Booming Mobile Health App Market 'Needs More FDA Oversight' For Consumer Safety, Confidence

By Newsroom America Staff at 2:37 pm Eastern

Smart phones and mobile devices are on the cusp of revolutionizing health care, armed with mobile health apps capable of providing everything from cardiac measurements to sonograms, but experts say more oversight is needed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to ensure consumer confidence and safety.

SEC Charges Smith & Wesson With Bribery Violations

3:33 pm Eastern | U.S. News

The Securities and Exchange Commission has charged Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation with violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) when employees and representatives of the U.S.-based parent company authorized and made improper payments to foreign officials while trying to win contracts to supply firearm products to military and law enforcement more »


Venezuela Still Blocking $4.1 Billion Owed To Airlines

1:49 pm Eastern | World

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has called on the Venezuelan government to honor the commitment it made in March to permit airlines to repatriate in full and at fair exchange rates airline funds being blocked in the country. read more »


Lloyds Group Fined Another $86 Million In Libor Investigation

1:36 pm Eastern | Business

Lloyds Banking Group plc has entered into an agreement with the Department of Justice to pay an $86 million penalty for manipulation of the London InterBank Offered Rate (LIBOR), a leading global benchmark interest rate. read more »


Climate Change And Air Pollution Will Combine To Curb Food Supplies

12:12 pm Eastern | World

Many studies have shown the potential for global climate change to cut food supplies. But these studies have, for the most part, ignored the interactions between increasing temperature and air pollution — specifically ozone pollution, which is known to damage crops. read more »


Dinosaurs Fell Victim To Perfect Storm Of Events, Study Shows

11:09 am Eastern | SciTech

Dinosaurs might have survived the asteroid strike that wiped them out if it had taken place slightly earlier or later in history, scientists say. read more »


Marketers of 'Fat Burning' Diet Pills To Pay $500,000 For Deceptive Claims

9:41 am Eastern | U.S. News

The Quebec-based marketers of a supposed weight-loss treatment have agreed to pay $500,000 to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that they deceived consumers with bogus claims that their Double Shot pills would cause rapid, substantial, and permanent weight loss, without diet or more »


Security Council Calls For Humanitarian Ceasefire In Gaza

7:34 am Eastern | World

The United Nations Security Council has called for an “immediate and unconditional” ceasefire, allowing for the delivery of urgently needed humanitarian assistance to the Gaza more »


Study Reports Higher Stock Prices And Earnings Per Share If The CEO Is Narcissistic

27 Jul 15:27 | Business

Narcissism, considered by some as the "dark side of the executive personality," may actually be a good thing when it comes to certain financial measures, with companies led by narcissistic CEOs outperforming those helmed by non-narcissistic executives, according to recent more »


UN Warns Of 'Hunger Catastrophe' For South Sudanese Children

27 Jul 11:24 | World

Two United Nations humanitarian agencies have called for action to stop a potential famine in South Sudan which they said is being allowed to happen, just as it occurred in Somalia and the Horn of Africa three years more »


Brain Tumor Causes And Risk Factors Continue To Elude Scientists

27 Jul 07:19 | SciTech

Nearly 700,000 people in the U.S. are living with a brain tumor today but when it comes to pinpointing causes or risk factors, scientists are still searching for more »


U.S. Embassy In Libya Evacuated As Fighting Intensifies

26 Jul 18:08 | World

The U.S. military has evacuated personnel from the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli following a significant deterioration in more »


Citigroup Business Unit Charged With Failing To Protect Confidential Subscriber Data

26 Jul 18:22 | Business

The Securities and Exchange Commission has charged a Citigroup business unit operating an alternative trading system (ATS) with failing to protect the confidential trading data of its more »


Arms Race In Syria 'Must Be Stopped'

26 Jul 18:13 | World

As 'gross human rights violations' continue in Syria, the head of a United Nations-appointed human rights probe pleaded Member States to stop supplying weapons to both more »


Biologist Warns Of Early Stages Of Earth's 6th Mass Extinction Event

25 Jul 15:54 | World

An international team of scientists is warning the loss and decline of animals is contributing to what appears to be the early days of the planet's sixth mass biological extinction more »


Threat Of Famine Looms In South Sudan

25 Jul 16:05 | World

Secretary of State John Kerry says South Sudan now faces the worst food security crisis in the world, with more than 50,000 children under the age of five at risk of dying from malnutrition this year. read more »


Fraudsters Using Social Media To Spread False Stock Information To Manipulate Prices

25 Jul 16:01 | Business

The Securities and Exchange Commission has issued an Investor Alert to warn investors about fraudsters who may attempt to manipulate share prices by using social media to spread false or misleading information about more »


Study Shows Role Of Media In Sharing Life Events

25 Jul 15:46 | SciTech

Until now, all research about what is known as "social sharing," or the act of telling others about the important events in our lives, has been restricted to face-to-face interactions. A new study investigates what happens when people share via new more »


Media Fragmentation Plays Role In Election Wishful Thinking

25 Jul 16:21 | Entertainment

When asked who is going to win an election, people tend to predict their own candidate will come out on top. When that doesn't happen, according to a new study from the University of Georgia, these "surprised losers" often have less trust in government and more »


Artificial Intelligence Identifies The Musical Progression Of The Beatles

25 Jul 16:24 | Entertainment

Music fans and critics know that the music of the Beatles underwent a dramatic transformation in just a few years, but until now there hasn’t been a scientific way to measure the progression. read more »


Impact Of Iraq Conflict On Minorities 'Devastating And Irreversible'

25 Jul 16:16 | World

Two human rights experts have warned that ethnic and religious minorities in Iraq are bearing the “devastating and irreversible” brunt of the conflict that has once again engulfed the more »


Climate Change Increases Risk Of Crop Slowdown In Next 20 Years

25 Jul 15:38 | SciTech

The world faces a small but substantially increased risk over the next two decades of a major slowdown in the growth of global crop yields because of climate change, new research more »


Attack On UN-Run School In Gaza Kills 15

24 Jul 16:05 | World

An attack on a United Nations-run school in Gaza where hundreds of people had taken refuge from the ongoing hostilities has killed at least 15 more »


Morgan Stanley To Pay $275 Million For Misleading Investors

24 Jul 15:45 | Business

The Securities and Exchange Commission has charged three Morgan Stanley entities with misleading investors in a pair of residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS) securitizations that the firms underwrote, sponsored, and more »


Mortgage Rates Show Little Movement

24 Jul 15:59 | World

Mortgage rates were mixed this week showing little in the way of movement, with the benchmark 30-year fixed mortgage rate slipped to 4.28 percent, according to's survey. read more »


Court Orders Tech Support Scammers To Pay More Than $5.1 Million

24 Jul 15:38 | SciTech

A U.S. District Court has ordered the operators of several international tech support scams to pay more than $5.1 million, following FTC charges that they masqueraded as major computer companies, tricked consumers into believing their computers were riddled with malware and then charged consumers to “fix” more »


Life Expectancy Gains Threatened As More Older Americans Suffer Multiple Conditions

24 Jul 13:31 | U.S. News

With nearly four in five older Americans living with multiple chronic medical conditions, a new study by researchers at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health finds that the more ailments you have after retirement age, the shorter your life more »


Stronger Early Reading Skills Predict Higher Intelligence Later

24 Jul 12:36 | SciTech

A new study of identical twins has found that early reading skill might positively affect later intellectual abilities. read more »


Two Men Indicted In Multi-Million-Dollar Mortgage Fraud Scheme

24 Jul 10:29 | U.S. News

Edward Dacy, 76, of West Melbourne, Fla., and A. Conrad Austin, 49, of Bowie, Md., have been indicted on conspiracy, bank fraud, and other federal charges stemming from a multi-million-dollar mortgage fraud scheme in the District of Columbia and Maryland. read more »


Abducted Nigerian Schoolgirls 'Not Forgotten' As Worldwide Vigils Begin

24 Jul 07:02 | World

Marking 100 days since the brazen abduction of schoolgirls in Chibok, Nigeria by Boko Haram terrorists, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has reiterated his call for their immediate release, while expressing his full support for the worldwide vigils taking place. read more »


Envoy Demands Islamist Forces End 'Horrific Terrorist Acts' In Iraq

24 Jul 07:13 | World

The top United Nations official in Iraq has called on the Security Council to demand that the Islamist forces – in control of more than a third of the country's territory – cease all hostilities and to ensure that those responsible for "horrific terrorist acts" are held to more »


Ben Gurion International Airport Flight Ban Lifted

24 Jul 01:46 | U.S. News

The FAA has lifted its restrictions on U.S. airline flights into and out of Israel’s Ben Gurion Airport by cancelling a Notice to Airmen it renewed yesterday. read more »


Ban Meets With Israeli, US officials And Reiterates Call For Mid-East Ceasefire

23 Jul 15:50 | World

The United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has met with Israeli and United States officials in Jerusalem and called for an immediate ceasefire as the war enters its 16th more »


New Approach In Search For Extraterrestrial Intelligence: Targeting Alien Polluters

23 Jul 16:11 | SciTech

Researchers say it may be possible to detect alien life on other worlds by looking for industrial pollution in exoplanet more »


Ben Gurion International Airport Flight Ban Extended

23 Jul 15:39 | U.S. News

The FAA has issued another Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) informing U.S. airlines that the flight ban in effect for Israel's Ben Gurion International Airport remains in force for up-to-an-additional-24-hours while the FAA continues to monitor and evaluate the more »


Replacing Coal And Oil With Natural Gas Will Not Help Fight Global Warming: Researchers

23 Jul 13:37 | U.S. News

Both shale gas and conventional natural gas have a larger greenhouse gas footprint than do coal or oil, especially for the primary uses of residential and commercial heating, according to a new study. read more »


CEOs Who Motivate With 'Fightin' Words 'Shoot Themselves In The Foot'

23 Jul 12:26 | Business

A new Brigham Young University business study finds that bosses who try to motivate their employees with violent rhetoric — think of Steve Jobs declaring "thermonuclear war" on Samsung — end up motivating rival employees to play more »


Extra Exercise Helps Depressed Smokers Give Up Faster

23 Jul 11:21 | U.S. News

People diagnosed with depression need to step out for a cigarette twice as often as smokers who are not dealing with a mood disorder, according to new more »


Controlling Childbirth Pain Tied To Lower Depression Risk

23 Jul 10:16 | SciTech

Controlling pain during childbirth and post delivery may reduce the risk of postpartum depression, according to Northwestern Medicine perinatal psychiatrist Katherine Wisner, M.D. read more »


Scammer Settles Charges He Sent Consumers Millions of Unwanted Texts

23 Jul 09:32 | U.S. News

A text message spammer and his company have agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that they were responsible for sending millions of unwanted messages to consumers across the country, which contained false promises of "free" $1,000 gift cards for major retailers like Walmart, Target and Best more »


Urgent Action Needed To Protect Children Against Polio In Syria, Iraq and Region

23 Jul 07:38 | World

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) are warning that unless children in hard-to-reach areas of the Middle East are vaccinated against polio, the number of those infected will continue to more »


Former Boggs Paving CFO Admits $87 Million Fraud Scheme Involving Government Projects

23 Jul 08:52 | U.S. News

Kevin Hicks, 43, of Monroe, N.C. and former Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for Boggs Paving has admitted his role in an $87 million fraud scheme involving government-funded construction more »


U.S. Flights To And From Israel's Ben Gurion International Airport Suspended

22 Jul 15:46 | World

The FAA has told U.S. airlines they are prohibited from flying to or from Israel's Ben Gurion International Airport for a period of up to 24 hours. read more »


Flying Remains Safe Despite "Hideous" MH17 Crime: IATA

22 Jul 16:13 | World

The International Air Transport Association (IATA)said flying remains safe despite the "hideous crime" that saw Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 shot more »


Jury Convicts Man Of Impeding Boston Marathon Bombing Investigation

22 Jul 15:51 | U.S. News

A federal jury in Boston has convicted a friend of alleged Boston Marathon bomber, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, for impeding the bombing more »


Members Of Android Mobile Device App Piracy Groups Charged

22 Jul 12:51 | SciTech

Three federal indictments have been unsealed in the Northern District of Georgia charging six members of three different piracy groups – Appbucket, Applanet and SnappzMarket – for their roles in the illegal distribution of copies of copyrighted Android mobile device applications, or "apps".read more »


Beef Cattle Responsible 'For Far More Greenhouse Gas Emissions' Than Other Animals

22 Jul 11:21 | SciTech

New research suggests that livestock emissions are on the rise and that beef cattle are responsible for far more greenhouse gas emissions than other types of animals. read more »


Missing Sleep May Disrupt Your Memory

22 Jul 10:35 | SciTech

Lack of sleep, already considered a public health epidemic, can also lead to errors in memory, according to a new study by researchers at Michigan State University and the University of California, more »


Mental Health Issues In Children Who Had Relatives In Boston Marathon Manhunt

22 Jul 09:35 | U.S. News

Children with relatives who were called upon to participate in the interagency manhunt following the Boston Marathon attack carried a particularly heavy mental health burden, according to a new more »


Former Qualcomm Senior Executive Pleads Guilty To Insider Trading And Money Laundering

22 Jul 08:41 | Business

Jing Wang, 51, the former Executive Vice President and President of Global Business Operations for Qualcomm Inc., has pleaded guilty to insider trading in shares of Qualcomm and Atheros Communications Inc. read more »


Security Council Condemns Downing Of Malaysian Airliner

22 Jul 07:15 | World

The Security Council has called for an international investigation into last week’s downing of a Malaysia Airlines passenger flight in eastern Ukraine, and demanded that armed groups allow unfettered access to the crash site and ensure that its integrity is more »


Ban Urges All Parties In Middle East To Accept Israel-Gaza Ceasefire

22 Jul 02:50 | World

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged all parties to rally around collective international efforts to obtain an end to two weeks of bloodshed in Gaza and Israel and reach a more »


Immediate MH17 Focus Must Be On Recovering Victims: Obama

22 Jul 01:33 | US Politics and Govt

President Obama says immediate focus in the wake of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 being shot down over Ukraine last week must be "on recovering those who were lost, investigating exactly what happened, and putting forward the facts."read more »


Detroit Suspends Water Shutoffs

21 Jul 15:48 | U.S. News

Food & Water Watch said it was glad the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD) has announced it will suspend water shutoffs for 15 days to allow residents to demonstrate their inability to more »


Research Shows Oceans Vital For Possibility Of Alien Life

21 Jul 10:17 | SciTech

Researchers at the University of East Anglia say they have made an important step in the race to discover whether other planets could develop and sustain more »


Contrary To Popular Theory, Brain Waves Show Learning To Read Does Not End In 4th Grade

21 Jul 08:48 | SciTech

Teachers-in-training have long been taught that fourth grade is when students stop learning to read and start reading to learn, but this may not be more »


Security Council Calls For Immediate Ceasefire In Gaza

21 Jul 07:31 | World

The Security Council has called for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza, as Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon met with Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Doha, the first leg of a Middle East tour which aims to end the more »


Sea Rising About 1 Centimeter Per Year Off Coasts Of Philippines, Northeastern Australia

20 Jul 15:56 | SciTech

A new study led by Old Dominion University and the University of Colorado Boulder indicates sea levels likely will continue to rise in the tropical Pacific Ocean off the coasts of the Philippines and northeastern Australia as humans continue to alter the more »


Malaysia Airlines Retires MH17 Flight Number

20 Jul 16:08 | World

Malaysia Airlines said the Amsterdam (AMS) – Kuala Lumpur (KUL) service MH17 flight number will be retired out of respect for our crew and passengers of the mentioned flight code. read more »


Former Deputy Sheriff Sentenced To 93 Months In Prison For Protecting Drug Traffickers

20 Jul 01:28 | U.S. News

Randy Strickland, 55, a former Pierce County, Georgia Deputy Sheriff, has been sentenced to 93 months in federal prison for providing protection for drug more »


Concern At Deliberate Attacks On Civilians In Central African Republic

19 Jul 17:46 | World

Emergency relief coordinators have expressed deep concern over reports of alarming levels of violence in the Central African Republic (CAR), including several cases in which armed groups deliberately targeted camps sheltering displaced more »


U.S. Condemns Religious Persecution by ISIL In Iraq

19 Jul 16:22 | World

The United States has condemned "in the strongest terms" the systematic persecution of ethnic and religious minorities by the terrorist group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).read more »

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