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Sodium Reduction Saves States Health Care Costs

Michael F. Jacobson | Posted 05.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Michael F. Jacobson

Until the FDA acts on sodium reduction, they'll continue to be responsible for the loss of billions of health care dollars and hundreds of thousands of lives.

GMO Labels May Reassure, Encourage Sales, Not Scare Consumers Away

David Ropeik | Posted 05.15.2015 | Green
David Ropeik

The ability to produce hybrid crops with beneficial traits has great promise for human and environmental health. The fight over labeling is a stumbling block preventing society from developing wise and safe uses of this technology, and that's frustrating because the fight is pointless.

Proposed FDA Blood Donation Policy Perpetuates Stereotypes and Stigma

John-Manuel Andriote | Posted 05.15.2015 | Gay Voices
John-Manuel Andriote

The FDA's proposed policy change for blood donations by gay and bisexual men--from lifetime deferral to eligibility after a year of sexual abstinence--still makes no sense and will continue to stigmatize gay men.

Jesse Rifkin

Secret Trade Deal Serves Up Toxic Food, Advocates Charge

HuffingtonPost.com | Jesse Rifkin | Posted 05.15.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A group of lawmakers and safety advocates threw food into the fight over fast-tracking a giant Pacific trade bill Thursday, demanding th...

FDA Approves 5 New Diet Drugs With Serious Side Effects

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 05.19.2015 | Healthy Living

After $60 million spent on lobbying, the U.S Food and Drug Administration -- which had a 13-year history of rejecting new diet drugs -- has approved f...

Removing the Insurance Roadblock: I Propose the Cancer Patient Treatment Coverage Act

Paul Abrams | Posted 05.01.2015 | Politics
Paul Abrams

The Food and Drug Administration has done an admirable job of keeping up with rapidly changing science. One wishes one could say the same for the insurance industry.

Science, Not Politics, Should Drive Trade and Regulatory Decisions

Phil Goldberg | Posted 04.30.2015 | Politics
Phil Goldberg

Modern advances in food science, both in how we produce and deliver food, have become key battlegrounds in the science versus fear-mongering debate.

Jason Cherkis

Republican Congressman Wants Heroin Overdose Drug Sold Over The Counter

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Cherkis | Posted 04.23.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As heroin deaths continue to spike across the U.S., more and more states are allowing for greater use of naloxone, or Narcan, a drug tha...

Is the FDA unKIND?

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 04.28.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Chances are, if you have ever ventured just about anywhere outside of your own house, that you are familiar with the increasingly ubiquitous KIND bars...

Jesse Rifkin

E-Cigarettes Are Now More Popular With Young People Than Regular Cigarettes

HuffingtonPost.com | Jesse Rifkin | Posted 04.16.2015 | Healthy Living

Electronic cigarette use among young people has surpassed traditional cigarette use for the first time, according to data released Thursday by the Cen...

The FDA Has Found A Better Way To Track Contaminated Foods

The Huffington Post | Jackson Connor | Posted 04.16.2015 | Media

As journalists, we dutifully report on what's going wrong, from scandals and corruption to natural disasters and social problems. But far too often th...

Thousands Of Ingredients Are Being Added To Our Food And The FDA Has No Idea

The Huffington Post | Leigh Weingus | Posted 04.15.2015 | Healthy Living

Think the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has inspected all of your food? Not so, thanks to a loophole in a 57-year-old law. According to ...

Genetic Engineering of Food Is Not the Answer

Evaggelos Vallianatos | Posted 04.16.2015 | Green
Evaggelos Vallianatos

In January 2001, I went to California's Monterey coast for the Asilomar ecological conference. About 300 people met in Watsonville to take a bus tour through farms in the prosperous Pajaro Valley near Watsonville.

Why The FDA Doesn't Really Know What's In Your Food

Center for Public Integrity | Erin Quinn & Chris Young | Posted 04.14.2015 | Politics

This story was published by The Center for Public Integrity, a nonpartisan investigative news organization in Washington, D.C. Rebecca Fattell w...

Cancer Research Progress Spotlights Cruel Irony

Deborah J. Cornwall | Posted 04.07.2015 | Healthy Living
Deborah J. Cornwall

To hear the words "cancer" and "cure" in the same sentence from experienced cancer researchers is both breathtaking and unexpected. Researchers and top oncologists are usually cautious to a fault.

Meatless Monday: World Health Day -- Making All Health Break Loose

Ellen Kanner | Posted 04.06.2015 | Green
Ellen Kanner

Individual food choices are a big wellness factor. If you want to get serious about your health, get a jump on World Heath Day tomorrow by making today meatless.

Who Do You Trust on REAL Reform: The Chemical Industry or 450 Environmental and Public Health Orgs?

Jeanne Rizzo | Posted 04.02.2015 | Politics
Jeanne Rizzo

Consumer demand for safer products has led Congress into a heated debate about how to reform and update the Toxic Substances Control Act. That debate has reached a critical juncture.

Happy Birthday, Viagra! But What About the Ladies?

Rachel Braun Scherl | Posted 04.02.2015 | Healthy Living
Rachel Braun Scherl

So what is the rub, and why is it a big deal? From Sprout's perspective, and many other pharmaceutical companies and female health organizations, the FDA has shown a consistent disregard and blatant gender discrimination for women's health.

The New 'Bait and Switch' on Seafood

Ghislaine Maxwell | Posted 04.01.2015 | Green
Ghislaine Maxwell

The fishing industry remains an unregulated Wild West. So how can consumers protect themselves against eating tainted or mislabeled fish? As activists led a revolution in dairy that demanded milk without added steroids, it's time we do the same for seafood transparency.

FDA Must Act on Federal Tobacco Rule

Nancy Brown | Posted 03.23.2015 | Healthy Living
Nancy Brown

Time has become our enemy when it comes to these tobacco products. With every day that passes, they remain unchecked in the marketplace and grow in popularity among young Americans.

Red State Lawmakers Helping Cancer Patients Push Back Against Insurance Denials

Wendell Potter | Posted 03.23.2015 | Politics
Wendell Potter

Legislators in a number of states, including Oklahoma and Tennessee, have introduced bills that would require insurers to cover proton therapy if a patient's doctor believes it is the most appropriate form of radiation.

Genetically Modified Potatoes, Apples Are Safe, FDA Says

AP | MARY CLARE JALONICK and KEITH RIDLER | Posted 03.20.2015 | Healthy Living

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Potatoes that won't bruise and apples that won't brown are a step closer to grocery store aisles, but some food suppliers say th...

Some Food Ingredients: Are They Harmful or Do They Just Sound Bad?

Ira Kalb | Posted 05.16.2015 | Business
Ira Kalb

In the case of ingredients that are harmful, we should be grateful to creative people that effectively brand "bad" ingredients for our own good. If nothing else, they are at least informing us about what we are consuming so we can make our own decisions as to what is more helpful and harmful.

Class Action Suit vs. Beneful Will Be Hard to Prove

Carlotta Cooper | Posted 05.10.2015 | Business
Carlotta Cooper

Dog foods are more than the sum of their parts. Think of it this way: if someone is a bad cook, it doesn't really matter if they use the finest ingredients. The meal they make can be inedible. On the other hand, a good cook can take humble ingredients and make a delicious meal.

Why We Should All Be Thrilled About the FDA Starting to Embrace Innovation

Vivek Wadhwa | Posted 05.03.2015 | Technology
Vivek Wadhwa

The FDA's approval of the marketing of genetics-testing company 23andMe's carrier test for Bloom syndrome affirmed the rights of consumers to drive their own healthcare decisions and procedures. But it also means that it has become urgent to develop policies to regulate the rights of companies to resell data derived from the contents of our DNA and from our medical records.