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Recalls on medicine from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). ... Read More

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Recalls on food from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). ... Read More

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Boat recalls from the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG). ... Read More

Motor Vehicles

Motor vehicle recalls from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) ... Read More

Consumer Products

Recalls on consumer products from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). ... Read More

Boxed Warning on Serious Mental Health Events to be Required for Chantix and Zyban

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today announced that it is requiring manufacturers to put a Boxed Warning on the prescribing information for the smoking cessation drugs Chantix (varenicline) and Zyban (bupropion). ... Read More

Guilty pleas for company, owners who distributed tainted pet food

A Nevada-based company and its owners pleaded guilty in federal court this week to distributing a contaminated ingredient used to make pet food, according to Online Montgomery. That tainted substance was linked to the deaths and serious illnesses of countless pets throughout the country, and resulted in a nationwide recall of pet food. Chemnutra, Inc. and its owners Sally Qing Miller and her husband Stephen S. Miller, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge John Maughmer to one count of selling adulterated food and one count of selling misbranded food. The three admitted that their product’s labeling was false and misleading ... Read More

Could morning colonoscopies be more thorough than afternoon ones?

Patients who schedule their colonoscopy for the morning are more likely to have their potentially cancer-causing polyps detected than those who set up afternoon appointments for colonoscopies, according to a Cleveland (Ohio) Clinic study. Researchers pored over data from more than 3,600 colonoscopies performed at their center and found that the polyp detection rate was higher in the mornings. Specifically, polyps were found in 29 percent of patients who had procedures in the morning compared to 25 percent of patients who had their colonoscopies in the afternoon. Evidence also indicated that detection rates declined in the afternoons. Researchers say it is ... Read More

Procedure shows promise versus drugs for children with gastroparesis

Surgeons have implanted a pacemaker in the abdomen of a 16-year-old patient to help treat a debilitating stomach condition that can cause symptoms such as nausea and bloating and result in malnourishment and significant weight loss. This is the first time the procedure has been performed in a child at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, one of the few medical centers that will perform the procedure on pediatric patients. The patient suffers fro gastroparesis, a condition in which the stomach empties its contents too slowly. It often affects people with diabetes. However, in as many as 60 percent of children with the ... Read More

Pain pumps less risky these days

Pain pumps are devices used to deliver a steady amount of medication to a wound site for up to 72 hours following surgery. They are often used in shoulder surgery. The balloon-shaped part of the device rests outside the body and is attached to catheters that feed into the shoulder tissue. Once the medication has been used, patients are instructed to simply pull out the catheter. The devices take the place of narcotics, which carry a laundry list of side effects from nausea to vomiting to constipation and decreased sleep. They also require more monitoring and may require the patient ... Read More