March 2005 - Page 2 of 6 - Health Sciences Institute - Official Site

The FDA's relationship with drugmakers

Here’s a recent headline that gave me a chuckle: “U.S. Senator Says FDA Too Cozy With Drugmakers” The word “cozy” conjures an image of the FDA curling up with its favorite drug giants on a comfy couch in front of a fire.

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What the heck is Retsyn?

After all these years, the question finally crossed my mind: What the heck is Retsyn? According to the web site for Cadbury Adams (the maker of Certs), Retsyn is “a combination of partially hydrogenated cottonseed oil, copper gluconate and flavoring.”

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Preventing heart disease

Want to help prevent heart disease? Then just take your dentist’s advice: brush and floss.

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Not a warning for all Diabetics

Here’s a recent headline from Ivanhoe Newswire that caught my eye: “Diabetics Warned About Taking St. John’s Wort” Uh oh, I thought, that doesn’t look good. But the details of the article don’t quite support the scare headline.

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Eczema relief without the risk

Protopic is a topical treatment for eczema that may cause stinging, burning and an increased risk of skin infections (according to the Protopic web site).

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How should we address the problem of obesity in children?

Strict dietary supervision by parents would be an excellent first step. But one step we DON’T need is government intervention.

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Aspirin or fruit?

I looked at a variety of studies that question the wisdom of using aspirin therapy to lower the risk of heart disease and cardiovascular events.

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