• FDA Jan 14

    Weight-Loss Drug Belviq May Carry Cancer Risk, FDA Warns

    Federal regulators are alerting the public that the prescription weight-loss drug Belviq may be associated with an increased risk of cancer, though it’s unclear how big of a risk that might be, NBC News reported....
    The Food and Drug Administration published the alert Tuesday afternoon, saying that a clinical trial assessing the medication’s safety showed a “possible increased risk of cancer.” Belviq is...

  • NDMA Jan 10

    FDA Recalls More Antacids Containing Traces of Carcinogen

    The Food and Drug Administration has recalled several more lots of heartburn medications, including more generic versions of Zantac, that have been found to contain trace amounts of a substance that may be linked to cancer, NBC News reported.

  • vaping Jan 2

    Trump Plan to Curb Teen Vaping Exempts Some Flavors

    U.S. health officials will ban most flavored e-cigarettes popular with underage teenagers, but their plan includes major exceptions that benefit vaping manufacturers, retailers and adults who use the nicotine-emitting devices....


    The Trump administration announced Thursday that it will prohibit fruit, candy, mint and dessert flavors from small, cartridge-based e-cigarettes that are popular with high school students. But menthol and tobacco-flavored e-cigarettes...

  • pet health Dec 29, 2019

    Vets Alarmed by Cases of Dog Heart Problems Linked to Grain-Free Food

    A growing list of pet owners who have purchased healthy-sounding dog food have found that their pets have developed a serious heart problem called dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM), NBC News reports. The Food and Drug Administration last year announced a possible link between the condition, which can cause heart failure, and grain-free pet foods, which replace grains with ingredients like peas,...

  • Ebola Dec 20, 2019

    FDA Approves First Ebola Vaccine in the US

    The Food and Drug Administration announced Thursday the approval of a vaccine to prevent the deadly Ebola virus, NBC News reports.

  • FDA Dec 14, 2019

    US Approves Fish Oil-Based Drug for Cutting Heart Risks

    U.S. regulators have approved expanded use of a fish oil-based drug for preventing serious heart complications in certain patients. The Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved Vascepa for reducing risk of potentially deadly or disabling cardiac complications.

  • Nov 21, 2019

    Sens. Collins and Romney Join President Trump for Lunch

    A New England senator was part of a group of eight that joined President Donald Trump for a Thursday lunch at the White House. The group of Republican senators included former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, currently a senator from Utah, Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky and others.

  • Nov 21, 2019

    Key Moments From House Testimony of Hill and Holmes

    Former White House adviser Fiona Hill and David Holmes, a political counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv, testified during Thursday’s impeachment hearing. Watch the key moments from their testimony.

  • Nov 21, 2019

    Popular Salad Bowls Recalled in Tri-State, Nearly 2 Dozen Other States Over E. coli Fears

    A New Jersey-based company is recalling nearly 100,000 pounds of salad products that contain meat or poultry over concerns the lettuce may be contaminated with E. coli, federal officials said Thursday.

  • Nov 20, 2019

    Some Cheese Nips Snacks Pulled From Retail Shelves Nationwide Over Plastic Concerns

    A limited quantity of Cheese Nips (11 oz. boxes) are being yanked from United States grocery shelves because of the potential presence of small pieces of plastic, the FDA announced Wednesday.

  • Nov 7, 2019

    Vaping-Related Lung Injuries Grow to Over 2,000

    The CDC reported that the number of vaping-related injuries grew by 8% over the last week, reaching 2,051 confirmed cases across the U.S.

  • Nov 7, 2019

    Whole Foods Recalls Dozens of Vegetable Products Nationwide

    Whole Foods Market has announced it is recalling multiple vegetable products from its stores nationwide, days after the company that sells to the grocer and others yanked its veggies over concern about possible bacterial contamination.  The company that sells to Whole Foods and other retailers, Mann Packing Co., said last week it was pulling vegetable products after it was...

  • Nov 6, 2019

    Convenience Store Owners Close Up Shop to Protest Proposed Ban on Menthol Cigarettes

    Convenience stores across Massachusetts closed up shop for part of Wednesday so that owners could protest proposed regulations that would take menthol cigarettes off their shelves. About a thousand members of the Boston Convenience Store Owners Association and as well as owners of other stores across the Commonwealth, shut down their businesses in solidarity to take part in the noon...

  • Nov 2, 2019

    Frozen Raspberries Recalled Due to Possible Hepatitis A Contamination

    Frozen raspberries sold at Aldi Grocery Stores and Raley’s Family of Fine Stores have been recalled after it was discovered that some were potentially contaminated with Hepatitis A virus.

  • Oct 25, 2019

    Walmart, CVS, Rite Aid Pull J&J Baby Powder From Shelves After FDA Finds Sub-Trace Levels of Asbestos

    Walmart, CVS Health and Rite Aid are pulling all containers of Johnson & Johnson’s 22-ounce baby powder after the FDA found sub-trace amounts of asbestos, the companies confirmed Thursday. “CVS Pharmacy is complying with Johnson & Johnson’s voluntary recall of Johnson’s Baby Powder 22 oz. and is removing this product from all stores and from CVS.com,” spokesman Mike DeAngelis said...

  • Oct 23, 2019

    FDA Approves Drug That Could Treat 90% of Cystic Fibrosis Patients

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Wednesday that it has approved the first drug combination to treat most cystic fibrosis patients. Boston-based company Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc. created Trikafta, which combined three drugs in one. Trikafta has been approved for those aged 12 and older with at least one F508del mutation, which affects 90%, or 27,000 patients, with the lung...

  • Oct 18, 2019

    Some Johnson’s Baby Powder Recalled After Positive Asbestos Test

    Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc. said it was voluntarily recalling a single lot of its Johnson’s Baby Powder in response to a federal test indicating the presence of “sub-trace” levels of asbestos, the company said in a statement Friday.

  • Oct 4, 2019

    FDA Approves Second Drug Descovy to Prevent HIV Infection

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the second drug to help prevent HIV infections on Thursday. Descovy is a PrEP or pre-exposure prophylaxis drug, which means the drug is taken daily to lower the risk of getting HIV among people who don’t have the disease but are at risk. “PrEP drugs are highly effective when taken as indicated in...

  • Sep 29, 2019

    FDA Warns Pet Owners Not to Feed Their Dogs a Certain Food After Salmonella Found in Samples

    In a statement, the FDA says two samples of raw pet food were collected during an inspection of Bravo Packing Inc. – the manufacturer of Performance Dog raw pet food. They say both samples tested positive, but one of the samples had not been distributed yet.

  • Sep 25, 2019

    CT Vaping Stores See Boost After Massachusetts Ban

    Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker declared a public health emergency Tuesday allowing him to enact the ban, prompting some to head to Connecticut vape shops just over the border.

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