Latest U.S. Food and Drug Administration News

FDA warns against smartwatches and rings that claim to measure blood sugar without needles

Feb. 21, 2024 17:55 PM EST

Smartwatches and rings that claim to measure blood sugar levels for medical purposes without piercing the skin could be dangerous and should be avoided, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned Wednesday. The caution applies to any watch or ring, regardless of brand, that claims...

A brain pacemaker helped a woman with crippling depression. It may soon be available to more people

Feb. 21, 2024 11:57 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Emily Hollenbeck lived with a deep, recurring depression she likened to a black hole, where gravity felt so strong and her limbs so heavy she could barely move. She knew the illness could kill her. Both of her parents had taken their lives. She was willing to try...

FDA expands use of asthma drug Xolair to treat severe food allergies

Feb. 16, 2024 12:35 PM EST

A medication used to treat asthma can now be used to help people with food allergies avoid severe reactions, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Friday. Xolair, the brand name for the drug omalizumab, became the first medication approved to reduce allergic reactions caused by...

Post-Roe v. Wade, more patients rely on early prenatal testing as states toughen abortion laws

Feb. 12, 2024 11:06 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — In Utah, more of Dr. Cara Heuser’s maternal-fetal medicine patients are requesting early ultrasounds, hoping to detect serious problems in time to choose whether to continue the pregnancy or have an abortion. In North Carolina, more obstetrics patients of Dr....

Bean dips, enchiladas and taco kits are among new recalled items linked to listeria outbreak

Feb. 09, 2024 18:07 PM EST

More foods are being recalled in the wake of a deadly outbreak of listeria food poisoning, including snack foods that may be part of Super Bowl Sunday party menus. Seven-layer bean dip, chicken enchiladas, cilantro salad dressing and taco kits sold at stores like Costco, Trader...

As cancer treatment advances, patients and doctors push back against drugs' harsh side effects

Feb. 06, 2024 20:23 PM EST

For cancer patients, the harsh side effects of powerful drugs have long been the trade-off for living longer. Now, patients and doctors are questioning whether all that suffering is necessary. They’ve ignited a movement to radically change how new cancer drugs are tested, with the...

Ecuador officials name likely source of tainted cinnamon that poisoned U.S. children

Feb. 06, 2024 17:59 PM EST

Officials in Ecuador have named the likely source of contaminated ground cinnamon used in fruit pouches tied to more than 400 potential cases of lead poisoning in U.S. children, the Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday. Carlos Aguilera, a cinnamon-processing company in Ecuador,...

Biogen will stop selling its controversial Alzheimer's drug Aduhelm

Jan. 31, 2024 11:26 AM EST

Biogen will stop selling its Alzheimer’s treatment Aduhelm, a drug once seen as a potential blockbuster that stumbled after its launch a few years ago. The drugmaker also said Wednesday that it will end a study of the drug needed for full approval from the Food and Drug...

Miracle cures: Online conspiracy theories are creating a new age of unproven medical treatments

Jan. 31, 2024 10:33 AM EST

BUTLER, Pa. (AP) — The hotel on the outskirts of town looks a lot like lodging one can find on any American highway. Over the years it has been a Holiday Inn and a Days Inn. The sign outside now bears the brand of a new, growing chain. One that promises a lot more than a good night’s sleep. ...

Elon Musk says the first human has received an implant from Neuralink, but other details are scant

Jan. 31, 2024 08:11 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — According to Elon Musk, the first human received an implant from his computer-brain interface company Neuralink over the weekend. In a Monday post on X, the platform formerly known as Twitter, Musk said that the patient received the implant the day prior and was...