FDA bans food additive found in sports drinks, sodas

A regulation allowing the use of brominated vegetable oil in food was revoked Tuesday by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration after the agency concluded the additive was unsafe for human consumption.


Could a medicated foam make gene therapies more accessible?

Foam mixed with medications is already used to treat conditions such as varicose veins, hemorrhoids, wounds on the skin and even hair loss. Now, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center scientists have found that foam might also be ...


Are slushies really bad for young children's health?

Recently there have been concerning reports in the news of a three-year-old boy who collapsed and was admitted to hospital after drinking a slushy drink. Fortunately, after a few days, the child recovered completely.


Nitrous oxide is not a laughing matter

Medical professionals are calling for tighter restrictions on the sale of nitrous oxide gas cartridges, colloquially known as "nangs," due to potentially serious harm for users including lasting neurological damage. Nitrous ...


Prenatal exposure to phthalates may affect infants' health

Phthalates are endocrine disrupting chemicals that are used in plastics and as food additives. A recent study in Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry examined whether prenatal exposure to phthalates in maternal and cord ...

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