Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

2:45pm

Wed August 15, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Safety Flag Raised For Codeine In Kids

When it comes to pain relief for kids, there may be better options than codeine.
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The Food and Drug Administration has warned doctors to be careful with codeine to relieve children's pain.

The agency noted reports of three kids who died and one who almost did after taking codeine following surgery. The kids had their tonsils or adenoids removed to treat obstructive sleep apnea.

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8:18am

Wed August 15, 2012
Listeria Outbreak: One Year Later

Charges Loom As Jensen Farms Listeria Investigation Nears End

United States Department of Agriculture

Federal prosecutors are close to concluding a criminal investigation into last fall’s deadly listeria outbreak linked to cantaloupes grown at Jensen Farms, the I-News Network has learned.

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7:46am

Fri August 10, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Yes, There's Probably A Medical App For That

With thousands of medical apps available for download, patients and physicians can instantly keep visual records of wounds and look up symptoms.
Benjamin Morris NPR

How many calories have I consumed this week? How well did I sleep last night?

What about this thing on my leg — is it infected? What does an ECG for ventricular tachycardia look like again?

Yes, you guessed it. There is an app for that.

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1:02am

Mon June 18, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Consumers Stuck With Murky Sunscreen Labels Another Summer

Originally published on Mon June 18, 2012 7:41 am

Which one of these sunscreens would be considered safe and correctly labeled by the Food and Drug Administration? Not a single one. Safe sunscreens are SPF15 or higher, and the new rules require those with broad-spectrum protection to include the term next to and in the same style as the sun protection factor.
Benjamin Morris NPR

Anyone who has gone to the drug store knows that the labels on sunscreens can be confusing. The sun protection factor, or SPF, numbers are all over the place. Some say "sunblock"; others says "sunscreen." What's the difference between "waterproof" and "water-resistant?"

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2:53pm

Thu June 14, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Can A Colon Cancer Test Level The Playing Field For Native Alaskans?

Originally published on Thu June 14, 2012 6:56 pm

Alaska Natives are twice as likely to get colon cancer and die from it as the white population in the United States. When Mayo Clinic doctor David Ahlquist took a trip to Bethel, Alaska, in the mid-1990s, that startling statistic caught his attention.

"Here they had one of the world's highest rates of colon cancer and one of the world's poorest outcomes in terms of survival from cancer, because of late diagnosis," Ahlquist says.

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