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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

LiveScience.com | 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.

Why Our Antibiotics Aren't Working and What We Can Do to Fix It

Aspen Institute | Posted 08.13.2015 | Healthy Living
Aspen Institute

The panel agreed that the biggest step that must be taken to reduce the rate at which bacteria are becoming resistant to antibiotics is to change societal behaviors.

Looking For The Safest, Healthiest Pet Food? Good Luck With That.

The Huffington Post | Zach Carter | Posted 08.12.2015 | Politics

Eight years ago, thousands of dogs and cats died after being poisoned by tainted food. The world's biggest pet food companies pulled more than 100 di...

FDA Slams Kim K's Endorsement Of Morning Sickness Drug

The Huffington Post | Anna Almendrala | Posted 08.11.2015 | Healthy Living

The FDA is smacking down on the drug company Duchesnay Inc. for its use of Kim Kardashian West as a spokesperson. The reality star posted an&nbs...

Cilantro Contaminated With Feces, Toilet Paper Sickens Hundreds

AP | Andy Campbell | Posted 08.04.2015 | Healthy Living

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Efforts Initiated to Conduct First FDA Phase I Trial for ALS

April Rudin | Posted 07.30.2015 | Impact
April Rudin

Although designated an "orphan disease" because it affects less than 200,000 Americans, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) saw millions of benefactors stand tall last year to douse themselves with ice water in support of a cure. The numbers were staggering.

We're About To Know Just How Much Sugar We've Been Eating

The Huffington Post | Leigh Weingus | Posted 07.28.2015 | Healthy Living

Big changes are coming to nutrition labels, if last week's proposal from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is turned into law. The agen...

Refocusing Cancer Drug Approval on Patients

Eric Kodish, M.D. | Posted 07.28.2015 | Healthy Living
Eric Kodish, M.D.

What the 21st Century Cures Act ignores is the prevailing, patient agnostic approach to drug development. We need to move toward a patient-centric approach to drug development and approval, and we should start with cancer treatments.

The Olympics of Female Sexual Health

Rachel Braun Scherl | Posted 07.24.2015 | Women
Rachel Braun Scherl

Over a month ago, I had the chance to attend hearings at the FDA on a drug being considered for approval for female sexual health. Even as the weeks pass, the experience remains fresh in my mind and catalyzes lots of conversations (with folks who like to discuss this sort of thing).

Ending The Big, Fat Debate

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 07.15.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

The cap on dietary fat has, indeed, long outlived any utility it ever had. So, too, has a big, fat debate that has diverted us for far too long to nutrients, from the foods that would be a far more constructive, and healthy focus.

How Is Marijuana Policy Factoring into the Presidential Campaign?

Rob Kampia | Posted 07.13.2015 | Politics
Rob Kampia

Setting aside the ability of the cannabis industry to have some degree of impact on the current presidential race, what are the positions of some of the more interesting candidates?

It's Time for Blood Donation Equality, Too

Ben Spielberg | Posted 07.08.2015 | Gay Voices
Ben Spielberg

Ending deferral of blood donations based on sexual orientation entirely is the only way to simultaneously avoid discrimination, preserve the safety of the blood supply, and maintain the FDA's credibility.

Outrage of the Month: FDA Makes Major Blunder After Approving Drug for Rare Sleep Disorder

Michael Carome, M.D. | Posted 07.01.2015 | Business
Michael Carome, M.D.

Federal regulators are human, and, like everyone else, they make mistakes. The public reasonably expects that, upon discovering a significant mistake, regulators will take appropriate action to correct it.