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FDA cites dirty equipment in cantaloupe outbreak

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The Food and Drug Administration says the deadly listeria outbreak in cantaloupe was probably caused by pools of water on the floor and old, hard-to-clean packing equipment at a Colorado farm. Full story...
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Company recalls canteloupes sold in several states, including NC

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North Carolina is one of 17 states where a Colorado company has recalled cantaloupes because of the potential of Listeria contamination. Full story...
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US marshals raid NC food business after FDA check

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US marshals have seized food from a Durham warehouse that supplies Chinese, Mexican and Indian food to restaurants after inspectors found problems with pests. Full story...
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FDA OKs Botox for certain bladder control issues

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The Food and Drug Administration says it has approved Allergan's Botox injection for a new use in patients who have bladder problems caused by spinal cord injury or multiple sclerosis. Full story...
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FDA takes new look at what "gluten free" means

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The Food and Drug Administration is taking a new look at how to label foods "gluten free." Full story...
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FDA plans to regulate some mobile phone apps

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The Food and Drug Administration is taking the first steps toward regulating the rapidly expanding field of medical applications, or apps, for smart phones and other handheld devices. Full story...
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FDA favors innovative heart valve for the frail

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Federal health scientists say the first artificial heart valve designed to be implanted without major surgery appears to help patients who are too frail to undergo chest-opening surgery. Full story...
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Hearing may be end of road for breast cancer drug

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The best-selling cancer drug in the world comes under federal scrutiny once again this week, as drugmaker Roche makes a last-ditch effort to keep its drug Avastin approved for breast cancer, despite evidence that it is ineffective against the disease. Full story...
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FDA to independently review of menthol cig studies

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video The Food and Drug Administration is conducting an independent review of research on the public health impact of menthol cigarettes. Full story...
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FDA concludes silicone breast implants mostly safe

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Federal health officials say the latest data on silicone breast implants show they are relatively safe, despite frequent complications that lead about one in five women to have the implants removed within 10 years. Full story...
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FDA issues graphic cigarette labels

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In the most significant change to US cigarette packs in 25 years, the Food and Drug Administration released nine new warning labels that depict in graphic detail the negative health effects of tobacco use. Full story...
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New sunscreen regulations aim to block out confusion

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video Your bottle of sunscreen will soon look different. That's because the Food and Drug Administration introduced new guidelines today. The new rules will tell consumers just how well products protect against cancer-causing ultraviolet rays. Full story...
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FDA expands use of Abbott Labs' neck stent

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Federal health officials have expanded approval of an artery-opening stent from Abbott Laboratories to a larger group of patients at risk for stroke caused by plaque in the neck arteries. Full story...
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Feds take action against bogus cures for HIV

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Federal health officials are cracking down on bogus pills and supplements that claim to cure sexually transmitted diseases like HIV, herpes and genital warts. Full story...
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Watchdog group makes 2nd push to ban diet pill

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For the second time in five years, public health advocates are calling on the Food and Drug Administration to ban a fat-blocking drug sold over-the counter and via prescription, pointing to new reports of kidney stones and pancreatic damage. Full story...
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