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

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 […]

Routine Breast Scans Don’t Affect Mortality & Other News of Note

Routine Breast Scans Don’t Affect Mortality (Globe & Mail) Screening programs in which post-menopausal women undergo routine mammography to help detect tumours have virtually no impact on reducing breast-cancer deaths, a new study concludes. The research, published in today’s [Mar. 24] edition of the British Medical Journal, says that while breast-cancer mortality has fallen sharply […]

Pierced Tongue Damage & Other News of Note

Tongue Stud “Brain Fatality Risk” (BBC) Deadly brain abscesses should be added to the list of risks of having a tongue piercing, say doctors. Archives of Neurology reports how a 22-year-old man who died in hospital following multiple brain abscesses weeks after getting his tongue pierced. The man’s Israeli doctors warn infection can spread in […]

Sugar, In; HFCS, Out

Despite their best efforts, the Corn Refiners Association seems to be failing in its attempt to turn public opinion in favor of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS). (BTW, here’s a nice, quick counterpoint to the CRA’s spin-a-rific ads.) Now some “food manufacturers” are taking advantage of the HFCS-backlash, returning to sugar for its retro comfort […]

Stress and Your Body’s Nutritional Needs

No doubt, you know the home remedy starve a fever, feed a cold. But how do you feed a cold? Well, you drink lots of fluids, of couse. You eat wholesome, nourishing foods such as the standard chicken soup. These help strengthen our bodies, supporting them in healing themselves. But what about when we’re stressed? […]

Mercury: Out of Sweden, In Your Soda and Elsewhere in the News

Great news out of Sweden: The Government today decided to introduce a blanket ban on mercury. The ban means that the use of dental amalgam in fillings will cease and that it will no longer be permitted to place products containing mercury on the Swedish market. “Sweden is now leading the way in removing and […]