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  • Buzzkill: Obamacare Regulation May Put Craft Breweries Out of Business

    11/23/2015 4:57:09 PM PST · by Kaslin · 48 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 23, 2015 | Leah Barkoukis
    Obamacare's menu labeling regulation promises to be a disaster for the food and restaurant industries, as its implementation is both costly and extremely onerous. While its deleterious effects on the pizza, restaurant, and grocery industries have been most well known, it also has the potential to shutter an industry near and dear to Americans' hearts: craft beer. Since beer has a few too many calories for bureaucrats, the health law dictates that all brewers include a detailed calorie count on every type of beer produced. Failure to do so, according to Americans for Tax Reform, "means craft brewers will not be able...
  • FDA clears new, easy-to-use version of heroin antidote (naloxone)

    11/18/2015 3:59:49 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov. 18, 2015 6:34 PM EST | Matthew Perrone
    The Food and Drug Administration has approved an easy-to-use version of the life-saving drug that reverses heroin and prescription painkiller overdoses, as communities across the country grapple with a wave of drug abuse. The reformulated drug, sold as Narcan, comes as a nasal spray and should help first responders, police and others deliver the antidote in emergency situations. Known generically as naloxone, the drug reverses the effects of opioids, drugs that include legal painkillers such as oxycodone and illegal narcotics such as heroin. ...
  • A "huge milestone": approval of cancer-hunting virus signals new treatment era

    11/03/2015 7:50:47 AM PST · by Ellendra · 37 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 11-2-2015 | Nicky Woolf
    A new cancer treatment strategy is on the horizon that experts say could be a game-changer and spare patients the extreme side effects of existing options such as chemotherapy. Chemotherapy and other current cancer treatments are brutal, scorched-earth affairs that work because cancer cells are slightly - but not much - more susceptible to the havoc they wreak than the rest of the body. Their side effects are legion, and in many cases horrifying – from hair loss and internal bleeding to chronic nausea and even death. But last week the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the first time...
  • Let’s Revive America’s Culture of Cures and Innovation (Ted Cruz's Op-Ed)

    10/22/2015 7:05:30 PM PDT · by Isara · 9 replies
    National Review ^ | October 22, 2015 | Ted Cruz
    The FDA denies approval to cures for diseases because of decades-old research standards that don’t make sense for today’s science. America has always been a pioneering place. It has spurred innovation and offered hope and opportunity to millions of people from around the world. Many of our greatest innovators have been doctors and researchers who have risked everything to save lives. Yet now scientists and patients are too frequently being denied the opportunity to advance medical cures. We continue to lose far too many of our loved ones to the “invisible graveyard,” as economist Alex Tabarrok has described: lives that...
  • Is The Government's War On Trans-Fat Misguided, Too?

    09/29/2015 4:37:32 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 22 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 09/28/2015 | John Merline
    Later this year, the federal government is expected to remove dietary cholesterol from its list of bad foods. The expert panel that advises the government on these guidelines concluded there's no reason to be concerned about "overconsumption." In other words, all those federal warnings stretching over the past four decades about how eating eggs and other cholesterol-rich food would clog your arteries were wrong. Now the federal government could be making the same mistake with trans-fat.
  • FDA Restaurants Comply With Calorie Rule As Confusing As Ever

    09/17/2015 7:56:31 PM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 15 replies
    freebeacon ^ | September 17, 2015 | Elizabeth Harrington
    A coupon is a menu New federal guidance meant to help businesses comply with the Obamacare calorie posting regulation has not made the rule any less “complex and burdensome,” a group critical of the regulation says. The 53-page document released by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) this week says a coupon can be a menu and offers a 109-word definition of “restaurant-type food.” “FDA’s recent disclosure of guidelines regarding the menu labeling rule does not change the fact that the regulation remains expensive, ineffective, and unworkable,” the American Pizza Community, which represents Domino’s, Papa John’s, and Little Caesars, said...
  • More Teens Using E-Cig Devices to Vaporize Pot, Researchers Say

    09/09/2015 3:19:37 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 40 replies
    ABC News ^ | Sep 7, 2015, 2:13 PM ET | Gillian Mohney
    Teens are increasingly turning to electronic cigarettes not to get their tobacco fix, but instead to inhale pot. A new study published in the medical journal Pediatrics found that teens have devised ways to turn e-cigarettes into devices for hashish oil, marijuana, wax and other cannabis products. Researchers surveyed 3,847 Connecticut high school students about their drug and e-cigarette use and found that students using e-cigarettes to vaporize cannabis was 27 times higher than the adult rate. According to the study, 5.5 percent of the students surveyed had used an e-cigarette to vaporize cannabis. In total, nearly 30 percent of...
  • Despite Evidence, FDA Targets E-Cigarettes With Proposed Regulations

    08/22/2015 8:18:33 AM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 22 replies
    The New American ^ | 20 August 2015 | Raven Clabough
    Despite evidence that electronic cigarettes are both safer for users than tobacco and also help smokers kick the habit, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has launched a campaign against them. According to FDA Commissioner Dr. Stephen Ostroff, the FDA is looking to enact a “deeming rule” that would expand the agency’s regulation of tobacco to include e-cigarettes, which do not use tobacco. Critics contend that such an illogical decision underscores that the FDA is at the behest of lobbyists that benefit financially from tobacco and nicotine addiction.The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued its proposal earlier this year for...
  • The FDA Just Approved OxyContin To Be Prescribed To Children

    08/16/2015 3:14:35 PM PDT · by Nachum · 84 replies
    zero hedge ^ | 8/16/15 | tyler durden
    The infamously untrustworthy Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has furthered its reputation as one of America’s most beloved hypocrites with its latest motion. It was reported on Thursday that the FDA has just approved OxyContin prescriptions for children between the ages of 11 and 16 years-old. For those unfamiliar, OxyContin is an opiate-based pharmaceutical painkiller used to ease severe pain. Aside from being known for its powerful effects on users, it is also notorious for its widespread abuse. Its effects on the mind and body are strikingly similar to heroin, making it dangerously addictive. It typically contains anywhere between 40-160...
  • Catch up: A 101-year-old Canadian heroine dies and Other Stories You May Have Missed (Thalidomide)

    08/07/2015 11:42:49 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    Canadian doctor who kept thalidomide out of U.S. dies Frances Kelsey, the Canadian doctor who spared the United States from one of the worst drug disasters in history, died on Friday morning. She was 101. As Ingrid Peritz reports, Dr. Kelsey is regarded as a heroine for her role in the early 1960s opposing thalidomide, a drug then generally promoted as a safe sedative for pregnant women, but which caused an epidemic of birth defects around the world, including Canada. Dr. Kelsey died less than 24 hours after receiving the Order of Canada for her role in stopping thalidomide.
  • Jindal: Obama ‘Declared War on Trans Fats and a Ceasefire’ With [Iran]

    08/07/2015 8:01:27 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 4 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | August 4, 2015 | Melanie Hunter
    (CNSNews.com) – During a “voters first presidential forum” in New Hampshire on Monday, GOP presidential candidate Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal criticized President Barack Obama’s deal with Iran, saying he “declared war on trans fats and a ceasefire with the largest state-sanctioned sponsor of terrorism.” “This is a bad deal. He’s declared war on trans fats and a ceasefire with the largest state-sanctioned sponsor of terrorism,” said Jindal regarding the nuclear deal with Iran. As CNSNews.com previously reported, the Food and Drug Administration ruled in June that trans fat is not “generally recognized as safe” for use in food and gave...
  • Out of 8,735 Licensed Mammogram Facilities in the United States, Planned Parenthood Runs 0

    08/06/2015 9:28:28 PM PDT · by Morgana · 5 replies
    lifenews.com ^ | Aug 6, 2015 | Sarah Zagorski
    Planned Parenthood still claims they provide access to life-saving mammograms. In 2012, they issued a press release that read, “Planned Parenthood helps women nationwide get access to mammograms, as part of the range of health care Planned Parenthood health centers provide to nearly three million people a year.” Obama echoed their rhetoric during his second presidential campaign. He said, “There are millions of women all across the country who rely on Planned Parenthood for mammograms, for cervical cancer screenings.” Then, earlier this week, the Secretary of Obama’s Health and Human Services department defended federal funding for the abortion giant by...
  • NIH, FDA tied to fetal-tissue firm

    08/06/2015 8:18:24 PM PDT · by Morgana · 1 replies
    politico.com ^ | 8/6/15 | Jennifer Haberkorn and Brett Norman
    One of the companies identified as a fetal tissue supplier in sting videos of Planned Parenthood counts two federal health agencies among its customers, earning at least $300,000 for material used in research of treatments for HIV and eye disease, officials confirmed to POLITICO. It’s unknown whether the nonprofit, Advanced Bioscience Resources, got any of that fetal tissue from abortions performed at Planned Parenthood clinics. But the firm’s relationship with the women’s health organization, and its contracts since 2009 with the National Institutes of Health and the Food and Drug Administration, have shed light on the government’s involvement in the...
  • Body Parts for Profit: How Abortion Clinics Supply Stem Cell Research (2012 flashback)

    07/29/2015 10:31:38 PM PDT · by Nachum · 4 replies
    occupycorporatism.com ^ | December 27, 2012 | Susanne Posel
    Dr. Leon R. Kass, the Addie Clark Harding Professor Emeritus in the Committee on Social Thought and the College at the University of Chicago and former chairman of the President’s Council on Bioethics under former President George W. Bush, has written a report entitled “The Meaning of Life – In the Laboratory”. Kass discusses the morality surrounding the US government’s funding of “research on human embryonic stem cells, cells derived from early embryos produced by in vitro fertilization in assisted-reproduction clinics.” According to the report, the use of human embryos is justified by the advancements of science which demands that...
  • Blood-Filled Sculpture Protests FDA Ban on Gay Blood Donations

    06/28/2015 5:48:20 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 63 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | June 25, 2015 | Kathleen Brown
    (CNSNews.com) -- The American University Museum in Washington, D.C. will host an art exhibition this fall that protests the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) current ban on blood donations from men who have had sex with other men (MSM).The museum says the exhibit, entitled “Blood Mirror", will feature a “powerful sculpture created from the blood of 9 gay men." Viewers of the sculpture will be able to see themselves reflected on the surface of the encased blood.​Gay artist Jordan Eagles said in a press release that he preserved the blood within a seven-foot-tall monolith to show “that this blood could have been used...
  • CBS News: Authorities: Anti-vaccine doctor dead in apparent suicide [Isaiah 26]

    06/27/2015 11:29:40 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 56 replies
    WJTV12 ^ | 6/27/2015 | Erin Burt
    CHIMNEY ROCK, N.C. — Authorities say Dr. Jeff Bradstreet, who published research based on the medically disproved claim that vaccines cause autism, has been found dead in an apparent suicide in North Carolina. The Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release issued this week that Bradstreet died of what appears to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest. Bradstreet, who was from Braselton, Georgia, was found in the Rocky Broad River in Chimney Rock on June 19. His body was found by a fisherman. The sheriff’s department said Tuesday that a handgun was also pulled from the...
  • Trans fats to be phased out, FDA tells food industry

    06/16/2015 8:04:38 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 22 replies
    Now that trans fats will be off the list of safe additives, any company that wants to use them will have to petition the agency to allow it. That would phase them out almost completely, since not many uses are likely to be allowed. Still, food companies are hoping for some exceptions. The Grocery Manufacturers Association, the main trade group for the food industry, is working with companies on a petition that would formally ask the FDA if it can say there is a "reasonable certainty of no harm" from some specific uses of the fats. A spokesman for the...
  • FDA orders food manufacturers to stop using trans fat within three years

    06/16/2015 11:58:02 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 35 replies
    CNN ^ | 6-16-2015 | Jen Christenson
    Artificial trans fat will have to disappear from the American diet, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The FDA on Tuesday ruled that trans fat is not "generally recognized as safe" for use in human food. The department gave food manufacturers three years to remove the partially hydrogenated oils, or PHOs, from their products. The companies can petition the FDA for a special permit to use it, but no PHOs can be added to human food unless otherwise approved by the FDA. Eating a diet rich in trans fat is linked to higher body weight, heart disease and...
  • FDA advisory panel recommends approval of “female Viagra”

    06/04/2015 3:51:59 PM PDT · by Libloather · 31 replies
    Washington Post via MSN ^ | 6/04/15 | Brigid Schulte
    The first-ever "female viagra" in the world came one step closer to coming to market, as a key advisory committee to the Food and Drug Administration voted Thursday afternoon to recommend that the FDA approve it with conditions. The committee voted 18-6 to recomend that the FDA approve flibanserin, a drug designed to boost otherwise healthy women with low sexual desire. The FDA had twice before rejected the drug, saying the side effect risks of fainting, nausea, dizziness, sleepiness and low-blood pressure outweighed its benefits. Even on Thursday, the committee described the drug benefit as "moderate" or "marginal."
  • FDA recommends ending lifetime ban on gay men donating blood

    05/12/2015 11:49:04 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 89 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 12, 2015 | Sarah Ferris
    The Obama administration is calling for the end to a lifetime ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men, acknowledging that the policy “is perceived by some as discriminatory.” The Food and Drug Administration proposed new rules on Tuesday that would roll back the ban, though it still restricts gay men from donating blood if they have had sex with another man within a year. The proposal still marks the country’s biggest step yet toward changing the 30-year-old prohibition. Critics of the ban, which was enacted during the national AIDS epidemic in 1983 and last updated in 1992, say...
  • FDA to Crack Down on Home-based soap makers

    05/04/2015 7:42:55 AM PDT · by GSWarrior · 93 replies
    People who are trying to do good for their families and the planet by living a simple life based on traditional skills are facing yet another assault. Artisanal soap makers say new regulations, proposed by Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-California) and Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine), will put them out of business. The view of Sen. Feinstein and her corporate backers (listed below) is that the Personal Care Products Safety Act (Senate Bill S.1014) will make the world a safer place by scrutinizing “everything from shampoo and hair dye to deodorant and lotion.” She says the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act...
  • Lawmakers want FDA to crack down on soap makers

    04/30/2015 2:29:20 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 26 replies
    Simpleunhookedliving | April 26, 2015 | wordpress.com Blog member
    People who are trying to do good for their families and the planet by living a simple life based on traditional skills are facing yet another assault. Artisanal soap makers say new regulations, proposed by Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-California) and Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine), will put them out of business. Many soap makers are rural “kitchen table” operations that rely on the income to fund their simple living lifestyle. Some use milk from goats they raise and ingredients they harvest from the land. The Handmade Cosmetic Alliance posted this form on its website that can be used to reach out...
  • NJ Assemblyman Looks To Ban Organic Herb That Produces Heroin-Like High

    04/24/2015 12:46:21 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 30 replies
    CBS New York ^ | April 24, 2015
    A New Jersey lawmaker wants to ban an organic herb fueling the latest drug craze among teens. As WCBS 880’s Sean Adams reported, Kratom gives a high similar to heroin. The substance is legal and kids can buy it, Adams reported. The plant is related to coffee; it is native to southeast Asia and has long been used as an herbal pain reliever. But it is also psychoactive and can cause hallucinations and addictions, says New Jersey Assemblyman Ron Dancer, who wants to make the substance illegal. “According to the FDA, there is a known toxicity in multiple organs that...
  • FDA: Kind bars not so kind to your health

    04/15/2015 8:01:02 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 32 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | April 15, 2015 | Robert King
    The Food and Drug Administration is tearing into several Kind fruit and nut bars, blasting the company's claims they are healthy.Apparently there is a federal criterion for what is considered healthy, and Kind doesn't meet it, according to a recent FDA warning letter to the company.The agency singled out the labels for four Kind bars: almond and apricot, almond and coconut, peanut butter-dark chocolate and protein, and dark chocolate-cherry cashew and antioxidants.The agency took aim at several claims that the bars were "healthy," including that they were low in sodium and were a good source of fiber.
  • Weedkiller alert over cancer link (GMO)

    03/21/2015 9:23:30 AM PDT · by opentalk · 190 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | March 21, 2015 | Camilla Turner
    The World Health Organisation’s cancer agency has declared that one of the UK’s most widely used weedkillers is “probably carcinogenic to humans”.Amateur gardeners and professional farmers have been urged to “think very carefully” about using the popular herbicide Roundup, which contains glyphosate. A summary of the International Agency for Research on Cancer's (IARC) report, published in The Lancet Oncology, said that the herbicide had been detected “in air during spraying, in water, and in food”.It had also been detected “in the blood and urine of agricultural workers, indicating absorption”....The IARC's report said that its use has increased sharply with the...
  • Popular weed killer deemed “probable carcinogen” by UN (glyphosate, e.g. “Roundup”)

    03/20/2015 11:40:30 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 44 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 20, 2015 2:25 PM EDT | Maria Cheng
    One of the world’s most popular weed killers—and the most widely used kind in the U.S.—has been labeled a probable carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer. The decision was made by IARC, the France-based cancer research arm of the World Health Organization, which considered the status of five insect and weed killers including glyphosate, which is used globally in industrial farming. […] The new classification is aimed mainly at industrial use of glyphosate. Its use by home gardeners is not considered a risk. Glyphosate is in the same category of risk as things like anabolic steroids and...
  • #GimmeFive for Obama's 5th Let's Move Aniversary...Then Go Away.

    02/24/2015 6:45:55 AM PST · by NOBO2012 · 13 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 2-24-2015 | MOTUS
    I don’t know what’s worse; that Big Guy keeps making videos like this while ISIS continues to kidnap, rape, torture and kill it’s way across the Middle East…Or that he looks so natural while doing it.In fact, he’s so good at acting that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences could have avoided all the bad press about being too white simply by awarding Barry a well deserved Lifetime Achievement Oscar.Butt getting back to Lady M’s big 5 year anniversary:Okay, get on your mark, get set…5 sit ups:Our “sitting” president5 mile run 5 vegetables:Now get out there and #gimmefive! In...
  • That’s Why It’s Called Propaganda

    02/22/2015 8:15:17 AM PST · by NOBO2012 · 9 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 2-22-2015 | MOTUS
    In honor of the five (5!) year anniversary of Lady M’s Let’s Move! initiative, in conjunction with her “Eat Brighter” campaign, launched in 2013… A tip for “eating brighter:” put the mic down first and keep your tongue in your mouth. The federal committee responsible for nutrition guidelines (the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, or DGAC) has finally issued a 571-page report of recommendations that calls for:  the adoption of “plant-based” diets, taxes on dessert, trained obesity “interventionists” at worksites, and electronic monitoring of how long Americans sit in front of the television. So nothing real intrusive; it just wants to fundamentally...
  • Obama proposes new agency to make Americans’ food safer

    02/02/2015 1:59:04 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 71 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 2, 2015 4:34 PM EST | Mary Clare Jalonick
    President Barack Obama wants to create a new government agency dedicated to keeping the nation’s food safe. The proposal in the president’s budget released Monday comes after outbreaks of illnesses linked to chicken, eggs, peanuts and cantaloupe in recent years. More than a dozen federal agencies oversee food safety, and consumer advocates have long called for bringing all those functions together in a single home. […] The budget proposes consolidating the Agriculture Department’s Food Safety and Inspection Service and all of FDA’s food safety oversight into one new agency within the Department of Health and Human Services. The new agency...
  • FDA approves ADHD drug for binge-eating disorder

    01/30/2015 8:06:21 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 30, 2015 6:24 PM EST
    Federal health regulators have approved an attention deficit disorder drug for a new use: A first-of-its kind treatment for binge-eating disorder. […] The Food and Drug Administration originally approved Vyvanse in 2007 as a once-a-day pill for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. On Friday, the agency cleared the drug for adults who compulsively overeat. Vyvanse, known chemically as lisdexamfetamine dimesylate, is part of a family of drugs that stimulate the central nervous system. The drug’s prescribing label warns that Vyvanse has a “high potential for abuse and dependence,” and doctors should monitor patients for signs of dependence. …
  • Would You Trust A Doctor Who Got Kickbacks To Prescribe Your Drugs?

    01/20/2015 8:47:40 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 20 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 1/20/15 | Michael D. Shaw
    I’m thinking, “Maybe not.” Yet, this sort of unethical practice goes on all the time. According to physician/activist Roy Poses, MD, there were at least four significant settlements of such cases during the last half of 2014 alone. And, by January 9th of our new year, another high profile case has already been settled. Officially, it is known as U.S. ex rel. Fragoules v. Daiichi Sankyo, Inc., Civil Action No. 10-10420 (D. Mass.). In accordance with the disposition of the case, the US subsidiary of Japanese pharmaceutical firm Daiichi Sankyo Co. Ltd. will pay $39 million to the US federal...
  • By lifting blood ban for gay men, FDA decides feelings are more important than lives

    01/08/2015 7:14:04 AM PST · by wagglebee · 19 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 1/715 | Dustin Siggins
    Just before Christmas, the deputy director of the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) told reporters that the agency had decided to lift the lifetime ban on blood donations from men who have had sex with men. While the details still have to be worked out, as does a period of public comment this year, the FDA intends to institute a one-year ban it says fits in with current evidence.And what evidence is that? According to the Associated Press: Marks said some of the most compelling evidence for changing the policy comes from Australia, which put in place a one-year ban...
  • FDA Approves Merck's HPV Vaccine, GARDASIL®9, to Prevent Cancers and Other Diseases.....

    01/06/2015 1:35:32 PM PST · by Morgana · 10 replies
    MERCK ^ | December 11, 2014 | merck
    FULL TITLE: FDA Approves Merck's HPV Vaccine, GARDASIL®9, to Prevent Cancers and Other Diseases Caused by Nine HPV types – Including Types that Cause About 90% of Cervical Cancer Cases KENILWORTH, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Merck (NYSE:MRK), known as MSD outside the United States and Canada, announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved GARDASIL®9 (Human Papillomavirus 9-valent Vaccine, Recombinant), Merck’s 9-valent human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, for use in girls and young women 9 to 26 years of age for the prevention of cervical, vulvar, vaginal, and anal cancers caused by HPV types 16, 18, 31, 33, 45, 52 and...
  • Nanny State: Sprinkles To Be Banned By FDA

    12/30/2014 9:51:02 AM PST · by raptor22 · 75 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | December 30, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Regulation: Cures for cancer and Ebola having been found, the federal ubernannies have decreed that sprinkles should no longer adorn kids' ice cream because they contain the trans fat that liberal groups once pushed for. Come the New Year, the Food and Drug Administration, ignoring the principle that in most cases it's the dose that defines the poison, will issue new regulations designed to remove even trace amounts of hydrogenate oils, commonly known as trans fats, from our diets. Trans fats have been in our foods since the 1950s to increase shelf life and improve taste. A small amount appears...
  • Gay Men Can Donate Blood If Abstinent for 1 Year, Says FDA in New Policy Lifting Lifetime Ban

    12/28/2014 12:32:46 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 78 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 12/28/2014 | BY MICHAEL GRYBOSKI
    The Food and Drug Administration has announced that it's easing restrictions on gay men donating blood, reversing a policy enacted during the outbreak of the AIDS epidemic decades earlier. In a statement released Tuesday, the FDA said easing the ban came after several years of research into the matter. "Following this review, and taking into account the recommendations of advisory committees to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the FDA, the agency will take the necessary steps to recommend a change to the blood donor deferral period for men who have sex with men from indefinite deferral...
  • F.D.A. Lifting Ban on Gay Blood Donors

    12/23/2014 11:05:08 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 254 replies
    New York Times ^ | December 23, 2014 | SABRINA TAVERNISE
    The Food and Drug Administration announced on Tuesday that it would scrap a decades-old lifetime prohibition on blood donation by gay and bisexual men, a change that experts said was long overdue and could lift the annual blood supply by as much as 4 percent. The F.D.A. enacted the ban in 1983, early in the AIDS epidemic. At the time, little was known about the human immunodeficiency virus, which causes the disease, and there was no quick test to determine whether somebody had it. But science — and the understanding of H.I.V. in particular — has advanced in the intervening...
  • Feds give emergency approval to new Ebola testing kit for Americans

    12/25/2014 7:02:13 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 24, 2014 | Kellan Howell
    <p>The Food and Drug Administration has granted emergency approval for a new diagnostic kit to test blood for the deadly Ebola virus, even as doctors are reporting a survival rate in one hard-hit area that has climbed to about 70 percent.</p>

    12/24/2014 12:07:33 PM PST · by lowbridge · 54 replies
    breitbart ^ | december 22, 2014 | mike flynn
    Early next year, the FDA is expected to finalize a new regulation intended to eradicate even trace amounts of partially hydrogenated oils, known as trans fats, from our diets. Although the amount of trans fats Americans consume has declined significantly in recent years, the FDA’s quest to completely eliminate a particular type of trans fat threatens to eliminate the noble “sprinkle,” used to decorate holiday treats and donuts. Even a small amount of joy is suspect in the FDA’s brave, new, food-monitored world. In recent years, research has determined that consuming large amounts of trans fats is harmful to the heart. Trans fats have been in...
  • Sen. Elizabeth Warren blasts FDA proposal on gay sex (calls it too restrictive)

    12/24/2014 3:43:50 AM PST · by Zakeet · 31 replies
    Politico ^ | December 23, 2014 | Trevor Eischen
    Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) took to Twitter on Tuesday to criticize the FDA’s proposed new policy on blood donations from gay men, saying that while the recommendation is a “step forward” it is still “discriminatory.” The liberal legislator and potential 2016 presidential candidate tweeted that the FDA must “have courage to set policies based on science” in order to “commit to building a bigger, safer blood supply through risk-based screenings.” The policy, introduced Tuesday by FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg, would replace a 30-year-old ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men with a new rule permitting donations from men...
  • FDA to ease ban on blood donations by gay men

    12/23/2014 10:00:25 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 28 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 24, 2014 12:06 AM EST | Matthew Perrone
    Federal officials have moved closer to overturning a decades-old ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men, but activists say the proposed alternative would continue to stigmatize men who have sex with men. The Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday it will recommend lifting the lifetime ban early next year, replacing it with a policy barring donations from men who have had sex with another man in the previous 12 months. The change would overturn a 31-year-old policy that many medical groups and gay activists say is no longer justified, given advances in HIV testing. But activists questioned whether...
  • ObamaCare's costly menu-labeling mandate is destined to fail

    12/07/2014 7:13:44 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 38 replies
    FreedomWorks ^ | December 6, 2014 | Jason Pye
    The Food and Drug Administration is going to try its hand at shaming consumers into making healthier choices when they go out to eat. Just before the Thanksgiving holiday, the FDA announced a controversial and expansive rule that will require certain establishments with 20 or more locations -- including chain restaurants, grocery and convenience stores, and movie theaters -- to post calorie information on their menus and menu boards. A separate rule was also issued requiring operators of 20 or more vending machines to post calorie information. Section 4205 of the Affordable Care Act, a provision included in the law...
  • Obamacare Calorie Posting Regulations to Cost Industry $1.7 Billion

    12/04/2014 4:19:39 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 20 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | December 4, 2014 | BY: Elizabeth Harrington
    The federal government formally completed regulations that will force vending machines and restaurants to display calorie information, which can lead to businesses being fined thousands of dollars for not including the number of calories in a mayonnaise packet. The regulations, which originated in Obamacare, total 319 pages and will cost industry $1.7 billion to comply. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published the final rules last week just before the Thanksgiving holiday, arguing the rules are “an important step for public health.” The final rules increased costs by $542 million from the proposed rules, totaling $531.1 million for vending machines,...
  • FDA advisers mull lifting ban on gay blood donors

    12/02/2014 12:47:17 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 40 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 2, 2014 3:26 PM EST
    Government health advisers have concerns about lifting a nationwide ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men, despite growing pressure against the policy from gay rights advocates, medical experts and blood banks. The ban dates from the first years of the AIDS epidemic and was intended to protect the U.S. blood supply from exposure to the little-understood disease. …
  • Obama FDA Considers Lifting Ban on Sodomites Donating Blood

    12/01/2014 4:08:35 AM PST · by Mozilla · 22 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | November 20, 2014 | Timothy Brown
    Again, this is another move under the Obama administration to put the American public in danger while promoting what is clearly an unhealthy lifestyle. The Food and Drug Administration advisors will be meeting the first week in December to talk about lifting a thirty year old prohibition on sodomites donating blood. ------------- Let me ask you America, would you be willing to run that risk of a sodomite donating blood with the slim chance that he may just give you HIV? Wouldn't that be like me offering you a coke with the possibility that it contained only 1% poison? Would...
  • Where a Liberal Thinks Abortion a Happy Ending

    11/30/2014 4:26:57 AM PST · by Kaslin
    Townhall.com ^ | December 30, 2014 | John Ransom
    JimScott wrote:“God is not a divine being or a magician, but the Creator who brought everything to life,”In the Italian Pope Francis said "demiurgo" which looks to me like "demiurge". So this should read "God is not a demiurge or a magician, but the Creator who brought everything to life".Yeh message to this sad misguided wannabe NYT reporter (i.e John Ransom) the Gnostic heretics of old believed in two gods the "good" god of the New Testament and the evil lesser god of the Old (i.e demiurge).-- --Can the Pope Shut Up Too?Dear Comrade Scott,I'll take a lot of criticism,...
  • Who’s in Charge of the Pie Around Here?

    11/29/2014 6:04:04 AM PST · by NOBO2012 · 10 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 11-29-2014 | MOTUS
    Relax America, all’s right with the world. The Big White “Christmas” tree arrived yesterday to great fanfare. And by fanfare I mean even the dogs came:Too late to grant it amnesty, Lady M prepares to bless the White House Christmas tree. I note that we’re no longer even trying to hide the fact that we’re living through a rerun of the Carter Administration (with apologies to Jimmy Carter); take this 1970’s inspired coat-frock for example:Mod Squad MOTrust me, it could always be worse. We could have worn it with our knee boots.And boob belt – with pearls:So continue to count...
  • FDA Finalizes Menu Labeling Rules

    11/26/2014 10:28:43 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 25 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 25, 2014 | Leah Barkoukis
    Thanks to the FDA’s calorie labeling regulations announced Tuesday, major changes will soon be coming to the food and restaurant industries. The regulation itself is nothing new; it became law in 2010 as a provision attached to the Affordable Care Act, but final rules were delayed for the past few years, thanks in large part to heavy opposition from grocery stores, pizza chains, vending machines, convenience stores, and movie theaters. Although some concessions were made, none of these industries were fully spared. By November 2015, these establishments will be forced to post calorie information on menus and menu boards, which...
  • New FDA rules will put calorie counts on menus

    11/24/2014 10:01:36 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 37 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 24, 2014 8:36 PM EST | Mary Clare Jalonick
    Counting your calories will become easier under new government rules requiring chain restaurants, supermarkets, convenience stores—and even movie theaters, amusement parks and vending machines—to post the calorie content of food “clearly and conspicuously” on their menus. The Food and Drug Administration plans to announce the long-delayed rules on Tuesday. The regulations will apply to businesses with 20 or more locations and they will be given until November 2015 to comply. The idea is that people may pass on that bacon double cheeseburger at a chain restaurant, hot dog at a gas station or large popcorn at the movie theater if...
  • Federal Committee: We Need Fat Interventions At Worksites

    11/08/2014 8:54:53 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 95 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | November 7, 2014 | Elizabeth Harrington
    The federal committee charged with creating nutrition guidelines for Americans is calling for fat interventions at workplaces.During a presentation at the sixth meeting of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) on Friday, the committee said government needs to take “bold action” to fight obesity.The solutions included “comprehensive” obesity interventions in “health care, the community, public health facilities, and work sites.”“The public should monitor body weight and engage with providers in evidence-based approaches aimed at achieving and maintaining healthy body weight,” the panel said in a presentation on “Food and Nutrient Intakes, and Health.”The committee, which is responsible for creating...
  • Some Ebola Patients Should Get Placebo in Drug Tests: FDA

    11/05/2014 9:22:05 AM PST · by Diogenesis · 38 replies
    Bloomberg ^ | November 5, 2014
    Some Ebola Patients Should Get Placebo in Drug Tests: FDA "Edward Cox, director of the FDA’s Office of Antimicrobial Products, said Wednesday that some patients with Ebola need to forgo potentially life-saving treatments so researchers can see how they fare compared to those who receive the experimental drugs .... Cox noted that randomised studies would be "challenging," but they are necessary ..."