The U.S. Department of Defense has awarded a $2 million contract to Colorado State University’s Biopharmaceutical Manufacturing and Academic Resource Center, to help develop a vaccine to protect against Ebola and similar viruses.
Snake venom, vitamin C, Nano Silver and herbs have all been pitched online as a treatment or cure for Ebola. None has the backing of the FDA.
"Unfortunately during public health threats such as Ebola, fraudulent products that claim to prevent, treat, cure disease often appear on the market almost overnight," says Gary Coody, the FDA's national health fraud coordinator. In particular, the FDA wants consumers to beware Ebola "cures" peddled online.
Dairy cows like these on Dorine Boelen's farm in Brooklyn, Iowa, can be treated with antibiotics, but their bodies must be free of the medication before they are allowed to contribute milk to the food supply.
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TV shows like “CSI” have made forensics a hot topic, spawning books and even science programs for kids. The same technology used at crime scenes to link a stray hair to a suspect can also find antibiotics or other medications in milk and meat. And the use of sophisticated testing is becoming increasingly available for livestock producers, who stand to lose lots of money if their products are tainted.
Starting in June, Colorado’s Medicaid agency will cover a breakthrough hepatitis C drug on a case-by-case basis, while it decides who will qualify for the potentially life-saving drug, and who will not.
Robin Reath was getting a routine checkup recently when her doctor brought up something new about cervical cancer screening.
"We might be doing something a little bit different than what we've been doing in the past when we've screened you," said Dr. Andrea Singer, an internist at the MedStar Georgetown University Hospital in Washington.