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New Birth Control Labels Detail Increased Risk For Blood Clots
2012-04-11 12:37:21

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has begun to add information to labels of popular birth control medications to warn about the increased risk of blood clots. Bayer AG´s “Yaz” or Yasmin is one of the medications receiving the new label, though all common types of birth control pills increase a woman´s risk of potentially fatal blood clots. The FDA is following up new studies with these labels, saying certain forms of birth control like Yaz show an even...

Could Sushi Be The Cause Of Newest Salmonella Outbreak?
2012-04-05 04:59:06

The Center for Disease control (CDC) is reporting that 90 people in 19 states, including the District of Columbia, have become ill in a new Salmonella outbreak. As investigators look for the source of the Salmonella outbreak, consumers have not yet been advised to avoid a particular food or restaurant chain. The CDC has yet to officially announce which states have been affected by this outbreak of an unusual bacteria strain known as Salmonella Bareilly. According to reports, the first...

2012-03-22 21:25:09

Antidepressants can play a key role in alleviating painful conditions like osteoarthritis and may result in fewer side effects than traditionally prescribed drug regimes, such as anti-inflammatories and opioids, according to a perspective paper published online ahead of print publication by the International Journal of Clinical Practice. American doctors Leslie Citrome and Amy Weiss-Citrome analysed the latest clinical evidence on duloxetine, a well-established antidepressant that received...

Graphic Tobacco Ads Declared Constitutional
2012-03-20 09:26:39

An appeals court voted 2-1 Monday that a federal mandate requiring cigarettes and similar products to carry graphic warning images does not violate the free speech rights of tobacco manufacturers. According to Jennifer Corbett Dooren of the Wall Street Journal, the decision handed down by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit deemed that the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, which gives the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) the right to regulate tobacco-based...

Childhood Leukemia Drug In Seriously Short Supply
2012-02-15 11:48:04

Methotrexate, a lifesaving drug used to treat childhood leukemia and rheumatoid arthritis, is in such short supply that hospitals across the country fear supplies could be exhausted in just a few weeks, leaving thousands of children at risk, health officials say. Despite looming fears, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said this week that the shortage should ease before hospitals run out. But drug makers are giving few details about how they will find a long-term solution. The...

Egg Recall Affects 34 States
2012-02-05 07:48:53

A Minnesota-based food company is recalling more than a million hard-cooked eggs distributed to 34 states after testing of the product revealed possible contamination from Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. Diane Sparish, a spokeswoman for Michael Foods, said in statement to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that 15,000 pails of eggs in brine, sold for institutional use, were being recalled due to contamination. The FDA said the eggs were produced at the company´s Wakefield,...


Word of the Day
cruet
  • A vial or small glass bottle, especially one for holding vinegar, oil, etc.; a caster for liquids.
This word is Middle English in origin, and ultimately comes from the Old French, diminutive of 'crue,' flask.
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