December 3, 2012 The number of Americans with diabetes is set to skyrocket in the next 40 years. Social media has given patients an online support network and information repository for dealing with their disease. Big drug companies are hopping on the bandwagon as well.
November 21, 2012 Easier access to oral contraceptives could reduce unintended pregnancies, doctors say. But the Food and Drug Administration would have to allow purchases of the pill without a prescription, and that's not going to happen anytime soon.
November 7, 2012 Xeljanz, a new rheumatoid arthritis drug, is the first one that works by blocking enzymes called janus kinases. They play a communication role inside the body and are involved in inflammation associated with rheumatoid arthritis.
October 26, 2012 FDA officials say the New England Compounding Center's own environmental monitoring showed multiple instances of contamination going back nearly nine months before an outbreak of meningitis linked to one the company's drugs. The company's knowledge of contamination problems and its failure to act are among the most damning findings to come out investigations of the pharmacy.
October 23, 2012 Newly released death reports and a lawsuit against Monster Energy raise more questions and public scrutiny on the risks of drinking the high levels of caffeine found in supersized energy drinks, especially in teens.
September 21, 2012 In the British TV sensation, a servant's attempt to correct a debilitating limp with a dubious device ends in blood and disappointment. Despite tighter regulation over the years, quack devices remain a threat.
September 19, 2012 Levels of inorganic arsenic found in rice worry some, but the FDA says more study is needed before it would recommend consumers change their diets. If you're worried, vary the grains in your diet and swap out sweet potatoes for rice as baby's first food, consumer groups say.
September 3, 2012 The path to better medical treatments may require us to rethink how we carry out the testing of new therapies, argues commentator Stuart Kauffman.
August 23, 2012 Federal and state health investigators have identified outbreaks of skin infections linked to tattoos in four states. At least 14 people in New York were infected by ink that was apparently contaminated during manufacturing.
August 15, 2012 The Food and Drug Administration is looking into the risks of codeine, after three children died while taking the medicine to relieve pain following tonsillectomies. Those kids and another one who almost died appear to have had a gene that made the codeine particularly potent inside their bodies.
July 18, 2012 Qsymia was approved for treating obese adults or those who are overweight and have one weight-related condition, such as diabetes, high blood pressure or high cholesterol. The drug can cause birth defects and will only be sold through approved mail-order pharmacies.
July 13, 2012 Making generic drugs available through a U.S. AIDS relief fund has opened access to HIV treatment for millions of people around the world, a study finds.
July 10, 2012 There's been an explosion in apps designed to help people stay healthy and manage chronic diseases. The Food and Drug Administration has announced plans to regulate some of these apps to make sure they're not putting patients at risk. But that's triggered a debate over whether government regulation may end up doing more harm than good.
July 4, 2012 Besides damaging your skin, the summer sun's ultraviolet rays can also hurt your eyes. Over time, exposure to UV rays can can raise the risk for cataracts and other eye problems. Take care by wearing proper sunglasses.