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FDA approves drug from genetically engineered material

The Food and Drug Administration has issued its first approval for a medication that is produced using material from genetically engineered (GE) animals.

Herbal supplement may lower risk of prostate cancer

Scientists suspect that isoflavones may be able to reverse the androgenic effects of a steroid synthesized in the human body and play a role in prostate cancer prevention.

Association responds to GAO supplement guidelines

A recent Government Accountability Office report on the supplement market regulation has met with a mixed response from a leading industry association.

CIA destroyed interrogation evidence, say government lawyers

As civil rights advocates fight for the release of the Bush administration documents related to the war on terrorism, a group of government lawyers has revealed the CIA has destroyed videotapes of interrogation proceedings.

Natural remedies may also be effective against high cholesterol

These days, it is all too easy to rely on potent drugs to reduce cholesterol levels, but one analysis has pointed out that pharmaceutical companies do not always have all the answers.

Human studies to explore vitamin link to hearing loss prevention

Scientists have demonstrated that antioxidants may shield animals from hearing loss due to noise exposure. Now they are trying to establish if this would also work in humans.

Foundation criticizes government for gun control plans

In response to a recent statement by Attorney General Eric Holder that the administration would consider banning semi-automatic rifles, an industry association has said a ban would be counterproductive and illegal.

Vitamin D deficiency ‘a major epidemic’

The American Public Health Association (APHA) has set out to raise awareness of vitamin D deficiency among children and adults alike, a phenomenon that it sees as a top public health issue in the U.S.

Father sues utility in lead poisoning case

A father of twins has filed a lawsuit against the Washington DC Water and Sewer Authority (WASA) accusing it of providing lead-tainted water that resulted in developmental problems in his children.

No agreement on privacy implications of stimulus package

Like any piece of legislation the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) was always going to provoke mixed reactions, and medical advocacy groups are it finding it hard to agree on the implications of its privacy provisions.

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