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Tuesday’s Buzz

Posted By Worker Bee On December 19, 2006 @ 9:08 pm In Big Pharma,Health,Nutrition,Raising Healthy Children,Research Analysis,Supplements | Comments Disabled

WORKER BEES’ DAILY BITES

Yo! All kinds of news you’ll want to check out today, Apples. Here’s the best of it:

Bite My MDA

The FDA says it wants stricter warnings on the dangers of over-the-counter pain pills like ibuprofen, acetaminophen, and naproxin sodium. Since thousands of people die every year from painkiller-related problems (even when following dosage directions!), this is a good thing [7], but we’re still not forgiving the FDA for what we feel is a moronic decision yesterday to allow Celebrex for tiny tots. It’s not at all about being anti-drug – drugs serve a tremendously important role in improving human health and survival. But we think it’s short-sighted to approve the prescription of a very problematic drug to the wee ones.

There’s no clear-cut data on just how many people die from painkillers, according to the FDA. Sure. If you believe that, you’ll also believe the FDA’s claim that they wanted to issue stern warnings back in 2002, but it just takes so long to write warnings. Yes, that’s right – your eyes do not deceive you. It has taken over four years to deal with this because, well, writing a few paragraphs for pill bottle labels just takes a really, really long time. We know there are things like rules, regulations, and procedures. But don’t lives take precedence? Nope – lobbyists do, and that’s why it takes so long. That’s why they get paid the big bucks, Apples.

Feed Those Kids Some Sushi!

While this is a small, simple study, it’s certainly interesting news for your little ones’ health that isn’t the least bit fishy. Read up. [8]

Why Supplements Are Important As We Age

Here’s a good study [9] out of Cornell University that discusses the importance of supplements for older women. Stay healthy, ladies!

Trans Fats Make It to State

First, Chicago and NYC had to start in with the fat bans. We’re still waiting on Los Angeles to join the city competition, but in the meantime, an entire state – Massachusetts – is all set to ban trans fats, too [10]. They always have to be first, don’t they? However, we’re glad to see the trans fat issue finally getting some serious political sizzle (we know, we know…bad pun).

Technorati Tags: FDA [11], Celebrex [12], painkillers [13], fish health benefits [14], aging [15], trans fat [16], Massachusetts [17], hydrogenated fat [18], restaurant ban [19]


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[10] to ban trans fats, too: http://news.bostonherald.com/localRegional/view.bg?articleid=172807

[11] FDA: http://technorati.com/tag/FDA

[12] Celebrex: http://technorati.com/tag/Celebrex

[13] painkillers: http://technorati.com/tag/painkillers

[14] fish health benefits: http://technorati.com/tag/fish+health+benefits

[15] aging: http://technorati.com/tag/aging

[16] trans fat: http://technorati.com/tag/trans+fat

[17] Massachusetts: http://technorati.com/tag/Massachusetts

[18] hydrogenated fat: http://technorati.com/tag/hydrogenated+fat

[19] restaurant ban : http://technorati.com/tag/restaurant+ban

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