Tag: FDA

Papaya Recall after salmonella outbreak

United States (KFXV) — 47 cases,12 hospitalizations and one death in 12 states all connected to a Salmonella outbreak in papayas. The Food and Drug Administration has announced a recall of papayas distributed by a local produce company. According to the FDA, they are currently investigating a Salmonella outbreak they say stems from “Caribena” branded papayas from Mexico distributed by Grande Produce, a produce company in San Juan, Texas. They also note that the outbreak also includes states where the Grande Produce Company does not distribute in. Caribena papayas sold between July 10 through 19th should be immediately disposed...

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FDA Approves 1st Drug For Aggressive Multiple Sclerosis

BY LINDA A. JOHNSON TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — U.S. regulators have approved the first drug for an aggressive kind of multiple sclerosis that steadily reduces coordination and the ability to walk. The Food and Drug Administration approved Ocrevus late Tuesday after a large study found it slowed progression of the neurological disease and reduced symptoms. While there are more than a dozen treatments for the most common form of MS, there’s been nothing specifically for people with the type called primary progressive MS. That type of MS is relatively rare, affecting about 50,000 Americans. The drug was also approved...

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FDA issues warning about risky vein opening procedure

BY LINDA A. JOHNSON TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday again warned patients and doctors to avoid a risky, experimental procedure promoted as a treatment for several nervous system disorders, including multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease. The procedure involves inflating a tiny balloon in narrowed veins, usually in the neck, to widen them and improve blood flow. The FDA said it has seen no evidence the procedure – called transvascular autonomic modulation, or TVAM – is safe or effective. It’s similar to balloon angioplasty, which is commonly used to open up clogged heart arteries....

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Mayo, wings, butter: ‘Fake milk’ is the latest food fight

BY CANDICE CHOI – AP FOOD INDUSTRY WRITER NEW YORK (AP) — Is “fake milk” spoiling the dairy industry’s image? Dairy producers are calling for a crackdown on the almond, soy and rice “milks” they say are masquerading as the real thing and cloud the meaning of milk for shoppers. And a group that advocates for plant-based products, the Good Food Institute, countered by asking the Food and Drug Administration this week to say foods can use terms such as “milk” and “sausage,” so long as they’re modified to make clear what’s in them. It’s the latest dispute about...

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Testosterone gel shows no benefit for older men’s memories

BY LINDSEY TANNER – AP MEDICAL WRITER CHICAGO (AP) — Testosterone treatment did not improve older men’s memory or mental function in the latest results from landmark government research that challenges the anti-aging claims of popular supplements. While testosterone use for one year appeared to strengthen bones and reduce anemia, it also showed signs of worsening artery disease and questions remain about other potential risks. The researchers said more studies are needed to determine long-term effects – the kind of research the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has already asked supplement makers to conduct. "I don’t think anybody would...

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