The Food and Drug Administration is building a legal case against companies that sell pure powdered caffeine, which can be fatal even in small doses. The FDA warned consumers to avoid pure powdered caffeine this summer after the death of an Ohio teen. Some major retailers have stopped selling it in bulk, but the substance is still widely available on the Internet and in some stores. Continue reading
Food chains, including restaurants, cafes and even some vending machines, will soon be required to list calorie counts clearly on their menus. Margaret Hamburg of the FDA, the group responsible for the new law, speaks with Judy Woodruff on the organization’s goal to reduce obesity and the restaurant industry’s responses. Continue reading
WASHINGTON — Whether they want to or not, consumers will soon know how many calories they are eating when ordering off the menu at chain restaurants, picking up prepared foods at supermarkets and even eating a tub of popcorn at the movie theater.
Ron Klain, the president’s pick to coordinate the Ebola response, has been criticized for not having a background in public health. To assess the challenges and criticism facing Klain, Judy Woodruff talks to Pamela Cipriano of the American Nurses Association and Dr. Amesh Adalja of the Infectious Diseases Society of America. Continue reading
Self-injury is one of the most difficult behaviors associated with autism and other developmental or intellectual disabilities, and a private facility outside Boston that takes on some of the hardest-to-treat cases is embroiled in a major debate: Should it use electrical skin shocks to try to keep patients from harming themselves or others? Continue reading
Americans are a small step closer to accessing less-expensive specialty drugs known as biologics. The Food and Drug Administration for the first time accepted an application for the approval of a copycat “generic” version of the brand name drug Neupogen, which treats patients with low white blood cell counts Continue reading
As of January of this year, there were more than 460 e-cigarette brands available for purchase online, and around 7,700 flavors, including Swedish fish, roasted marshmallow and vanilla cupcake. Continue reading