Topic: U.S. Food and Drug Administration
CR urges U.S. Food and Drug Administration to take stronger steps to reduce the dangers of pain-relief medications
Yonkers, NY – Some pain relief medications can be as addictive as heroin and are rife with deadly side effects.
Every day, 46 people in the U.S. die from legal pain pills and for each death, more than 30 people are admitted to an emergency room because of opioid complications. Consumer Reports has taken a close look at the dangers of prescription and over-the-counter painkillers and is calling on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to do more to make these drugs safer. «Read the rest of this article»
New State Law on ‘Overdose Antidote’ Naloxone Use Now in Place
Nashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Health’s Vital Statistics office today released data on 2013 drug overdose deaths in the state. The 1,166 fatalities last year involved prescribed and illegal drugs, unintentional and intentional overdoses, and compares with 1,094 overdose deaths in 2012.
In each of the last two years, more people died from drug overdoses in Tennessee than in either motor vehicle accidents or homicides or suicides*.
*Source: Tennessee Department of Health, Office of Vital Records «Read the rest of this article»
Tennessee Department of Health Offices statewide to display Public Health Advisory on Electronic Cigarettes
Nashville, TN – Visitors to Tennessee Department of Health facilities across the state will see a prominently-displayed public health advisory on electronic cigarettes and other electronic nicotine delivery systems.
The advisory, originally posted to the TDH website earlier this year, cautions about using the devices or being exposed to secondhand emissions.
Many provide excellent protection from UVA and UVB rays; Five common myths about sunscreen debunked
Yonkers, NY – When it comes to sunscreen, SPF (sun protection factor) is the feature that influences consumers’ purchasing decision most.
In its tests of 20 sunscreens, Consumer Reports found two products – BullFrog WaterAmor Sport InstaCool SPF 50+ and Coppertone Sensitive Skin SPF 50 – that provided the SPF promised on the label. «Read the rest of this article»
Silver Spring, MD – Federal health officials estimate that nearly 48 million people are sickened by food contaminated with harmful germs each year, and some of the causes might surprise you.
Although most people know animal products must be handled carefully to prevent illness, many don’t realize that produce can also be the culprit in outbreaks of foodborne illness.
Nashville, TN – In 2013, 921 newborns in Tennessee experienced withdrawal from drugs their mothers used while pregnant.
Many people across Tennessee, including a group of state leaders, are working to reduce that number and in the past year launched several efforts to help prevent the suffering and expenses associated with the condition known as neonatal abstinence syndrome, or NAS.
Tennessee Department of Health issues Public Health Advisory on Electronic Cigarettes and similar devices
Nashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Health today is issuing a public health advisory on electronic cigarettes and other electronic nicotine delivery systems.
The advisory urges caution for consumers using or considering the use of electronic nicotine delivery systems, including electronic cigarettes and other electronic emissions-producing products. It also addresses concerns about secondhand exposures. «Read the rest of this article»
About half of samples tested had at least one bacteria resistant to three or more classes of antibiotics; bacteria were more resistant to antibiotics approved for use in chicken production
Yonkers, NY – In its most comprehensive tests of meat and poultry to date, Consumer Reports found bacteria that could make consumers sick on nearly all of the 316 raw chicken breasts purchased at retail nationwide.
While Consumer Reports has consistently been testing chicken for more than 15 years, this is the first time it has looked at the contamination rates for six different bacteria – enterococcus (79.8 percent), E.coli (65.2 percent), campylobacter (43 percent), klebsiella pneumonia (13.6 percent), salmonella (10.8 percent), and staphylococcus aureus (9.2 percent). «Read the rest of this article»
Tennessee Tobacco QuitLine Offers FREE Support to Those Who Want to Quit
Nashville, TN – Quitting smoking is a popular New Year’s resolution each year, but how many people actually quit?
Six out of 10 smokers require multiple quit attempts to stop smoking, according to the American Lung Association, but planning ahead can greatly improve a person’s likelihood of quitting for good.
Nashville, TN – Tennessee Department of Health experts say at least eight cases of illness among children in East Tennessee are likely related to drinking “raw” or unpasteurized milk. The investigation has identified a specific type of Escherichia coli O157 as the cause of at least three of the illnesses.
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