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US Authorities Consider Creating Three-Person Embryos

The US Food and Drug Administration has this week embarked on discussions on a topic sure to prove controversial: the idea of creating embryos from the DNA of three people.


US Authorities Approve Swallowable PillCam After Nine Years

Straight out of a ’70s sci-fi film, PillCam has long existed as a means to image your insides — but only now has the US government approved the device for use inside the colon. During an eight-hour trip through your gut, the pill-shaped camera transmits images to a device on your belt. The images aren’t as good as a traditional colonoscopy, but many individuals struggle to undergo that procedure — which makes the device incredibly useful.


23andMe Stops Performing Health-Related Genetic Testing

Following demands issued by the US Food and Drug Administration late last month, 23andMe has ceased all health-related genetic testing until further notice.


23andMe Must Stop Selling DNA Tests, Says US Authorities

Something’s not quite right about 23andMe’s DNA analysis kits, and the US Food and Drug Administration is on it. The agency ordered 23andMe to stop selling the kits until the Google-backed company can prove that they actually work. Sounds reasonable.


Trans Fats: What They Are, And Why The FDA Is Finally Banning Them

Today, just over 100 years after the advent of trans fats, the US Food and Drug Adnimistration has announced that it’s taking the first steps toward banning them outright, removing them from the “Generally Recognised As Safe” list and out of the American food supply. It’s about time.


The FDA Isn't Inspecting Food During The US Government Shutdown

E-coli outbreaks crop up every now and then. Some are more widespread then others, but if they’re related to food and especially if that food may have crossed state lines, the US FDA (Food and Drug Administration) starts tracing to find the source. If foodborne bacteria cause an outbreak in the US today, though, the FDA won’t do anything. Because the FDA is closed.


US Authorities Decide Gluten-Free Foods Don't Actually Have To Be Gluten-Free

As more and more Americans self-diagnose gluten sensitivities, the US Food and Drug Administration has finally gotten around to enforcing some standards on what foods can carry a gluten-free label. Quite surprisingly, they don’t actually have to be free of gluten.


US Authorities Approve Cap That Diagnoses ADHD More Accurately

Just because Billy is super-hyperactive and can’t sit still doesn’t necessarily mean he has ADHD. But unfortunately he might be identified as such. These kinds of medical mistakes could be avoided with a new brainwave-measuring cap that US authorities have just approved to help diagnose ADHD.


US Authorities Shutter Illegal Prescription Drugs Websites

We’ve all seen those pop-up ads peddling discount prescription drugs from Canadian pharmacies. Ohhhh! Cheap Xanax! They always seem a little dubious. As of this week, you’re probably going to see fewer of them.


US Authorities May Approve Drugs To Counteract Nuclear Radiation

With the current state of things, it’s nearly impossible to turn on the news without hearing some passing reference to chemical or nuclear warfare. And while we usually have at least some countermeasure ready to minimise damages from the former, it’s the nuclear part that leaves us biologically defenceless.