FDA http://michiganradio.org en How Michigan is trying to keep e-cigarettes out of minors' hands http://michiganradio.org/post/how-michigan-trying-keep-e-cigarettes-out-minors-hands <p>You may have seen someone firing one up in a restaurant – where you thought smoking was banned. Maybe a friend or relative uses them. Or maybe you have tried to kick a cigarette habit by using one: an electronic cigarette.</p><p>These are the battery-powered inhalers that are loaded with a replaceable or refillable cartridge of liquid “juice” that can contain nicotine, solvents and flavors.&nbsp; Puffing on an e-cig is called “vaping.” And there’s little doubt vaping is here to stay.</p><p>Sales of e-cigs have grown from around $500 million in 2012 to around $1.5 billion last year.&nbsp;</p><p>Right now, there’s no regulation on e-cigs, beyond the FDA telling e-cig makers they may not market their products as a way to quit smoking.&nbsp; And there’s nothing to keep the e-cigs from being sold to minors.</p><p>That has ignited debate in Lansing.</p><p>Associated Press reporter Emma Fidel has been looking into the state’s efforts to keep e-cigs out of the hands of kids under age 18.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 20:45:15 +0000 Stateside Staff 16981 at http://michiganradio.org How Michigan is trying to keep e-cigarettes out of minors' hands Food industry asks to label genetically engineered ingredients as 'natural' http://michiganradio.org/post/food-industry-asks-label-genetically-engineered-ingredients-natural <p>The food industry wants the government to give the okay for calling&nbsp;products using genetically engineered ingredients “natural” foods.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">I went to my local grocery store looking for the term <span style="line-height: 1.5;">“</span>natural<span style="line-height: 1.5;">”</span> or</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> <span style="line-height: 1.5;">“</span>naturally<span style="line-height: 1.5;">”</span> and I didn’t have to go very far.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In the cereal aisle I</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;found products labeled “naturally flavored,” “100% natural,” and an “all natural pancake mix.”&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A couple aisles over, looking at the chips there were “all natural”&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">pretzels, “naturally sweet” popcorn, and then there was a drink with&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">a label that read “naturally flavored beverage with other natural&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">flavors blended with vitamins.”</span></p><p> Thu, 09 Jan 2014 14:32:22 +0000 Lester Graham 15949 at http://michiganradio.org Food industry asks to label genetically engineered ingredients as 'natural' Meningitis cases in Michigan reach 46, other meds could be involved http://michiganradio.org/post/meningitis-cases-michigan-reach-46-other-meds-could-be-involved <p>The Michigan Department of Community Health said the number of meningitis cases associated with the recent outbreak reached 46 yesterday. Three deaths in Michigan are linked to the outbreak.</p><p>In the meantime, the <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/16/health/wider-meningitis-risk-from-tainted-drugs-feared.html?emc=tnt&amp;tntemail0=y">New York Times</a> reports the FDA warns other drugs could be involved:</p> Tue, 16 Oct 2012 13:28:53 +0000 Mark Brush 9491 at http://michiganradio.org Meningitis cases in Michigan reach 46, other meds could be involved Rep. Dingell supports bill to speed up FDA reviews http://michiganradio.org/post/rep-dingell-supports-bill-speed-fda-reviews <p>Congress is trying to speed up the review process for new medicines and devices while still keeping them safe.&nbsp;&nbsp; A bill before the House would increase the amount of money and authority given to the Food and Drug Administration to do that.</p><p>Congressman John Dingell represents Michigan&#39;s 15th District and supports the bill.&nbsp; He says one way the new bill will protect the drug supply is by increasing the FDA&#39;s authority over imported medicine.</p><blockquote><p>&quot;[The User Fee bill] enables [the] Food and Drug [Administration] to address the problems that we had (i.e. unsafe pharmaceuticals and unsafe commodities and components for the manufacture of pharmaceuticals in this country,&quot; Dingell said.&nbsp; &quot;So Food and Drug can control them now.&quot;</p></blockquote><p>Drug and medical device manufacturers typically pay user fees that fund the reviews by the Food and Drug Administration.&nbsp; The new bill will expand those fees to more companies, including international ones.&nbsp;</p><blockquote><p>&quot;This is the best way of leveling the playing field between American manufacturers and foreign manufacturers&quot; said Dingell, &quot;and also seeing to it that everybody -- consumers, manufacturers and all get the services that they&#39;re entitled to from [the] Food and Drug [Administration].&quot;</p></blockquote><p>Patient safety advocates are against parts of the bill. They say even tougher reviews should be applied to medical devices.</p><p><em>-Nishant Sekaran, Michigan Radio Newsroom</em></p><p> Tue, 22 May 2012 16:03:55 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 7564 at http://michiganradio.org Rep. Dingell supports bill to speed up FDA reviews Artpod: Are Glittersniffer cosmetics safe to use? http://michiganradio.org/post/artpod-are-glittersniffer-cosmetics-safe-use <p>On today&#39;s Artpod, we&#39;ll look into the <a href="http://news.michiganradio.org/post/health-and-safety-concerns-surround-glittersniffer-cosmetics?nopop=1">health and safety concerns</a> that surround a Michigan small business called <a href="http://glittersniffercosmetics.com/">Glittersniffer Cosmetics</a>.</p><p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/michigan/local-michigan-956674.mp3</p><p>Bridget Bodnar filed the report for <a href="http://michiganradionews.org">Michigan Radio</a>. The story generated a lot of buzz on the Michigan Radio comment page, and got picked up by <a href="http://www.annarbor.com/health/michigan-public-radio-glittersniffer-cosmetics-of-dearborn-heights-selling-dangerous-products/">AnnArbor.com</a> as well.</p><p>Bodnar talked to about a dozen women who used Glittersniffer Cosmetics, including one woman who said the eye makeup &quot;started to burn and itch and I just wanted to rub, and dig my eyeballs out of my face they hurt so badly.&rdquo; Wed, 09 Mar 2011 18:36:23 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 1565 at http://michiganradio.org Artpod: Are Glittersniffer cosmetics safe to use?