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December 2008 Archive

Published on Dec 23, 2008 by Edgar Snyder
FDA issues warning on diet pills

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning the public about the risks of more than 25 unapproved weight loss pills. FDA analysis found undeclared ingredients in the products that can pose serious health threats.

Published on Dec 18, 2008 by Edgar Snyder
Airborne has to stop misleading advertising

Airborne Health Inc. will be forced to stop advertisements for its product Airborne according to the terms of a recent settlement. Prosecutors alleged that the dietary supplement was dramatically misrepresented to consumers.

Published on Dec 15, 2008 by Edgar Snyder
Menopause medications linked to cancer

A link between popular hormones used to treat menopause symptoms and breast cancer has been proven by a federal study done by the Women’s Health Initiative. The research found that women who have taken estrogen and progestin for five years are at double the risk of developing breast cancer.

Published on Dec 10, 2008 by Edgar Snyder
Over 800,000 children killed each year from unintentional injuries

A new report issued by the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has revealed that unintentional injuries kill 830,000 children around the world each year. In the United States, unintentional injuries send 9.2 million children to the emergency room annually.

Published on Dec 09, 2008 by Edgar Snyder
Safety of asthma drugs debated by FDA and experts

Two federal drug officials have declared four popular asthma drugs to be unsafe. They say that the medications, Advair, Symbicort, Serevent, and Foradil, can lead to death, but this opinion is not unanimously shared throughout the government.

Published on Dec 05, 2008 by Edgar Snyder
YouTube ads don't contain medical warnings

Most people are familiar with the warnings that come at the end of drug and medical device commercials. This is because manufacturers are required to list the risks and benefits of their products on television. It is not clear whether or not the same rules apply to YouTube, however, and one consumer group is worried about the dangers that this poses.

Published on Dec 04, 2008 by Edgar Snyder
Epilepsy drugs linked to autism risk

The results of a new study are sparking a debate in the medical community. The research suggests that pregnant women who take the epilepsy drug Depakote may heighten their babies' risk of developing autism. Some experts say that the drug's benefits outweigh its risks, while others maintain that epilepsy treatment during pregnancy needs to be reexamined.

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