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Herbal supplements require FDA supervision

Herbal supplements require FDA supervision

By Adnan Zarif, Staff Writer

February 18, 2015


Filed under Opinion

FDA must institute a systematic audit of all supplements that are sold on the market.

Study reveals FDA reporting issues

By Alanna Bayarin and Marita Vlachou

February 12, 2015


Filed under News

A university professor and his students investigated the FDA for burying research misconduct.

Drug developers should consider ethics of market exploitation

Drug developers should consider ethics of market exploitation

May 1, 2014


Filed under Exclude From Homepage List, Opinion

Earlier this month, the Food and Drug Administration approved a portable device, Evzio, that counteracts opiate overdoses. Although naloxone, the active ingredient in Evzio, has been used in hospitals for decades, the FDA’s approval allows for more widespread use. Those prescribed Evzio — either fo...

Scientific Society: Focus should be on HIV medicine, not users

Scientific Society: Focus should be on HIV medicine, not users

April 21, 2014


Filed under Exclude From Homepage List, Opinion

In 2012, the Food and Drug Administration approved Truvada, a drug used to treat HIV by making it more difficult for the virus to multiply, as a preventative against infection. Since then, there has been a significant debate over who should be taking the drug, with the majority of the discussion c...

Heavy regulations impede genome testing

Heavy regulations impede genome testing

February 25, 2014


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In the past four years, 15 companies that offered direct-to-consumer personal genome tests have stopped sales, and only two other companies continue to provide results on genetic markers for health risks. Just one of these, 23andme, still uses an at-home collection method. Until this past November, the company marketed genomic tests as a method of ...

Students, professors split on Bloomberg’s e-cigarette ban

Students, professors split on Bloomberg’s e-cigarette ban

January 29, 2014


Filed under News

As one of his last acts as mayor of New York City, Michael Bloomberg signed a law placing a ban on smoking electronic cigarettes at all locations where regular cigarettes are banned. Yet e-cigarette shops have still been opening up around the city. One, The Henley Vaporium, recently set up shop in ...

Supplements require stricter FDA oversight

Supplements require stricter FDA oversight

November 13, 2013


Filed under Exclude From Homepage List, Opinion

Plants have been used for centuries to create herbal remedies that can cure any sort of ailment. Echinacea is purported to prevent colds, ginkgo is suggested to improve memory and flaxseed lowers cholesterol. More than 100 million Americans consume these herbal supplements, shelling out $5 billion on such ...

Ban against gay men donating blood should be dropped

Ban against gay men donating blood should be dropped

October 3, 2013


Filed under Opinion

One of my friends was recently turned away from a blood drive when he disclosed he was gay and sexually active. Although he has tested negative for HIV, the group running the blood drive would not allow him to participate. They told him it was simply a cautionary measure. Since 1977, the Food and Drug Admin...