FDA Conflict-of-Interest Rules Apt to Loosen, & Other News of Note

Posted on Friday, August 12th, 2011

Lawmakers May Relax FDA Drug Conflict Rules (Reuters) U.S. lawmakers likely will change the criteria for advisers reviewing new medicines next year because of complaints that the rules meant to prevent conflicts of interest make it harder to find real experts. * * * Others say that the agency is not looking hard enough. A […]

New Warning Labels for Cigs – Will They Help?

Posted on Friday, June 24th, 2011

So this week the FDA unveiled the 9 new cigarette warning labels – graphic, plain-spoken, obvious… …and required on all cigarette packs, cartons and ads as of September 2012. According to the Health & Human Services media release, the stop-smoking support number 1-800-QUIT-NOW is also included so it may be “seen at the time it […]

Antibiotics & Asthma, Asthma & Cavities, & Other News of Note

Posted on Friday, January 14th, 2011

Antibiotic Use in Infancy May Increase Risk of Childhood Asthma (PhysOrg) Children who receive antibiotics within the first six months of life are at a significantly increased risk of developing asthma and allergies by 6 years of age, even without a genetic predisposition, new research by the Yale School of Public Health suggests. The findings […]

Maker of Invisalign Out of Line, According to FDA

Posted on Friday, December 10th, 2010

We’ve seen the problem with pharmaceutical drugs: Seeking maximum profits, drug companies aggressively market their pills, touting their alleged wonders and glossing their risks. Then reports of serious “side effects” start coming in, and the drug companies go into crisis management mode. Other industries play similar games. According to a report in the San Jose […]

Effects of Too Many Dental X-Rays & Other News of Note

Posted on Monday, July 5th, 2010

Dental X-Ray Link to Thyroid Cancer (Telegraph) In a study of 313 cancer patients, scientists from Brighton, Cambridge and Kuwait found the chances of developing cancer rose with increasing numbers of dental X-rays. The researchers said the idea that dental radiography is absolutely safe merits further examination due to their findings. They argued that their […]

FDA’s “Final” Mercury Amalgam Ruling Effectively on Hold, New Panel to Discuss Issues in December

Posted on Friday, June 18th, 2010

Crystian Cruz/Flickr   On June 11, the Food and Drug Administration effectively put on hold its rule declaring mercury–containing dental fillings to be safe for the entire population, in response to several “petitions to reconsider,” including one filed by the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT). The Final Rule classifying dental mercury and dental […]

Philly Board of Health Says Neurological Warnings about Mercury Fillings Must Stay

Posted on Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

Just received the good word from Consumers for Dental Choice that Philadelphians will continue to be informed about the dangers of mercury amalgam fillings. Victory in Philadelphia!We foil dental association attempt to remove neurological warnings from city fact sheet In a ringing defeat for the American Dental Association, the Philadelphia Board of Health rejected the […]

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