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FDA Warning: 'Bone Treats' Could Kill Your Dog

At least 15 dogs have met that fate

(Newser) - Before you stuff Fido's stocking with edible treats this holiday season, you might want to check the Food and Drug Administration's latest announcement. Per Syracuse.com , the "bone treats" dog owners pick up in the supermarket or pet store could be a health hazard for our four-legged... More »

Feds Approve Pill With Digital Tracking System

Tiny chip communicates with smartphone app

(Newser) - In an unprecedented step to ensure that patients with mental disorders take the medicine prescribed for them, the Food and Drug Administration has approved the first drug in the United States with a digital ingestion tracking system. The drug Abilify MyCite was developed by Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. Abilify was... More »

It Turns Out Condom Size Has Kind of Been All Wrong

The idea was to make them long enough for almost everyone, and men could roll the excess

(Newser) - Consider these two numbers: 5.57 inches and 6.69. The first is the average erect penile length, according to a study of 1,661 American men . The latter is the minimum length that standard condoms have been required to be. If that seems like a disconnect, well, it is,... More »

FDA Investigating 5 Deaths Following Obesity Procedure

The procedure involves placing silicone balloons in the stomach

(Newser) - The FDA is investigating after five people have died since 2016 following an anti-obesity procedure involving silicone balloons, the Washington Post reports. The procedure, which is FDA-approved, involves inserting one or two silicone balloons into the stomach through the mouth and filling them with liquid until they are about the... More »

FDA Proposes Cutting Nicotine Level in Cigarettes

Stocks of cigarette makers plunged after the announcement

(Newser) - For the first time, the federal government is proposing cutting the nicotine level in cigarettes so they aren't so addictive, the AP reports. US Food and Drug Administration chief Scott Gottlieb on Friday directed the agency's staff to develop new regulations on nicotine. The FDA has had the... More »

Researchers Finger Supplement That's Especially Risky for Kids

Scientists are issuing a warning about yohimbe

(Newser) - A Journal of Medical Toxicology study of calls made to poison control centers over the past 12 years finds one herbal supplement to be particularly concerning. Of those calls, the ones with the biggest proportion of serious medical outcomes had to do with yohimbe tree bark extract, NBC News reports.... More »

The 'Open Secret' About Drug Expiration Dates

They may still be effective years after they expire, researchers say

(Newser) - Pharmacists who cringe when they have to toss expensive drugs once they expire may be interested to hear this drug dump may be unnecessary—and may be a contributing factor to big waste in the medical industry (estimated to be $765 billion a year), as well as the overall high... More »

New Cancer Treatment Called 'Most Exciting Thing I've Seen'

FDA unanimously approved it

(Newser) - "This is the most exciting thing I've seen in my lifetime," Dr. Timothy Cripe said Wednesday after voting in favor of a groundbreaking new cancer treatment. The oncologist and nine other members of a Food and Drug Administration panel voted unanimously to recommend approval of the treatment,... More »

'Herbal' Coffee to Boost Sex Drive Recalled After User's Death

FDA finds 'natural' coffee contains same active ingredients as prescription drugs

(Newser) - Does a supposedly natural coffee that will improve your libido and sexual stamina using just herbs sound too good to be true? Well, it was. CaverFlo Natural Herbal Coffee, which promised to do just that, is being recalled after a consumer died after drinking it—and subsequent Food and Drug... More »

'Cauliflower Rice' Is Very Upsetting to Actual Rice

The mighty rice lobby is demanding the cauliflower people stop calling it 'rice'

(Newser) - "Only rice is rice, and calling 'riced vegetables' 'rice' is misleading and confusing to consumers," begins the latest agricultural throwdown, this one courtesy of the president of USA Rice. The lobbying group is understandably upset by what Quartz terms the "popularization of 'cauliflower rice'... More »

This Drug Just Got the FDA's OK—and an $89K Price Tag

Marathon Pharmaceuticals to sell deflazacort for $89K

(Newser) - A drug sold for years overseas to treat a rare form of muscular dystrophy was OKed Thursday by the FDA to be sold in the US, but it comes at a high price. The Wall Street Journal reports the now-FDA-approved deflazacort will be offered by Marathon Pharmaceuticals for $89,000... More »

FDA: Sorry, Camel Milk Is No Miracle Cure

California company gets a warning to tone down claims

(Newser) - One of the latest, pricey health fads is camel milk, and the FDA has made clear that it's none too pleased. That's because California company Desert Farms has been boasting that its product can cure (or at least mitigate) all kinds of ailments, from allergies to Crohn's... More »

Parents Warned to Avoid This Type of Baby Teething Product

FDA says homeopathic tablets, gels may cause medical issues in babies

(Newser) - New parents will do almost anything to relieve their little ones' teething pain—but one thing the FDA says they shouldn't do is give their babies homeopathic teething products, Live Science reports. In a Sept. 30 statement , the FDA warns these "natural" tablets and gels found in some... More »

In 'Perplexing' Move, FDA Approves First Muscular Dystrophy Drug

Drug is controversial, not clear how effective it is

(Newser) - Federal regulators on Monday granted tentative approval to the first drug for muscular dystrophy, following an intense public campaign from patients and doctors who pushed for the largely unproven medication, the AP reports. The approval came despite an internal dispute among Food and Drug Administration officials that ultimately had to... More »

FDA Has New Reason You Can't Eat Cookie Dough

It's not the eggs this time, it's the E. coli-tainted flour

(Newser) - The FDA's latest kill-joy for thousands of kids (and their parents) who like to lick the bowl: Don't eat it . And not because of the raw eggs, which can be tied to salmonella poisoning, the Huffington Post notes. This time the culprit is raw flour, which has been... More »

FDA Warns Whole Foods About Filthy Kitchen

Multiple violations found at Mass. facility

(Newser) - The Food and Drug Administration has sent Whole Foods Market a letter over "serious violations" at a Massachusetts kitchen, warning the grocer that food prepared there "may have been contaminated with filth," the AP reports. The FDA's Public Health Service describes multiple inspections conducted during February... More »

Feds Pressure Food Industry to Cut Down on Salt

FDA unveils first-ever sodium guidelines

(Newser) - The Obama administration is pressuring the food industry to make foods ranging from breads to sliced turkey less salty, proposing long-awaited sodium guidelines in an effort to prevent thousands of deaths each year from heart disease and stroke. The guidelines released Wednesday by the Food and Drug Administration are voluntary,... More »

Serving Sizes on Snacks Will Soon Be More Realistic

Thanks to makeover for food nutrition labels that's about to be implemented

(Newser) - Nutrition facts labels on food packages are getting a long-awaited makeover, with calories listed in bigger, bolder type and a new line for added sugars, the AP reports. And serving sizes will be updated to make them more realistic (a small bag of chips won't count as two or... More »

That Grated Parm on Your Pasta May Be 9% Wood

Bloomberg tests find some Parmesan cheese contains zero Parmesan

(Newser) - "Your Parmesan cheese products do not contain any Parmesan cheese" is not a letter you want to get from the Food and Drug Administration if you're a company that manufactures Parmesan cheese products. But that's exactly what a 2013 letter from the FDA to Pennsylvania's Castle... More »

US Panel: OK to Make 3-Parent Embryos —Male Ones

But there are still legal roadblocks to controversial process

(Newser) - A US National Academy of Medicine committee said Wednesday the FDA should approve clinical trials for three-parent fertilization in human embryos—with some caveats, Nature reports. In its report , the committee recommended such trials be limited to women at risk of passing along "serious mitochondrial disease" to their kids,... More »

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