Food and Drug Administration

In this Thursday, June 19, 2014 photo, technical assistant Eliska Didyk transfers human fecal matter solution into a bottle in an OpenBiome laboratory, in Medford, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

FDA grapples with oversight of fecal transplants

WASHINGTON (AP) — Imagine a low-cost treatment for a life-threatening infection that could cure up to 90 percent of patients with minimal side effects, often in a few days. It may sound like a miracle […]

06/26/2014

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Gov’t puts new age restriction on tanning beds

WASHINGTON (AP) — Tanning beds and sun lamps will carry new warnings that they should not be used by anyone under age 18 as the federal government works to reduce rising rates of skin cancer […]

05/29/2014

The sandwich board at a Panera store with the calorie count for each item.  (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

Where will calorie labels appear? Not just menus

WASHINGTON (AP) — Diners could soon see calorie counts on the menus of chain restaurants. But will they be able to get that same clear information at grocery stores, convenience stores, movie theaters or airplanes? […]

04/25/2014

A chicken breast sandwich and water from Subway. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

Subway’s ‘yoga mat chemical’ phased out by next week

NEW YORK (AP) — Subway says an ingredient dubbed the “yoga mat chemical” will be entirely phased out of its bread by next week. The disclosure comes as Subway has suffered from an onslaught of […]

04/11/2014

Double hand transplant recipient Lindsay Aronson Ess, working on her dexterity during a physical therapy session in Richmond, Va. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Hand, face transplants regulated like other organs

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sure your liver or kidney could save someone’s life. But would you donate your hands, or your face? Signing up to become an organ donor may get more complicated than just checking […]

12/26/2013

A model smokes an electronic cigarette. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

NYC expands smoking ban to include e-cigarettes

NEW YORK (AP) — Years after being exiled to New York City’s sidewalks by a ban on smoking in indoor public places, some smokers relished electronic cigarettes as a way to come in from the […]

12/20/2013

This Tuesday, April 30, 2013, file photo, shows Dawn Ultra antibacterial soap in a kitchen in Chicago. The Food and Drug Administration says Monday, Dec. 16, 2013, there is no evidence that antibacterial chemicals used in liquid soaps and washes help prevent the spread of germs, and there is some evidence they may pose health risks. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)

FDA seeks tougher rules on antibacterial soaps

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration says there is no evidence that antibacterial chemicals used in liquid soaps and washes help prevent the spread of germs, and there is some evidence they may pose […]

12/16/2013

Chemotherapy is administered to a cancer patient via intravenous drip at Duke Cancer Center in Durham, N.C. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

New drug, study method show breast cancer promise

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A novel way to speed the testing of cancer drugs and quickly separate winners from duds has yielded its first big result: an experimental medicine that shows promise against a hard-to-treat […]

12/13/2013

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FDA targets antibiotics in meat

WASHINGTON (AP) — Citing a potential threat to public health, the Food and Drug Administration moved Wednesday to phase out the widespread use of antibiotics in animals processed for meat. Many cattle, hog and poultry […]

12/11/2013

Vaccine injection

Princeton to start mass meningitis B vaccinations

PRINCETON, N.J. (AP) — Princeton University was set Monday to start the vaccination of nearly 6,000 students to try to stop an outbreak of type B meningitis. The Ivy League school in New Jersey is […]

12/09/2013

President Barack Obama signs a bill in the Oval Office of the White House on Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013 (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

Obama signs bill for more scrutiny for drug mixers

WASHINGTON (AP) – Compounding pharmacies that custom mix medications in bulk could come under more federal oversight under a bill that’s been signed into law by President Barack Obama. Wednesday’s signing comes a year after […]

11/27/2013

Nurses Fatima Guillen, left, and Fran Wendt, right, give Kimberly Magdeleno, 4, a whooping cough booster shot, as she is held by her mother, Claudia Solorio, at a health clinic in Tacoma, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

Whooping cough shot cuts illness, maybe not spread

ATLANTA (AP) — A government study offers a new theory on why the whooping cough vaccine doesn’t seem to be working as well as expected. The research suggests that while the vaccine may keep people […]

11/25/2013

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