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The FDA Protects Profits, NOT the Public

This is the shocking TRUTH about the Food & Drug Administration's inability to protect the public from dangerous food & consumer products!

via the New York Times

"People don’t realize there is effectively no regulation of cosmetics...unlike pharmaceutical companies, cosmetic companies are not required to notify the government of “adverse reaction” reports — even if someone dies."

NCI Updates Childhood Cancer Late Effects Info

The National Cancer Institute has updated its summary pages regarding the late effects of childhood cancer.

Talking to Children with Cancer

Via The Journal of Clinical Oncology | Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO)

"Talking to Children With Cancer: Sometimes Less Is More"

"Guidelines, musings, wisdom, pearls, and the counsel of others are invaluable when it comes to disclosure (or nondisclosure) of prognostic information, but it is not enough. Communication works best when it is built on a relationship of honesty and trust and a continuous presence throughout the ups and downs of a dreadful disease."

Study: MRI Dye Leaves Toxic Metal in Brain & Bones

"Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a technology that produces detailed pictures of organs, soft tissues, bone, and other internal body structures for the purposes of detecting and diagnosing diseases. Commonly, a type of intravenous drug known as a contrast agent is used to improve the visibility of internal structures during an MRI. A new research article verifies past claims that some of these contrast agents pass the blood brain barrier and leave behind a potentially toxic metal."

The C Word

"I had to admit I was more than a little excited to see my next patient. This was a big day, for both of us.
Five years earlier, when he was 68, he had come to the emergency room, feeling terrible. His white blood cell count was higher than his age, and he was profoundly anemic — really, to a degree that was almost incompatible with life. He was transferred to our hospital, where we performed a bone marrow biopsy that clinched the diagnosis of acute leukemia."