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The DEA's Decision Not to Reclassify Marijuana Means Almost Nothing

Rob Kampia | Posted 08.18.2016 | Politics
Rob Kampia

But rescheduling marijuana would not have allowed doctors to prescribe marijuana nationwide. Coca leaves, from which cocaine is derived, are listed in Schedule II, but physicians cannot prescribe coca leaves -- and pharmacies cannot sell these leaves -- because no one has moved coca leaves through the FDA approval process to make them available by prescription.

Are Women Who Seek Compensation For Essure Side Effects Going To Ever Get Justice?

Toby Nwazor | Posted 08.18.2016 | Women
Toby Nwazor

After receiving thousands of complaints, a few months ago, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a "black box" warning to alert the public of the serious dangers associated with this device.

This Gay Man Is 8 Months Into A Year Without Sex So He Can Donate Blood

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 08.13.2016 | Queer Voices

Twenty-one year old Jay Franzone wants to donate blood. Yet as a gay man, he’s legally banned from doing so because of a policy he calls “crazy”...

Many Commonly Used Drugs Are Useless

Allen Frances | Posted 08.07.2016 | Science
Allen Frances

Some medications are life saving. I am so thankful for the trusty med that tames my atrial fibrillation. Many meds are helpful -- demonstrating super...

Jill Stein: The Liberal Pseudo-Scientific Demagogue

Anhvinh Doanvo | Posted 08.03.2016 | Politics
Anhvinh Doanvo

Despite her medical education, Stein has chosen to go down the mendacious road of identity politics.

Jill Stein Is Not Anti-Vax, But She's Pushing A Dangerous Theory

The Huffington Post | Anna Almendrala | Posted 08.02.2016 | Healthy Living

Green party candidate Jill Stein is a medical doctor, but she’s got some unorthodox views about an issue most of her peers and other experts find un...

This Senator Just Called Out A Major Food Safety Problem

The Huffington Post | Erin Schumaker | Posted 08.01.2016 | Healthy Living

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) criticized the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Sunday for failing to promptly address food recalls. “Delays in gettin...

U.S. Opens Door To A Change In Blood Donation Policy For Gay Men

Reuters | Kelly Chen | Posted 07.26.2016 | Queer Voices

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration opened the door on Tuesday to a change in its blood donor deferral recommendations, which currently prohibit don...

How Innovation And Entreprenuership Affect What We Eat And Our Health

Bill_Robinson | Posted 07.26.2016 | Business

Whether it's health-related concerns or pure vanity, the search for knowledge about what's in our foods and eliminating certain ingredients or foods altogether has completely overtaken society.

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.