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FDA agrees to determine safety of BPA

From The Washington Post:

The Food and Drug Administration must come up with a decision by March 31 on whether to ban a chemical that’s widely used in plastics and the metal linings of food containers, according to a court settlement reached Wednesday between the agency and the Natural Re­sources Defense Council.

The NRDC filed a petition in 2008 asking the agency to ban bisphenol A, or BPA, citing a growing body of research that suggests exposure to the chemical might pose serious health risks. When the FDA failed to respond within the time frame required by law, the NRDC sued the agency.

The settlement forces the FDA to take a position on a chemical that’s been used for more than four decades to manufacture everything from the cans for liquid infant formula to the coating on grocery store receipts. The agreement, approved by U.S. District Judge Barbara S. Jones in New York, said the FDA must issue a final decision, not a “tentative response.”

Posted: 12/14/2011 4:16:00 PM

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New Drug Gains Popularity Among Teens


Doctors at a Santa Barbara addiction treatment center say it's a growing trend in teen drug use. This new drug ("Molly") is the purest form of an already popular street drug--Ecstasy.

"It sounds wholesome. Molly, the girl next door. In urban slang it means 'pure' MDMA," explains Dr. P. Joseph Frawley.

Doctors warn it is easy to come by, even available over the internet in some cases.

According to a recent survey at Syracuse University, of those surveyed, 50 percent of students had heard of "Molly." Of those, only 30 percent knew its effects. And, of those who'd tried the drug, only about 30 percent knew what they ingested.

Posted: 12/2/2011 9:11:00 AM

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