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FDA Should Fight Products, Not Food

Manuel Villacorta | Posted 08.13.2014 | Healthy Living
Manuel Villacorta

If we ban artisinal and traditional food practices like wood board aging on the grounds that they're not sanitary, the only foods we'll be left with are the processed ones.

FDA Issues Clarification On Wood Aging Of Cheese

culture magazine | Posted 08.12.2014 | Green
culture magazine

Apparently the issue began when the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN), a branch of the FDA, sent a letter to the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets' Division of Milk Control and Dairy Services.

FDA Bans Wood Aging Boards For Cheese

culture magazine | Posted 06.11.2014 | Green
culture magazine

Cheesemakers, mongers, and consumers are fighting back on many fronts, calling the listeria concern blanket lawmaking.

Here's Why The FDA's New Cheesemaking Ban Is Terrible News For Artisans

The Huffington Post | Carly Ledbetter | Posted 06.10.2014 | Taste

You might have to start stocking up (and saying goodbye) to your favorite cheeses...

President Obama Could Help Save Dying Children, But Apparently He Prefers Budweiser

Tracy Seckler | Posted 08.04.2014 | Impact
Tracy Seckler

On March 27, the very day we reached 100,000 signatures, another petition on the White House's We the People website also hit the mark. Sponsored by Budweiser and promoted through a professional ad campaign, "Declare Major League Baseball Opening Day a National Holiday" has already been graced with an official White House reply.

Shooting Stars, Hot Flashes and Feeling Sexy

Maria Rodale | Posted 07.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Maria Rodale

by guest blogger Diana Zuckerman, PhD, president of the National Center for Health Research Q: How is watching shooting stars like taking "pink Via...

American Youth Are Bombarded By E-Cigarette Ads

Reuters | Posted 06.02.2014 | Business

By Andrew M. Seaman NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The amount of television advertising for electronic cigarettes that American adolescents saw jumped...

Bolder Action Is Needed to Keep Young People From Smoking

Edward J. Benz, Jr. | Posted 07.27.2014 | Politics
Edward J. Benz, Jr.

While we are waiting for the FDA to act, states should immediately raise the legal age for buying tobacco to 21. Cities and towns should ban the sale of tobacco altogether.

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...