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FDA Continues Blood Libel of Gay Men

James Peron | Posted 12.25.2014 | Gay Voices
James Peron

Previously, any gay man who ever had sex with another man, no matter how "safe" the sex, was deemed too risky to donate blood. Now they are banned only if they had sex within the last year. These regulations were put into place during the height of the HIV/AIDS hysteria.

Gay Men May Soon Be Allowed to Give Blood If They're Celibate

Sarah Toce | Posted 12.24.2014 | Gay Voices
Sarah Toce

According to government figures, men who have had sex with other men represent about 2 percent of the U.S. population, yet account for at least 62 percent of all new HIV infections in the U.S.

Alissa Scheller

Why Even A 12-Month Ban On Blood Donations From Gay Men Makes No Sense

HuffingtonPost.com | Alissa Scheller | Posted 12.23.2014 | Healthy Living

The Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday ended the lifetime ban on blood donations from men who have sex with men. But the agency said it would...

A Worthy New Year's Resolution for the New Congress

Mary Woolley | Posted 12.19.2014 | Politics
Mary Woolley

With few significant legislative achievements for science and innovation in the 113th Congress, we look to the new Congress to fuel the momentum needed for medical progress, summoning the political will necessary to speed scientific discovery and drug development.

Avoid Being Bad Santa: Important Holiday Food Safety Tips

Buck Wargo | Posted 12.18.2014 | Fifty
Buck Wargo

The holidays are here and if your office has a gift exchange, you don't want to be the one responsible for giving your colleagues salmonella, E. coli, listeria or campylobacter.

Calorie Counts on Menu Boards May Help Us Eat Less

Dr. Lisa Young | Posted 12.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Lisa Young

It is my hope that when adopted nationwide, requiring chain eating establishments to post calorie counts of our favorite foods will help us make better food choices and order smaller sizes while also encouraging these establishments to market healthier options with fewer calories.

The Pharmaceutical Industry Still Doesn't Want You to Pay Less for Their Products

Jennifer Hoelzer | Posted 12.12.2014 | Politics
Jennifer Hoelzer

If PhRMA was smart, it would realize a lack of trust could ultimately cost the industry more than just competition from biosimilars.

Jillian Berman

Putting Calorie Counts On Fast Food Menus Won't Make People Eat Less, Experts Say

HuffingtonPost.com | Jillian Berman | Posted 12.02.2014 | Business

Americans will soon know just how many calories are in that fast food burger they're about to buy. But that won't necessarily make them think twice ab...

Open Letter to the FDA: Stop Discriminating Against Gay Men

Ben Spielberg | Posted 11.19.2014 | Politics
Ben Spielberg

The FDA's policy of banning "men who have had sex with other men (MSM), at any time since 1977" from donating blood does not accurately identify the behaviors that put one at risk for HIV. A policy that incorrectly identifies high-risk groups instead of high-risk behaviors is neither effective nor just.

How the AMA Got Rich & Powerful: "The AMA's Seal of Approval"

Dana Ullman | Posted 11.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Dana Ullman

George H. Simmons came up with the brilliant idea to transform the AMA into a big business by granting the AMA's "seal of approval" to certain drug companies that placed large and frequent ads in JAMA and its various affiliate publications.

Children's Hearts and Legs Fail While 'Flummoxed' FDA Fumbles

Tracy Seckler | Posted 11.10.2014 | Politics
Tracy Seckler

The FDA's pronouncement that the drug company did not have enough data to warrant a New Drug Application was a complete reversal of the agency's stance just six months earlier. And it was based on erroneous logic and false information.

President Obama's Home Stretch: Saving Lives, Conserving Natural Resources, and Securing His Legacy @HuffPostBlog

Rena Steinzor | Posted 11.07.2014 | Politics
Rena Steinzor

The world is unlikely to leave the President any space for malingering, and his most vehement congressional critics are likely to attack him with such fervor that the faint path toward legislative compromise vanishes.

Antibiotics in Our Food: Chemical Warfare We Cannot Win

Ellen Moyer, Ph.D. | Posted 11.07.2014 | Green
Ellen Moyer, Ph.D.

Given current concern about the Ebola virus, it's surprising that the public isn't more alarmed about "superbugs." Superbugs are infectious bacteria that have mutated to adapt to antibiotics that were designed to kill them, making the drugs ineffective. And a major cause of the resistance problem is antibiotics administered to farm animals.

The FDA Should Even The Score For Women's Sexual Health

Susan Scanlan | Posted 11.05.2014 | Women
Susan Scanlan

Women have the right to make their own informed choices concerning their sexual health; that gender equality should be the standard when it comes to access to treatments for sexual dysfunction; and that the approval of safe and effective treatments for women's sexual dysfunction should be a priority for action by the FDA.

Change Happens

Margaret Anderson | Posted 10.29.2014 | Science
Margaret Anderson

You don't have to look far in medical and scientific research today to feel the shifting sands and see signs of change. At times it seems we are simultaneously tilling the soil with a set of old yet tried and true tools while making new ones. Each year, as my organization prepares to bring together leaders in medical research, we confront all of this change head on.

Battling Breast Cancer: FDA Focuses on Progress for Patients

Dr. Margaret A. Hamburg | Posted 10.31.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Margaret A. Hamburg

We have made considerable progress, but there is still much to learn about this life-altering disease that affects many Americans. FDA is deeply committed to applying the best available science to develop the best tools, treatments and opportunities for patients, bringing us closer to a cure.

Why FDA Nutrition Label Regulations Fail Consumers

Tricia Spencer | Posted 12.27.2014 | Politics
Tricia Spencer

To reap the health benefits, I began eating canned sardines packed in olive oil years ago. I eat the contents of a single can nearly every day, but I recently discovered that the nutritional information I thought to be true wasn't accurate at all.

A Helpful Guide to Avoid Popular Food Products That Still Contain Trans Fats

Daniel J. Schultz | Posted 12.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Daniel J. Schultz

We can continue to push food companies to remove trans fats, and we can avoid them for now by knowing where they still lurk. A simple task to do when you are grocery shopping is to browse the ingredient list and check for the words partially hydrogenated or hydrogenated oil. Plain and simple.

Should the U.S. Sue Food Companies for the Costs of the Obesity Epidemic?

William Anderson, MA, LMHC | Posted 12.20.2014 | Politics
William Anderson, MA, LMHC

Who will step up to take on the food industry like those heroes who took on tobacco?

Re-Engineering Health Care to Eliminate Preventable Deaths

Robert J. Szczerba | Posted 12.20.2014 | Business
Robert J. Szczerba

With an engineering education, Kiani brings a slightly different, and refreshing, perspective to the complex challenges facing the health care industry.

Fear Mongering Could Keep Life-Saving Drugs Out of Reach for American Families

Jessica Stone | Posted 12.15.2014 | Politics
Jessica Stone

Biologic creators have disingenuously argued that it's a matter of safety and "sound science" that biosimilars should have unique names. This couldn't be further from the truth.

How Big Pharma Made Us Hypochondriacs

Julie Gray | Posted 12.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Julie Gray

From where I live now, I am thankful that I cannot reach for a spray or lozenge that will make it go away. No -- I'm kidding -- I'd kill for that. But in the absence of that easy fix, I have a new perspective and appreciation for my body and its frailty.

Just Do It, Mr. Modi

Gunjan Bagla | Posted 11.28.2014 | Business
Gunjan Bagla

In the four months since taking over as Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi has moved forward on at least five initiatives that would have been unlikely under any previous leader.

Ebola and Life-Threatening Diseases: Should You Take Untested Medicines?

Cary A. Presant, M.D. | Posted 11.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Cary A. Presant, M.D.

If a condition, even Ebola, threatens your life, be courageous, be informed, and be prepared to make a decision that could help you survive.

Part II: When Mad Men Met a Sedative -- False Hype, Fake Numbers and Untold Birth Defects

Eileen Cronin | Posted 11.26.2014 | Healthy Living
Eileen Cronin

While this chapter of FDA history is behind us, the damages of thalidomide's "clinical trials" continue to reveal themselves more than 50 years later.