Good Question: How Are Herbal Supplements Regulated?Lamar Odom was found unconscious at a brothel in Nevada after ten tablets of so-called "herbal Viagra" in recent days. But drugs and herbal supplements are not regulated in the same way by the federal government. Why not? Good Question.
FDA Approves OxyContin For Children 11 And OlderThe Food and Drug Administration on Thursday approved the powerful painkiller OxyContin for a new use in children 11 to 16 who are suffering from severe, long-term pain.
Minnesota Mothers Warn Of Permanent Birth Control ProductWomen are planning protests across the country this week against a form of permanent birth control. The FDA announced it will take another look at Essure, the device marketed as being safer and cheaper alternative to getting your tubes tied.
Chipotle Finishes Removing GMO Ingredients From Its FoodChipotle says it has completed phasing out genetically modified ingredients from its food, making it the first national fast-food chain to do so.
Nylabone Recalls Dog Chew Due To Salmonella RiskPet owners should be on the lookout for certain treats that could pose a danger to both dogs and people. Nylabone is recalling its "Puppy Starter Kit" because the dog chews may have been contaminated with salmonella.
Good Question: What's Wrong With Antibiotics In Our Food?McDonald’s announced Wednesday that it will phase out its practice of using chickens raised with human antibiotics over the next two years.
Health Officials Link Calif. Apple Packer To Listeria DeathsStrains of listeria found inside a California apple packing facility match listeria bacteria that have sickened 32 people across the country, including at least three deaths, the Food and Drug Administration said. The illnesses and deaths have been linked to consumption of caramel apples. Health officials warned consumers in December to avoid all prepackaged caramel apples after the deaths and illnesses in 11 states were reported.
Health Watch: New Eye Procedure Could Make Reading Glasses ExtinctWhether you love them or hate them, you may need them to read. "Cheaters," as they are sometimes called, are those reading glasses you can buy at most drug stores without a prescription.
Good Question: Why So Much Extra Space In Pill Bottles?Ever get a prescription filled and find the bottle only half full? After that happened to WCCO viewer Angela a few times, she wrote to us wanting to know: Why is there so much extra space in pill bottles? "There are several reasons," said pharmacist John Hoeschen. He owns St. Paul Corner Drug on the corner of Snelling and St. Clair avenues.
Good Question: What Kind Of Fish (And How Much Of It) Should We Eat?A new report out says pregnant women should avoid all canned tuna. Consumer Reports said on Thursday it’s concerned about the mercury levels in some kinds of tuna.
Peanut, Almond Butter Recalled For Salmonella RiskA unit of Hain Celestial Group Inc. is recalling some peanut and almond butter because of possible salmonella contamination. The company said Tuesday that there have been reports of four illnesses that may be related to the nut butters.
Good Question: How Do They Count Calories In Food?The list is out for popular restaurant dishes with the worst calorie counts. The Center for Science in the Public Interest reviewed menus at chains across the country.
Health Watch: FDA Approves Device That Helps Spinal Injury Patients Walk A new breakthrough is allowing patients with spinal cord injuries to use a revolutionary device to walk again, at home. The Food and Drug Administration recently cleared the ReWalk from Argo Medical Technologies for personal use. The robot powers hip and knee motion to help paralyzed patients stand and walk.
Minnesota Bans Anti-Bacterial Chemical From Soaps It's widely used nationwide as a germ-killing ingredient in soaps, deodorants and even toothpaste, but it's being banned in Minnesota. Gov. Mark Dayton on Friday signed a bill to make Minnesota the first state to prohibit the use of triclosan in most retail consumer hygiene products. The Minnesota House and Senate passed it earlier last week because of health and environmental concerns about the chemical.
Star Wars-Inspired Bionic Arm Gets FDA Approval Star Wars fans know all about the epic light-saber battle between Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker where Luke loses his right hand.