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.
Health Watch: FDA Approves New Treatment For Sleep ApneaThe Food and Drug Administration has approved a new treatment for sleep apnea. Millions of Americans suffer from the sleeping disease and the new treatment would help those who are unable to use the traditional mask treatment.
New Allergy Tablets May Be Pain-Free Alternative To ShotsForty percent of us suffer from some kind of seasonal allergies. But the best relief - allergy shots injected monthly or even weekly - can be painful. But Tuesday, the Food and Drug Administration will consider approving an allergy tablet that gives the same kind of help, but without the pain. After years of suffering, Kris Phillips needs a weekly trip to the doctor to get relief. "My allergies are under control," Phillips said. "I can sleep through the night and not get up 10 different times because I can't breathe."
FDA: Tainted Jerky Treats Sicken Thousands Of PetsThe Food and Drug Administration is warning pet owners of tainted jerky treats from China after seeing a surge in illnesses. Since 2007, the FDA says 3,600 dogs and 10 cats have gotten sick, and about 580 of those pets have died.
Not Getting Enough Sleep? There's An App For ThatAre you getting enough sleep at night? Many who don't turn to medications. But what about using your phone to get an extra few minutes of sleep? We are taking a closer look at smartphone sleep apps to determine if they're good for your health.
Judge: Girls Of All Ages Can Use Morning-After PillsA federal judge has made a ruling on the so-called morning after pill, saying the government must make it available over the counter -- for girls of all ages.
FDA Pledges Support For Med Tech InitiativeThe Food and Drug Administration says it will collaborate with medical device manufacturers on a public-private partnership designed to speed up the development of new medical technology.
Norwalk Fruit Distributor Recalls Cherry Tomatoes A central Iowa fruit and vegetable distributor is recalling several lots of cherry tomatoes after the grower notified the distributor that Salmonella was found in random sample testing by the Food and Drug Administration.
5-Hour Energy Drinks Linked To 13 Deaths; FDA InvestigatingThe Food and Drug Association is investigating after learning that 5-Hour Energy drinks were cited in 13 deaths.
Feds Cut Number Of MN Clinics That Got NECC DrugsThe federal government now says 111 Minnesota clinics received drugs from a Massachusetts pharmacy at the center of a fungal meningitis outbreak. That's 18 fewer clinics than state officials reported last week after receiving a different provider list, and they don't know why the number changed.
Doctor: Halloween Contacts Can Cause Health Horrors Those cosmetic contacts that some wear on Halloween to create a spooky theme are actually a prescription for problems, according to a Twin Cities doctor and the Food and Drug Administration.
129 MN Clinics Received Injectable Drugs From NECCEven more people may be at risk of getting meningitis than initially thought. The FDA is warning that a second steroid is now linked to fungal meningitis.
Pharmacy Linked To Outbreak Issues Wide RecallThe pharmacy that distributed a steroid linked to an outbreak of fungal meningitis has issued a voluntary recall of all of its products. The New England Compounding Center announced the recall on Saturday.
Salmonella At Ind. Farm Matches Outbreak Strain The Food and Drug Administration says salmonella found at a cantaloupe farm in southwestern Indiana matches the "DNA fingerprint" of the salmonella responsible for a deadly outbreak that sickened people in 21 states.
FDA Clears First New Weight-Loss Pill In 13 Years The Food and Drug Administration has approved Arena Pharmaceutical's anti-obesity pill Belviq, the first new prescription drug for long-term weight loss to enter the U.S. market in over a decade.