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'Green News Report' -- November 24, 2015

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 11.24.2015 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: A carbon tax is coming for Alberta's dirty tar sands; Obama says U.N. c...

Sizing Up the Little Pink Pill

Dr. Sherry Ross | Posted 11.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Sherry Ross

It's exciting for women who have struggled with hypoactive sexual disorder to be recognized and have a medication alternative. Not only is it a viable option for this disruptive sexual dysfunction, but the FDA is showing support in the challenges with female sexual health.

Do You Hear What I Hear?

Linda Bergthold | Posted 11.24.2015 | Politics
Linda Bergthold

Eighty percent of people over 80 have a hearing problem and overall 30 million Americans struggle to hear well. While hearing aids can usually help, less than 30% of people with hearing loss actually get them.

FDA Is Making It Easier To Prevent Heroin Overdose Deaths

The Huffington Post | Jason Cherkis | Posted 11.20.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Wednesday that it approved a nasal-spray version of naloxone, a drug that can ...

FDA OKs Genetically Modified Salmon For Human Consumption

Associated Press | Erin Schumaker | Posted 11.19.2015 | Healthy Living

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday approved genetically modified salmon, the first such altered animal allowed for human...

Why Are Drugs So Outrageously Expensive?

Allen Frances | Posted 11.18.2015 | Science
Allen Frances

The drugs industry is the most profitable on earth. It has two branches -- an illegal one consisting of drug cartels and a legal one consisting of drug companies. The huge profits derived by both branches accrue from the same source -- monopoly price gouging.

Look How Easy It Is To Consume A Day's Worth Of Sugar

The Huffington Post | Kate Bratskeir | Posted 11.16.2015 | Healthy Living

When the U.S. Food and Drug Administration proposed new guidelines for sugar intake last week, the suggestion seemed pretty reasonable: Americans...

The Problem With Most Cancer Drugs Recently Approved By The FDA

Diane Archer | Posted 11.04.2015 | Fifty
Diane Archer

According to a new study in JAMA, there is no evidence that the majority of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved cancer drugs over the last five years work.

Outrage of the Month: More Reasons for Obama to Withdraw His Nominee for FDA Commissioner

Michael Carome, M.D. | Posted 11.02.2015 | Politics
Michael Carome, M.D.

These disclosures further highlight the extensive and intricate web of professional and financial relationships that Califf established and nourished with the pharmaceutical and medical device industries for many years before joining the FDA. Such extensive relationships are unprecedented in an FDA commissioner nominee.

The Dark Side of Letting Insurance Payers Dictate Hepatitis C Treatment

Lucinda Porter | Posted 10.28.2015 | Healthy Living
Lucinda Porter

Here's what it comes down to for me: How many people have to die or be injured before medical decisions will be returned to licensed medical providers? When are we going to let doctors write the prescriptions rather than insurance payers?

Animal Studies Offer Cancer Research Clues

Deborah J. Cornwall | Posted 10.22.2015 | Impact
Deborah J. Cornwall

Discoveries of how genes and enzymes behave in animal models may decipher the biological mechanisms that cause, prevent, or suppress cancers in humans. Researchers seek to discover mechanisms in animal that may help control human cancer's growth, spread, and potential to kill.

Challenging the Giant GMO

Judy Frankel | Posted 10.01.2015 | Green
Judy Frankel

At a private residence in Los Angeles this past Saturday, chimpanzee researcher Jane Goodall revealed that Steven Druker, author of Altered Genes, Twi...

What the FDA Can Learn From Argentina's New Gay Blood Donation Policy

Daniel Kort | Posted 09.29.2015 | Gay Voices
Daniel Kort

The skewed rationale behind the FDA's deferral of MSM is a reminder of the double standards inflicted upon LGBTQ individuals in American society. In addition to failing to meet the blood needs of potential transfusion recipients, a policy like this can also take a negative toll on the deferred population.

The Real Story Behind a $750 Pill -- and How You Can Get It for $6

Tod Cooperman, M.D. | Posted 09.28.2015 | Healthy Living
Tod Cooperman, M.D.

While pharmaceutical companies take advantage of the lower cost of goods and services all over the globe, U.S. consumers seeking medicine cannot -- at least not legally.

The FDA and Regulation of Homeopathic Medicines

Dana Ullman | Posted 10.05.2015 | Politics
Dana Ullman

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is presently re-evaluating regulation of homeopathic medicines (1). Below is excerpt of the testimony pr...

Childhood Cancer? Empathy Is Far From Enough

Deborah J. Cornwall | Posted 09.21.2015 | Impact
Deborah J. Cornwall

Each September is "Childhood Cancer Awareness" month. This acknowledgement of a problem means more than beautiful photos of smiling bald children. It highlights the urgency of generating action to eliminate cancer as the leading cause of death by disease for American children.

Camel Crush Bold, 3 Other Cigarette Brands Banned By The FDA

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 09.18.2015 | Business

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FDA Moves On Food Safety A Mere Three Years Behind Schedule

The Huffington Post | Joe Satran | Posted 09.11.2015 | Politics

The Food and Drug Administration released historic food safety regulations on Thursday that will force food manufacturers to implement majo...

FDA Cracks Down On Food Safety With New Rules

Associated Press | Suzy Strutner | Posted 09.11.2015 | Healthy Living

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What's in Your Lipstick? Women Shouldn't Have to Play Detective in the Makeup Aisle

Society for Women's Health Research | Posted 09.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Society for Women's Health Research

Whip out your magnifying glasses and trench coats, ladies -- it's time to play detective. Not in any dark alleys or smoke-filled offices, but in the cosmetics aisle at the drug store, at the salon, and online.

My Summary of a Great Conference: 'Preventing Overdiagnosis' 2015

Allen Frances | Posted 09.08.2015 | Science
Allen Frances

Medical marvels are oversold and overbought. Doctors need to be more humble and safety-conscious. We can't overstep our knowlege base without putting our patients at risk. Patients and doctors need to accept the uncertainty and limits of medicine. False certainty leads to terrible decisions.

"Women's Viagra"--Why Should Government Decide?

Peter Schwartz | Posted 09.05.2015 | Politics
Peter Schwartz

Each of us should be allowed to decide whether or not to accept the agency's opinions. Those who want to categorically trust the government would still be able do so. But those who want to rely on other sources would be given the freedom to choose.

Fishermen First: Protecting the People Behind What We Eat

John B. Thomas | Posted 09.04.2015 | Green
John B. Thomas

Being conscious of the labors and difficulties that got that fish to your plate adds a new taste to the end of summer--one that right now is bitter and rotten, but that has the promise of a deeper, richer deliciousness--if we could only dive in and fix a system that is broken, for all of us.

Will New Food Labels Encourage Us to Eat... More?!

Dr. Lisa Young | Posted 09.02.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Lisa Young

In February 2014, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) along with Michele Obama announced an overhaul to the nutrition facts label required on all packaged foods. Among the proposed changes includes updating the serving sizes.

FDA Issues Warning Letters To 5 Powdered Caffeine Distributors

Reuters | Erin Schumaker | Posted 09.02.2015 | Healthy Living

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