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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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In Defense of Big Government... and Capitalism

Dina Badie | Posted 09.01.2015 | Politics
Dina Badie

"Big government" is a toxic term. It has become shorthand for waste, debt, big brother, and corruption rolled into a neat, yet nefarious, package. But when it comes to the function of government, bigger can be better. And bigger can strengthen capitalism.

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

Michael Carome, M.D. | Posted 09.01.2015 | Politics
Michael Carome, M.D.

Assuming that the judge affirms his position in his final ruling and the FDA decides not to appeal (or appeals and loses), this decision represents a major victory for Amarin and the pharmaceutical industry more broadly.

FDA's New Serving Sizes To Reflect How Much People Actually Eat | Anna Almendrala | Posted 08.31.2015 | Healthy Living

By: Sara G. Miller, Staff Writer Published: 08/31/2015 10:45 AM EDT on LiveScience An update to the serving sizes listed on food labels will better r...

Is the FDA Ready for Kim Kardashian and Mutant Head Lice?

Molly Knobler | Posted 08.28.2015 | Business
Molly Knobler

Misleading pharmaceutical marketing can be far more insidious than Kim Kardashian's recent social media flub with Diclegis, and it is with these more serious transgressions that the FDA must keep a careful eye.

What's With All The Organic Food Recalls?

The Huffington Post | Leigh Weingus | Posted 08.28.2015 | Healthy Living

Although still relatively rare, organic food recalls spiked in 2015 -- but that actually might be a good thing.  The New York Times reports...

The FDA, Finances and Feminism: Why the Third Time Was the Charm for So-Called 'Female Viagra'

Elizabeth Yuko | Posted 08.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Elizabeth Yuko

Money can't buy happiness but evidently is instrumental in gaining FDA approval for controversial drugs with low efficacy and significant side effects...

Meatless Monday: Reclaiming the Kitchen

Ellen Kanner | Posted 08.24.2015 | Green
Ellen Kanner

Foods we once enjoyed without thinking suddenly aren't so delicious now that chain restaurants and movie theaters are complying with FDA mandates to post menu item calorie, fat, sodium and sugar content (I'm talking to you, Cheesecake Factory, Starbucks and Pizza Hut).

FDA Approves Women's Sex Pill Addyi With Safety Restrictions

AP | Adam Goldberg | Posted 08.18.2015 | Healthy Living

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday approved the first prescription drug designed to boost sexual desire in women, a ...

Why We Need Better Data On Antibiotic Use in Food-Animal Production

Lance B. Price | Posted 08.18.2015 | Science
Lance B. Price

Studies from around the world and dating back to the 1960s have drawn links between agricultural use of antibiotics, the development and spread of drug resistance, and resulting human infections.

FDA Approval Of Medical Devices Involves Shockingly Little Research

The Huffington Post | Joe Satran | Posted 08.18.2015 | Science

Are federal regulators playing fast and loose with the health of the tens of millions of Americans who rely on medical devices to see, walk and ...

The Value Of Public Service

Donald Cohen | Posted 08.14.2015 | Politics
Donald Cohen

After stopping thalidomide, Dr. Kelsey could've walked through the revolving door into a career with Big Pharma, but she stayed at the FDA, retiring in 2005 at 90 years old. Now that's a life of public service.