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Diacetyl

Diacetyl is a compound often derived from natural sources that helps lend a buttery flavor to foods such as popcorn and other snack foods. Diacetyl is considered “Generally Recognized as Safe” by the FDA, but this classification only applies to ingesting the compound. Recent evidence suggests that, while Diacetyl is safe to eat as a […]

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Yaz® and Yasmin®

Yaz and Yasmin are both popular birth control pills made by Bayer. While widely prescribed for pregnancy prevention as well as other hormonally related issues, such as PMS, acne, and bloating, these pills have only been FDA approved for pregnancy prevention and treatment of PMDD. Unfortunately, Yaz and Yasmin also carry possible dangers. One of […]

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Certain Popular Nutritional Supplements May be Dangerous

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently announced to consumers that certain nutritional supplements (often popular with athletes) may actually contain steroids or substances like steroids that can cause liver disease and kidney failure. The FDA has received a number of reports (mostly from men) of medical problems after use of the nutritional supplements. The […]

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Birth Control Pills Linked to Increase in Blood Clots

Yaz and Yasmin are popular birth control pills that differ only in dose. These drugs are referred to as “fourth generation” birth control pills; they contain a new type of synthetic progestin called “drospirenone.” For many years now, these two pills have been prescribed to prevent pregnancy and to reduce water retention and bloating, two […]

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Dorel Expands Recall of Stair Gates Due to Fall Hazard

Importer Dorel Juvenile Group USA, of Columbus, Indiana just issued a recall of about 31,500 Safety 1st SmartLight Stair Gates, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) just announced. Of note, 100,000 units were previously recalled in February 2009, the CPSC said. The Safety 1st SmartLight Stair Gates were recalled because the hinges that hold […]

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Plaintiffs Petition for Creation of MDL in Yaz

Currently, 32 complaints have been filed in federal court against the manufacturers of Yaz. Plaintiffs have alleged physical injuries as a result of Yaz use such as deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, heart attack, stroke, kidney failure, seizures, gall bladder injuries, and death. The federal plaintiffs have filed suit in various federal forums and have […]

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Recent College Graduate Sues Alma Mater Because She Hasn’t Found a Job

A recent college graduate from New York’s Monroe College is suing her alma mater for $72,000, because she cannot find a job. Trina Thompson, 27, of Bronx, New York, graduated from Monroe College in April with a bachelor of business administration degree in information technology. On July 24, she filed suit against the college in […]

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Women in Cameroon Found to Have New Gorilla Strain of HIV

A new strain of the virus that causes AIDS has been discovered in a woman from the African nation, Cameroon. This strain differs from the three known strains of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and appears to be closely related to a form of simian virus recently discovered in wild gorillas, researchers reported in Monday’s edition […]

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New Organ Transplant Process Almost Eliminates Chances of Rejecting the Organ

Surgeons in two Washington, D.C., area hospitals have performed seven kidney transplants involving 14 donors and recipients that did not have matching antibodies, using a process that almost completely eliminates the chances of a recipient’s immune system rejecting the organ. The process, plasmapheresis, is the use of a machine to remove antibodies from a person’s […]

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Researchers produce mice from skin cells

Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute have created healthy adult mice out of mouse skin cells. The study, published in Nature, showed that adult cells can be reprogrammed backward in their development, until they have the characteristics of embryonic stem cells. Observers said it was remarkable and promising news for the future of stem cell […]

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