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November 16, 2013
Meet Stanislaw Burzynski. This Houston doctor claims to have discovered a miracle cure for many tough kinds of cancer using antineoplastons, an unusual treatment, derived largely from urine, that largely has gone untested by the FDA. Despite this, Burzynski has practices for more than three decades, selling what his fans call a miracle treatment—albeit a costly one not covered by traditional health insurance—but traditional doctors call fraudulent. USA Today has a fascinating breakdown of Burzynski’s practice and his many critics.

Meet Stanislaw Burzynski. This Houston doctor claims to have discovered a miracle cure for many tough kinds of cancer using antineoplastons, an unusual treatment, derived largely from urine, that largely has gone untested by the FDA. Despite this, Burzynski has practices for more than three decades, selling what his fans call a miracle treatment—albeit a costly one not covered by traditional health insurance—but traditional doctors call fraudulent. USA Today has a fascinating breakdown of Burzynski’s practice and his many critics.

16:46 // 9 months ago
November 7, 2013
nbcnews:

'Significant public health concern': FDA will order food industry to phase out trans fats
(Photo: Carlos Osorio / AP, file)
The artery-clogging ingredient found in crackers, cookies, pizza and many other processed edibles increases risk for heart disease by raising bad cholesterol levels and lowering good cholesterol.
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FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg: “While consumption of potentially harmful artificial trans fat has declined over the last two decades in the United States, current intake remains a significant public health concern.”

nbcnews:

'Significant public health concern': FDA will order food industry to phase out trans fats

(Photo: Carlos Osorio / AP, file)

The artery-clogging ingredient found in crackers, cookies, pizza and many other processed edibles increases risk for heart disease by raising bad cholesterol levels and lowering good cholesterol.

Continue reading

FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg: “While consumption of potentially harmful artificial trans fat has declined over the last two decades in the United States, current intake remains a significant public health concern.”

10:35 // 9 months ago
October 27, 2013
23:11 // 10 months ago
September 7, 2013

High schoolers, middle schoolers using e-cigarettes, but the FDA may spoil the party

  • 10% the percentage of high school students that used electronic cigarettes in 2012, a sharp increase from the 4.7 percent that said they used them in 2011, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • 2.7% the percentage of middle school students that said they have done the same, according to the study. The Food and Drug Administration is considering regulations on the battery-powered nicotine devices, something that the findings could directly influence. source
14:12 // 11 months ago

There’s arsenic in brown rice, but don’t freak out, guys.

  • 160ppm the level of arsenic in brown rice (in parts per million), according to a recent test by the Food and Drug Administration. While that level is far higher than is the maximum alotted for water (10 parts per million), but we drink way more water than we eat rice, so it’s still not dangerous, the FDA says. The agency recommends that we simply diversify the grains we eat—no big deal. source
11:36 // 11 months ago
July 23, 2013
14:15 // 1 year ago
April 6, 2013
[HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius’] action was politically motivated, scientifically unjustified, and contrary to agency precedent.
Federal Judge Edward R. Korman • Denouncing, in very unambiguous terms, the decision by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to block the FDA’s decision that morning-after emergency contraception be made available over the counter, as opposed to requiring a prescription for girls age 16 or younger. Sebelius, with the vocal support of President Obama, had blocked the FDA’s proposed lifting of the rule in 2011 — Obama commented at the time: “I think it is important for us to make sure that we apply some common sense to various rules when it comes to over-the-counter medicine.” Judge Korman’s take? That the decision, in the midst of a contentious election season, was “arbitrary, capricious and unreasonable.” source
17:07 // 1 year ago
April 5, 2013
More than 12 years have passed since the citizen petition was filed and 8 years since this lawsuit commenced. The F.D.A. has engaged in intolerable delays in processing the petition. Indeed, it could accurately be described as an administrative agency filibuster.
Judge Edward R. Korman • Discussing the Food and Drug Administration’s delays in implementing the morning-after pill in a way that everyone could use it.
10:38 // 1 year ago
8:57 // 1 year ago
January 25, 2013
12:06 // 1 year ago