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2023

FDA Must Crack Down on Retailers Selling Tobacco to Teens: Report

FDA Must Crack Down on Retailers Selling Tobacco to Teens: ReportTHURSDAY, Sept. 21, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- A new government report finds that federal regulators need to do more to help in the battle to keep kids and teens off tobacco.Among the report’s findings were that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration needs to get tough on retailers selling tobacco to youth and should improve its oversight of online retailers. The FDA should also work with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to help stop online tobacco sales to children, according to the report from the Office of the Inspector General (OIG).“Responding effectively to serial violators remains a challenge for FDA,” the report stated.“The small number of retailers that repeatedly violate the Tobacco Control Act are often not subjected to more punitive actions. This...

Could Artificial Sweeteners in Processed Food Raise...

20 September 2023
Could Artificial Sweeteners in Processed Food Raise Depression Risk?THURSDAY, Sept. 21, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Highly processed packaged foods and drinks may be quick, cheap and tasty, but new research suggests they’re also likely to up your risk for depression.Among big consumers of ultra-processed foods, depression risk may rise by as much as 50%, the new study found, particularly when those foods are artificially sweetened.“Given what we know about these foods and the important role of diet in mood, we were not surprised to find this association,” said study author Dr. Andrew Chan, vice chair of gastroenterology at Massachusetts General Hospital, and a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School.At issue, he said, are foods that are “highly altered, often through industrial processes such as hydrogenation.”Hydrogenation is a chemical...

FDA Wants More Data on First Needle-Free Antidote for...

20 September 2023
FDA Wants More Data on First Needle-Free Antidote for Severe Allergic ReactionsWEDNESDAY, Sept. 20, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- In a surprising move, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has opted not to approve a needle-free alternative to the EpiPen for emergency treatment of severe allergic reactions.Approval of the Neffy nasal spray was widely anticipated. An FDA advisory panel voted to recommend approval of the drug for children and adults in May. While the FDA is not obligated to follow the advice of their advisory panels, it usually does. Instead, the FDA told the drug’s maker, ARS Pharmaceuticals, that it needed to conduct another study on the drug before it is approved, the company said in a statement late Tuesday night."We are deeply disappointed that this action further delays the availability of Neffy for the millions of people who are at risk...

Diabetes Drug Maker Sues Over Compounded Versions of...

20 September 2023
Diabetes Drug Maker Sues Over Compounded Versions of MounjaroWEDNESDAY, Sept. 20, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Another diabetes drug maker is taking legal action against businesses in several states, alleging that they’re “fraudulently claiming” that their compounded products are the same as its medication.This time, it’s Eli Lilly suing certain medical spas, wellness centers and compounding pharmacies over its medication Mounjaro. Mounjaro contains the active ingredient tirzepatide and is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat type 2 diabetes.The lawsuits, filed Tuesday, are meant to stop the other companies from “the unlawful marketing and sale of non-FDA approved compounded products.” “Lilly filed this lawsuit to protect patients,” the company said in a statement issued Tuesday. “Lilly cannot validate the...

Heavy Drinking Tied to Dangerous Buildup of Fat Around Heart, Liver

18 September 2023
Heavy Drinking Tied to Dangerous Buildup of Fat Around Heart, LiverMONDAY, Sept. 18, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Before pouring another drink, consider this sobering new research: Heavy drinkers can develop fat around the heart, leading to heart failure and other cardiac problems.This so-called pericardial fat is associated with increased risk of heart disease. Researchers also linked heavy drinking to excess fat deposits around the liver and kidneys, which can result in diseases of these organs, too."The accumulation of fats in these areas, especially at the heart, has been linked to higher risk of heart disease like heart failure, atrial fibrillation as well as coronary heart disease, which is the major killer of U.S. adults," said lead researcher Dr. Richard Kazibwe, an assistant professor of internal medicine at Wake Forest University School of...
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