Food and Drug Administration

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2014

    Medical Marijuana Refugees are Fleeing Texas to Help Their Loved Ones

    Sitting cross-legged on the floor in her apartment outside of Houston, Faith's mother looks over at the toddler repeatedly as she talks. There are no physical indicators that signal the start of a seizure, but Faith's mother can tell one is on its way. Everything about raising Faith involves watchi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2014

    Bad Blood: Chikungunya Kills and it's Coming to a Mosquito Near You

    It started in mid-April with a fever, as if her body were trying to burn itself up. Then 39-year-old Belkys Jimenez developed a pounding headache and pain in her muscles and joints. Her feet and ankles ballooned, and even taking a step became difficult. Jimenez had dealt with hypertension for years, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2014

    Houston Man Gets 20 Years in Synthetic Drug Case

    The supposed mastermind behind a Houston-based synthetic drug distributorship linked to the deaths of two teens in Minnesota and North Dakota has been sentenced to more than 20 years in prison. Charles Carlton, sentenced in a North Dakota federal court August 28, was the 15th defendant sentenced in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2014

    Medical Board Beefs Up Burzynski Complaint

    The Texas Medical Board has enhanced its complaints against controversial Houston doctor (for loss of a better word) Stanislaw Burzynski, beefing up an eight-page complaint filed in December 2013 to a whopping 200, the Chron reports. Filed July 9, the amended complaint came on the FDA's bewilderin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2014

    Drugmaker Will Pay $650 Million to Settle Pradaxa Claims

    The manufacturer of a blood thinner will pay $650 million to settle claims brought by 4,000 consumers and next of kin who claimed to have been injured by the drug. Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, makers of Pradaxa, agreed on the settlement this week, resolving litigation that began in Novembe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2014

    The Truth About Aphrodisiac Foods, or Do Oysters Really Make You Horny?

    It is said that Giacomo Girolamo Casanova, the notorious 18th-century lover, ate 50 oysters each morning for breakfast to increase his sexual stamina. Earlier, herbalist Nicholas Culpepper wrote that asparagus "stirs up lust in man and woman." And back before we even had a word for aphrodisiac, the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 25, 2013

    Food Expiration Dates Not Necessarily the Last Word

    Last week, the Natural Resources Defense Council released a report titled "The Dating Game: How Confusing Food Date Labels Lead to Food Waste in America". The gist of it is something that most Americans can probably agree on: Labels on our food that seek to aid us are often very confusing. Some lab ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2013

    State Legislature Says No More Underage Oompa Loompas

    Oompa Loompas are probably the best part of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, but it's a fair guess that the 15-year-olds you've seen walking down the streets don't realize or particularly want to look the same striking shade of tanning bed orange as those little guys. Now the state legislature ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2013

    Fraudulent Fish: 50 Percent of Seafood Sold in Texas Mislabeled, New Oceana Study Reports

    Think that tai sushi you're eating is red snapper? It's far more likely to be tilapia, says Oceana, a Washington D.C.-based ocean conservancy organization. This isn't a new concern, of course. Former Houston Press food critic Robb Walsh wrote a scathing expose of the issue back in 2001, "Fish Fraud, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2012

    Pradaxa Lawsuits Consolidated in Beautiful East St. Louis, Illinois

    Families suing the maker of anti-clotting drug Pradaxa will have their cases consolidated in an East St. Louis, Illinois, court -- a decision the Texas-based law firm leading the suits is calling a coup. Pradaxa hit the U.S. market in 2010, hailed by manufacturer Boehringer Ingelheim as a major le ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 14, 2012
  • Blogs

    January 27, 2012

    This Week in Deliciousness

    Talk about deliciousness. She stole my truck, my mobile hot dog stand... and my heart.​Welcome back to the weekly roundup here at Eating Our Words, where bright, peppy morning-show humor goes to die. We started the week off right with a look at a classy new Italian joint with the unfortunate n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2011

    Party Hard, Claus: Vintage Ads Featuring Santa with Booze, Cigs & Frat-House Kegger Supplies

    Soda?! I ain't drinkin' no soda.​Christmas is a time for parties, and apparently no one knows more about hard partying than Kris Kringle himself. You can't blame the man -- anyone facing the pressure of successfully overnighting millions of gifts and checking the goddamn list twice needs to b ... More >>

  • News

    December 15, 2011

    Down the Hatch

    The Texas Attorney General's Office says a drugmaker lied in order to push an antipsychotic on foster children. So why are kids as young as three still taking the drug?

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2011

    CVS Refused To Sell Man A Morning-After Pregnancy Pill

    No Plan B for you, dude​If you keep a Plan B morning-after pill around for emergencies, sometimes it's going to get used, which means you're going to have to go get a new one, right? And if you're a chivalrous dude, you'll offer to do the chore yourself. That's what Isaac Kurtz set out to do ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2011

    Wine Time: Wine and Sulfur Dioxide

    Image via, that's not cocaine. It's potassium metabisulfite, one of the many forms of sulfites employed by winemakers for a variety of purposes.​A post earlier this week ("Wine of the Week: A Wine with No Detectable Sulfites") inspired a lot of acidic (pun intended) discussi ... More >>

  • Dining

    August 11, 2011

    The Fish That Got Away

    The Gulf of Mexico produces some of the world's most delicious seafood, but we're not processing it for sushi. What gives?

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2011

    Comment of the Day

    ​Today Katharine Shilcutt wrote about Dr Pepper sort of suing itself - that is, parent company Dr Pepper Snapple suing the Dublin Dr Pepper plant for allegedly violating the terms of its franchise agreement. Which led commenter Stuart Reb Donald to present his theory about what's going on: ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 24, 2011

    A Possible Houston Cure For Crack Addiction Runs Into Red-Tape Problems

    Thomas R. Karsten believes he has a vaccine for coke​While a Houston doctor thinks he has found the cure for cocaine addiction, bureaucratic red tape is hindering the vaccine's approval and building doubts for its future success. "My hopes are pretty simple: number one, find some company in t ... More >>

  • Film

    March 17, 2011

    Valley of the Dolls

    One pill makes you smarter in a one-note movie.

  • Dining

    February 17, 2011

    Come and Bake It

    Local movement fights for cottage food bill.

  • Blogs

    December 27, 2010

    All I Want For Christmas Is Food Poisoning

    ​Christmas is over, but indulging in its confectionary delights might have left some with quite a foul aftertaste from an unwanted case of food poisoning. Whole Foods and the U.S. FDA have issued a recall for gingerbread houses produced by Rolf's Patisserie and sold at Whole Foods after Novemb ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2010

    Four Loko Madness On Rice Campus: EMS Calls Jump, Friends Left Abandoned

    Sammy the Owl is drunk and abandoned​The scourge of Four Loko is turning Rice University into a depraved, body-strewn landscape where desperate students guzzle the possibly deadly drink with scant consideration of the niceties of society. At least that's the only conclusion we can draw from a ... More >>

  • News

    November 25, 2010

    Four Loko No Mo'

    Drink faces Texas ban.

  • Blogs

    November 24, 2010

    Boom Town: Trying Out Boom Boom

    Boom Boom boom, take it back to your room​In the wake of the Four Loko odyssey weeks back, I started getting weird offers through e-mail and Twitter for other energy drinks and novelty products. Once you let out the dirty secret that you will try anything for journalistic voyeurism, it's bound ... More >>

  • News

    November 18, 2010

    Shock the Junkie

    Is ibogaine really an addict cure-all?

  • Blogs

    November 16, 2010

    Four Loko Soon Banned In Texas?

    Four Loko: Someone has to cover it​It's funny how certain things become your beat. Some guys get latched onto animal rights, some find their niche working for homeless people, while other find themselves covering a can of liquid death, in my case, Four Loko. I was the one who drank three can ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2010

    Urban Food Legends - Part I: Deadly Pop Rocks, Undead Twinkies and Corrosive Coca-Cola

    They didn't blow up Mikey and they won't kill you either.​It would be convenient to say that urban legends and myths can be traced back to some shred of a fact, but the disturbing truth is that some, especially the more entertaining rumors, appear to have no real logical foundation whatsoever ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 25, 2010

    Pop Rocks: Life Goes On, Even After Lost And 24

    ​In case you hadn't heard, this week marked the series finales of both 24 and Lost, leaving fans of Byzantine plots, glacial pacing, and right-wing propaganda with huge, empty spaces in their lives. At least until the next Tom Clancy novel comes out. But have no fear, brave TV watchers. For t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2009

    This Week In Deliciousness

    Liven up your Halloween parties this year with some carne asada con silly string.​ Welcome back to the weekly roundup here at Eating Our Words, where we defiantly eat summer sausage in the winter and we don't care who knows it. We kicked off this week at a sort of cookout triathlon with a plot ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2009

    The Shameless Chef: DIY Shepherd's Pie

    ​Welcome to the first installment of The Shameless Chef, a new feature that will provide simple, hearty, creative recipes for the average person. Because, let's face it, real cooking is not for normal people. Real cooking requires difficult-to-come-by things such as "knowledge" and "ingredient ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2009

    9/9/09: Songs With a Certain Number in the Title

    ​As Hair Balls pointed out, we've only got three more of these weird number/same number/same number days left this century after today. Such chronological repetition appeals to the hidden obsessive-compulsive in all of us, so join us as we wash our hands nine times, lock the door nine times, and l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2009

    From Sea to Shining Seafood Platter

    Chances are that if you eat seafood in Houston on a regular basis then Jim Gossen provides at least some of it. Gossen is the founder and CEO of Louisiana Foods, one of Houston's largest seafood distributors. The history of Louisiana Foods reads like the recent history of the seafood business in Sou ... More >>

  • News

    February 19, 2009

    Calorie Restrictors Stay Hungry in Hopes of Living Longer

    An SMU biologist searches to unlock the secrets to the fountain of youth

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2008

    Fen-Phen Side Effects: Irritable Lawyers

    Remember Fen-phen, the obesity wonder drug that made headlines in the late 1990s when the FDA took it off the market because of abnormal heart problems in users? That same drug also sent product-liability lawyers across the country scrambling to courthouses, taking enough settlement money to pay for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2008

    Sued By AG, Texas Company Takes Its Game Elsewhere

    So you own a company in Coppell that sells “wellness” products, such as skin cream and nutritional supplements, and you were sued by the Texas Attorney General in 2007 for alleged false advertising, because your promotional materials implied your products could treat cancer, muscular dystrophy, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2008

    Deceased Inmate's Mother Files Suit Against Harris County and Taser International

    Two years after Daryl Kelley died after being Tasered by Harris County Sheriff’s deputies, his mother has filed a suit against the county, Taser International, and un-named deputies. On January 13, 2006, deputies Tasered Kelley, 29, multiple times while he was being held in Harris County Jail. Ke ... More >>

  • Calendar

    November 29, 2007

    Dickens on the Strand

    Galveston’s holiday festival goes back to Brit basics this year

  • News

    June 7, 2007

    Oh, Baby Baby

    There's a lot of money to be made in adoptions. Jennalee Ryan moved to Texas to continue doing that.

  • Calendar

    January 4, 2007
  • News

    September 22, 2005
  • Culture

    May 12, 2005

    Brave New Art

    Artists take on corporations and the government in "Thought Crimes"

  • Dining

    March 25, 2004

    Sex, Death and Oysters

    Beneath the muddy waters of Galveston Bay lies one of the greatest seafood treasure troves on earth

  • Music

    September 4, 2003

    Money and Masa

    A few words with underground rapper/tamale kingpin Chingo Bling

  • Dining

    April 11, 2002

    Keep On Shuckin'

    Live dangerously with the Double Dumbass Combo at Gilhooley's Raw Bar

  • Dining

    April 5, 2001

    How Now Mad Cow?

    Europe has a problem with diseased cattle. Should Texans be wary?

  • Dining

    March 29, 2001

    Side Order of Worms?

    You like fresh salmon? So do marine parasites.

  • News

    December 30, 1999

    Image Augmentation

    Plastic surgeon Franklin Rose saves his best makeover for himself

  • News

    July 30, 1998

    Mission Impossible

    Even without the low pay, high turnover and oppressive conditions, city health inspectors can't manage the load

  • News

    July 4, 1996

    Cameron Frye Has a Big Idea

    And he's put his own money behind it. But who's Cameron Frye?

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