Food industry adding larger doses of caffeine to more and more products

Keeping people alert is a prized quality of caffeine in an world that is always on. Caffeine stimulates the pleasure centers in the brain. It is also mildly addictive and that could possible be two reasons ti add it to foods and drinks.

 

 

 

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Infographic shows shelf life of food in your pantry, refrigerator and freezer

What is the shelf life of food?

Are you one of those people who absolutely swears by expiration dates on food?  Yuck, the milk expired today! The bread smells fine but it says it’s not BEST BY today anymore. You don’t have to blindly adhere to those labels anymore.  You can now follow the rough estimate of this infographic that shows the shelf life of food in the pantry, fridge and freezer. (Infographic)

 

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First ‘bionic eye’ implants will hit the U.S. market this year

The treatment involves electrodes implanted in the eyes of people whose retinas are damaged.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the first treatment that can restore (limited) eyesight to (some) blind people, last week.  It’s an exciting milestone, despite the caveats.

 

 

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Four-fifths of all antibiotics are consumed by the meat industry

Livestock consumption of antibiotics reached a record nearly 29.9 billion pounds in 2011.

The Food and Drug Administration, last year,  proposed a set of voluntary “guidelines”designed to nudge the meat industry to curb its antibiotics habit.  Since then, the agency has been mulling whether and how to implement the new program. Meanwhile, the meat industry has been merrily gorging away on antibiotics—and churning out meat rife with antibiotic-resistant pathogens—if the latest data from the FDA itself is any indication.

 

 

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Quality lapses at big drug manufacturing plants lead to shortages and danger

The Ben Venue facility in Bedford, Ohio has spent more than $300 million to upgrade the plant.

Quality lapses as big drug companies show that contamination and shoddy practices go well beyond the loosely regulated compounding pharmacies that have attracted attention because of their link to an outbreak of meningitis..

Weevils have been found floating in vials of heparin as well as morphine cartridges that contain up to twice the labeled dose. There are manufacturing plants with rusty tools, mold in production areas and — in one memorable case — a barrel of urine.

 

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23andMe asking FDA to approve personalized DNA test

23andMe is part of a fledgling industry that allows consumers to peek into their genetic code.

23andMe, a genetic test maker,  is asking the Food and Drug Administration to approve its personalized DNA test in a move that, if successful, could boost acceptance of technology that is viewed skeptically by leading scientists who question its usefulness.

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Counterfeit drugs becoming big business around the world

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American authorities are afraid more counterfeits will find their way into this country, putting patients’ lives at risk.

New fears are raised that the multibillion-dollar drug-counterfeiting trade is increasingly making inroads in the U.S. after the discovery that a fake version of the widely used cancer medicine Avastin is circulating in the United State.s

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Lifesaving drug supplies used to treat children could run out in two weeks

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Shortage of lifesaving drugs.

There is such short supply of a crucial medicine to treat childhood leukemia that hospitals across the country may exhaust their stores within the next two weeks, leaving hundreds and perhaps thousands of children at risk of dying from a largely curable disease, federal officials and cancer doctors say.

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According to the FDA, your stem cells are now drugs

STEM CELLS

This ruling makes it physically impossible NOT to be on drugs.

In recent court filings, the Food and Drug Administration has asserted that stem cells—you know, the ones our bodies produce naturally—are in fact drugs and subject to its regulatory oversight. So does that make me (or you) a controlled substance?

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Nationwide shortage of ADHD drugs prompts hundreds of calls daily to the FDA

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Shortages of medicines like Ritalin and Adderall are so endemic that some patients say they worry almost constantly about availability.

Drugs to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder are in such short supply that hundreds of patients complain daily to the Food and Drug Administration that they are unable to find a pharmacy with enough pills to fill their prescriptions.

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