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2015 Means New FDA Calorie Labeling on Menus

Dan Glickman | Posted 01.26.2015 | Politics
Dan Glickman

Readily available calorie information is crucial for consumers to be able to make informed food choices throughout the day as they get their food from a variety of venues. Our nation is facing rising rates of obesity and chronic disease that continue to push health care spending higher.

How About Informed Consent for All Medication

Allen Frances | Posted 01.21.2015 | Science
Allen Frances

The argument that drug sales people are educating physicians doesn't pass the laugh test. Their compensation is based on how much product they can move, not on appropriateness of prescription. And no study funded by a drug company can ever be trusted.

Top 10 Medical Research Issues and Trends to Watch in 2015

Margaret Anderson | Posted 01.15.2015 | Science
Margaret Anderson

Academic research institutions are undeniably under duress. While some of it may be due to overbuilding research infrastructure during the years of doubling the National Institutes of Health budget, they are now dealing with a new normal of having to do more with less.

Helping a Person Live Like They Were Dying

Don McNay | Posted 01.05.2015 | Business
Don McNay

Lori sought a medical solution to help her lose weight and the solution caused her body to die. I've been fortunate that my weight loss surgery has been a success in its first month and that maybe the medical world has found a solution that works for people like me. The attempt with diet pills was definitely not the answer.

Seeking Swifter Action In E-Cigarette Regulation

Ruth Macklin | Posted 01.02.2015 | Healthy Living
Ruth Macklin

The wheels of bureaucracy grind slowly in Washington, but we can only hope that the FDA can meet this new challenge with timely action to regulate the importation of e-cigarettes containing ingredients that are known health hazards.

The FDA Responds to Criticism of 'Loosening' Ban on Blood Donations From Gay and Bi Men

Ed Coffin | Posted 12.31.2014 | Gay Voices
Ed Coffin

If men who have sex with men must be celibate for a year, then everyone else should be held to that standard too. If they can determine risk level for heterosexuals on a case-by-case basis, then they should do it for men who have sex with men as well. Assess the risk, test the blood, and treat everyone the same. It's really that simple.

Whether for Life or for One Year, Banning Blood Donations From Gay and Bi Men Is Bad Science

Ben Spielberg | Posted 12.31.2014 | Politics
Ben Spielberg

By suggesting that gay and bisexual men are at risk for HIV and straight people aren't, the FDA's guidelines misinform the public. To the extent that it contributes to ignorance of the risks associated with certain types of heterosexual sex, the FDA's policy, even in its revised form, actually presents a public-health concern.

How to Get Researchers to Notice an Ultra-Rare Disease

Idelle Davidson | Posted 12.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Idelle Davidson

It doesn't help that Erdheim-Chester is notoriously difficult to diagnose and therefore, say researchers, most likely under- or mis-diagnosed. Only when there's a mass or lesion to study will pathologists look for identifying markers on cells -- if they even suspect ECD.

FDA Continues Blood Libel of Gay Men

James Peron | Posted 12.25.2014 | Gay Voices
James Peron

Previously, any gay man who ever had sex with another man, no matter how "safe" the sex, was deemed too risky to donate blood. Now they are banned only if they had sex within the last year. These regulations were put into place during the height of the HIV/AIDS hysteria.

Gay Men May Soon Be Allowed to Give Blood If They're Celibate

Sarah Toce | Posted 12.24.2014 | Gay Voices
Sarah Toce

According to government figures, men who have had sex with other men represent about 2 percent of the U.S. population, yet account for at least 62 percent of all new HIV infections in the U.S.

Alissa Scheller

Why Even A 12-Month Ban On Blood Donations From Gay Men Makes No Sense

HuffingtonPost.com | Alissa Scheller | Posted 12.23.2014 | Healthy Living

The Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday ended the lifetime ban on blood donations from men who have sex with men. But the agency said it would...

A Worthy New Year's Resolution for the New Congress

Mary Woolley | Posted 12.19.2014 | Politics
Mary Woolley

With few significant legislative achievements for science and innovation in the 113th Congress, we look to the new Congress to fuel the momentum needed for medical progress, summoning the political will necessary to speed scientific discovery and drug development.

Avoid Being Bad Santa: Important Holiday Food Safety Tips

Buck Wargo | Posted 12.18.2014 | Fifty
Buck Wargo

The holidays are here and if your office has a gift exchange, you don't want to be the one responsible for giving your colleagues salmonella, E. coli, listeria or campylobacter.

Calorie Counts on Menu Boards May Help Us Eat Less

Dr. Lisa Young | Posted 12.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Lisa Young

It is my hope that when adopted nationwide, requiring chain eating establishments to post calorie counts of our favorite foods will help us make better food choices and order smaller sizes while also encouraging these establishments to market healthier options with fewer calories.

The Pharmaceutical Industry Still Doesn't Want You to Pay Less for Their Products

Jennifer Hoelzer | Posted 12.12.2014 | Politics
Jennifer Hoelzer

If PhRMA was smart, it would realize a lack of trust could ultimately cost the industry more than just competition from biosimilars.

Jillian Berman

Putting Calorie Counts On Fast Food Menus Won't Make People Eat Less, Experts Say

HuffingtonPost.com | Jillian Berman | Posted 12.02.2014 | Business

Americans will soon know just how many calories are in that fast food burger they're about to buy. But that won't necessarily make them think twice ab...

Open Letter to the FDA: Stop Discriminating Against Gay Men

Ben Spielberg | Posted 01.19.2015 | Politics
Ben Spielberg

The FDA's policy of banning "men who have had sex with other men (MSM), at any time since 1977" from donating blood does not accurately identify the behaviors that put one at risk for HIV. A policy that incorrectly identifies high-risk groups instead of high-risk behaviors is neither effective nor just.

How the AMA Got Rich & Powerful: "The AMA's Seal of Approval"

Dana Ullman | Posted 01.04.2015 | Healthy Living
Dana Ullman

George H. Simmons came up with the brilliant idea to transform the AMA into a big business by granting the AMA's "seal of approval" to certain drug companies that placed large and frequent ads in JAMA and its various affiliate publications.

Children's Hearts and Legs Fail While 'Flummoxed' FDA Fumbles

Tracy Seckler | Posted 01.10.2015 | Politics
Tracy Seckler

The FDA's pronouncement that the drug company did not have enough data to warrant a New Drug Application was a complete reversal of the agency's stance just six months earlier. And it was based on erroneous logic and false information.

President Obama's Home Stretch: Saving Lives, Conserving Natural Resources, and Securing His Legacy @HuffPostBlog

Rena Steinzor | Posted 01.07.2015 | Politics
Rena Steinzor

The world is unlikely to leave the President any space for malingering, and his most vehement congressional critics are likely to attack him with such fervor that the faint path toward legislative compromise vanishes.

Antibiotics in Our Food: Chemical Warfare We Cannot Win

Ellen Moyer, Ph.D. | Posted 01.04.2015 | Green
Ellen Moyer, Ph.D.

Given current concern about the Ebola virus, it's surprising that the public isn't more alarmed about "superbugs." Superbugs are infectious bacteria that have mutated to adapt to antibiotics that were designed to kill them, making the drugs ineffective. And a major cause of the resistance problem is antibiotics administered to farm animals.

The FDA Should Even The Score For Women's Sexual Health

Susan Scanlan | Posted 01.04.2015 | Women
Susan Scanlan

Women have the right to make their own informed choices concerning their sexual health; that gender equality should be the standard when it comes to access to treatments for sexual dysfunction; and that the approval of safe and effective treatments for women's sexual dysfunction should be a priority for action by the FDA.

Change Happens

Margaret Anderson | Posted 12.29.2014 | Science
Margaret Anderson

You don't have to look far in medical and scientific research today to feel the shifting sands and see signs of change. At times it seems we are simultaneously tilling the soil with a set of old yet tried and true tools while making new ones. Each year, as my organization prepares to bring together leaders in medical research, we confront all of this change head on.

Battling Breast Cancer: FDA Focuses on Progress for Patients

Dr. Margaret A. Hamburg | Posted 12.28.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Margaret A. Hamburg

We have made considerable progress, but there is still much to learn about this life-altering disease that affects many Americans. FDA is deeply committed to applying the best available science to develop the best tools, treatments and opportunities for patients, bringing us closer to a cure.

Why FDA Nutrition Label Regulations Fail Consumers

Tricia Spencer | Posted 12.27.2014 | Politics
Tricia Spencer

To reap the health benefits, I began eating canned sardines packed in olive oil years ago. I eat the contents of a single can nearly every day, but I recently discovered that the nutritional information I thought to be true wasn't accurate at all.