GM knew of its ignition problem in 2001, had the ‘fix’ for it by 2005 — and yet decided against the fix because doing the right thing would have “cost the company too much” (the replacement part @ 57¢ each). Meanwhile, deaths and injuries to their customers continued.
Hey, GM, is it really that hard?! Doing the right thing would have earned you customer trust/goodwill…and SAVED LIVES! Next time you run a cost analysis for your company, be sure to figure that in. :/
In Russia, a digitally altered photograph showing a group of protesting “Alaskan” penguins holding up Russian signs that read “Crimea is ours,” “Alaska is Next” and “Only Putin” has proved very popular online.
An Irish woman who was a victim of sexual abuse as a child is among eight members of a special commission appointed by Pope Francis to start the long and arduous process of confronting the church’s chronic sexual abuse problems.
"Four men and four women, a mix of clergy and laypeople, from eight different countries …" He means business — thank God.
It’s one of the big scientific mysteries of Alzheimer’s disease: Why do some people whose brains accumulate the plaques and tangles so strongly associated with Alzheimer’s not develop the disease?
The research, published [19 March 2014] in the journal Nature, focuses on a protein previously thought to act mostly in the brains of developing fetuses which also appears to protect neurons in healthy older people from aging-related stresses. But in people with Alzheimer’s and other dementias, the protein, called REST, is sharply depleted in key brain regions.
Interesting: “REST appears to work by traveling to a neuron’s nucleus when the brain is stressed — but in dementia, REST somehow gets diverted, traveling with toxic dementia-related proteins to another part of the neuron where it is eventually destroyed.” Here, understanding why may help us correct the REST ‘malfunction’ in Alzheimer’s and other related neurodegenerative disorders. Wow. Stay tuned.
In recent months, the FDA, citing quality control problems ranging from data manipulation to sanitation, has banned the importation of products from Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd (RANB.NS), Wockhardt Ltd (WCKH.NS) and, most recently, Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd (SUN.NS).
"We are losing control over what people are swallowing," said Dr. Harry Lever, a cardiologist at the Cleveland Clinic who is trying raise awareness of the matter among U.S. lawmakers. "Now, when a patient comes in who is not doing well, the first thing I do is look at their drugs and find out who makes it."
India supplies about 40 percent of generic and over-the-counter drugs used in the United States, making it the second-biggest supplier after Canada.
What kind of problems? Wrong drug, wrong doses, missing drug, microbial and other toxic chemical contamination, sanitation problem…you name it. Best to remain a skeptic when it comes to things we put into our mouths. Check the source — and only use reputable pharmacies and pharmaceutical companies.