May 9, 2012 The Food and Drug Administration is proposing that manufacturers of X-ray machines and CT scanners do more to protect children from radiation exposure. If companies don't take steps to limit X-ray doses, the agency may require a label on their new equipment recommending it not be used on children.
February 21, 2012 The 1-800-GET-THIN marketing campaign and its affiliated surgical centers, which implant the Lap-Band for weight-loss, are being investigated by local, state and federal authorities. At least three wrongful death lawsuits have been filed and the Department of Insurance has launched an investigation into allegations of insurance fraud.
December 21, 2011 Clothing, hair and jewelry can get tangled up in the ShoulderFlex massager's rotating parts. And that's a recipe for trouble, the Food and Drug Administration says.
December 13, 2011 The Food and Drug Administration has warned a marketing company and eight surgery centers in Southern California that their marketing of weight-loss surgery is misleading. Ads touted the benefits without adequately describing the risks.
October 5, 2011 Physicists have found a way to turn a smartphone camera lens into a microscope and a spectrometer. They say both could be handy for doctors in remote areas with few laboratories who need to look at blood samples.
September 1, 2011 Manufacturers of silicone breast implants have done such a poor job of tracking patients that it's impossible to know if the devices have long-term health and safety risks, consumer advocates said a meeting of experts advising the Food and Drug Administration.
August 11, 2011 Making CT scans safer should start with simple step of figuring out how much radiation you actually need to get the job done, researchers say.
July 29, 2011 The way the Food and Drug Administration evaluates a big swath of medical devices before they are offered for sale is flawed according to a report just released by the independent Institute of Medicine. The expert panel recommends scrapping the current approach.
July 28, 2011 Approximately one in three kidney failure patients have antibodies that make it hard to receive a kidney transplant. But a new treatment can clean their blood of the antibodies prior to transplant. The patients who received it had a much higher survival rate than those who stayed on dialysis or took conventional anti-rejection drugs.
May 6, 2011 Last year, almost half of the $16 million collected by the Heart Rhythm Society came from makers of drugs and devices, ProPublica reports. More than $5 million in industry largesse came in the form of sponsorships and support of the group's big annual meeting.
March 8, 2011 The cartridge leaks could mean people get less insulin than they need or lead the alarms on their pumps to fail. The recall of leaky cartridges is the latest in a parade of quality-related problems at Johnson & Johnson.