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Vital Signs
Salmonella cases down, but other foodborne bacteria still a problem
By Steven Ross Johnson | April 17, 2014
Little progress has been made toward reducing food poisoning in the U.S., according to new federal data.
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Information
FDA warns of risks with fibroid removal procedure
By Associated Press | April 17, 2014
The Food and Drug Administration is warning women that a device-assisted procedure for treating fibroids could inadvertently spread cancer from the uterus to other parts of the body.
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Massachusetts cannot ban FDA-approved painkiller, judge rules
By Washington Post | April 16, 2014
A federal judge on Tuesday blocked an effort by Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick to ban sales of a controversial new painkiller in the state, saying the governor's move was pre-empted by federal law and could harm people who need the drug for pain relief.
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News
FDA should regulate e-cig marketing, sales, lawmakers urge
By Rachel Landen | April 14, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Lawmakers once again called for action today by the Food and Drug Administration to regulate the electronic cigarette industry, issuing a congressional report showing increased marketing of e-cigarettes to youth.
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Magazine
FDA electronic cigarette regulations looming
By Steven Ross Johnson | April 05, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Long-awaited rules regulating the production and marketing of electronic cigarettes could be a breath away, Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Dr. Margaret Hamburg told a Senate subcommittee last week.
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Magazine
FDA calls for risk-rating health IT
By Jaimy Lee | April 05, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
The Food and Drug Administration has proposed that health information technology products should be classified into three categories based on their potential risks to patient safety, rather than by their technology platform.
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E-cig rule coming 'very soon,' U.S. FDA chief says
By Reuters | April 04, 2014
The Food and Drug Administration is "pushing very hard" to release a proposed rule that would establish its authority over e-cigarettes, Commissioner Margaret Hamburg said on Thursday amid concerns the products pose a risk to children. Hamburg told senators at a congressional budget hearing that it...
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FDA calls for classifying health IT products by patient-safety risk level
By Jaimy Lee | April 03, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The Food and Drug Administration proposed regulating health information technologies based on their potential risks to patient safety, rather than by the technology platform they utilize.
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Vital Signs
FDA redefines terms 'spouse' and 'family' to include same-sex partners
By Virgil Dickson | April 03, 2014
The Food and Drug Administration is redefining its definitions of the terms “spouse” and “family” to included legally married same-sex individuals.
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News
E-cigarette youth poisonings on the rise
By Steven Ross Johnson | April 03, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Calls to U.S. poison centers reporting toxic exposure to electronic cigarettes climbed from one per month in September 2010 to 215 in February of 2014, federal health officials reported Thursday.
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