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MEDICAL BREAKTHROUGHS: FDA investigating talc powder + Lung cancer rising in women + Belly fat linked to cognitive decline

For the first time in 50 years, the food and drug administration has started investigating talc powders. This comes after regulators found asbestos in several talc products, including Johnson and Johnson’s baby powder. The FDA held a public meeting Tuesday to discuss proposed testing standards and to hear from consumer advocates and industry representatives. Plus, the number of young women…

FDA OKs First Drug Made to Reduce Excessive Sweating

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the first drug developed specifically to reduce excessive sweating, a common condition that can cause anxiety. Dermira Inc. said Friday its Qbrexza was approved for excessive underarm sweating. The drug is inside a cloth wiped over the skin daily to block sweat glands from activating. Dermira refused to disclose the price. Qbrexza…

FDA Issues Warning About Risky Vein Opening Procedure

The Food and Drug Administration is warning patients and doctors to avoid a risky, experimental procedure promoted as a treatment for nervous system disorders such as multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s. The procedure involves threading a balloon into veins in the neck and elsewhere to widen them and improve blood flow. The federal agency said Wednesday it has seen no evidence…

FDA Denies Bid To Drop Some Warnings From Tobacco Pouches

U.S. health officials have rejected an attempt by a Swedish company to remove several health warnings from its smokeless tobacco pouches, though regulators left open the possibility for other labeling changes it seeks. The Food and Drug Administration announced Monday that it denied the request by Swedish Match to remove warnings about gum disease and tooth loss from its chewable…

Sabra Recalls Hummus Amid Listeria Contamination Fears

Some varieties of Sabra hummus are being recalled amid concerns over possible listeria contamination. The Food and Drug Administration says the voluntary recall announced by Sabra Dipping Company includes hummus products with a “Best Before” date of Jan. 23, 2017, or earlier. The products were sent to retailers in the U.S. and Canada. The FDA says listeria was identified at…

FDA Approves First Dissolving Stent for US Patients

A slowly dissolving medical implant for treating clogged arteries has won approval from the Food and Drug Administration. The agency approved the Absorb stent Tuesday for patients with coronary artery disease, which causes the buildup of fatty plaque in the arteries and causes about 370,000 U.S. deaths each year. The new stent is designed to dissolve over three years. Older…

House Bill Would Curb Regulation of E-Cigarettes, Cigars

Vape away. Increasingly popular e-cigarettes and cigar varieties could be exempt from some government safety regulations if House Republicans have their way. It’s a move that alarms Democrats and public health advocates who argue that it could lead to unsafe products. Legislation approved by a House committee last month would ease rules proposed by the Food and Drug Administration to regulate…

Frozen Vegetable Recall Includes Alabama stores

Two Years worth of production by CRF recalled.

SEATTLE (AP) – A Pasco, Washington, company has expanded its recall of frozen vegetables linked to a listeria outbreak that has sickened eight people. One person from Maryland and one from Washington have died but health officials do not consider listeria to be the cause of death for either person. The Centers for Disease Control says the recall by CRF…

Food Recall in Alabama

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From the Food and Drug Administration:   “CRF Frozen Foods of Pasco, Washington is voluntarily recalling fifteen frozen vegetable items that have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term…