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Food and Drug Administration

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2014

    E-cig, Vape Users Brace For FDA Regulations

    Cloud blowers, flavor connoisseurs, smokeless e-cig puffers, surreptitious stoners, cancer patients trying to quit cigarettes -- Houston's e-cigarette and vape consumers as are diverse as the products created in the local DIY market. It's a market that's been allowed to frankenstein and modify new c ... More >>

  • News

    May 15, 2014

    Oil Boom Doesn't Mean an Oil Booty Boom

    A look at the sex-trafficking myth.

  • Blogs

    May 5, 2014

    KHOU: Another Day, Another Burzynski B-Job

    What is it with KHOU getting on its knees for self-mythologizing "cancer doctor" Stanislaw Burzynski, a man who charges vulnerable families a fortune to treat dying loved ones with a dubious potion that's never been proven to be effective? The latest round of fluffing came courtesy of KHOU reporte ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2014

    Texas Medical Board Accuses Stanislaw "I Cured Cancer, Bitch!" Burzysnki of Deceptive Advertising

    The Texas Medical Board has accused controversial Houston doctor (we use that term loosely) Stanislaw Burzynski of making false claims in how he advertised his cancer treatments (another term used loosely). Filed in December, the complaint comes a year after a similar complaint from the U.S. Food a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2013

    FDA, Calling Them Detrimental to Human Health, Moves to Ban Trans Fats in Food

    On November 7, the Food and Drug Adminstration proposed that partially hydrogenated oils no longer be "generally recognized as safe" -- a ruling that, if made final, would effectively mean companies could no longer use anything containing trans fats in their products. I asked Houstonians what they ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2013

    Shutdown Not Affecting Houston Food Safety, Yet

    Think of the government shutdown as you would a hurricane. Stock up on canned food, sit tight and wait it out. Evacuate if you must, but you're going to have to travel pretty far to get out of this mess. The government has been getting a lot of (much deserved) grief over the shutdown, and I was o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2013

    Abortion Returns to the Supreme Court: A Preview

    Abortion. Just to read the word provokes strong mental images, emotions and opinions. Since the tea party mid-term elections in 2010 swept in some very conservative legislators in states across the country, abortion, after taking a back seat to economic issues, has become a hot button issue again. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2013

    Best Gluten-Free Menu Items That Are Normally Off Limits (Pizza, Pasta and More!)

    On August 2, the Food and Drug Administration finally decided to define the term "gluten free." Up until then, manufacturers had been able to slap the label on anything that they felt was gluten free enough. How much gluten to include in gluten free products was completely up to the discretion of th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2013

    Attack of the Frankenfish!

    It's not available yet, but once the FDA finalizes its assessment of AquAdvantage salmon, the genetically engineered fish may find its way to your grocery store fish counter. And you may have no idea that the fish you're eating has been modified with growth hormone regulating genes. These genes al ... More >>

  • Dining

    July 25, 2013

    The Monsanto Menace

    The feds see no evil as a belligerent strongman seeks control of America's food supply.

  • Dining

    May 23, 2013

    The 10 Best Downtown Restaurants

    More than tunnels and tourist traps.

  • Blogs

    May 15, 2013

    FDA Says No to Caffeinated Gum

    Wrigley's new caffeinated gum, Alert Energy Gum, only lasted a couple of weeks on the shelves of supermarkets, grocery stores and convenient stores after the FDA became concerned about the amount of caffeine each piece of gum offered. With 40 milligrams of caffeine (equal to half a cup of coffee) i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2013

    Teach Your Kids That Cows Don't Make Artificially Sweetened Milk

    Let's face it -- kids are not consuming enough milk today. Most children would rather drink sugary juice or a soda rather than a glass of milk. The reason for these choices can be attributed to the fact that kids like foods with lots of sugar -- one ingredient that plain milk does not have. Unfort ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2013

    Energy Drinks Are a Crock of Crap, But You Knew That...Right?

    On the front page of yesterday's New York Times was the headline: Energy Drinks Promise Edge, But Experts Say Proof Is Scant. And not that people feeding their babies Mountain Dew out of a bottle nor concocting go-go juice for their kids, Honey Boo Boo-style, will notice or care what the New York T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2012

    Hey Kids, Stop Drinking Monster -- You Could Ruin It For Adults

    Headlines this past week have been screaming -- OK, raising their voice slightly -- once again about those dastardly energy drinks. Which you could be drinking right now as you read this, depending on the time of day and your occupation. This time it's Monster Energy drinks, those 24-ounce jobs es ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2012

    That New HIV Drug is Great (if You Can Afford it)

    The Food and Drug Administration's approval Monday of a pill shown to reduce the risk of contracting HIV is a "game-changer," according to AIDS Foundation Houston's director of prevention services. The pill, Truvada, was shown to "cut the risk of infection in healthy gay and bisexual men by 42 perc ... More >>

  • News

    May 24, 2012

    Pradaxa Patients Can't Stop the Bleeding

    There's only one really bad thing about the anti-clotting pill Pradaxa. You can't fall or get cut while taking it because once you start bleeding, there's almost no way to stop it. There's no reversal agent, no antidote.

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2012

    Cover Story: Is the Blood-Thinner Pradaxa a Savior or a Killer?

    Approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 2010, a blood-thinner called Pradaxa was a great leap forward in the treatment of a heart disorder called atrial fibrillation. Or at least that's how it was marketed. There was just one slight problem: Unlike the drug it was meant to replace, Pradaxa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2012

    Incredible Medibles: The Official High Times Cannabis Cookbook, Part 1

    "Ancient people almost exclusively ate their cannabis, saving seeds for food, and using the resinous flowers for medicinal, recreational, and spiritual use," the introduction to the new The Official High Times Cannabis Cookbook tells us in its fascinating introduction to humanity's long history of e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 28, 2011

    A New Law to Fight the Cantaloupes of Death

    That cantaloupe is POISON!​Sure, today may be World Rabies Day, but that's not the only deadly disease you need to worry about in this dangerous time of ours: In case you haven't heard, now even cantaloupe can kill you. A bacteria called listeria contaminated cantaloupes in Colorado (say that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 28, 2011

    FDA Needs Money to Fight Cantaloupes of Death

    That cantaloupe is POISON!​In case you haven't heard, now even cantaloupe can kill you. A bacteria called listeria contaminated cantaloupes in Colorado (say that three times fast), turning the delicious melons into orange orbs of death. The CDC says 13 people have died as a result of what is n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2011

    Food Safety Modernization Act Passes, But at What Cost?

    This...probably won't happen to your friendly local farm. Geez, Alex Jones...​Yesterday afternoon, President Obama signed what's being called "one of the most expansive food regulation bills in living memory," the Food Safety Modernization Act (FMSA), effectively creating a new arm of the Food ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2010

    What's So Damn Controversial About Cleaner, Safer Food?

    ​The plant was filthy and infested with vermin, with holes as large as 2 ½ feet in the ceilings leaking water and runoff from the air conditioner units onto the finished product stored below. Records posted on the web by attorney Bill Marler show that executives at Peanut Corporation of Ameri ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 29, 2010

    Spike Your Holiday Party with Whipped Lightning

    thehollywoodgossip.com We predict Whipahol will be topping more than pies. Ali Larter in Varsity Blues (1999) ​"I imagine this is what alcoholics think clouds taste like." -- avclub.com taste test Move over, Four Loko. Meet Whipped Lighting. It's nitrous oxide-propelled alcohol (a.k.a. Whip ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2010

    Four Loko On The Run; It's Time For Substitutes

    Four Loko: Accept all substitutes​The makers of Four Loko, Phusion Projects, said in a statement this week that they will be pulling the stimulants and caffeine from it's blends of alcohol and liquid death in the coming of weeks to side-step a proposed government ban on the drinks. Phusion l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2010

    Warning Labels: Six More That Are Desperately Needed

    Not just cigarettes​So the U.S. Federal Drug Administration does nothing to monitor the financial conflicts of interest of researchers who run clinical trials on human test subjects; can't adequately inspect foreign manufacturing plants; and has allowed eggs and peanuts to become lethal frick ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2010

    Brain Toniq

    ​Advertised as the "clean and intelligent think drink," Brain Toniq at first reminded me of those cure-all potions sold by itinerant quacks in the early nineteenth century. I spotted it on the shelves of a local health food store and, feeling a bit fuzzy-brained from reading too much Bruno LaT ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2010

    Brain Toniq

    ​Advertised as the "clean and intelligent think drink," Brain Toniq at first reminded me of those cure-all potions sold by itinerant quacks in the early nineteenth century. I spotted it on the shelves of a local health food store and, feeling a bit fuzzy-brained myself from reading too much Br ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2010

    Cheese Contaminated With Staph Hits Houston Shelves

    Actual cheese not pictured. In fact, that gorgonzola looks pretty tasty.​There might be a reason Nicaragua and Honduras aren't known for their fine cheeses. And no one seems more determined to make sure the Central American nations continue to hold the dubious title of "Countries I Probably Wo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2010

    Cheese Contaminated With Staph Hits Houston Shelves

    Actual cheese not pictured. In fact, that gorgonzola looks pretty tasty.​There might be a reason Nicaragua and Honduras aren't known for their fine cheeses. And no one seems more determined to make sure the Central American nations continue to hold the dubious title of "Countries I Probably Wo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2010

    Feds Sue Houston Maker Of Egg Rolls For Health Violations

    ​Chung's Egg Rolls of Houston says their egg rolls are of "gourmet quality," but now they're being sued by the federal government over claims of unsanitary conditions at their plant.Chung's is one of the major makers of frozen egg rolls in the country, but the Food & Drug Administration is see ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2009

    Spotlight on Desserts

    ​With winter comes that extra sumpthin'-sumpthin' that keeps us warm at night. It's called the dessert layer. That's right: As the temperature drops, so does our metabolism. (Thud.) And while we fall in and out of love with desserts on a regular basis, the current State of Sweet around town is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2009

    Gulf Oyster Ban Hysteria

    ​"A couple of months would have been okay, but five months is too much," oysterman Misho Ivic said about the newly announced FDA summer oyster ban. Oystermen were taken by surprise last weekend when the FDA went over the head of the Interstate Shellfish Sanitation Commission and announced an a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2009

    FDA to Ban Raw Gulf Oysters in the Summer

    ​You won't be eating raw live Gulf oysters in the summer anymore if a promised FDA ban takes effect. At the Interstate Shellfish Sanitation Conference meeting in New Hampshire on Saturday, an FDA official announced that as of 2011, the agency would no longer allow fresh, live oysters from the ... More >>

  • News

    January 1, 2009

    Cancer Doctor Stanislaw Burzynski Sees Himself as a Crusading Researcher, Not a Quack

    He's treated thousands of people from all over the world, so why can't he get FDA approval?

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2008

    Clear on Tomatoes, Nix the Peppers

    The good news is that the FDA has lifted its June 7 warning on tomatoes. As of July 17, all tomatoes currently on the market have been cleared. The bad news is that raw serrano and jalapeño peppers are still considered suspect by the FDA and people in high risk groups such as the elderly, infants ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2008
  • Blogs

    December 11, 2007

    Salty Sourcing from the Chron

    According to journalism.org, the first principal of journalism is an obligation to the truth. “Even in a world of expanding voices, accuracy is the foundation upon which everything else is built--context, interpretation, comment, criticism, analysis and debate. The truth, over time, emerges from ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2007

    And Just Where Was Tinker Bell In All This?

    This just in: Children all over the Houston Independent School District today had their peanut butter sandwiches taken away from them at lunch time. "By 9:45 we had checked every lunch. Each teacher went through the lunches of every child and we did not allow them to eat the sandwich if they brou ... More >>

  • News

    September 14, 2006

    Baby Blues

    Lisa Collins took the Paxil her doctor prescribed. There was supposed to be no problem with her continuing it during her pregnancy. Now, it seems, there was.

  • News

    July 28, 2005

    One Dead Guinea Pig

    A bad reaction to a drug trial sparks an investigation into Houston's Fabre Clinic and its founder

  • News

    July 21, 2005

    Doctor Nice

    Steven Hotze uses a warm, easygoing manner to peddle natural hormones to women, at thousands of dollars a pop. So who cares about credentials or documented results?

  • News

    April 21, 2005
  • News

    April 7, 2005

    Exposed Nerve

    Cyberonics has implanted its pacemaker in thousands of epileptics. It wants to expand to the depression market. Still needed: an accounting of those who died or were injured after receiving its implant.

  • News

    March 4, 2004

    Bloodless Coup

    There'll be no waivers for patients in this experimental blood-substitute program

  • Dining

    November 1, 2001

    Fish Fraud

    Passing off cheap fish for expensive red snapper is against the law. But no one enforces the regulations. So Texas restaurants are free to rip you off.

  • News

    April 20, 2000

    No More Waiting Room

    A mother fights for a therapeutic dive for all who need it

  • News

    June 3, 1999
  • News

    June 3, 1999

    Immune to Reason

    Hundreds of thousands of Texas children, including 250,000 newborn babies, are routinely vaccinated against hepatits B each year. Why? Good question.

  • News

    April 23, 1998

    A Bitter Pill

    A Houston inventor says alcohol-free medicines aren't alcohol-free at all, and could harm you

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