals Inc.Valsartan – Lucid PharmaAmlodipine and Valsartan – LupinValsartan – Macleods Pharmaceuticals USAAmlodipine and Valsartan – MylanValsartan/Hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ) – Northwind PharmaceuticalsDiovan  – Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp.Amlodipine and Valsartan – Novel Laboratories Inc.Valsartan  – Ohm Laboratories Inc.last_img read more

Rohit Sharma moves up to No.5 in ICC Rankings for ODI batsmen

first_imgRohit Sharma moved up two places to No.5 after crossing the 800-point mark for the first time in his career. The stand-in India captain smashed his third ODI double hundred in Mohali against Sri Lanka last week and reached a personal high of 825 points.Rohit had been named captain when India decided to rest Virat Kohli for the limited-overs matches against Sri Lanka. After failing in Dharamsala, Rohit hit back with a sensational 208 not out in Mohali. In the final ODI in Vizag, Rohit was out for 7 but India wrapped up their eighth successive series win.Meanwhile, Shikhar Dhawan, named player of the series, too has gained one slot to reach 14th position after aggregating 168 runs including an unbeaten 100 in Visakhapatnam. Dhawan had slammed 68 in the second match, figuring in a 115-run opening stand with Rohit.Rohit was the only man to score more than one double hundred in ODIs. Four other batsmen – Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Chris Gayle and Martin Guptill – have only one each.On November 13, 2014, Rohit had set a world record for the highest individual score in ODIs with a scintillating 264 at the Eden Gardens against Sri Lanka. He had scored his maiden ODI double hundred against Australia the previous year.Rohit was in fine form in late 2016 before an injury ruled him out of international cricket for seven months. He returned to competitive cricket during the IPL and made 333 runs from 17 matches as Mumbai Indians lifted the trophy for a record third time.Rohit was an automatic choice to partner Shikhar Dhawan in the Champions Trophy and he made an immediate impact with scores of 91, 78, 12 and 123 not out as India stormed to the final. However, he was dismissed for a duck in the title clash against Pakistan.advertisementRested for the bilateral series against West Indies, Rohit returned for the Sri Lanka tour with scores of 54, 124 not out and 104. Against Australia, he carried on from where he left off in Sri Lanka and smashed successive scores of 71, 65 and 125 as India won the series 4-1.Later in the year, Rohit turned his attention on New Zealand and set up India’s victory in Kanpur with a scintillating 147.(With inputs from ICC press release)last_img read more

IDay Security beefed up in Kolkata districts of Bengal

first_imgKolkata: Ahead of the 73rd Independence Day celebrations, security in and around the city and districts of West Bengal has been beefed up, a senior police officer said on Wednesday. Besides tightening of security arrangements to avoid any untoward incident, all entry and exit points of the metropolis have been kept under extensive watch, a senior officer of Kolkata Police told PTI. “We have increased vigil at 23 entry points of the city. All big and small hotels, guest houses and lodges in and around the city are being monitored to ensure that no outsiders without proper documents get accommodation there during this period,” the officer said. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja Kolkata Police have already started checking vehicles entering the city as well as those coming to the airport, a senior officer at the city’s traffic department said. “Vehicles coming to the city are thoroughly examined. The drivers’ licenses, valid documents of vehicles are also being properly checked. We are taking immediate action if any discrepancy is found there,” the IPS officer said. A senior state Home department officer said special measures have been taken keeping in mind the revocation of the special status for Jammu and Kashmir and the bifurcation of the state into two union territories, Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway “There are alerts from the central government and we are making special security arrangements for Independence Day celebrations. We are following a standard protocol. We are leaving no stone unturned to keep up the security arrangements for tomorrow,” the IAS officer said. Incidentally, as many as 19 airports including the city’s Netaji Subash Chandra Bose International Airport have been put on a high alert by the security agencies ahead of the Independence Day celebrations. The Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) has issued an alert to the police of all states and union territories, along with airport authorities. Besides setting up several sand bag bunkers at key junctures, Special Task Force (STF) unit of Kolkata Police has been employed to keep a tab of things, apart from checking CCTV footages from different crossings of the city. Talking more on the security aspects taken in and around the city, the IPS officer said, “Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) will be monitoring movements of people, vehicles within the city. We have also deployed extra policemen at most public places, pilgrim spots as well as shopping malls and movie halls. Holidays for all our colleagues have been cancelled.” The Red Road venue has been divided into 14 zones where top officers of the force will be monitoring, as part of the special security arrangements for the Independence Day parade. Meanwhile, security arrangements in all other parts of the state have been increased. Security in districts such as Malda, North and South 24 Parganas, Murshidabad, Uttar Dinajpur, Dakshin Dinajpur, Coochbehar having borders with Bangladesh have been enhanced, an official with the Border Security Force (BSF) posted in West Bengal said. Even security in areas bordering with neighbouring states such as Jharkhand, Bihar, Odisha has been stepped up, a police officer said.last_img read more

Chemical Warfare Units to Leave Aberdeen

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR A battalion responsible for handling chemical and biological hazards began its relocation from Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., Friday with a casing ceremony.Two companies of the 22nd CBRN (Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear) Battalion will be moving to Fort Bliss, Texas; one company will move to Fort Hood, Texas; and a fourth will go to Fort Stewart, Ga. A fifth company based at Fort Drum will remain at the New York post.In total, 266 soldiers will be relocating from Aberdeen by July 2017. The battalion has been based at the proving ground since World War II.The realignment to Forces Command installations is intended to improve support for maneuver forces, reported the Baltimore Sun.“Re-stationing the 22nd CBRN Battalion better enables our units to train with and support our Army divisions and ensures the 20th CBRNE [Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosives] Command can provide the Department of the Army and combatant commanders with ready, reliable and globally responsive forces,” Brig. Gen. William King IV, commanding general of the 20th CBRNE, said in a statement.Each company under the 22nd Battalion is responsible for “technical escort,” which involves providing “advice, assessment, sampling, detection, verification, render-safe, packaging, and escort of chemical and biological devices or hazards, biological surveillance and limited consequence management support to military forces or civilian authorities,” said Maj. Ryan Donald, spokesperson for the 20th CBRNE Command.About 300 soldiers assigned to the 20th Command will remain at Aberdeen, Donald said.last_img read more

IEEE forms group to confront network traffic swells

first_img(Phys.org) — The Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) is taking steps to come up with a new Ethernet standard capable of between 400Gbps and 1Tbps.The IEEE announced Tuesday it is forming a group focused on ringing wired Ethernet speeds up to where they will need to belong by 2015. Speeds which could peak at 1 Tbps. The announcement names the “IEEE 802.3 Industry Connections Higher Speed Ethernet Consensus Group” as the body now handed the mission to hammer out details of what will be the new standards for the next speed of Ethernet. The IEEE 802.3 Industry Connections Higher Speed Ethernet Consensus Group is to meet next month in Geneva from September 24 to September 25. While some observers refer to the problem as a traffic “swell,” numbers indicate it is more like a tsunami. Gregory Bell, Director, Energy Sciences Network (ESnet), and Director, Scientific Networking Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, said that even the phrase ‘big data’ doesn’t describe the revolution occurring in many scientific disciplines. He said one only has to consider CERN’s recent announcement of a new particle, evidence that had to be sifted from gigabytes of data generated every second. He called CERN data just the tip of the iceberg.“Within three to six years we predict the need for a minimum of 400 Gbps connectivity to meet data mobility needs of experiments in fusion, astrophysics, genomics, climate research and other fields.”Similarly, the existence of the new group comes after findings that show the need to start working towards new standards now. The Consensus group launch has its roots in the IEEE’s assessments of 802.3 Ethernet Bandwidth, and seeing an exponential climb in global bandwidth requirements (802.3 refers to standards defining the physical l and data link layer’s media access control of wired Ethernet), with total traffic doubling every 18 months. In a July IEEE 802.3 Ethernet Working Group Communication, for example, it was said that “the bandwidth associated with core networking was observed, on average, to be doubling every eighteen months.” Although there was a wide variation in aggregated bandwidth needs, said the communication, “the observed trend that the doubling every eighteen months on average of bandwidth requirements associated with core networking is still a reasonable approximation. If the current trend continues, then this translates to an increase in traffic of a factor of 10 by 2015 compared to 2010 and by a factor of 100 by 2020.”The IEEE collected data is a reminder that the standards homework ahead is caused by far more than daily end users downloading movies or listening to music. The IEEE has been collecting data from data center networks, high-performance computing, financial markets, carrier and cable operators, Internet exchanges, and the scientific community.The most aggressive growth rates in network bandwidth consumption is happening in the financial sector and data-intensive science, the IEEE has found, with compounded annual growth rates of 95 percent and 70 percent, respectively.Potential participants to help decide on the new standards are likely to include users and producers of systems and components for carriers, Internet exchanges, financial markets, data centers, networking systems, high-performance computing, and network storage and servers. Explore further Citation: IEEE forms group to confront network traffic swells (2012, August 21) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-08-ieee-group-network-traffic.html IEEE Ratifies 802.11n Wireless LAN Specification More information:center_img © 2012 Phys.Org This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Image: Wikipedia. www.ieee802.org/3/ad_hoc/bwa/BWA_Report.pdfwww.businesswire.com/news/home … -IEEE-802.3-Tm-Grouplast_img read more

City gears up for film fest with robots and droids

first_imgBringing a world of artificial intelligence and robots from the canvas of cinema, a three-day Artificial Intelligence Film Festival will be held here from September 17.The festival, being held in collaboration with Cinedarbaar, will show six science-fiction films that bring stories of robots and technology which will be followed by interactive sessions and robotic workshops at the American Center Auditorium (US Embassy) here, read a statement. The Day The Earth Stood Still, which stars Michael Rennie, Patricia Neal and Hugh Marlowe, will open the festival with its intriguing storyline about the alien landing and how the people of Earth fight for survival.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The closing film will be Chappie, featuring Sharlto Copley, Dev Patel and Hugh Jackman. With a futuristic setting, the film takes cinema-goers to a world where crime is patrolled by an oppressive mechanised police force. It narrates the story of a police droid, Chappie, which is stolen and is re-programmed, making him the first robot with the ability to think and feel for himself. The film highlights measures taken by humans to safeguard their existence. Other films that will be screened are A Space Odyssey, Star Wars, Blade Runner and Robocop.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixSpeakers are also invited to be part of discussion with the audience after the film’s screening. Bijoy Philip, who is a doctoral scholar at the department of cinema studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University, will speak on the history of fictional robots in American cinema on the opening day of the festival.  The entry to the festival is free and is on first-come first-served basis. The entry is open for the general public, but by invitation only.last_img read more