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US Authorities Find Even More Vials Of Diseases In Forgotten Storage Room

So remember how scientists found unapproved vials of smallpox in a forgotten storage room a few weeks ago? Turns out, they weren’t quite finished yet. Now, officials have revealed they have actually uncovered over 300 vials of pathogens including dengue, influenza and spotted fever. Whoops.


US Drug Administration Wants Companies To Tweet Side Effects

Realising that social media isn’t a passing fad, the Food and Drug Administration has finally laid out its highly anticipated guidelines for how US drug companies should act on the internet. The Wall Street Journal reports the agency has laid out tentative regulations, including a proposed rule that if a drug’s side effects and other information can’t be relayed in a single tweet, firms should “reconsider using Twitter for the intended promotional message”.


The FDA Has A Flickr Gallery Of Recalled Products That Could Kill You

If you’ve ever found yourself staring at a dubious bottle of tablets from the back of a bathroom cabinet or suspicious-looking pudding from the local store, help may be at hand. The US Food and Drug Administration runs a wonderfully useful Flickr gallery to which it posts pictures of recalled products that might just kill you.


Study: Some E-Cigs Put Out Tobacco-Like Levels Of Carcinogens

An upcoming study in the peer-reviewed journal Nicotine and Tobacco Research says that some tank-style e-cigarettes emit cancer-causing formaldehyde in their vapour at levels similar to traditional tobacco cigarettes. The New York Times, which revealed the findings ahead of publication, says a second study confirms the results.


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.