The Female "Sex Pill" Is Here -- But Is It Worth the Risks?

Earlier this month, an FDA advisory committee voted to recommend the approval of flibanserin, Sprout Pharmaceutical’s drug for women with persistently low sexual desire. The drug has a number of vocal critics, who believe that its side effects, relative to its modest effect, could be harmful for women. » 6/15/15 6:41pm 6/15/15 6:41pm

Have You Been Struck By "Pine Mouth"?

I’ve avoided pine nuts since the first time I had them. That’s because a few hours after snacking on them, I noticed that my mouth tasted like I’d been eating old engine parts that had been soaked in ammonia. Everything, including my own breath, tasted metallic and bitter. I figured I was mildly allergic. I was wrong.
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The FDA wants to ban trans fats from food, save us from ourselves

The FDA today took steps to dramatically reduce the use of trans fat in processed foods. Which, sure, partially hydrogenated carbon chains are are kind of evil, but they're also kind of super delicious. Then again, they're probably why the average American male looks a little doughy compared to his international peers. » 11/07/13 8:30am 11/07/13 8:30am

Levels of antibiotic-resistant bacteria on meat are on the rise

Are you in the mood for a hair-raising read? Try sitting down with a copy of "The 2010 Retail Meat Report." Issued a few days ago as part of FDA's National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring system, the status update is packed with information on antibiotic-resistant foodborne organisms and where (i.e. what kinds of… » 3/06/12 1:48pm 3/06/12 1:48pm

Was the FDA Right to Declare Avastin Ineffective for Breast Cancer?

The Food and Drug Administration declared this morning that the blockbuster pharmaceutical Avastin — one of the world's best-selling cancer drugs — should no longer be prescribed for the treatment of breast cancer, claiming that the drug has proven to be neither safe nor effective in treating the disease. But is it… » 11/18/11 10:23am 11/18/11 10:23am