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Could President Obama Veto GMO Labeling Law?

Judah Freed | Posted 07.25.2016 | Politics
Judah Freed

I just asked President Obama to veto the GMO labeling law, S. 764, which establishes an almost meaningless national labeling standard for genetically modified foods.

Cheesed: The Toxic Story Behind Food Packaging

Peter Lehner | Posted 07.19.2016 | Healthy Living
Peter Lehner

When I was a kid, processed cheese was a family camping staple. It tasted great, melted beautifully and, most importantly, didn't spoil easily. We did...

The Real Reason You Shouldn't Eat Cake Batter

The Huffington Post | Lydia Oconnor | Posted 07.13.2016 | Taste

Most of us know that raw eggs in cookie dough and cake batter can carry salmonella, but a new warning from the FDA and surge of product recalls is a g...

A New Web-based Guide For Reading The Nutrition Facts Label

Constance Brown-Riggs | Posted 07.11.2016 | Healthy Living
Constance Brown-Riggs

In my last post -- Got Diabetes? You'll Love the New Nutrition Label -- you learned about the changes to the Nutrition Facts Label that will be seen ...

Is It Time To Stop Talking About The Benefits Of Breastfeeding?

Jennifer Grayson | Posted 07.07.2016 | Healthy Living
Jennifer Grayson

The following post is the third in a series of excerpts adapted from Unlatched: The Evolution of Breastfeeding and the Making of a Controversy by Jenn...

Is Hand Sanitizer Safe?

Reuters | Erin Schumaker | Posted 07.05.2016 | Healthy Living

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said it is seeking additional data to support the safety and effectiveness of certain active ingredients used in...

FDA Must Do More To Ensure Safety Of Compound Drugs

Rob Sawicki | Posted 06.30.2016 | Politics
Rob Sawicki

While compounded drugs can be beneficial to individual patients, there are also serious safety concerns about compounding pharmacies that require greater oversight than is currently being pursued by the FDA.

FDA Warns Against Eating Cookie Dough, But Not Because Of Eggs

The Huffington Post | Nick Visser | Posted 06.30.2016 | Taste

It's delicious and eating it is the best part of cookie baking. But the Food and Drug Administration wants us to stop consuming cookie dough. Not beca...

Breaking It Down: Controversy Over The U.S. Dietary Guidelines

Brian Secemsky, M.D. | Posted 06.23.2016 | Healthy Living
Brian Secemsky, M.D.

It is important to stay attuned to the controversies behind these new guidelines, as they may help us better understand the limitations of dietary policy and nutritional science and thus help us better engage and educate our patients in nutritional health.

The FDA's Unscientific And Anti-Gay Blood Donation Policy

Ben Spielberg | Posted 06.17.2016 | Queer Voices
Ben Spielberg

Though the FDA has long claimed that its policy protects the blood supply, the truth is that it is unscientific and discriminatory.

It's Taking Way Too Long For The FDA To Recall Tainted Food

Reuters | Anna Almendrala | Posted 06.10.2016 | Healthy Living

By Julie Steenhuysen CHICAGO (Reuters) - The Food and Drug Administration is too slow to order companies to recall tainted foods, leaving people at ri...

How Salt Shakes Out

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 06.02.2016 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Risks of too little sodium are a valid concern only at levels massively below mean intake in the U.S., while the harms of excess are with us right now. The priority, obviously, is fixing what's broken. Kudos to the FDA. Their action on salt does not yet have traction in the real world -- but it does pertain to it.

FDA Sodium Reduction Effort Long Time Coming

Michael F. Jacobson | Posted 06.02.2016 | Healthy Living
Michael F. Jacobson

We can hope for meaningful food supply-wide sodium reduction 50 years after the scientific evidence for the need had become convincing. In the meantime, the subtle but devastating effects of high-sodium diets will continue to take the lives of tens of thousands of people and waste billions of dollars annually.

FDA's Sodium Targets A Step In The Right Direction

Nancy Brown | Posted 06.01.2016 | Healthy Living
Nancy Brown

Now that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced draft voluntary targets for food producers to cut back on salt, you may be wondering, "W...

Who Knows If Robots Will Rob Us Of Our Livelihoods, But They May Help Us Live Longer

Bhaskar Chakravorti | Posted 05.26.2016 | Technology
Bhaskar Chakravorti

This article first appeared on my column in Forbes. Talk of the coming "second machine age" seems to be all the rage. Machines will "man" factories, ...

New Food Labels Reflect How Much We Really Eat

Dr. Lisa Young | Posted 05.26.2016 | Healthy Living
Dr. Lisa Young

As a nutritionist and portion size researcher, I applaud the changes in food labels. Here are some of the changes you can expect to see.

4 Major Changes Are Coming To Food Nutrition Labels

The Huffington Post | Anna Almendrala | Posted 05.20.2016 | Healthy Living

The U.S. Food And Drug Administration has redesigned nutrition labels on food packages to show the amount of added sugar in a product. It's the first ...

Sodium: The Sneaky Source of a Silent Killer

Nancy Brown | Posted 05.20.2016 | Healthy Living
Nancy Brown

You've heard it for years: Cut down on sodium. The more salt in your diet, the more problems for your body. The science behind this could fill a libr...

Transparency Trumps Sugar: the New Nutrition Label and the Fight Against Obesity

William Dietz | Posted 07.06.2016 | College
William Dietz

Could it be we’re entering a sugar awareness Zeitgeist? That is, are we awakening to the abundance of sugar in the American diet and the toll it can...

FDA Follies, Part 2

Michael D. Shaw | Posted 05.17.2016 | Healthy Living
Michael D. Shaw

Prominently mentioned was the sad case of certain diabetes meds, including Actos, once touted as a safer alternative to Avandia.

Clinical trials: Seeking Diversity in Women for Better Testing

USA.gov | Posted 05.17.2016 | Women
USA.gov

Everyone celebrates when a new medication or experimental treatment cures a friend or family member. New drugs and other medical advancements are the ...

Why the FDA's New Warning Labels for Popular Antibiotics Matter

Elizabeth S Mitchell | Posted 05.16.2016 | Healthy Living
Elizabeth S Mitchell

Though the FDA's ruling comes too late for me and for many of my fellow floxies, we are victorious nonetheless; we have been heard. And if our voices successfully prevent even one other person from experiencing the life-altering effects of these drugs, then we will not have suffered in vain.

KIND and Healthy Food Label Update by the FDA

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 05.13.2016 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

There is more to be done, but the FDA response to KIND, and their commitment to reevaluate the regulatory definition of "healthy" in light of current evidence and understanding, is meaningful progress, and full of promise for more.

Your Favorite Food Might Not Be Calling Itself 'Healthy’ In The Future

The Huffington Post | Erin Schumaker | Posted 05.16.2016 | Healthy Living

Last year, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration sent a warning letter to the fruit-and-nut snack bar company Kind, on the grounds that using the word...

Breaking It Down: Electronic Cigarettes

Brian Secemsky, M.D. | Posted 05.12.2016 | Healthy Living
Brian Secemsky, M.D.

At first glance, this is compelling evidence that e-cigarettes should have an immediate place in addiction medicine. However, no studies to date have reported on the long-term impact -- good or bad -- of sustained e-cigarette use.