FDA Issues Warning on ‘Actos’ and Bladder Cancer, Fails to Join France and Germany in Drug Recall

FDA Issues Warning on ‘Actos’ and Bladder Cancer, Fails to Join France and Germany in Drug Recall

On June 15, 2011, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a ‘Drug Safety Communication,’ informing the public that use of the diabetes medication Actos (pioglitazone) for more than…

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Eating Chocolate Could Reduce Risk of Heart Disease

Eating Chocolate Could Reduce Risk of Heart Disease

A new British study published in the peer-reviewed British Medical Journal and presented at European Society of Cardiology Congress in Paris, France, suggests that people who consume large amounts of chocolate…

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Google Inc. Agrees to Pay $500 Million to Settle Investigation into Pharmacy Ads

Google Inc. Agrees to Pay $500 Million to Settle Investigation into Pharmacy Ads

Search giant Google Inc. has agreed to pay $500 million to settle a U.S. Justice Department investigation into allegations that it improperly accepted ads from online Canadian pharmacies. The importation…

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Addiction Now Defined as Chronic Brain Disease, Not Just Bad Behaviour

Addiction Now Defined as Chronic Brain Disease, Not Just Bad Behaviour

The American Society of Addiction medicine (ASAM) has released a new definition for Addiction following a four-year consultation process. Addiction is now defined as a chronic brain disease and not just…

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FDA Advised to Scrap Approval Process for Medical Devices

FDA Advised to Scrap Approval Process for Medical Devices

In a report initially commissioned by the Food and Drug Administration, a 12 member panel of medical experts from the Institute of Medicine has recommended the U.S. government retire the…

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FDA Proposes Regulating Mobile Health “Apps”

FDA Proposes Regulating Mobile Health “Apps”

It is estimated that there are currently more than 17,000 medical applications available for a Smart-phone, tablet computer or personal digital assistant. These apps can range from calorie counters to…

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“Bath Salts”  Dangerous New Drug still Legal in Many States

“Bath Salts” Dangerous New Drug still Legal in Many States

“‘Bath Salts”‘ are dangerous  stimulants, cooked up in underground labs, they come in powder and crystal form like traditional bath salts. These drugs are sold on the internet, smoke shops,…

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FDA Warning; Pelvic Mesh used in Abdominal surgery poses risk

FDA Warning; Pelvic Mesh used in Abdominal surgery poses risk

The Food and Drug Administration is warning doctors and patients that using a mesh product in vaginal repair surgery can lead to serious complications. Dr. William Maisel, the FDA’s deputy director…

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Stop-smoking pill Chantix linked to heart problems

Stop-smoking pill Chantix linked to heart problems

 A new  international study, led by researchers at Johns Hopkins University has  found the drug Chantix increased the risk of hospitalizations for heart problems by  72 percent. The study, analyzed…

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FDA Advisers Vote Against Avastin for Advanced Breast Cancer Treatment

FDA Advisers Vote Against Avastin for Advanced Breast Cancer Treatment

In three unanimous votes, the six members of the FDA oncology drug panel voted that Avastin is ineffective, unsafe and should have its approval for breast cancer treatment withdrawn, citing…

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New Study Links Statin Drugs With Diabetes

New Study Links Statin Drugs With Diabetes

A new study suggests Cholesterol-lowering drugs called statins, such as Lipitor and Zocor which have been shown to lower a person’s risk for heart attack, can also slightly increase a…

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Cows in China Producing Human Breast Milk

Cows in China Producing Human Breast Milk

Scientists in China have genetically engineered 300 dairy cows to produce milk that contains nutrients found in human breast milk Researchers at the State Key Laboratory of Agrobiotechnology of the…

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New study estimates Six Million U.S. Kids Have Food Allergies

New study estimates Six Million U.S. Kids Have Food Allergies

A study conducted by the Northwestern University Fienberg School of Medicine suggests that food allergies affect about one in 13 U.S. children, double the latest government estimate. The study reports…

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The FDA announces new Guidelines for Sunscreen Labels

The FDA announces new Guidelines for Sunscreen Labels

The new regulations, which come into effect next year, will ban sunscreen manufacturers from claiming their products are waterproof or sweatproof because such claims are false,  officials have said. Instead,…

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Rare Fungal Infection Hits Joplin tornado survivors

Rare Fungal Infection Hits Joplin tornado survivors

The death toll from the tornado that destroyed much of Joplin has risen to 151, and three of the latest victims suffered from a rare fungal infection that can occur…

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German Bean Sprouts Linked to  Deadly E. coli Outbreak

German Bean Sprouts Linked to Deadly E. coli Outbreak

New data released in Germany strongly suggests that locally produced bean sprouts were, as suspected, the source of the deadly E. coli outbreak. Health authorities in Germany have shown that…

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