Food and Drug Administration

Protestors demonstrate against the government shutdown outside the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Government health and safety efforts have been slowed or halted

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government shutdown has slowed or halted federal efforts to protect Americans’ health and safety, from probes into the cause of transportation and workplace accidents to tracking foodborne illness. The latest example: […]

10/08/2013

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Doctors: Mo. execution plan jeopardizing hospitals

ST. LOUIS (AP) – Hundreds of Missouri anesthesiologists urged the state on Monday not to use propofol in an upcoming execution, saying the fallout could jeopardize the availability of the anesthetic relied on by thousands […]

09/30/2013

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FDA approves first pre-surgical breast cancer drug

WASHINGTON (AP) – A biotech drug from Roche has become the first medicine approved to treat breast cancer before surgery, offering an earlier approach against one of the deadliest forms of the disease. The Food […]

09/30/2013

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Environmental chemicals a pregnancy risk

WASHINGTON (AP) — From mercury to pesticides, Americans are exposed daily to environmental chemicals that could harm reproductive health, the nation’s largest groups of obstetricians and fertility specialists said Monday. The report urges doctors to […]

09/23/2013

A handheld biosensor was developed by researchers at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

FDA lays out rules for some smartphone health apps

WASHINGTON (AP) — Food and Drug Administration officials say they will begin regulating a new wave of applications and gadgets that work with smartphones to take medical readings and help users monitor their health. With […]

09/23/2013

US Army soldier participant clears a hurdle as part of Combat Readiness Test, Fort Jackson Army Base, Columbia, South Carolina

Elite Army units to stop taking anti-malarial drug

WASHINGTON (AP) — The top doctor for Green Berets and other elite Army commandos has told troops to immediately stop taking mefloquine, an anti-malaria drug found to cause permanent brain damage in rare cases. The […]

09/19/2013

Tracy Smith at the infusion center at Duke Cancer Center in Durham, N.C. on Sept. 5, 2013. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

Obese cancer patients often shorted on chemo doses

Obese people are less likely to survive cancer, and one reason may be a surprising inequality: The overweight are undertreated. Doctors often short them on chemotherapy by not basing the dose on size, as they […]

09/19/2013

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FDA says Roche drug works in early-stage breast cancer

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration has issued a positive review of a breast cancer drug from Roche that could soon become the first pharmaceutical option for treating the earliest stages of the […]

09/10/2013

Bowl of white rice

FDA study says amount of arsenic in rice is low

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration says consumers shouldn’t worry too much about levels of arsenic in rice — but should vary their diets just in case. The agency released a study Friday […]

09/06/2013

Chobani Greek Yogurt (AP Photo/Mike Groll, File)

Chobani recalls some Greek yogurt cups

NEW YORK (AP) — Chobani says it’s recalling some of its Greek yogurt cups that were affected by mold, a move prompted by reports of illnesses by some customers. The recall comes about a week […]

09/05/2013

A bottle of Extra Strength Tylenol with new warning label on the cap. (AP Photo/Johnson & Johnson)

New Tylenol cap to help curb overdoses

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bottles of Tylenol sold in the U.S. will soon bear red warnings alerting users to the potentially fatal risks of taking too much of the popular pain reliever. The unusual step, disclosed […]

08/29/2013

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Children’s Hospital LA gets grant to help restore hearing in deaf children

LOS ANGELES (CNS) – The National Institutes of Health has awarded the House Research Institute and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles a grant for a five- year study aimed at restoring hearing in deaf children. The […]

08/21/2013

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