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Readers respond to mothers in treatment for opioid use disorder, pandemic models, and more 06/11/2024

STAT News published our Letter to the Editor explaining that atypical antipsychotic drugs are killing and lobotomizing dementia patients and that’s why they are too dangerous to use.

Readers respond to mothers in treatment for opioid use disorder, pandemic models, and more I used to work as a volunteer at Yale New Haven Hospital as a "baby cuddler" for newborns born with opioids in their systems. We swaddled them, rocked them, fed them and changed them. Some of us sang to them.

06/07/2024

We applaud citizens of Montclair NJ for challenging the Board of Ed’s decision to bring more PFAS forever chemicals to town! These dangerous chemicals are harmful!

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First-ever ban on multiple toxic chemicals in menstrual products signed by Vermont Governor - Safer States 06/05/2024

Vermont just banned PFAS, phthalates, formaldehyde, mercury, and lead in menstrual products, incontinence products, artificial turf, textiles, cookware, and kids' toys. Governor Phil Scott’s new law makes Vermont the first state to take such comprehensive action against these harmful substances. PFAS, found in 99% of Americans' blood, is linked to cancer and other serious health issues.

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First-ever ban on multiple toxic chemicals in menstrual products signed by Vermont Governor - Safer States Adopted with unanimous support, Vermont’s new law is the first in the nation to restrict phthalates, formaldehyde, mercury, and lead among other chemicals in menstrual products Health advocates applaud the move and anticipate more government and corporate policies to follow WASHINGTON, DC⸺Today,...

How 3M Executives Convinced a Scientist the Forever Chemicals She Found in Human Blood Were Safe 06/03/2024

Decades ago, Kris Hansen uncovered the presence of PFAS chemicals in our bodies, only to have her research halted by 3M executives. Now, as the EPA mandates the removal of these 'forever chemicals' from drinking water, she grapples with the secrets 3M kept hidden. Read the ProPublica investigative story to delve deeper into corporate (ir)responsibility and how a cover-up harms public health. https://www.propublica.org/article/3m-forever-chemicals-pfas-pfos-inside-story

How 3M Executives Convinced a Scientist the Forever Chemicals She Found in Human Blood Were Safe Decades ago, Kris Hansen showed 3M that its PFAS chemicals were in people’s bodies. Her bosses halted her work. As the EPA now forces the removal of the chemicals from drinking water, she wrestles with the secrets that 3M kept from her and the world.

Dr. Diana Zuckerman - Small Business Committee Testimony - Regulations & Innovation 05/30/2024

The push for innovation should never undermine patients being able to trust the safety and effectiveness of medical products. When the FDA bends the rules too much, patients pay the price. Dr. Diana Zuckerman explains to the House of Representatives Small Business Committee why patients and families need credible medical evidence about new medical products.

Dr. Diana Zuckerman - Small Business Committee Testimony - Regulations & Innovation Thanks to Rep. Nydia Velazquez, Dr. Diana Zuckerman brought an essential perspective to the House Small Business Committee, focusing on how well-conducted re...

Have you seen this petition yet? 05/29/2024

Baltimore's children deserve safe, healthy places to play. Why is Baltimore installing playgrounds that use Poured in Place (PIP) surfaces made from recycled rubber tires, which contain LEAD, PFAS, and other toxins?

MD passed HB1147 to ban toxic playground materials by October 1, 2024. So why is Baltimore's Mayor Scott still installing them, ignoring the science and endangering our kids?

We need safe alternatives like natural Engineered Wood Fibers (EWF). Let's demand Mayor Scott prioritize our children's health over technicalities. Sign the petition for toxin-free playgrounds at: https://chng.it/csgPVY8V2q

Have you seen this petition yet? Demand Mayor Scott STOP Use of BANNED Toxic Materials in Playground Surfaces

Lab at center of Zantac saga claims GSK hid drug's risks for decades 05/24/2024

GSK faces a significant development in the Zantac controversy. A whistleblower lawsuit from Valisure, a Connecticut-based lab, accuses GSK of "knowingly lying" to the FDA about Zantac’s carcinogenic risks to secure its 1983 approval. Valisure alleges that GSK concealed data linking Zantac to NDMA, a cancer-causing substance. GSK has called the lawsuit baseless, insisting that scientific studies show no consistent evidence linking Zantac to cancer. This new lawsuit adds to the thousands of cases GSK is defending, potentially costing the company around $5 billion. Read more at the link here

Lab at center of Zantac saga claims GSK hid drug's risks for decades Even as GSK defends itself against thousands of personal injury lawsuits relating to its sale of heartburn pill Zantac, a whistleblower lawsuit from the laboratory that first raised alarm bell | A newly unsealed complaint from the laboratory that first revealed Zantac's links to a carcinogenic impur...

Education Department boosts legal defenses for transgender students 05/22/2024

The Biden Administration’s long-awaited rules, released on April 19, undo most Trump-era policies mandating how schools deal with sexual misconduct. The Biden rules demand that schools take “prompt and effective action” regarding any sex discrimination. During the Trump Administration, misconduct had to be so “severe, pervasive and objectively offensive that it effectively denies a person equal access to the recipient’s education program or activity" in order for schools to be required to take action.

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Education Department boosts legal defenses for transgender students The Biden administration is touting the rule as the “most comprehensive coverage” students will receive in the nearly half-century of Title IX.

San Francisco and 2 states expand bans on forever chemicals 05/22/2024

Colorado, Vermont, and San Francisco have passed new laws banning PFAS chemicals in addition to the new EPA restrictions on these forever chemicals. Colorado and Vermont will phase out PFAS in products like cookware and outdoor gear by 2028. San Francisco is the first U.S. city to ban PFAS in firefighter gear, with full compliance expected by 2026. These moves highlight growing efforts to eliminate PFAS from everyday products and protect public health. Read more at link here:

San Francisco and 2 states expand bans on forever chemicals The measures outlaw PFAS in items such as turf, menstruation products and firefighter gear.

05/20/2024

A whistleblower has accused the EPA of mishandling the East Palestine train derailment response. The senior scientist points out that EPA did not collect all the aerial pollution data that were available and then falsified records to cover up these actions. This resulted in inaccurate information and increased the public health risks to the communities involved. Isn't it time for an investigation and accountability? Read more here:

https://whistleblower.org/press-release/whistleblower-epa-failed-to-deploy-critical-airborne-technology-during-east-palestine-disaster/

Doc Who Said COVID Vax Can Magnetize People Has License Reinstated 05/16/2024

Sherri Tenpenny, DO, lost her license after failure to cooperate with the State Medical Board of Ohio's effort to investigate her for claiming COVID vaccines magnetize people. Tenpenny is one of 12 individuals responsible for 2/3 of anti-vaccine content on social media, yet claimed the board was violating her constitutional rights when she refused to comply when they asked for evidence to back up her claims about magnetizing patients or other blatant misinformation. The board had reiterated that licensees of the board cannot simply refuse to cooperate because they do not like what they assume is the motive for the investigation. A year and "reluctant yes" later, Tenpenny agreed to comply with the investigation and had her license reinstated with conditions that have not been made public.

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Doc Who Said COVID Vax Can Magnetize People Has License Reinstated Sherri Tenpenny, DO, had her license suspended indefinitely last summer

05/15/2024

Concerned about the safety of e-bikes? So are we. Check out our joint comment with the Consumer Federation of America and Kids In Danger on the risks associated with electric bicycles. With a significant rise in injuries and fatalities, it's crucial for the CPSC to revise definitions, enhance regulations, and prioritize safety for all users, especially children.

Our goal: Ensure e-bike safety for all riders, especially children. Read our full comment to CPSC here: https://www.center4research.org/nchr-joint-comment-e-bikes/

Safety and Quality Concerns with Getinge/Maquet Cardiovascular Devices 05/13/2024

WARNING: FDA warns against heart devices made by Getinge/Maquet because they can stop working! Cardiosave IABPs and Cardiohelp ECMO systems have had
unexpected shutdowns and difficulty with emergency drive handles. FDA is urging hospitals to transition to alternative devices. https://www.fda.gov/medical-devices/letters-health-care-providers/safety-and-quality-concerns-getinge-cardiovascular-devices-letter-health-care-providers

Safety and Quality Concerns with Getinge/Maquet Cardiovascular Devices Health care providers and facilities should begin to transition away from these devices and seek alternatives.

05/13/2024

Thanks to Rep. Nydia Velazquez, Dr. Diana Zuckerman brought an essential perspective to the House Small Business Committee, focusing on how well-conducted research ensures patient safety and encourages innovation. She emphasized that we all should define innovation as new products that are better because they provide the benefits patients care about. That means living longer, spending less time in hospitals, and a better quality of life. Explore her insights and their implications for your health and small businesses. Read our article here.

https://www.center4research.org/medical-economics-house-small-business-hearing/

Could better asthma inhalers help patients, and the planet too? 05/07/2024

Did you know that traditional asthma inhalers emit as much greenhouse gas emissions as driving half a million gas-powered cars for a year? There is a safe alternative: Inhalers that use dry powder instead are good for patients and good for our planet. Learn more below.

Could better asthma inhalers help patients, and the planet too? Some doctors are promoting propellant-free inhalers over puff inhalers that emit greenhouse gases. Climate change can exacerbate respiratory ills because of more fires, air pollution and allergens.

FDA Brings Lab Tests Under Its Oversight 05/06/2024

Dr. Diana Zuckerman, President of NCHR, applauds the FDA's move to regulate lab-developed tests but raises concerns over the 'grandfathering' of existing tests, urging for stricter evaluation standards. Read more on the FDA's final rule and its impact on patient safety.

FDA Brings Lab Tests Under Its Oversight Agency will treat lab-developed tests the same as other in vitro diagnostics

Statement from Dr. Diana Zuckerman Regarding the FDA Final Rule on Regulation of Lab Developed Tests 04/29/2024

“We strongly support today’s FDA decision to regulate lab-developed tests. Unfortunately, FDA’s final rule has compromised on the critical issue of grandfathering thousands of tests that are already on the market.”

Read our full statement here:

Statement from Dr. Diana Zuckerman Regarding the FDA Final Rule on Regulation of Lab Developed Tests We strongly support today’s FDA's decision to regulate lab-developed tests. Unfortunately, FDA’s final rules has compromised on the critical issue of grandfathering thousands of tests on the already on the market

Philips failed to report corrections of CT machines, FDA says in warning letter 04/25/2024

Important news story on Phillips on the serious problems with their CT scanners, CPAP machines, and other essential devices and the FDA slow response. Can patients trust them?

Philips failed to report corrections of CT machines, FDA says in warning letter After a 2023 inspection, the FDA found three unreported field corrections related to CT machines and 19 other recalls of radiology devices.

Letter to Sen. Sanders in Support of the Childhood Diabetes Reduction Act 04/22/2024

We endorsed the Childhood Diabetes Reduction Act, introduced Friday by Senator Bernie Sanders and Senator Cory Booker which would improve children’s health by conducting research on the risks of foods that contribute to diabetes and other serious health problems. For example, it directs the NIH to further investigate the impact of ultra-processed foods on the health of children and adults, which have been shown to increase the risk of dying from cardiovascular disease, and developing obesity, anxiety, and depression.

Letter to Sen. Sanders in Support of the Childhood Diabetes Reduction Act This bill takes important steps to adequately inform consumers about the known risks of foods marketed to children and often consumed by all family members

E&E News: Feds declare turf, rubber playgrounds ‘generally’ safe 04/22/2024

EPA released its 2024 report on artificial turf, which says it contains dangerous chemicals but that the exposures are "generally safe." NCHR president Dr. Diana Zuckerman points out that if children's and adults' exposure to dangerous chemicals are generally safe, that means they aren't safe for everyone. The EPA doesn't explain how many will be harmed and doesn't explain what is known and not known. It's not credible.
https://subscriber.politicopro.com/article/eenews/2024/04/18/feds-declare-turf-rubber-playgrounds-generally-safe-00153075

E&E News: Feds declare turf, rubber playgrounds ‘generally’ safe Exposure risks to toxic chemicals in recycled tire crumbs "are likely limited," a multiagency report concluded.

04/18/2024

This new report has worrisome information about what is known and not known about the potential impact of plastics and the chemicals in plastics on children's developing brains. PFAS and other chemicals can be harmful and we need to know more and do more to protect our children.

https://projecttendr.thearc.org/wp-content/uploads/2024/04/Project-TENDR_Plastics-Briefing-Paper_April-2024.pdf

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Bloomberg Link 04/16/2024

Bloomberg News describes numerous cancer drugs and other treatments that the FDA approved but were found to not work after companies made billions of dollars. Diana Zuckerman and Gregg Gonsalves explain that FDA approval used to take too long, but the pendulum has swung too far so that expensive drugs that don't work and may be unsafe are costing patients and our healthcare system more than it can afford. Learn more at https://blinks.bloomberg.com/news/stories/SBZHPXDWRGG0

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Poop Doesn't Lie: What Fecal 'Forensics' Tells Us About Diet 04/11/2024

Poop doesn’t lie. Studying the impact of what we eat on our health is difficult because people lie or “selectively forget” some unhealthy choices. Can scientists get more accurate info from studying poop? But who wants to do those studies? Find out about fecal forensics here:
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/poop-doesnt-lie-what-fecal-forensics-tells-us-about-diet-2024a10006mo

Poop Doesn't Lie: What Fecal 'Forensics' Tells Us About Diet Innovative work from Duke University could change how scientists conduct nutritional research and how clinicians assess their patients' diets.

EPA limits toxic air pollution from chemical plants 04/10/2024

U.S. chemical plants must cut down on cancer-causing emissions and other harmful pollution in the first new EPA requirements in nearly 20 years. It follows a law passed in 2016 but ignored during the Trump Administration. The goal is to prevent cancer, particularly in low-income and minority communities living close to these plants. The regulation will affect about 200 chemical plants producing synthetic organic chemicals, polymers, and resins, and decrease over 6,200 tons of harmful air pollution annually.

EPA limits toxic air pollution from chemical plants Chemical plants across the country will need to slash the amount of toxic air pollution they release under a rule finalized Tuesday by the Environmental Protection Agency.

10 doctors on FDA panel for Abbott heart device had financial ties to the company 04/08/2024

This NBC news story reports that 10 doctors who advised FDA about Abbott's heart device TriClip had financial ties to the company that weren't disclosed. Their votes supported approval. We explain that FDA conflict of interest rules are too loose and many experts agree. Learn more at:

10 doctors on FDA panel for Abbott heart device had financial ties to the company The FDA didn’t disclose the payments.

Scientists urge FDA to rescind approval of test for opioid addiction risk 04/08/2024

NCHR president Diana Zuckerman is one of 31 scientists urging FDA to rescind approval of AvertD DNA test that purports to predict risk of opioid addiction and urging CMS to refuse to pay for the test because it does not work and can do more harm than good. FDA's decision seems more political than scientific. Read more about it: https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/2024/04/05/avertd-fda-opioid-addiction-test/

Scientists urge FDA to rescind approval of test for opioid addiction risk Regulators authorized AvertD against the backdrop of the crushing overdose crisis.

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Did you miss out on last week's health news quiz? No problem! Here's your chance to put your health knowledge to the test once again. Drop your answer in the comments below, and stay tuned! We'll reveal the correct answers tomorrow.

04/04/2024

"The National Center for Health Research is a public health think tank and one of my proudest moments as president was when we honored Dr. Frances Oldham Kelsey, the FDA scientist who prevented FDA from approving thalidomide, a drug later proven to cause babies to be born without arms or legs. She was the first woman scientist at FDA and under tremendous pressure to approve the drug (which was approved for pregnant women in Europe) but she refused. She's a role model for all of us to speak out for what is right."

- Dr. Diana Zuckerman, NCHR President

Help us celebrate Public Health Week by finding out about Dr. Kelsey here -

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/frances-oldham-kelsey-heroine-of-thalidomide-tragedy-dies-at-101/2015/08/07/ae57335e-c5da-11df-94e1-c5afa35a9e59_story.html

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