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Does Pharma Have a Constitutional Right to Push Dangerous Drugs?

Allen Frances | Posted 07.24.2014 | Politics
Allen Frances

Let's hope that the continuing string of Pharma outrages and scandals provokes a righteous and effective backlash. We are fighting the wrong war on drugs. Containing Pharma should be our number one public health priority.

Here's What You Need To Know About The New Nutrition Labels

Helen Agresti RD | Posted 07.20.2014 | Healthy Living
Helen Agresti RD

Accurate and reliable information is crucial to help the fight against childhood obesity and the many health problems it causes. The new food label will provide that information.

How Old Is Advil?

Brian Shactman | Posted 07.19.2014 | World
Brian Shactman

When you think of innovation, whether it be technological or otherwise, the pace is generally unnerving. Even though breakthrough drugs are less common these days, it was a bit of a shock at how young something so ubiquitous as Advil actually is.

A 2,000-Calorie Diet: 'The Best of a Bad Situation'

Leo Brown | Posted 07.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Leo Brown

We all read the same Nutrition Facts label, and it's always based on a 2,000-calorie diet. But we all have different nutritional needs. So where did that number come from?

Senators Raise New Concerns About Safety Of E-Cigarettes

AP | MATTHEW PERRONE | Posted 07.08.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Eight members of the U.S. Senate are calling on the Food and Drug Administration to examine new research suggesting that some elec...

Your Partner's Low T Rx: What Women and Children Should Know and Do

John La Puma M.D. | Posted 07.05.2014 | Healthy Living
John La Puma M.D.

Prescription testosterone is unnecessary and dangerous for women and children, not just most men. Very few medical prescriptions given to a man affect a female partner and family so intimately and affect desired intimacy and passion in just the wrong way.

E-Cigarette Tech Leads To Some Unlikely Medical Advances

Reuters | Posted 07.04.2014 | Business

By Toni Clarke May 4 (Reuters) - When Noah Minskoff's mother died of lung cancer in 2007, e-cigarettes were just entering the U.S. mar...

Now That First Step's Been Taken to Control E-Cigarettes, Many More Should Follow

Nancy Brown | Posted 07.01.2014 | Healthy Living
Nancy Brown

E-cigarettes, and the furtively named "vaping" industry it has spawned, are a mostly uncharted territory of the public health landscape that is finally -- finally -- getting some guidance from the Food and Drug Administration.

Chicago, NYC, LA and San Francisco Implementing New E-Cigarette Laws

Bechara Choucair, M.D. | Posted 06.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Bechara Choucair, M.D.

Not allowing e-cigarettes to be used indoors is a smart move for cities and towns that want to preserve the health of their community. Adding e-cigarettes to smoke-free laws is also practical. People who want to smoke e-cigarettes can continue to do so in the same places where regular cigarettes are smoked, while everyone else can continue to breathe clean air wherever they work, learn and play.

Plastic Is Food Poisoning

Lisa Kaas Boyle | Posted 06.28.2014 | Green
Lisa Kaas Boyle

Phthalates used to soften and make flexible rigid plastics like PVC, are also endocrine disrupters. Just like BPA, the impacts from these endocrine disrupters is most dangerous when the fetus is developing.

FDA To Propose First E-Cigarette Regulations

AP | MICHAEL FELBERBAUM | Posted 06.23.2014 | Business

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government's move to regulate e-cigarettes is a leap into the unknown. Most everyone agrees a ban on selling them to ...

The Compassionate Use Conundrum

Jonathan Agin | Posted 06.23.2014 | Impact
Jonathan Agin

The bad news is that in many instances, the drugs that show promise for these newly found targets are not available for that form of cancer treatment. And that brings us full circle.

Big Changes Are Coming To The E-Cigarette Industry

AP | By MICHAEL FELBERBAUM | Posted 06.22.2014 | Business

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Smokers are increasingly turning to battery-powered electronic cigarettes to get their nicotine fix. They're about to find out ...

Supply And Demand: Changing The Economics Of Antibiotic-free Meat

Stephen McDonnell | Posted 06.17.2014 | Home
Stephen McDonnell

Using the drugs solely to treat illnesses -- and not to aid production -- is a special practice, but it should not be. Rather, it must be standard.

The Hidden Dangers Of E-Cigarettes

Reuters | Posted 06.17.2014 | Business

(Repeats with no changes) By Toni Clarke WASHINGTON, April 17 (Reuters) - Complaints of injury linked to e-cigarettes, ...

The 'Fat But Fit' Fallacy

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 06.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Jeff Schweitzer

We all like to eat. Most of us want to eat well; at least we try to be good some of the time. We all know that how and what we eat directly impact our health and well-being. Yet few subjects are more prone to confusion and distortion than diet and nutrition.

Judge Blocks Massachusetts Ban On Powerful New Painkiller

AP | STEVE LeBLANC | Posted 06.15.2014 | Politics

BOSTON (AP) — A federal judge has blocked Massachusetts from banning the powerful new painkiller Zohydro. U.S. District Court Judge Rya Zobel on Tu...

Your Honey Probably Isn't 'Honey,' And The FDA's About To Fix That

Reuters | Posted 06.08.2014 | Taste

Honey mixed with sugar might be sweet, but it is not "honey."

Can Smokers Save on Insurance by Switching to E-Cigarettes?

PolicyGenius | Posted 05.31.2014 | Money
PolicyGenius

Insurers may warm to e-cigarettes in the coming years, but for now most of them will still think of you as a smoker even if you don't. In today's world of semi-privacy, it might be harder than you think to hide evidence of this should an insurer decide to look more closely.

Planned Parenthood Appeals Arizona Abortion Restrictions

AP | ASTRID GALVAN | Posted 04.01.2014 | Politics

PHOENIX (AP) — Planned Parenthood Arizona filed an appeal Tuesday after a federal judge refused to temporarily block the nation's most stringent res...

Knowing Which Medical Products Are Best for Each Person -- It Just Makes Sense

Nancy Brown | Posted 05.31.2014 | Healthy Living
Nancy Brown

There are still many unanswered questions about how and why cardiovascular diseases affect Americans differently. Learning the answers to these questions is necessary if we are to someday fulfill the promise of personalized medicine.

Death Penalty Unconstitutional in Oklahoma? What's Next?

Adam Banner | Posted 05.27.2014 | Politics
Adam Banner

As an Oklahoma criminal defense attorney, I've been following the new death penalty developments fairly closely. It's probably safe to say that our Death Row hasn't been this shaken up since the state retired the electric chair after the electrocution of James French in 1966.

New FDA Food Label Rules Ignore the GMO Elephant in the Room

Ronnie Cummins | Posted 05.25.2014 | Home
Ronnie Cummins

If Mrs. Obama is serious about the health and nutrition of our nation's kids, it's time for her to stand up for consumers, stand up to industry, and demand truth and transparency when it comes to labeling the GMOs in our food.

Just Spell My Stock Symbol Right

John P. David | Posted 05.21.2014 | Business
John P. David

One day last week, my wife called me and she was aghast regarding the story of Josh Hardy, a seven-year-old cancer survivor from Virginia who is suffe...

From the Sushi Plate to the Investment Portfolio: Three Ways to Take Action on Ocean Health

John B. Thomas | Posted 03.17.2014 | Green
John B. Thomas

If you're ordering sushi in the United States, you may not be eating what you think you are.