Company issues recall for any remaining product: The maker of Hyland’s Baby Teething Tablets and Hyland’s Baby Nighttime Teething Tablets, meant to relieve gum discomfort from emerging teeth, teething tablets has issued a recall for any remaining packages at the urging of U.S. regulators. Standard Homeopathic Co. of Los Angeles, stopped making and shipping the tablets last October. It said it’s notifying distributors and stores to return any leftover products, while consumers should throw them out. The Food and Drug Administration issued a warning in September that homeopathic teething tablets containing belladonna shouldn’t be used. Belladonna, also called nightshade, is a poisonous herb that nonetheless has been used at low dosages as a homeopathic medicine for centuries. READ MORE


Don’t blame the trucks: Unions representing the road haulage industry and transport workers in Sweden have requested the government refrain from introducing draconian measures against their sector following a terror attack in Stockholm. In that incident, an Islamic State sympathizer from Uzbekistan rammed a stolen truck into a department store, killing four and injuring 15.  READ MORE

What’s in a sarin bomb? This interesting article analyzes the content of a sarin bomb, like that believed to have been dropped recently on the Syrian city of Khan Shaykhun, and explains how those components interact with the environment. READ MORE

And what does sarin do to its victims? A Scientific American blog explains that the sarin attack victims in Syria likely will suffer permanent effects. This prediction is based on decades of research on rats and mice, and the fate of veterans of the 1990-1991 Gulf War who were exposed to low-levels of sarin gas and who continue to suffer serious health effects 26 years later. READ MORE


Bird flu affects commerce patterns: Global outbreaks of bird flu in poultry have altered the flow of U.S. chicken meat, eggs, and grain around the world, adding to challenges faced by domestic exporters and giving a leg up to Brazil, which has so far escaped the disease. U.S. grain traders have lost business because poultry deaths have reduced feed demand, but domestic poultry producers have managed to boost sales by taking advantage of trading bans that hurt rivals. READ MORE

‘Fatbergs’ a menace to dogs: Lumps of congealed palm oil are bobbing thousands of miles across the Atlantic from places like Barbados, Jamaica, and Trinidad to wash up on beaches in the United Kingdom. Dubbed “fatbergs,” the lumps of palm oil can be as big as boulders and are dangerous to dogs, who are attracted to them. The exact source of the fatbergs, which were first reported in 2013, is unknown. READ MORE

Massive food poisoning in India: About 200 people complained of nausea and vomiting after having dinner at a Hindu ceremony last night in Nawada, in the Indian state of Bihar. Forty affected people were undergoing treatment at a local hospital. READ MORE