WASHINGTON (AP) -- The government is considering tougher warnings for users of tanning beds.
The Food and Drug Administration says they're putting themselves at risk of skin cancer. Before spring, it will hold a public hearing to consider stricter tanning bed regulations, including stiffer warnings.
A specialist on UV radiation -- the same rays that can cause sunburn -- says the FDA doesn't recommend tanning beds at all. But since it knows some people do use the devices, it wants to reduce their risk as much as possible. The Indoor Tanning Association argues there's no new science to justify tougher regulations. Its president says the only risk is to people who overdo it, arguing that's easier to do in the sun.
U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius reiterated Tuesday that she won’t intervene in the “incredibly agonizing” case involving a 10-year-old Pennsylvania girl who is waiting for a lung transplant, telling members of Congress that medical experts should make those decisions.
One of the first provisions of the 2010 health reform law has had its intended effect: shifting costs from hospitals, taxpayers and families to health insurance companies, researchers reported on Thursday. It’s one of the most popular aspects of the law.
People may realize that fast food isn’t health food, but they don’t realize just how fattening it really is, researchers report. They surveyed people eating at 10 burger, chicken, sandwich and doughnut chains and found they greatly underestimated just how much they were chowing down.
A new line of caffeinated chewing gum is causing jitters among health advocates and prompting federal officials to take a new look at the proliferation of jolt-infused foods, including those marketed to children and teens.