FDA unveils graphic warning labels for all cigarette packs

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One of the graphic warning labels to appear in cigarette packs.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, in a dramatic bid to get more Americans to quit smoking, on Tuesday released nine graphic warning labels that will appear on all packs of cigarettes by no later than September 2012.

 

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Eye Doctors Warn of Retinal Injuries From High-Powered Green Lasers

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Eye damage caused by a high-powered green laser.

So far, the reports have been scattered and anecdotal. But eye doctors around the world are warning that recent cases of teenagers who suffered eye damage while playing with high-powered green laser pointers are likely to be just the first of many.

 

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Dairy Industry Fights FDA’s Proposed New Drug Testing for Milk

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How could there possibly be antibiotics in my milk?

The dairy industry is butting heads with the FDA over the agency’s plan to increase testing for antibiotics in milk. Food safety advocates are concerned about overuse of drugs in dairy cows (and increased antibiotic resistance in humans), while the industry says the new testing procedures would cause a lot of milk to be wasted because the results can take a full week to come back.

Certain farms are already caught regularly with milk containing illegal levels of drugs—and farmers also use drugs that are not regularly tested for.

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FDA to Reexamine Risks of Mercury Fillings

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Amalgam fillings

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is going to review the risks mercury-containing dental fillings called amalgams pose to patients, officials say.  Mercury is a known toxin and many experts concern that vapors released from the mercury fillings would increase the risk of developing brain and kidney damage especially in children and the fetus of pregnant women.

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Tips on How to Germ-Proof Your Kitchen From Scary Foodborne Illnesses

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Most people can’t help but feel that food grown and raised on a small farm is a lower risk.

Eggs, lettuce, peanuts, spinach. It seems as if every time we turn around there is another outbreak of a scary foodborne illness.  This summer’s huge egg recall was the latest reminder that we do battle against dangerous pathogens like E. coli and salmonella in our kitchens every day.

 

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FDA May Revoke Approval of Avastin for Breast Cancer Marking the Start of ‘Death Panel’ Drug Rationing

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US regulators will delay consideration of the colon-cancer drug Avastin as a treatment for breast. cancer

America’s health watchdog is considering revoking its approval of the drug Avastin for use on women with advanced breast cancer, leading to accusations that it will mark the start of ‘death panel’ drug rationing.  A decision to rescind endorsement of the drug would reignite the highly charged debate over US health care reform and how much the state should spend on new and expensive treatments.

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‘Relaxation Drinks’ Big Business in the Beverage Industry

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Relaxation drinks

For years, college students and C-suite executives alike have managed to stay perky through parties and deadlines by guzzling so-called energy drinks like Jolt, Red Bull and Rockstar.  But, as it turns out, the drinks may have worked a little too well.

 

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