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FDA Wants An App To Help Solve Opiate Overdoses

Among the many ways to combat a drug epidemic, an app competition is easily the strangest.


The FDA Finally Bans A Bunch Of Pointless Antibacterial Soaps

Sorry, that antibacterial soap isn’t doing anything more to clean you up than any other plain bar of soap.


How US Congress, The FDA And Sarah Jessica Parker Helped EpiPen Become A $1.3 Billion Business

EpiPen, the life-saving allergy product, is now a $US1 billion ($1.3 billion) a year business for Mylan, a drug company that’s currently enduring a wave of bad publicity over the extraordinary surge in US EpiPen pricing. In 2007, an EpiPen in the US cost about $US57 ($75). Today that price has skyrocketed to over $US600 ($787) — all for about $1 worth of injectable medicine.


How Do Scientists Determine If The Food You Eat Is Real?

The amount of “fake food” you eat annually is probably higher than you would like. And no, we’re not talking about food made from plastic.


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.


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