On Wednesday, the Food and Drug Administration released a draft voluntary guidance for the food industry aimed at phasing out excess salt in processed and commercially prepared food over a span of 10 years. The move, which health experts say could save thousands of lives, has drawn mixed reactions from the food industry.
As a person that works with this population (developmentally disabled combined with a mental disorder) and also works in the facility that generally inherits JRC clients once they age out at 21, I can tell you that it’s quite a dilemma. One the one hand hurting someone to control behavior is wrong and also is prone to abuse as this population can be very frustrating. On the other hand these individuals haven’t responded well to medication and are generally highly self abusive. Would you rather see someone smash their head off the wall or rip their own teeth out or apply a small shock instead? After seeing the paper work on several individuals it appears highly effective. Honestly I don’t know the answer. I’m just glad my facility doesn’t use it. Currently there are several lawsuit against JRC by individuals who used to live there as well as counter suits to keep it open.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is urging people who’ve returned from places where the Zika virus is active to refrain from donating blood for at least a month, while also recommending against the collection of blood from any region with active transmission.
On a blazingly hot morning this past June, a half-dozen scientists convened in a hotel conference room in suburban Maryland for the dress rehearsal of what they saw as a landmark event in the history of aging research. In a few hours, the group would meet with officials at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), a few kilometers away, to pitch an unprecedented clinical trial—nothing less than the first test of a drug to specifically target the process of human aging.
Metformin is a standard medication for diabetics, taken by millions since 1957. One would think its anti-ageing powers would have been revealed by now… They give no logic behind how they arrived at the 120 year lifespan. I can only assume they extrapolated from worm and certain mice strain models – this methodology has been shown to be extremely flawed.
The presence of the word “natural “on your food has long guaranteed you one thing: Someone at that food company wanted to write it there. Despite being an extremely evocative bit of ad copy, “natural” is a meaningless designation—and one that the FDA has declined to define. Yesterday, though, something interesting happened; the agency posted a short notice on its website asking people to send in their own definition of just what “natural” might mean.
Viruses normally seem like evil little germs; they often invade our bodies’ cells and hijack their inner machinery to mass produce viral invaders, which eventually destroy their host cells as they bust out to besiege more cells. The process repeats ad nauseam. But what if that wicked master plan could be twisted to do our bidding? What if viruses only invaded cells we wanted them to kill—like cancer cells?
…the Food and Drug Administration approved the first viral-based cancer therapy.
There’s some interesting combination therapies in the works for a variety of different tumor sites that are suggesting substantially improved response rates compared to using just one of the therapies alone. Expect to see initial read outs of these new trials in the next 2 years or so.