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Research, the Avian Flu and Bioterrorism

Filed in Public Health by on January 26, 2012 0 Comments
Research, the Avian Flu and Bioterrorism
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In their zeal to keep us all alive, it seems fair to say that public health officials love bioterrorism preparedness measures. In fact, the only thing they might love planning for more is pandemics. So last month, when researchers at two different facilities revealed they were able to mutate the virulent H5N1 avian flu strain […]

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Are Fat Taxes All the New Rage?

Filed in Public Health by on November 8, 2011 3 Comments
Are Fat Taxes All the New Rage?
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The world’s first fat tax is finally here. Well, it’s not actually here (New Jersey’s Star Ledger Newspaper took the time to say “fat chance” to such a plan working in the U.S.), but it has been officially enacted in Denmark. The tax applies to all foods that have a saturated fat content greater than […]

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FDA’s ‘Bad Ad’ Program is in Full Effect

Filed in Uncategorized by on September 14, 2011 0 Comments
FDA’s ‘Bad Ad’ Program is in Full Effect
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Last spring, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) launched the Truthful Prescription Drug Advertising and Promotion Program (known more accessibly as the “Bad Ad Program“). The goal of the program is to enlist the help of health care professionals, consumers, and industry representatives in noting FDA violations and reporting activities and messages that are false […]

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FDA Drafts Guidance on Mobile Medical Apps

Filed in Food and Drug Administration (FDA) by on September 1, 2011 0 Comments
FDA Drafts Guidance on Mobile Medical Apps
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In an effort to keep up with advancing technology, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has proposed new regulations to monitor medical smartphone applications (apps). The draft proposal states that any mobile app that is intended for use in performing a medical device function meets the definition of a medical device under the Federal Food, […]

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Sunscreen Labeling Rules Revamped

Filed in Public Health by on July 6, 2011 0 Comments
Sunscreen Labeling Rules Revamped
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Last month, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released new regulations for sunscreen manufacturers to update rules from over 30 years ago. The new regulations, which will take effect in 2012, require that sunscreen manufacturers prove certain labeling claims before they can be used on packaging. In an effort to avoid consumer confusion, the FDA […]

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