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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 // 5 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 // 5 months ago
October 27, 2013
23:11 // 5 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 // 7 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 // 7 months ago
July 23, 2013
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April 5, 2013
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January 25, 2013
12:06 // 1 year ago
November 18, 2012
As the FDA stated, ‘the existence of an adverse event report does not necessarily mean that the product identified in the report actually caused the adverse event’.
A statement from Red Bull • Regarding a filing by the FDA on Friday revealing the company — much like Monster, Rockstar and 5-Hour Energy, who faced similar FDA filings earlier in the week — had seen its product associated with so-called “adverse events,” such as illness, that happened after a person consumed the beverage. Unlike Monster and 5-Hour Energy, Red Bull was not in any way associated with any deaths — rather, 21 reports of hospitalization for health problems such as heart issues and vomiting. And to be clear, the FDA’s reports in all cases do not claim the the beverages were the direct cause, and do not take into account outside factors, such as pre-existing conditions. All listed companies claim their products are safe.
12:00 // 1 year ago
July 3, 2012
Home HIV test approved by FDA: Good news for those who want to take an HIV test in the privacy of their own home. The Food and Drug Administration has approved an over-the-counter version of the OraQuick HIV test, which checks your saliva to see if you test positive for the disease that causes AIDS. The company behind the test, OraSure, doesn’t know a price, but says it’ll be below $60 — and hopefully available in 30,000 drug stores across the country. The FDA warns, though, that the test isn’t 100 percent accurate. OraSure notes that the test is about 92 percent accurate for positive results, and 99 percent accurate for negative results. (photo via Wikimedia Commons)

Home HIV test approved by FDA: Good news for those who want to take an HIV test in the privacy of their own home. The Food and Drug Administration has approved an over-the-counter version of the OraQuick HIV test, which checks your saliva to see if you test positive for the disease that causes AIDS. The company behind the test, OraSure, doesn’t know a price, but says it’ll be below $60 — and hopefully available in 30,000 drug stores across the country. The FDA warns, though, that the test isn’t 100 percent accurate. OraSure notes that the test is about 92 percent accurate for positive results, and 99 percent accurate for negative results. (photo via Wikimedia Commons)

19:34 // 1 year ago