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FDA Mulling Over-the-Counter Sale of Contraceptive Pill

FDA Mulling Over-the-Counter Sale of Contraceptive PillMONDAY, July 11, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- For decades, birth control pills in the United States have only been available with a prescription, but an application filed Monday with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for an over-the-counter pill might change all that. The latest effort to make birth control more accessible comes just weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, a landmark 1973 case that guaranteed a woman's right to abortion for nearly 50 years.Applicant HRA Pharma already sells its pill (Opill) in the United States as a prescription-only drug. But it is not the only company looking to go over-the-counter with birth control pills: Cadence Health is also in talks with the FDA to do the same and said it plans to submit an application in the coming year, The...

Think You're at High Risk of Prostate Cancer? Healthy...

11 July 2022
Think You`re at High Risk of Prostate Cancer? Healthy Living Can Slash Odds for Lethal DiseaseMONDAY, July 11, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Genes can put some men at heightened risk of prostate cancer, but a new study suggests they can undo much of that potential harm with a healthy lifestyle.Researchers found that among men at increased genetic risk of prostate cancer, those who maintained a healthy lifestyle were much less likely to die of the disease over nearly three decades."Healthy" meant they exercised regularly, refrained from smoking, kept their weight down and favored fish over processed meat.Men who met those goals had a 1.6% lifetime risk of dying from prostate cancer. That compared with a 5.3% chance among their counterparts with unhealthy habits, the investigators found.However, healthy habits did not appear to protect men from developing prostate cancer in the first...

Troubled Infant Formula Plant Resumes Production

11 July 2022
Troubled Infant Formula Plant Resumes ProductionMONDAY, July 11, 2022 (HealthDay News) – Abbott Inc. has announced that it has resumed production at its infant formula plant, following a February shutdown over contamination concerns that triggered a months-long shortage of infant formula.The Sturgis, Mich., factory had restarted production earlier this summer, but had to close once again in mid-June because of damage from severe thunderstorms. Production of Elecare, a specialty formula for infants with severe food allergies, began after a July 1 reboot, according to the company.Additional formula will be produced soon, Abbott spokesman John Koval told the Associated Press. “We are working to restart Similac production as soon as we can. We’ll provide more information when we have it,” Koval added.Production first resumed in...

Bumble Bee Clams Recalled Due to PFAS Chemical

8 July 2022
Bumble Bee Clams Recalled Due to PFAS ChemicalFRIDAY, July 8, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Bumble Bee Foods is recalling some canned, smoked clams because they contain high levels of chemicals called per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).The voluntary recall, announced July 6, comes after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration found detectable PFAS levels in samples of the product. The recall affects only 3.75-oz. cans of Bumble Bee Smoked Clams with the UPC label 8660075234. The clams came from a manufacturer in China, the company said.PFAS are a group of manmade chemicals used in many products, including non-stick cookware, water-repellent clothing, stain-resistant fabrics and carpets, some cosmetics, some firefighting foams, and products that resist grease, water and oil.These chemicals do not break down quickly and can build...

Hot Stuff: Spicy Foods Can't Harm You, Can They?

8 July 2022
Hot Stuff: Spicy Foods Can`t Harm You, Can They?FRIDAY, July 8, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Spicy food challenges are all the rage these days, but can munching red hot peppers and sizzling hot sauces harm you? One nutrition expert from University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center in Ohio suggests that while it may burn your tongue at the dinner table and trigger some gastrointestinal distress as it travels through your body, it could actually help improve your lifelong health.Capsaicin, the ingredient found in peppers that causes that characteristic heat, is an oil-like chemical compound that binds to pain receptors on the tongue and throughout the digestive tract. It's the capsaicin that causes your brains to feel like you're on fire when you bite into a jalapeno pepper."But capsaicin does not actually burn you," explained Jayna...

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