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We're About To Know Just How Much Sugar We've Been Eating

The Huffington Post | Leigh Weingus | Posted 07.28.2015 | Healthy Living

Big changes are coming to nutrition labels, if last week's proposal from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is turned into law. The agen...

Refocusing Cancer Drug Approval on Patients

Eric Kodish, M.D. | Posted 07.28.2015 | Healthy Living
Eric Kodish, M.D.

What the 21st Century Cures Act ignores is the prevailing, patient agnostic approach to drug development. We need to move toward a patient-centric approach to drug development and approval, and we should start with cancer treatments.

The Olympics of Female Sexual Health

Rachel Braun Scherl | Posted 07.24.2015 | Women
Rachel Braun Scherl

Over a month ago, I had the chance to attend hearings at the FDA on a drug being considered for approval for female sexual health. Even as the weeks pass, the experience remains fresh in my mind and catalyzes lots of conversations (with folks who like to discuss this sort of thing).

Ending The Big, Fat Debate

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 07.15.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

The cap on dietary fat has, indeed, long outlived any utility it ever had. So, too, has a big, fat debate that has diverted us for far too long to nutrients, from the foods that would be a far more constructive, and healthy focus.

How Is Marijuana Policy Factoring into the Presidential Campaign?

Rob Kampia | Posted 07.13.2015 | Politics
Rob Kampia

Setting aside the ability of the cannabis industry to have some degree of impact on the current presidential race, what are the positions of some of the more interesting candidates?

It's Time for Blood Donation Equality, Too

Ben Spielberg | Posted 07.08.2015 | Gay Voices
Ben Spielberg

Ending deferral of blood donations based on sexual orientation entirely is the only way to simultaneously avoid discrimination, preserve the safety of the blood supply, and maintain the FDA's credibility.

Outrage of the Month: FDA Makes Major Blunder After Approving Drug for Rare Sleep Disorder

Michael Carome, M.D. | Posted 07.01.2015 | Business
Michael Carome, M.D.

Federal regulators are human, and, like everyone else, they make mistakes. The public reasonably expects that, upon discovering a significant mistake, regulators will take appropriate action to correct it.

My Citizen Petition to the FDA: 100% Truthful Nutrition Labeling

Tricia Spencer | Posted 06.26.2015 | Politics
Tricia Spencer

A 100% truthful nutrition label is what a nutrition label is meant to be, and it's what every citizen deserves.

Hillary vs. Bernie on Frankenfood

Judy Frankel | Posted 06.23.2015 | Politics
Judy Frankel

Food is a good reason for Democrats and Republicans to abscond from their "politics as usual" party loyalties and vote for Bernie Sanders, the 38-year Independent running against Hillary Clinton for the Democratic primary.

Big, Fat TRANSgression

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 06.18.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

In other words, the best diet for our health depends, as it ever has, not on replacing trans fat with any one oil from any one nut up any one tree; but on seeing the forest.

Yeah, We Want It: Female Sexuality and Why It's Time for That Little Pink Pill

Chelsea Stone | Posted 06.17.2015 | Healthy Living
Chelsea Stone

Sex is a basic human right -- a human right. Not a man right. Women want to have sex and, more than that, they want to enjoy it.

Patients Are My Co-Pilot

Margaret Anderson | Posted 06.16.2015 | Science
Margaret Anderson

No longer just passengers, patients are now co-pilots helping to navigate the future of medical progress. But until recently, the pace of progress has been slow. In some diseases, we still utter the words "we haven't seen a new treatment in decades" with a straight face. Decades. Are we seriously accepting this?

Here's How Much Mouse Poop The FDA Allows In Your Food

The Huffington Post | Joe Satran | Posted 06.15.2015 | Healthy Living

You've probably eaten mouse poop -- and the federal government is just fine with that. It's also fine with mold, rat hairs and insect legs. The Fo...

This Piece Of Art Is Made With The Blood Of Gay Men -- Blood The FDA Won't Take

The Huffington Post | JamesMichael Nichols | Posted 06.14.2015 | Gay Voices

One artist is making a bold statement about the anti-gay stigma still prevalent in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) policy regarding bloo...

Thank You FDA for Making #HERstory

Susan Scanlan | Posted 06.11.2015 | Women
Susan Scanlan

What I've learned from my 40-year career as a women's rights champion is simple: progress, at its foundation -- at its very core -- is about making life better for people. And just last week, an FDA panel made big progress for millions of women living with Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder.

Why Food Safety Matters

Brian Kennell | Posted 06.10.2015 | Business
Brian Kennell

Eating local, urban farming, clean labels, ethical sourcing, natural ingredients and concerns about quality, additives and preservatives motivate consumers to seek supply chain transparency.

Outrage of the Month: Industry Lawsuit Threatens FDA's Regulation of Drugs

Michael Carome, M.D. | Posted 06.02.2015 | Politics
Michael Carome, M.D.

On May 7, Amarin Pharma filed an unusual lawsuit against the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), arguing that the agency's drug regulations violate the company's First Amendment free-speech rights. If Amarin prevails in its litigation, the repercussions for patient and public health will be dire.

Medical Researcher Allen D. Allen Is Waiting...

Gordy Grundy | Posted 05.29.2015 | Science
Gordy Grundy

Much of our lives are spent waiting. We wait for our hopes, plans and actions to develop, progress and mature. Allen D. Allen is a retired medical res...

Jason Cherkis

Senate Bill Would Dramatically Alter U.S. Addiction Treatment

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Cherkis | Posted 05.28.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Edward Markey (D-Mass.) and Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) have joined forces to back legislation that would make medically assisted treatm...

Promising New Treatments for Melanoma

Mount Sinai Health System | Posted 05.26.2015 | Healthy Living
Mount Sinai Health System

Despite these recent breakthroughs, there is no "one size fits all" treatment for patients with metastatic melanoma. Your medical oncologist (a doctor who specializes in treating cancer with medications) should consider the individual factors of your case to determine which drugs make the most sense for you.

Sodium Reduction Saves States Health Care Costs

Michael F. Jacobson | Posted 05.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Michael F. Jacobson

Until the FDA acts on sodium reduction, they'll continue to be responsible for the loss of billions of health care dollars and hundreds of thousands of lives.

GMO Labels May Reassure, Encourage Sales, Not Scare Consumers Away

David Ropeik | Posted 05.15.2015 | Green
David Ropeik

The ability to produce hybrid crops with beneficial traits has great promise for human and environmental health. The fight over labeling is a stumbling block preventing society from developing wise and safe uses of this technology, and that's frustrating because the fight is pointless.

Proposed FDA Blood Donation Policy Perpetuates Stereotypes and Stigma

John-Manuel Andriote | Posted 05.15.2015 | Gay Voices
John-Manuel Andriote

The FDA's proposed policy change for blood donations by gay and bisexual men--from lifetime deferral to eligibility after a year of sexual abstinence--still makes no sense and will continue to stigmatize gay men.

Jesse Rifkin

Secret Trade Deal Serves Up Toxic Food, Advocates Charge

HuffingtonPost.com | Jesse Rifkin | Posted 05.22.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A group of lawmakers and safety advocates threw food into the fight over fast-tracking a giant Pacific trade bill Thursday, demanding th...

FDA Approves 5 New Diet Drugs With Serious Side Effects

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 05.19.2015 | Healthy Living

After $60 million spent on lobbying, the U.S Food and Drug Administration -- which had a 13-year history of rejecting new diet drugs -- has approved f...