The FDA Just Approved a PillCam The Jetsons Predicted 50 Years Ago

The Jetsons was one of the most important cartoons of all time, having helped shape the way that we talk about the future here in the 21st century. The show predicted many of the technologies we have today. And this week, Americans can check another crazy Jetsonian prediction off the list. » 2/07/14 1:43pm 2/07/14 1:43pm

The FDA Has Finally Approved This Swallowable PillCam After Nine Years

Straight out of a 70s sci-fi film, PillCam has long existed as a means to image your insides—but only now has the FDA approved the device for use inside your colon. » 2/05/14 4:15am 2/05/14 4:15am

There's a Massive US Salmonella Outbreak Amid the FDA Shutdown

Be careful what you put in your mouth: a public health alert has been issued by the US Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) surrounding a massive salmonella outbreak. It comes on the back of the recent FDA closure because of the Government shutdown. » 10/08/13 6:57am 10/08/13 6:57am

The FDA Isn't Inspecting Food During The Government Shutdown

E-coli outbreaks crop up every now and then. Some are more widespread then others, but if they're related to food and especially if that food may have crossed state lines, the FDA starts tracing to find the source. If foodborne bacteria cause an outbreak in the U.S. today, though, the FDA won't do anything. Because the … » 10/06/13 9:30am 10/06/13 9:30am

FDA Decides Gluten-Free Foods Don't Actually Have to Be Gluten-Free

As more and more Americans self-diagnose gluten sensitivities, the Food and Drug Administration has finally gotten around to enforcing some standards on what foods can carry a gluten-free label. Quite surprisingly, they don't actually have to be free of gluten. » 8/02/13 1:33pm 8/02/13 1:33pm

Your Google Searches Can Uncover Drug Side Effects Faster Than the FDA

The internet: it's our teacher, our entertainer, and ever increasingly, our doctor. Every day, the country's sniveling, coughing, light-headed festering contagions plop in front of their computers in hopes of figuring out what the hell is a matter with them—for free. So while brilliant, it's not entirely surprising… » 3/07/13 12:49pm 3/07/13 12:49pm

Take-Home HIV Test Approved by FDA in Unanimous Vote Could Prevent…

If you have sex, you should get tested for HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, on the regular. In reality, not enough of us do—or at least not as frequently as we should. That all might change, now, thanks to an over-the-counter take-home HIV test that was approved by the 17 members of the FDA in an unanimous vote today. » 5/15/12 11:30pm 5/15/12 11:30pm

Drugs Cause About Five Times More Side Effects Than We Realized

There's always that part at the end of drug commercials that goes something like: if you develop sausage fingers, webbed feet, or a three-week erection, call your doctor! But as exhaustive as those auctioneer-style lists sound, they barely scratch the surface when it comes to the side effects pople are actually… » 3/15/12 4:40pm 3/15/12 4:40pm