Health News

FDA approves medication to treat MS

March 30, 2017—As expected, Food and Drug Administration approved ocrelizumab for the treatment of adults who have one of several forms of multiple sclerosis (MS).

Expected health-insurance changes unlikely to affect 2017

Nov. 10, 2016—Change will come to how some consumers buy health insurance—the recent presidential election all but guarantees it—but two experts tell Consumers Digest that any changes likely won’t take effect in 2017. In other words, consumers who are eligible to buy insurance through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplace should act as though nothing has changed.

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Related Department Briefs

“Toddler milk” needs more regulation

An open letter that was published November 2016 in Healthcare urges government regulators to step up efforts against companies that produce liquid nutritional supplements that are commonly referred to as “toddler milks” because of what the authors say is companies’ misleading and potentially harmful marketing to the parents of children who are ages 6 months and older.

Food stamps & the 21st century

A pilot program through Department of Agriculture will allow people who receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits—formerly known as food stamps—to use those benefits to buy groceries online beginning in summer 2017. However, the program isn’t all peaches and cream.

HIV test on USB drive

Researchers at Imperial College London, who worked with DNA Electronics, developed a chip that fits on the end of a USB flash drive for a test to determine the level of HIV that’s in the blood of a person who is receiving treatment.

After you have ‘just one more’

Many Americans wake up a little green around the gills after a night of drinking and reach for the latest bottle of pills that are marketed to consumers to cure post-indulgence misery.

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Health Recalls

Undeclared peanuts in certain bags of Feisty Crumbles

April 18, 2017—Beyond Meat recalled certain bags of Feisty Crumbles, because they might contain low levels of peanuts that aren’t listed on the label. People who have an allergy or sensitivity to peanuts might have a serious or a life-threatening reaction when they eat the product.

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