Amid toilet paper frenzy, sewer officials warn: Don’t flush these materials down the toilet

Marc Kovac and Ryan Miller, USA TODAY Network Published 10:44 a.m. ET March 17, 2020 | Updated 11:01 a.m. ET March 17, 2020 It’s vital to clean surfaces you touch every day amid the coronavirus outbreak. Here are mistakes to avoid. USA TODAY COLUMBUS, Ohio – Sewer officials are urging[1] homebound, toilet paper-strapped residents to think twice before flushing other...

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Now Alexa Can Help You Unclog Your Toilet

Press release content from PR Newswire. The AP news staff was not involved in its creation. https://apnews.com/press-release/PR%2520Newswire/56d9bf7643847680c9868656cdf7e5ac Click to copy CINCINNATI, Feb. 11, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Smart speaker devices like Amazon Echo and Google Home are currently found in one in four American homes. Since they are equipped with intelligent personal assistant features, these devices are becoming increasingly capable as...

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FDA approves a shunt flushing device for hydrocephalus; could defer need for surgery

Brain shunts frequently clog up, requiring surgical repair or replacement. A new device flushes out the blockages with the press of a button. (Wikimedia/Adobe Images) Children with hydrocephalus often have shunts implanted to drain the excess cerebrospinal fluid that builds up inside their brain. Unfortunately, shunts have a tendency to plug up. This potentially life-threatening event necessitates emergency surgery to...

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