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  • Congressmen Question FDA on Loosening of Abortion-Inducing Drug Standards

    04/26/2016 8:40:02 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | April 26, 2016 | 4:53 PM EDT | Lauretta Brown
    Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.) and Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) sent a letter Monday, together with 73 of their colleagues to Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Robert Califf, expressing concern and seeking information regarding the recent loosening of regulation of the abortion-inducing drug Mifeprex or RU-486. The FDA announced a change in their guidelines for Mifeprex in March. The new guidelines reduce the dosage from 600 milligrams to 200 milligrams, decrease the number of required doctor’s visits from three to two, and allow the pill to be taken later in pregnancy, at 10 weeks of pregnancy from 7 weeks. “We...
  • Trade group egged on FDA to act against vegan mayo

    04/07/2016 5:51:00 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 7, 2016 1:25 PM EDT | Candice Choi
    Mayonnaise impostors, beware! An industry group is patrolling the grocery aisles. The Association for Dressings and Sauces, which was founded in 1926, repeatedly urged federal regulators last year to take action against an upstart vegan spread that it said was masquerading as mayonnaise, despite its lack of eggs, according to emails obtained by The Associated Press. The Food and Drug Administration later sent a public warning to Hampton Creek about its “Just Mayo” spread, which triggered national headlines and ultimately led to the San Francisco startup and media darling tweaking its label. The efforts provide a glimpse into the influence...
  • Maine: New England's 1st 'right to try' experimental drugs

    03/30/2016 6:16:41 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 30, 2016 7:50 PM EDT
    Maine is the first state in New England to give dying patients the right to use experimental drugs. Republican Gov. Paul LePage signed legislation Wednesday that allows terminally ill patients to use treatments that have not received final approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. […] The legislation was sponsored by Rep. Thomas Longstaff, a Waterville Democrat who had worked as a hospital chaplain. …
  • Washington's Joke War On Tanning Salons Has Gone Too Far

    03/21/2016 10:57:21 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 30 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 21, 2016 | Nicole Neily
    During the debate over the Affordable Care Act, the Obama Administration and Democrats on Capitol Hill conspired to slip in a tax on tanning salons, widely derided as a useless gesture meant to poke fun at the perpetually-tan John Boehner, who at the time was Minority Leader of the House and the leader of the anti-Obamacare opposition on Capitol Hill. In the Affordable Care Act, a massive piece of legislation that carried a $900 billion price tag, there was a small provision projected to raise "only" $2.7 billion: a tax on tanning salons. The biggest reason that the provision got...
  • FDA wants new manure regulations for organic farms

    03/14/2016 4:13:02 PM PDT · by HomerBohn · 24 replies
    Personal Liberty ^ | 3/14/2016 | Sam Rolley
    While thousands of Americans continue to die each year from taking government-approved pharmaceutical drugs, the Food and Drug Administration is busy investigating actual bullsh*t. FDA officials announced last week that the agency isn’t so sure that fertilizing food crops with animal manure— something human beings have been doing since the advent of agriculture— is safe. “The FDA is planning to conduct a risk assessment to determine how much consumer health is put at risk by the use of raw manure as fertilizer in growing crops covered by the final [Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)] Produce Safety rule, and what can...
  • The FDA Looks to Crack Down on Manure (Again)

    03/13/2016 6:35:23 AM PDT · by Libloather · 40 replies
    Reason ^ | 3/12/16 | Baylen Linnekin
    Last week, the FDA announced it would investigate the use of manure and other biological matter. Manure is animal poop. Rich in nutrients, it's been used by farmers as fertilizer for thousands of years. But the agency is skeptical of the safety of the practice. "The FDA is planning to conduct a risk assessment to determine how much consumer health is put at risk by the use of raw manure as fertilizer in growing crops covered by the final [Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)] Produce Safety rule, and what can be done to help prevent people from getting sick," the...
  • Bayer, FDA accused of downplaying Essure fetal deaths, complications

    02/23/2016 6:29:20 PM PST · by Morgana · 4 replies
    liveactionnews.org ^ | February 23, 2016 | Rebecca Downs
    Essure, a permanent form of birth control which involves inserting coils into a woman’s fallopian tubes, has been in the news since last year, and not for a good reason. Women have reported experiencing horrific, debilitating side effects. Now comes news of another issue with the device. Women have become pregnant despite the use of the device (no form of birth control – besides abstinence – is 100 percent effective), and it is being blamed for the deaths of already conceived children. Bayer and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have, according to some, downplayed the issue, but Representative Mike...
  • FDA Finds Wood Fillers in Parmesan Cheese, Investigates Large Retailers

    02/18/2016 10:29:09 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 123 replies
    KPTV ^ | Wednesday, February 17, 2016 | JACQUELINE CUTLER
    Parmesan cheese from many top brands may contain wood byproductCare for some wood shavings on your pasta? Americans who think they’re sprinkling Parmesan over their spaghetti are also getting a hefty dose of cellulose - a wood byproduct — from many top brands. A study by Bloomberg News reveals that Walmart’s Great Value 100% Parmesan Cheese is roughly 8% cellulose and Jewel-Osco’s Essential Everyday 100% Grated Parmesan Cheese is almost 9%. The report follows a lengthy federal investigation into a Pennsylvania company called Castle Cheese, whose 100% “parmesan” contained no actual parmesan, but was comprised of Swiss, cheddar, mozzarella and...
  • FDA issues recommendations to reduce the risk for Zika virus blood transmission in the United States

    02/17/2016 1:39:14 AM PST · by deks · 17 replies
    U.S. Food and Drug Administration ^ | February 16, 2016 | FDA
    While there have been no reports to date of Zika virus entering the U.S. blood supply, the risk of blood transmission is considered likely based on the most current scientific evidence of how Zika virus and similar viruses (flaviviruses) are spread and recent reports of transfusion-associated infection outside of the U.S. Furthermore, about 4 out of 5 of those infected with Zika virus do not become symptomatic. For these reasons, the FDA is recommending that blood establishments defer blood donations from individuals in accordance with the new guidance.
  • Why a top food poisoning expert won’t ever eat these foods

    02/03/2016 3:00:03 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 63 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 2-3-16 | Robert A. Ferdman
    In the aftermath of an E. coli outbreak at Chipotle that sickened dozens of people across the United States last fall and led to an overhaul of the company's food safety practices, Americans reacted by avoiding the beloved fast-food chain. Restaurants that once sported long lines were suddenly empty, a phenomenon that was almost surely happening nationwide. The risks, in other words, were simply too great in people's minds for them to continue frequenting the Mexican-inspired favorite, because Chipotle had a food safety problem. But the outrage was at least partly misplaced, according to Bill Marler, a lawyer specializing in...
  • New Sunscreen Protects Against Skin Cancer, Allows Body To Produce Vitamin D

    02/01/2016 9:24:41 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    CBS Boston ^ | February 1, 2016 | Dr. Mallika Marshall
    Many people are getting the message loud and clear. That sunscreen helps protect you against skin cancer. But some experts say all that sunscreen is creating another problem. “That is the major cause for the vitamin D epidemic worldwide,” says Dr. Michael F. Holick, an endocrinologist at the BU School of Medicine. “Sunscreen absorbs ultraviolet light and ultraviolet light makes vitamin D in your skin, and if you put a sunscreen on with an SPF of 30 and it absorbs about 97-98% of the UV light, it will reduce the ability to make vitamin D in your skin by 97-98%,”...
  • Right to Try: The FDA Has the Blood of Millions of Americans on its Hands

    01/11/2016 11:00:25 AM PST · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 11, 2016 | Rachel Alexander
    Darcy Olsen, CEO and president of the Goldwater Institute, has written a must-read book for anyone facing a serious ailment, The Right to Try: How the Federal Government Prevents Americans from Getting the Life-Saving Treatments They Need.It is common knowledge there is a problem with the FDA delaying the approval of drugs. But until now, most Americans did not realize just how bad the situation is  — hundreds of thousands of people, including children, needlessly lose their lives every year because new, breakthrough drugs that have worked in clinical trials and are legal in other countries are not approved here....
  • Golden Hammer: Feds Spending Millions to Arm Agencies that Don't Need Guns (EPA, FDA, VA, etc.)

    01/09/2016 4:01:44 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 37 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Thursday, January 7, 2016 | Kellan Howell
    <p>As the U.S. engages in a national debate over the militarization of the police, federal data shows that government agencies charged with largely administrative roles are spending tens of millions of taxpayer dollars to purchase SWAT and military-style equipment.</p> <p>Since FY 2006, 44 traditionally administrative agencies have spent over $71 million on items like body armor, riot helmets and shields, cannon launchers and police firearms and ammunition, according to federal spending data from watchdog group OpenTheBooks.com.</p>
  • FDA Cancels Ban on Blood Donations from Gay Males

    12/22/2015 8:35:27 AM PST · by chuckee · 33 replies
    Breitbart ^ | December 21, 2015
    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) nullified a 30-year ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men. The FDA ban, which went into effect during the 1980s AIDS crisis, prohibited blood from gay men as a way to stop transmission of HIV. Many early cases of AIDS and HIV resulted from blood transfusions, as was the case with tennis superstar Arthur Ashe. However, the new policy will not accept “donations from men who have had sex with another man in the previous year.” Australia and the United Kingdom also use the 12-month window. “Ultimately, the 12-month deferral window is...
  • FDA proposes indoor tanning ban for minors

    12/18/2015 8:09:32 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 27 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | December 18, 2015 | Robert King
    The federal government said Friday it would ban minors from using indoor tanning beds, taking action on an issue that many states are already handling. The Food and Drug Administration said the proposed measure was in response to 1.6 million minors using indoor tanning beds each year, according to 2013 federal data. The problem is that indoor tanning is a "known contributor to skin cancer," the agency said. People who have been exposed to radiation from tanning beds are 59 percent more likely to develop melanoma, a dangerous form of skin cancer, than those who never have used the beds,...
  • Whose Life Is It Anyway?

    12/14/2015 10:24:04 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 32 replies
    Forbes ^ | December 14, 2015 | George Leef
    Imagine if you were faced with this situation. Your doctor, after running a battery of tests on your six year-old daughter, tells you that she is suffering from a rare cancer that is almost invariably fatal. "But there must be something doctor," you blurt out. "Aren't there some new drugs available that work in at least some cases?" The doctor replies, "Yes, there are some drugs that do show promise in treating your daughter's cancer. The problem is that they have not yet been approved by the Food and Drug Administration and therefore I can't get any of them. And...
  • Over the River And Through The Wood: Healthcare Observations Post-Thanksgiving

    12/02/2015 8:39:39 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 2 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 12/2/15 | Michael D. Shaw
    Many of us remember at least this first line from Lydia Maria Child’s “The New-England Boy’s Song About Thanksgiving Day” (1844). Child was an ardent abolitionist, advocate of women’s rights, and spoke out about the mistreatment of Indians. Were she to return today, I suspect that Ms. Child would have a few things to say about our healthcare system. Here are two disturbing current events: 1. Duodenoscopes, AERs, and the FDA This one just seems to stay in the news. In fact, it gets worse and more convoluted as 2015 races into the history books. The latest wrinkle occurred on...
  • 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...