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Junk Food Crackdown: Feds Draw Up Strict Standards For Marketing To Kids

Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Is the federal government preparing to impose strict new standards on the food industry and how it markets junk food to kids? On Wednesday, BNET po...

The Danger of Toxic Consumer Products, Fragrances

Samuel S. Epstein | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Samuel S. Epstein

The FDA has direct authority under the 1938 Federal Food Drug and Cosmetic Act to regulate toxic ingredients in personal care products. However, seven decades later, it has failed to do so.

Bad Blood: Politics Trumps Science in the Gay Blood Donation Debate

David Ambroz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Ambroz

The recent debate on Gay Blood Donations does not have science at its core. Instead, it's a debate as to the otherness of GLBT citizens.

Weekly Pulse: FACE the Facts

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
The Media Consortium

by Lindsay Beyerstein, Media Consortium blogger In 1993, anti-choice extremists murdered a doctor, burned 12 buildings, set off a bomb, and blockaded ...

Maybe Business Likes to be Regulated

Gary Liberson, PhD | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Gary Liberson, PhD

There is always a sector of the public that demands Government protect it from all risks. There is also, always a sector of Industry that will not ch...

What's the FBI Doing in My Milk?

Tommy Rosen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Tommy Rosen

This past Wednesday, the FBI in conjunction with the FDA raided Rawsome, a private membership food-buying club.

Our Patience Has Run Out: NRDC Sues FDA for Failure to Regulate BPA

Sarah Janssen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Sarah Janssen

Today, NRDC filed a lawsuit against the Food and Drug Administration for its failure to act on a petition to ban the use of bisphenol A (BPA) in food packaging, food containers, and other materials likely to come into contact with food.

Weekly Pulse: The Pill at 50 and Oklahoma's Extreme Ultrasound Law

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
The Media Consortium

by Lindsay Beyerstein, Media Consortium blogger Fifty years ago, the Food and Drug Administration approved the first birth control pill. Needless to ...

Kombucha, Alcohol Laws: Fermented Drink May Be Subject To Alcohol Regulations

Kim Severson at the New York Times' Diner's Journal | KIM SEVERSON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Fans of kombucha know it packs a little kick, but perhaps too much of one? Earlier this week, Whole Foods Market pulled unpasteurized versions of the ...

The FDA, Toxins and Your Body

Samuel S. Epstein | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Samuel S. Epstein

The FDA has taken no regulatory action whatsoever over the last six decades, to protect the public from unknowing exposures to a wide range of toxic ingredients.

Reglan Lawsuits Continue to Drive Debate Over Corporate Immunity, Generic Preemption

Edward F. Blizzard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Edward F. Blizzard

The Supreme Court is currently awaiting word from the Obama administration regarding its position on generic drug manufacturers' claims that federal regulation of prescription drugs grants them immunity from lawsuits in state courts.

Medication Mix-ups? Missing Lab Results? Send Us Your Health IT Tips, Stories

Emma Schwartz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Emma Schwartz

Amid concerns about patient safety, a consensus is emerging: The government needs a way to monitor the safety of health information technology it is e...

80-Plus Groups Urge FDA, USDA to Change U.S. Position on Food Labeling

Naomi Starkman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Naomi Starkman

A proposed U.S. policy on food labeling would create major problems for American producers who want to label their products as free of genetically modified or engineered ingredients.

Electronic Medical Record Shift: Signs Of Harm Emerge As Doctors Move From Paper

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

By Fred Schulte and Emma SchwartzHuffington Post Investigative Fund One day in March 2009, hospital workers misread small print on a computer screen,...

Who Are You Going To Trust?

Lisa Guest | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Lisa Guest

I'd rather be in front of this screen or the boob tube than slicing, dicing and doing the healthiest for myself, during my last twenty some odd years I've "nuked" food close to thirty thousand times.

We Still Need a Food Supply for Dummies!

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Advice to eat more plant foods simply states the destination; it does not provide the step-by-step, GPS-like guidance people need to move in that direction. Besides, alas, it doesn't work.

Weekly Pulse: Rand Paul, DIY Ophthalmologist

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
The Media Consortium

Instead of getting some fancy board-certification as an ophthalmologist, Paul decided to "go Galt" and make up his own credentials.

GE Ignored Omniscan Safety Advice And May Have Hid Evidence From FDA, Documents Show

ProPublica | Jeff Gerth | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

GE Healthcare ignored the advice of its own safety experts to "proactively" restrict use of its imaging drug, Omniscan, after reports in Europe linked...

It's Time for NICE

Gary Liberson, PhD | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Gary Liberson, PhD

Congress needs to reassess the US regulatory system for managing drugs. We have entered the era of personalized medicine where the biological traits ...

Drugs, Poisons and Metals in Our Meat -- USDA Needs A Major Overhaul

David Kirby | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
David Kirby

Washington dumped some more bad news Friday afternoon when the USDA's Office of Inspector General issued a damning and unsettling report on the department's "National Residue Program for Cattle."

U.S. Government Is Not Taking The Potentially Harmful Effects Of GMOs Seriously

Reuters | Carey Gillam | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Robert Kremer, a U.S. government microbiologist who studies Midwestern farm soil, has spent two decades analyzing the rich dirt that yields billions o...

Avandia and the Heart: A Reminder That Drugs Can Harm

Madan Kwatra | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Madan Kwatra

Educating people that drugs can cause harm is likely to reduce our consumption of drugs and our risk of experiencing adverse drug effects.

Green News Report -- April 13, 2010 (Audio)

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

TWITTER: @GreenNewsReport The 'GNR' is also now available on your cell phone via Stitcher Radio's mobile app! IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Are we gonna n...

Dick Durbin Calls For Overhaul Of Food Safety

Fox Chicago | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin on Sunday brought his efforts to call for an overhaul of the nation's food safety laws to a West Loop grocery store. Durbin, wi...

Food Safety in the US: We're on Red Alert

Andrew Kimbrell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Andrew Kimbrell

Illnesses caused by contaminated foods, which could be prevented with proper government oversight, are instead causing massive hospitalization and the deaths of thousands of Americans.