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A deep dive into cellular aging

Scientists at Sanford Burnham Prebys and Harvard University have discovered that mitochondria trigger senescence, the sleep-like state of aged cells, through communication with the cell's nucleus--and identified an FDA-approved drug that helped suppress the damaging effects of the condition in cells and mice. The discovery, published in Genes & Development, could lead to treatments that promote healthy aging or prevent age-associated diseases such as cancer, Alzheimer's disease, heart disease an...
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Are plastic containers safe for our food?

The industry says its containers are safe but some experts point to a lack of data and warn that plastic and heat aren’t a good mixMany of us have an overflowing kitchen cupboard of plastic containers to store our leftovers.But as awareness grows over the health and environmental pitfalls of plastic, some consumers may be wondering: is it time to ditch that stash of old deli containers?Only 9% of all the plastic waste ever created has been recycled. From its contributions to global heating and p...
Tags: Science, US, Switzerland, Fda, New York University, Environmental Science Technology, BPA, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC, US Food and Drug Administration FDA, FCS, Nias, BPF, FPF, Emily Holden, Leo Trasande, New York University 's Grossman School of Medicine


Are plastic containers safe for our food? Experts say it’s hard to know

The plastics industry says its containers are safe but some experts advise consumers to avoid heating them and advocate using glass or metal instead Many of us have an overflowing kitchen cupboard of plastic containers to store our leftovers.But as awareness grows over the health and environmental pitfalls of plastic, some consumers may be wondering: is it time to ditch that stash of old deli containers?Only 9% of all the plastic waste ever created has been recycled. From its contributions to gl...
Tags: Science, US, Switzerland, Fda, New York University, Environmental Science Technology, BPA, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC, US Food and Drug Administration FDA, FCS, Nias, BPF, FPF, Emily Holden, Leo Trasande, New York University 's Grossman School of Medicine


China Reports Over 15,000 Coronavirus Cases in Single Day Using New Diagnostic Guidelines

China reported 15,152 new cases of the coronavirus on Thursday, according to state broadcaster Xinhua, the largest jump in a single day and up significantly from the few thousand confirmed cases China typically reports daily. Chinese health authorities also reported 254 new deaths, the largest number in a single day…Read more...
Tags: Science, Cdc, China, Fda, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Wuhan, Xinhua, Centers for Disease Control, Hubei Province, Scott Gottlieb, Ying Yong, Jiang Chaoliang, Coronavirus, Covid 19


Research calls for graphic warning labels to be added to cigarette packages

Experts at the Center for Tobacco Research and The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center are making a case for why the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) proposed rule to add 13 new graphic warnings for cigarette packages and advertisements should be allowed to go into effect.
Tags: Science, Fda, U S Food and Drug Administration, Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center, Center for Tobacco Research


What would it take to make FMT mainstream? Two publications consider the opportunities

Fecal microbiota transplant treatment for most microbiome-associated diseases has not been rigorously studied in humans--and any such studies would be subject to regulation by the Food and Drug Administration. In a pair of forums publishing February 12 in the journal Cell Host & Microbe, clinicians and an FDA scientist detail some areas of FMT research that could facilitate the development of safe and effective FMT therapies for patients.
Tags: Science, Food And Drug Administration, Fda, FMT, Cell Host Microbe


FDA Now Lets Lab Animals Go Up For Adoption

Federal animal testing, while still controversial, is now a little less macabre thanks to a recent policy amendment by the Food and Drug Administration.Read more...
Tags: Science, Animals, Usda, Animal Welfare, Fda, Animal Testing, Laboratory, Food and Drug Administration Read


'Fluorescent markers' to illuminate cancer begins Phase 3 clinical trials

Purdue-discovered intraoperative molecular imaging used to illuminate and target non-small-cell lung cancer shows improved outcomes for 26% of patients in multi-institutional Phase 2 clinical trial, receives FDA fast track.
Tags: Science, Fda, Purdue


FDA Warns Public Away From Deadly Supplements Sold as a Cancer Cure

The Food and Drug Administration is warning the public to stay far away from supplements, touted as a cancer cure, that are made with an ingredient linked to irregular heartbeats, seizures, and even deaths.Read more...
Tags: Death, Science, Supplements, Food And Drug Administration, Fda, FDA Warns Public Away From Deadly Supplements Sold


Researchers successfully test coin-sized smart insulin patch, potential diabetes treatment

The study, published in Nature Biomedical Engineering, describes research conducted on mice and pigs. The research team, led by Zhen Gu, Ph.D., professor of bioengineering at the UCLA Samueli School of Engineering, is applying for FDA approval of clinical trials in humans. Gu and colleagues conducted the initial successful tests of the smart insulin patch in mice in 2015 as part of the UNC/NC State Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering.
Tags: Science, Fda, Gu, Zhen Gu, Nature Biomedical Engineering, UCLA Samueli School of Engineering


Study reveals new way to treat stroke using an already FDA-approved drug

Granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (GCSF) is currently used to treat neutropenia due to chemotherapy and has been successfully used for patients who require bone marrow transplants. The study is the first to report on the neuroprotective effect of GCSF in vivo and showed that it improved neurological deficits that occur in the first few days following cerebral ischemia. GCSF improved long-term behavioral outcomes while also stimulating a neural progenitor recovery response in a mouse model.
Tags: Science, Fda, GCSF


Don't Claim Purell Protects Against Ebola and MRSA, FDA Warns Company

In what can only be described as an incredible dunk, the Food and Drug Administration has sent a letter to Gojo Industries, maker of Purell hand sanitizer, warning that the company is violating federal rules by saying its products can kill “99.99% of most common germs that may cause illness in a healthcare setting,…Read more...
Tags: Science, Healthcare, Food And Drug Administration, Science policy, Fda, Hand Sanitizer, Purell, GOJO Industries, MRSA FDA Warns Company


Doomsday Clocks, Particle Physics Quandaries, and a Talking Mummy: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

Give yourself a pat on the back, folks, because we’ve almost made it through the first month of 2020. For those of you still grinding hard at your New Year’s resolutions, congratulations! As for those of you who’ve already flung yourself hurdling off the wagon, you’re still just as valid and lovely and tomorrow’s…Read more...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Science, Video Games, Tinder, Fda, Coke, Nancy Drew, Doomsday Clock, Best of the week, Best Of Gizmodo, Tiktok, Greta Thunberg, Best Gizmodo Stories


Can psychedelics help treat pain?

Pharmacology professor Richard J. Miller is hopeful for the resurgence in clinical studies of psychedelics.Ibogaine, used in France for decades, is making a comeback in potentially helping curb addiction and treat pain. Psychedelics were deemed illegal for political and not medical reasons, an error we are reinvestigating. None With all the hype regarding the potential for psychedelics to help treat anxiety and depression, with the potential to replace or coexist with SSRIs, there are yet more ...
Tags: Health, Facebook, Science, France, New York City, Africa, America, Chicago, Chemistry, Medical Research, Innovation, Addiction, Fda, Albany, Miller, Derek


E-cigarette popularity on Instagram is still growing despite an FDA anti-vaping campaign

Despite a recent FDA awareness campaign about the hazards of vaping, promotional Instagram posts are 10,000-fold more prevalent than the FDA's #TheRealCost hashtag, shows a recent study. A deep learning analysis of vaping Instagram images further suggests that 70% contain devices and products that are popular among the youngest, beginner e-cigarette users.
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Why the Latest FDA Sunscreen-in-the-Blood Study Shouldn't Scare You

Another U.S. government-led study looking at whether certain sunscreen filters can possibly affect the body is making the rounds. But while its conclusions are worth caring about, you shouldn’t panic, and you definitely shouldn’t stop using sunscreen.Read more...
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Examining changes to FDA approval, regulation of pharmaceuticals over 4 decades

Publicly available and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) data were used in this observational study to describe the number and types of prescription drugs approved from 1983 to 2018 and how the approval process and regulation of drugs changed during this period. Approvals of new generic drugs and biologics increased over this time, as the median annual number of generic drugs approved was 284 from 1985 to 2012 and 588 from 2013 to 2018.
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FDA documents analysis reveals inadequate monitoring of safe opioid use program

A risk-management program set up in 2012 by the US Food and Drug Administration to curb improper prescribing of extended-release and long-acting opioids may not have been effective because of shortcomings in the program's design and execution, according to a paper from researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Extended-release and long-acting opioids, which include oxycontin, account for a significant proportion of the prescription opioid market and are among the most m...
Tags: Science, Fda, US Food and Drug Administration


Can the flu shot help fight cancer?

Physicians and scientists at Rush University Medical Center have found that injecting tumors with influenza vaccines, including some FDA-approved seasonal flu shots, turns cold tumors to hot, a discovery that could lead to an immunotherapy to treat cancer. The study results were published December 30th in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Tags: Science, Fda, Rush University Medical Center


NCI-MATCH: T-DM1 shows promising activity in salivary gland cancer

A discovery from NCI-MATCH, the largest precision medicine cancer trial, relates to patients with salivary gland cancer treated with ado-trastuzumab emtansine (T-DM1), a drug already FDA-approved for certain types of breast cancer. Two of the three NCI-MATCH patients with this rare disease saw their tumors shrink by at least 30% with T-DM1 treatment and the benefit lasted two years for one patient and nine months for the other. Another recent trial reported similar benefits.
Tags: Science, Fda, NCI


Why Did the Pentagon Push the FDA to Approve a Powerful New Opioid?

In November 2018, the Food and Drug Administration approved America’s newest opioid, a formulation of sufentanil called Dsuvia. Sufentanil is the strongest prescription painkiller available—five to 10 times more potent than its parent drug fentanyl, which is in turn 30-50 times more potent than heroin. The outcry over…Read more...
Tags: Science, Drugs, America, Department Of Defense, Pills, Food And Drug Administration, Pentagon, Fda, Medication, Painkillers, Opioids, Opioid Crisis


FDA Bans All the Good Vape Pod Flavors

Following reports this week that such a move was imminent, the Food and Drug Administration is bringing the hammer down on your beloved, fruity pre-filled e-cigarettes capsules in an attempt to curb the rise of youth vaping in the U.S.Read more...
Tags: Science, Smoking, Food And Drug Administration, Fda, Vaping, Juul, Teen Vaping


FDA Is Reportedly Preparing to Ban Fruity E-Cigarette Pod Flavors

After raising the age restriction on vaping and other tobacco products to 21, the Food and Drug Administration is reportedly readying to ban all pod-based e-cigarette flavors except menthol and tobacco.Read more...
Tags: Science, Smoking, Food And Drug Administration, Fda, Vaping, Juul, Smoking Cessation


Pharmacies leave customers hanging when it comes to disposing of antibiotics and opioids

A telephone survey conducted by researchers at UC San Francisco found that fewer than half of California pharmacies provided disposal instructions meeting US Food and Drug Administration guidelines, and just 10% followed the FDA's preferred recommendation to take back unused medications from their customers.
Tags: Science, California, Fda, US Food and Drug Administration, UC San Francisco


FDA Makes It Official: Legal Smoking and Vaping Age Raised to 21

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has officially raised the legal smoking age from 18 t0 21. The measure marks a culmination of a monthslong, bi-partisan campaign aimed at curbing the use of tobacco products— particularly electronic cigarettes—among youth amid rising concerns about the health effects of vaping.Read more...
Tags: Health, Science, Smoking, Fda, Vaping, E Cigarettes, Juul, U S Food and Drug Administration


FDA Approves the First Drug of Its Kind to Treat Acute Migraines

People dealing with painful migraines will soon have a new treatment available. This week, the Food and Drug Administration approved a unique drug meant to shorten acute migraine episodes. It’s the latest treatment for a condition that’s historically had few. Read more...
Tags: Science, Drugs, Food And Drug Administration, Fda, Pain, Migraines


The 2020s: The decade of psychedelic breakthroughs?

Michael Ehlers, a former executive at Biogen and Pfizer, has assumed an advisory role with Field Trip, a psychedelics research organization. Ehlers has followed the science of psychedelics for more than a decade and is excited by the potential for therapeutic applications.MDMA and psilocybin have been granted breakthrough therapy status by the FDA, signaling a shift in the future of mental health treatment. None Beyond the bright colors and hallucinogenic imagery of psychedelic art—the visuals ...
Tags: Facebook, Politics, Science, Marijuana, Reagan, Capitalism, Innovation, Addiction, Fda, Health Care, Pfizer, Michael, Derek, Mdma, Nixon, Parkinson


CBD Isn't Just a Harmless Health Fad, FDA Warns

The Food and Drug Administration still isn’t cutting cannabidiol, or CBD, much slack. This week, the agency updated their stance on the cannabis-derived ingredient, warning the public that most products made with CBD on the market are untested, unregulated, and have the “potential to harm” users. It also issued more…Read more...
Tags: Science, Drugs, Cannabis, Food And Drug Administration, Fda, Cbd


FDA approves 'miracle' treatment for cystic fibrosis

Esiason, the son of former NFL quarterback Boomer Esiason, has been living with CF since 1993, and, in an interview with ABC News, said that the disease didn't significantly affect his life until he was a college student. Cystic fibrosis is a progressive genetic disorder that results in a dysfunctional protein called CFTR that transports chloride and water across cell membranes.
Tags: Science, NFL, Fda, Abc News, Boomer Esiason, Esiason


95% of U.S. baby foods contain toxic metals. Here's what parents should know.

A new investigation tested 168 baby food products for arsenic, lead, cadmium and mercury, all of which are toxic metals that can damage brain development in infants.Nearly all of the foods tested contained at least one of the metals, and 1 in 4 contained all four metals.The authors of the report recommended five steps for finding alternative baby foods with less toxins. None Almost all of the baby food products tested in a new investigation contained traces of toxic heavy metals that can damag...
Tags: Food, Science, Parenting, Children, Brain, Innovation, Fda, Brody, Gerber, Charlotte Brody, Healthy Babies Bright Futures HBBF, Toxic Elements Working Group, Baby Food Council, HBBF, WebMD Brody



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