| Feb 27, 2014
| 10:59 AM
Aiming to give Americans the tools to make healthier dietary choices, the Food and Drug Administration has unveiled a revamped version of one of the nation's most recognized graphics -- the "Nutrition Facts" box that appears on the back or side of...
| Mar 2, 2014
| 5:00 AM
Peter Altschuler's back surgery had been a long time coming. The 66-year-old marketing professional and actor from Santa Monica slipped a disc about 10 years ago, and he's been coping with it ever since.
A series of injections kept him pain-free for...
| Feb 27, 2014
| 5:37 PM
The Generic Pharmaceutical Assn. says a proposed federal regulation that would allow makers of generic drugs to inform people about all known health risks would create "dangerous confusion" and have "harmful consequences for patients."
And why would...
| Feb 26, 2014
| 6:11 PM
It's billed as a faster, safer and more accurate way of screening expectant mothers for fetal abnormalities like Down syndrome, and proponents say it has already become the standard for prenatal care.
But as a handful of California companies market...
| Feb 28, 2014
Re "Farmers caught up in food safety net," Feb. 23
Contrary to what an anecdote in this article implies, the Food Safety Modernization Act does not give Food and Drug Administration inspectors the power to impose fines on organic or other farmers. Plus,...
| Feb 27, 2014
| 1:57 PM
Condemned Oklahoma inmates filed a lawsuit this week seeking details about the drugs that will be used to execute them amid a growing national debate about how to deal with the shortage of lethal injection drugs.
Oklahoma, Ohio, Missouri and other death...
| Feb 16, 2014
Could you have low testosterone?
That's the question Abbott Laboratories (now AbbVie) has been urging men to consider with its "Is It Low T?" awareness campaign, a highly effective effort to change how doctors and the public think about managing aging...
| Feb 14, 2014
| 2:40 PM
Lengthy lists of drug side effects recited in TV ads are so baffling that they may cause consumers to overlook the worst harms of the medicine, U.S. regulators said.
The Food and Drug Administration said Friday that it is studying whether disclosure...
| Feb 15, 2014
While recreational marijuana is legal in just two states (for now), 20 states plus the District of Columbia already allow marijuana for medicinal uses, and up to nine other states may soon follow suit. Many patients swear that cannabis helps ease their...
| Feb 25, 2014
The manipulation of human genes could lead to profound advances in our ability to cure or prevent terrible diseases. But in some cases, it might also mean introducing genetic material that could be passed from one generation to the next, changing the...
| Feb 24, 2014
| 10:00 AM
The opening of the first Trader Joe’s store in Boise, Idaho, has become the latest front in a campaign to get the Monrovia company to stop selling meat from animals raised with antibiotics.
Consumers Union, which publishes Consumers Report...