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“Natural” mineral water has natural arsenic contamination, screening discovers

“Natural” mineral water has natural arsenic contamination, screening discovers

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Enlarge / Water can pick up arsenic from geological, agricultural, or industrial sources. Several brands of bottled water contain concerning levels of arsenic contamination, according to an investigation by Consumer Reports. The worst offenders in the report were Starkey, a brand owned by Whole Foods and marketed as water in its “natural state,” and Peñafiel,…
After pressing addicting OxyContin, Purdue now pursuing overdose remedy

After pressing addicting OxyContin, Purdue now pursuing overdose remedy

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Enlarge / If approved, Purdue's new drug would compete with opioid overdose antidote, naloxone. Notorious OxyContin-maker Purdue Pharma—which has been widely criticized for deceptively marketing its highly addictive painkiller and for its role in spurring the current nationwide epidemic of opioid abuse and overdose deaths—is moving ahead with a new, potent drug, one said to…
Mentioning adult liberty, Arizona legislators continue with anti-vaccine expenses

Mentioning adult liberty, Arizona legislators continue with anti-vaccine expenses

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Enlarge / A single dose of MMR (for Measles, Mumps, and Rubella) at Kaiser Permanente East Medical offices in Denver. Lawmakers in Arizona are moving forward with three bills that will make it easier for parents to opt out of getting life-saving vaccinations for their children—and may even encourage them to do so, according to…
Democratic governmental prospects are tearing into Google for the concealed Nest microphone, and requiring tech gizmo ‘active ingredients’ labels (GOOG, GOOGL)

Democratic governmental prospects are tearing into Google for the concealed Nest...

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Consumer privacy in the era of big tech companies like Facebook, Google, and Amazon may not be a hot button topic on the level of healthcare or gun control, but heading into the 2020 presidential election, it's certainly gaining steam. Every Democratic candidate vying for a chance to face off against President Trump will need…
Blood of the young will not spare abundant old individuals from unhappiness and death, FDA states

Blood of the young will not spare abundant old individuals from...

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Enlarge / Not so fast, says the FDA. The US Food and Drug Administration issued an alert Tuesday, February 19, warning older consumers against seeking infusions of blood plasma harvested from younger people. Despite being peddled as anti-aging treatments and cures for a range of conditions, the transfusions are unproven and potentially harmful. In a…
Drug business are resting on generics–43% of just recently authorized aren’t for sale

Drug business are resting on generics–43% of just recently authorized aren’t...

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Of the more than 1,600 generic drugs approved by the Food and Drug Administration since January of 2017, more than 700—or 43 percent—are not for sale in the US, according to a new analysis by Kaiser Health News. The finding means that many pricy, brand-name drugs are not facing the competition that could help drive…
Damning court docs reveal simply how far Sacklers went to press OxyContin

Damning court docs reveal simply how far Sacklers went to press...

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With the opioid epidemic raging, you may at this point be familiar with Purdue Pharma. It makes the powerful painkiller OxyContin and has been widely blamed for igniting the current crisis. After debuting OxyContin in 1996, Purdue raked in billions using aggressive and deceptive sales tactics, including ratcheting up dosages of the addictive opioid while…
Huge Pharma spend $20 B each year to schmooze docs, $6B on drug advertisements

Huge Pharma spend $20 B each year to schmooze docs, $6B...

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Talk with your doctor… It’s a common refrain at the end of any drug advertisement or disease awareness campaign. Ostensibly, it seems like a responsible suggestion. Talking with your own trusted doctor can help determine if a new drug really is right for you or if you may be suffering from an undiagnosed disease. You…
FDA’s regular food assessments stopped in the middle of federal government shutdown

FDA’s regular food assessments stopped in the middle of federal government...

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Enlarge / A man shops for vegetables beside Romaine lettuce stocked and for sale at a supermarket in Los Angeles, California, on May 2, 2018, where the first death from an E coli contaminated Romaine lettuce outbreak was reported. After a year plagued by deadly E. coli outbreaks linked to widely distributed romaine lettuce, 2019…
“Frightening” truth: Medications polluted with bacteria, glass, carcinogens, secret particles

“Frightening” truth: Medications polluted with bacteria, glass, carcinogens, secret particles

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Enlarge / What else is in there? An investigation by Kaiser Health News into thousands of recent drug recalls reveals a frightening record of medicines in the US being tainted with dangerous bacteria, mold, glass shards, rubber bits, cancer-causing chemicals, mysterious powders, and worrying metal particles. There were also cases of medications with too much or…

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