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This High-Tech Breathalyser Will Make It Impossible For You To Cheat On Your Rehab

The Soberlink Breathalyzer has received clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration for medical use. The webcam- and GPS-enabled device allows rehab centres to remotely measure alcohol in a client’s breath, ensuring compliance with treatment.


US Feds Allow Experimental Cancer Trial To Resume Despite Recent Deaths

Just days after shutting down tests of a groundbreaking new cancer therapy in the wake of three patient deaths, the US Food and Drug Administration has said the trials can resume. So what changed?


US Feds Call Warn Against Whole Body Cryotherapy

A growing number of businesses are offering whole body cryotherapy, telling customers it can treat everything from asthma and Alzheimer’s right through to insomnia and arthritis. The US Food and Drug Administration is finally speaking out on the practice, saying there’s no evidence to back the many purported benefits — and that it’s actually quite dangerous.


Terrifying Laser Bazooka Is Like A Handheld Death Star

In the right hands, broken electronics can be turned into something useful again. But useful isn’t the best way to describe Drake Anthony’s 200-watt laser bazooka made from a bunch of old DLP projectors that he bought off eBay. Words like incredibly “dangerous”, “do-not-try-this-at-home” or “are you crazy?” seem more appropriate.


New Weight-Loss Device Sucks Food Directly Out Of Your Stomach

Though it bears some resemblance to a Tim and Eric sketch, the AspireAssist is a very real medical device, approved by the US FDA for installation in people 22 or older “with a body mass index of 35 to 55, and who have failed to achieve and maintain weight loss through non-surgical weight-loss therapy”. It allows patients to drain predigested food from their stomachs into a nearby toilet.


Evaporated Cane Juice Is Just Sugar

You may have noticed a subtle change on your food ingredients list. Big, bad sugar is being replaced by the fresher, greener sounding evaporated cane juice. But how does this ingredient differ from sugar? It doesn’t, says the FDA.


FDA Moves To Ban Shock Devices Used To Treat Behavioural Problems

The US Food and Drug Administration wants to ban electrical stimulation devices used to treat behavioural problems, saying they pose an “unreasonable and substantial” risk to public health. Uh, you think?


It's About To Get Even Harder To Track Food Poisoning Outbreaks

Tracking food poisoning cases is laborious detective work, and sometimes the culprit is never revealed. Now the task of identifying sources of contamination could be even harder — and, paradoxically, it’s because of a test designed to diagnosis food poisoning faster and easier than ever before.


Proposed FDA Guidelines Remind Us How Terrible Tanning Booths Are To Our Health

The US Food and Drug Administration is proposing that minors be restricted from using tanning beds, and that adults sign a waiver acknowledging the risks. Given similar guidelines elsewhere in the world, and in consideration of the many health risks involved, these measures are long overdue.


These People Took DDT Pills In The 1970s To Prove It Was Safe

In 1971 two people in North Hollywood started eating DDT pills every day. That’s right, they willingly swallowed 10mg of poison every single day for three months. In front of witnesses.


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