Food and Drug Administration (FDA)


Mon August 4, 2014

This Forensic Technology Can Tell If There Are Drugs In Your Milk

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.
Credit Amy Mayer / Harvest Public Media

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.

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Mon June 23, 2014

New Hepatitis C Drug's Cost A Steep Climb For Colorado

Screencap of the website for Sovaldi, a new drug to treat hepatitis C.
Gilead Sciences, Inc.

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.

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Wed May 21, 2014

Should HPV Testing Replace The Pap Smear?

Originally published on Wed May 21, 2014 12:15 pm

Two cervical cancer cells divide in this image from a scanning electron microscope.
Steve Gschmeissner Getty Images/Science Photo Libra

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.

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Thu April 3, 2014
Shots - Health News

Growing Evidence That A Party Drug Can Help Severe Depression

Originally published on Thu April 3, 2014 4:41 pm

Clubgoers prize Special K's hallucinogenic experience, but scientists like it better as a depression treatment.

Teens call it "Special K," a club drug that produces hallucinatory, out-of-body effects. But evidence is mounting that it's also a fast-acting treatment for patients with severe depression.

The latest study shows that ketamine, an FDA-approved anesthetic, can act in a matter of days for some people who don't respond to traditional antidepressants. Those drugs don't work for 40 percent of patients.

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Fri March 7, 2014

Padlock The Milk! FDA’s Push To Safeguard The Food Supply

Since 9/11, many companies have taken steps to protect their operations from intentional contamination. Central Dairy trucks of Jefferson City, Mo., have multiple locks to prevent milk and ice cream from being tampered with. Still, the FDA believes its ru
Abbie Fentress Swanson Harvest Public Media