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Mixing alcohol with caffeine can result in ‘toxic jock’

Americans love their caffeine – in coffee, colas and now in their alcohol. But mixed together, particularly in high volumes, the combination of caffeine and alcohol can be deadly.


Government warns about infant sleep positioners

Those soft fabric sleep positioners that parents put in the crib to keep babies safely sleeping on their backs could be dangerous, even deadly, for little ones, the federal government …


US restricts, EU bans controversial diabetes pill

European regulators ordered the diabetes drug Avandia off the market and the Food and Drug Administration placed stringent restrictions on its use in the United States, saying heart attack risks …


Consumer groups push for label for modified salmon

Consumer advocates urged the Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday to ensure that salmon engineered to grow twice as fast as the conventional variety are labeled in the grocery store …


Birth control pill gets backing

WASHINGTON – Federal health experts said Thursday a new type of morning-after contraceptive that works longer than existing drugs is safe and effective. The Food and Drug Administration’s panel of …


FDA may disclose more details on drug, food safety

The nation’s top drug regulator proposed today to disclose more information about safety problems with the drugs and devices it rejects.


FDA found bacteria in lots for recalled Tylenol

Ingredients used by Johnson & Johnson in some of the 40 varieties of children’s cold medicines recalled last week were contaminated with bacteria, according to a report by the Food …


Report urges FDA to get strict on salt

WASHINGTON – Too much salt is hidden in Americans’ food, and regulators plan to work with manufacturers to cut back – but the government isn’t ready to go along with …


Report: FDA should force rollback in salty foods

The Food and Drug Administration says it will consider a new call Tuesday to force food makers to gradually cut the salt hidden inside their products — but don’t expect …


Advisers approve modified pain pill

WASHINGTON – Federal health advisers on Thursday recommended approval for a new version of the painkiller OxyContin that is designed to be harder to abuse. A Food and Drug Administration …


Swine flu vaccine makers get approval from FDA

The Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday approved a vaccine for the pandemic H1N1 influenza from four manufacturers, clearing the way for the vaccine to be administered as soon as …


Experts advise lower acetaminophen doses

ADELPHI, Md. – Government experts called for sweeping safety restrictions Tuesday on the most widely used painkiller, including reducing the maximum dose of Tylenol and eliminating prescription drugs such as …


FDA warns against Zicam

WASHINGTON – Consumers should stop using Zicam Cold Remedy nasal gel and related products because they can permanently damage the sense of smell, federal health regulators said Tuesday. The over-the-counter …


FDA expands availability of Plan B pill

WASHINGTON – Seventeen-year-olds will be able to buy the “morning-after” emergency contraceptive without a doctor’s prescription, a decision that conservatives denounced as a blow to parental supervision of teens but …


Spices recalled after salmonella outbreak

Public health officials are widening a recall of spices produced by a California company associated with a salmonella outbreak that has sickened 42 people in four states, including Washington.


FDA: Avoid pistachios amid salmonella scare

Federal food officials are warning people not to eat any food containing pistachios because of possible contamination by salmonella, in another food scare sure to rattle consumers already upset by …


FDA warns against eating pistachios

FRESNO, Calif. – Federal food safety officials warned Monday that consumers should stop eating all foods containing pistachios while they figure out the source of a possible salmonella contamination. Still …


Obama taps outsider for revamp of FDA

WASHINGTON – The nation’s food safety system is a “hazard to public health” and overdue for an overhaul, President Barack Obama said Saturday as he filled the top job at …


Hamburg tabbed to improve FDA

President Barack Obama has decided to select former New York City health commissioner Margaret Hamburg to head the Food and Drug Administration, turning to a one-time Clinton administration official to …


Pacemaker-like device wins approval for treating OCD

WASHINGTON – Patients suffering from obsessive, distressing thoughts have a new treatment option: a pacemaker-like device that relieves anxiety with electrical jolts to the brain. The Food and Drug Administration …


New sweetener at the grocery store

As snowy white granules rain down on a cup of coffee, words appear across the TV screen: “Sprinkle your coffee with something other than guilt.” Then, the narrator intones: “Try …


FDA approves new gout drug

WASHINGTON – The Food and Drug Administration has approved the first new treatment for gout in more than 40 years, a company said Saturday. Takeda Inc. said Uloric, a once-daily …


Beauty treatments take an ugly turn during recession

The Food and Drug Administration recently approved Allergan’s (NYSE: AGN) Latisse, a treatment for hypotrichosis (sparseness) of eyelashes. Small eyelashes are far from a small market – the global market …