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Time for a Consumer Financial Protection Agency

Steven P. Croley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steven P. Croley

Like other consumer products, mortgages can impose hidden dangers. A new CFPA would protect consumers against such risks.

"Citizens United" for More Corporate Power

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

We have levels of inequality worse than the Gilded Age and the "trusts" are more powerful and possess a global reach that is greater than ever. And the Supreme Court drops new political powers in the laps of these corporate behemoths?

Put Healthcare on the Chopping Block and Take Up Food Safety

William Marler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Marler

It's time to tone down the rhetoric on health care and do something positive: pass meaningful food safety legislation.

Green News Report -- January 21, 2010 (Audio)

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

IN TODAY'S AUDIO REPORT: Scientists' Himalayan glaciers mistake is more fodder for climate change deniers; FDA aims at BPA -- but powerless to do anyt...

Water On The Moon: When Do We Move?

Robin Madel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Robin Madel

In the U.S. we're blessed to have fresh water that meets many of our needs. If we want to continue to enjoy the benefits of that water, we have no choice but to take steps to protect and properly treat it.

An FDA Ban On Genetically-Engineered Milk Is 20 Years Overdue

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

In fact, rBGH milk continues to pose major cancer and other risks to the entire U.S. population. The 2007 Petition has been endorsed by four other leading experts on genetically-engineered, rBGH milk.

Pink Washing the Dangers of Bottled Water

Lisa Kaas Boyle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Lisa Kaas Boyle

Perhaps Sparkletts is promoting an alliance with a cancer charity as a PR strategy to distract consumers from Sparkletts' more significant association with their bottles, which are made with a known carcinogen -- BPA.

How To Choose Healthy, Ocean-Friendly Fish

cnn.com | Denise Mann | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

Salmon, tuna, and other fish are loaded with heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids, so they must be good for you, right? Not so fast--some types of fish h...

In Reversal, FDA Expresses Concern Over BPA

nytimes.com | DENISE GRADY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

In a shift of position, the Food and Drug Administration is expressing concerns about possible health risks from bisphenol-A, or BPA, a widely used co...

Is Eli Lilly Milking Cancer by Promoting and Treating It?

Jeffrey Smith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Jeffrey Smith

Would Eli Lilly consciously risk our health just to increase their profit? What kind of company are they, and can we trust them with our food?

Elizabeth Warren: Consumer Protection Agency Would Have Prevented Crisis (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Elizabeth Warren, the chair of the Congressional Oversight Panel created to oversee TARP bailout funds, made the case for financial reform and the cre...

Dorgan Accuses White House of Unethically Politicizing Safety Warnings From the FDA

David Sirota | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Sirota

It's one thing for the White House to oppose or a measure. But if the White House political staff played ventriloquist for a science/safety declaration from the FDA, that's a huge problem.

BPA Wrecks Sex, Fouls Food -- And Probably Worse

Elaine Shannon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Elaine Shannon

A slew of recent studies are proving that even low levels of BPA exposure can lead to health complications. Unfortunately, BPA is contained in a staggeringly high amount of everyday items.

FDA Considers Caving to Scientology and Making Mental Illness Treatment Illegal

DJ Jaffe | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
DJ Jaffe

As far-fetched as it sounds, the FDA is considering making it more difficult to treat depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and psychosis.

House Health Care Bill: A Death Sentence For My Fellow Breast Cancer Survivors

Jane Hamsher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jane Hamsher

Pelosi made a choice about the lifesaving biologic drugs I took when I was in chemotherapy that will cost many fellow breast cancer survivors everything they own, and quite possibly their lives.

"Smart Choices" Food Labeling Program Halts Over FDA Concern

Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

(AP) PORTLAND, Ore. - A food industry group is voluntarily halting promotion of its nutrition labeling program after federal regulators said such syst...

Reckless Claims That Hormonal Milk Is Safe

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

The rBST hormone is injected in about 20% of USA dairy cows to increase milk production. While the industry claims that it's safe for cows, and that the milk is safe for consumers, this is blatantly false.

The 'Voodoo' Eastern Medicine Vs. The Tested (And FDA Approved) Western Medicine

Helene Pavlov, M.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Helene Pavlov, M.D.

My biggest piece of advice for anyone looking closely at Eastern medical practices is to do research, keep an open mind and consult with your physician.

American Public Health Association: Ban Genetically Engineered Hormonal rBGH Milk, Meat Adulterated With Sex Hormones

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

The Cancer Prevention Coalition has announced that the Governing Council of the American Public Health Association has voted to oppose the sale of hormonal rBGH milk, and meat adulterated with hormones.

FDA May Tighten Rules On Omniscan, A GE MRI Drug

BusinessWeek / ProPublica | Jeff Gerth | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is weighing further regulation of three drugs used to create high-contrast images on MRI scans, based on a new a...

The Gardasil Vaccine Series - An Interview with Merck & Co., Inc.

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Marcia G. Yerman

I recently spoke with a Media Relations person at Merck regarding the efficacy and side effects of Gardasil, the new HPV vaccine. Here's what she had to say.

The Gardasil Vaccine -- Introduction to a Series

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Marcia G. Yerman

As the nation's attention is riveted on the discourse about health care reform, another debate is taking place around the Gardasil vaccine.

Cervix Not Required: An Interview with Dr. Adina Nack

Abby L. Ferber | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Abby L. Ferber

Last Friday, the FDA approved the HPV vaccine for use in boys and men. Why is Gardasil only now being approved for males, when it was approved three years ago for females?

A Little-Discussed Issue That Puts "Care" Back in Health Care Reform

Kate Kelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kate Kelly

Legislation concerning the changes for the drug approval process on a special type of medicine (biologic medicines) could provide huge savings -- a major need with health care reform.

Rachel Maddow Takes on Corporate Agribusiness PR. Next Up, the Fight for Food Safety?

Paula Crossfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Paula Crossfield

Rachel Maddow continues her work pulling back the layers of American politics to expose underhanded and manipulative lobbying tactics to the public.