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To the untrained, the evidence looks promising for a new medical device to ease opioid withdrawal. A small study shows that people feel better when the device, an electronic nerve stimulator called the Bridge, is placed behind their ear.

 

The company that markets the Bridge is using the study results to promote its use to anyone who will listen: policymakers, criminal justice officials and health care providers.

 

The message is working.

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The Food and Drug Administration announced Tuesday they will take steps to crack down on the sale of e-cigarette products to children and teenagers. More than two million middle and high school students used e-cigarettes in 2016 and that number has continued to grow.

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Health officials in Indiana's Scott County--the epicenter of Indiana's HIV outbreak--aren’t confident a recent move by the FDA to pull a powerful painkiller from market will have an effect on addiction in the historically drug-ravaged county.

FDA Requests Drug That Helped Spark HIV Outbreak Be Pulled

Jun 9, 2017
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For the first time ever, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is asking a pharmaceutical company to remove an opioid from the market due to the dangers of abuse. The drug is linked to Indiana’s HIV outbreak.

Notorious FDA? Feds Turn To Hip-Hop To Tamp Down Teen Smoking

May 10, 2016

The federal government is getting into hip-hop — well, sort of.

 Reporting the results of trials on humans to the federal government's public-access website  ClinicalTrials.gov  has been mandatory since 2008. But universities, drug companies and nonprofit research institutions routinely skirt the law, and neither the NIH or FDA has levied any fines, according to an investigation by STAT News. 

Blue Bell Creameries voluntarily recalled its products in April after they were linked to listeria cases in four states.
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You may have noticed the periodic recalls at your local supermarket, warning of listeria, e. coli or salmonella in recent shipments of produce or frozen goods. According to the CDC, 1 in 6 Americans get sick annually from food-borne diseases.

Dr. Dan Budnitz demonstrates how a syringe is inserted into a flow restrictor to measure out a dose of medicine.
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The Food and Drug Administration has endorsed the use of a safety device for bottles of children's medication containing liquid acetaminophen, the active ingredient in Tylenol.

Called a flow restrictor, the device fits into the top of a bottle to prevent kids from inadvertently squeezing or sucking out too much liquid. In high doses, acetaminophen can result in liver damage and even death.

Adios, Trans Fats: FDA Poised To Phase Out Artery-Clogging Fat

May 22, 2015

The case against trans fats is not new. For years, health experts have been telling us to avoid them.

And as retailing behemoths such as Wal-Mart have committed to the removal of all remaining, industrially produced trans fats in the products they sell, the food industry has stepped up its pace to reformulate its offerings.

It's another busy morning at Dr. Anthony Aurigemma's homeopathy practice in Bethesda, Md.

Wendy Resnick, 58, is here because she's suffering from a nasty bout of laryngitis. "I don't feel great," she says. "I don't feel myself."

Resnick, who lives in Millersville, Md., has been seeing Aurigemma for years for a variety of health problems, including ankle and knee injuries and back problems. "I don't know what I would do without him," she says. "The traditional treatments just weren't helping me at all."

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