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Blood Donation, Legoland and a New Kind of Blood Drive

Rich Meyers | Posted 08.14.2014 | Gay Voices
Rich Meyers

Our 9-year-old son had come home excited that his school was having a blood drive. If we donated blood, we'd be rewarded with tickets to Legoland. As two dads, we suddenly found ourselves thrust into an unexpected conversation with our son about the FDA ban that prevents gay and bisexual men from donating blood.

6 Tips About Breakthrough Drugs: For Example, Should Breast Cancer Patients Try to Get Palbociclib?

Cary A. Presant, M.D. | Posted 08.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Cary A. Presant, M.D.

Breakthrough drugs are widely covered in the media. After hearing about these new drugs, patients and their families are always asking me how they can get access to the new medicine or participate in a clinical trial of the new drug. Let's look at a current example.

Chemical Industry Manipulations Fail to Change Scientific Fact

Jeanne Rizzo | Posted 08.09.2014 | Green
Jeanne Rizzo

The verdict is in... again! Formaldehyde is a known human carcinogen. This is not earthshaking news or even news, but apparently Congress felt it was worth a million of your tax dollars to confirm what has been a scientific fact for nearly a decade: formaldehyde causes cancer.

FDA Delays Costing Money and Lives

Steve Pociask | Posted 08.07.2014 | Healthy Living
Steve Pociask

If the public interest is at the core of the FDA's mission, it needs to move quickly and promulgate rules that will facilitate market entry, heighten industry price competition, save consumers money, and produce better patient outcomes.

FDA Issues Warning About Tattoo Ink

AP | MARY CLARE JALONICK | Posted 08.07.2014 | Healthy Living

WASHINGTON (AP) — Thinking about getting inked? Check the bottle first. The Food and Drug Administration is warning tattoo parlors, their customers...

The Not-So-Pink Truth About the World of Stage IV

Sarah Amento | Posted 08.04.2014 | Women
Sarah Amento

I still see beautiful women battling this disease with dignity and strength unlike any I have ever seen, but now, I see other images, too.

FDA to Update Food Label Serving Sizes

Dr. Lisa Young | Posted 07.31.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Lisa Young

I strongly support the FDA's proposal to revise the serving size for certain foods and beverages to reflect the way Americans eat today. Labels that list the nutrition information for outdated serving sizes may be deceptive to consumers, and I commend FDA for its recognition of the need to revise the RACCs for specific foods.

Lynne Peeples

'Not What The Doctor Ordered'

HuffingtonPost.com | Lynne Peeples | Posted 07.25.2014 | Green

Public health advocates are fuming over a new court ruling that they say could hasten the coming of the next pandemic. In a 2-1 decision released T...

Do Serving Sizes Impact How Much You Eat?

Elle Penner | Posted 07.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Elle Penner

If the serving size for ice cream were to jump from 1/2 cup to 1 cup, would you eat more? Some experts are worried you might.

MSG: A Complete Guide to Health and Nutrition

Amanda Greene | Posted 07.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Amanda Greene

To set the record straight about MSG, I've taken a close look at the large body of scientific research and spoken with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to learn what you need to know about MSG -- what it is, why it's used, and whether or not it's safe.

You Need to Know: What Do Natural, Local and Organic Mean?

Eve Turow | Posted 07.17.2014 | Food
Eve Turow

Today's consumers are increasingly concerned with where their food comes from, and demand for "organic," "local" and "natural" foods is on the rise. But what do those labels really mean?

The FDA Finally Tackles the Mushrooming Portion Distortion Problem

Dawn Zier | Posted 07.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Dawn Zier

The problem is that as "single serving" bottles, bags and boxes got bigger, these official serving sizes didn't.

FDA Looks to Twitter to Raise Drug Awareness

Jason Wahler | Posted 06.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Jason Wahler

I'm not fully sold on the idea that this is the best way to educate the public about prescription drug abuse. Yes, it is helpful, but when you look at the bigger picture, it's going to take more than just Twitter to change the way people view prescription drug abuse.

Friday Talking Points -- Courtin' Season

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.30.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The end of June is an important time on the political calendar, but it is one which most Americans don't really think about all that much. It's hard to fault this, so let's take a quick run through the important decisions handed down in the past week.

Anna Almendrala

Why Kids Don't Need To Take Their Vitamins

HuffingtonPost.com | Anna Almendrala | Posted 06.27.2014 | Healthy Living

Contrary to popular belief, when it comes to vitamins and minerals, less is more. A new report published by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) ...

The Fate of Front-of-Pack Labeling That Actually Works

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 06.27.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

News came in the past week that the front-of-pack nutrition guidance program offered by Canada's Heart and Stroke Foundation, presented as a seal of approval in the form of a check mark, was being decommissioned. With all due respect to my friends at the Foundation, and the good intentions that brought the system into existence -- good riddance to it.

Helping the Food Industry Shake Its Salt Habit

Maisie Ganzler | Posted 06.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Maisie Ganzler

Salt sits on nearly every table in this country. Humans need it to live, but at the levels that Americans currently consume it, sodium could be the single most dangerous substance in the food supply.

Matt Ferner

Feds To Consider Reclassifying Marijuana As Less Dangerous Drug

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Ferner | Posted 06.25.2014 | Politics

The feds could actually soften their stance a little when it comes to weed. The Food and Drug Administration is reviewing the medical evidence surr...

The Food Safety Movement Grows Tall

Ralph Nader | Posted 08.20.2014 | Green
Ralph Nader

Across the country, consumers are demanding the right to know what is in their food, and labeling of genetically engineered food. It's a vibrant and diverse coalition: mothers and grandmothers, health libertarians, progressives, foodies, environmentalists, main street conservatives and supporters of free-market economics.

5 Years Later, What a Difference -- for This Smoker, for Smoking Reform

Nancy Brown | Posted 08.20.2014 | Healthy Living
Nancy Brown

As we celebrate these twin five-year milestones -- Sternberg's turnaround and the FDA Tobacco Control Act -- let's appreciate the simple pleasure of putting one foot in front of the other, headed in the right direction. And let's keep our eye on the ultimate finish line of a tobacco-free nation.

Senators Slam E-Cigarette Company Marketing Practices

Reuters | Posted 08.18.2014 | Politics

By Toni Clarke WASHINGTON, June 18 (Reuters) - U.S. senators heavily criticized the marketing practices of e-cigarette companies on W...

A Tick Bite, an Illness and Questionable Diagnostic Tests

Beth Daley | Posted 08.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Beth Daley

There are thousands of truly sick people who are convinced that they have a chronic form of Lyme. But many of them receive a diagnosis based on unvalidated tests that have never fully been proven to show they correctly identify the disease.

Oh, Come on, Really? The FDA vs. Cheese Makers

Anne Maxfield | Posted 08.16.2014 | Taste
Anne Maxfield

In an amazing use of its legislative powers, the FDA has ruled that wooden boards are not approved for use in cheese aging operations, declaring that "the use of wooden shelves for cheese ripening does not conform to current Good Manufacturing Practices."

Every State Counts: Support GMO Labeling in Oregon and Colorado

Michele Simon | Posted 08.13.2014 | Food
Michele Simon

As we learned in California and Washington (states that narrowly lost GMO labeling initiatives despite being massively outspent) every debate draws more attention to the issue and weakens Big Biotech's undue influence over our food supply.

FDA Should Fight Products, Not Food

Manuel Villacorta | Posted 08.13.2014 | Healthy Living
Manuel Villacorta

If we ban artisinal and traditional food practices like wood board aging on the grounds that they're not sanitary, the only foods we'll be left with are the processed ones.