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Saturday, May 16, 2015

Health News: Irritable Bowel Syndrome caused by a foodborne pathogen ♦ GMO-Free label created by USDA ♦ CVS pays $22 million to resolve Painkiller probe

Irritable Bowel Syndrome caused by a foodborne pathogen Millions of people suffer from the effects of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) — chronic bloating, abdominal pain, gas, diarrhea or constipation — although the malady itself, let alone the cause, has been notoriously difficult to diagnose. Now, however, a physician at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles has developed two blood tests that can accurately detect the
GMO-Free label created by USDA The Agriculture Department has developed a new government certification and labeling for foods that are free of genetically modified ingredients. USDA’s move comes as some consumer groups push for mandatory labeling of the genetically modified organisms, or GMOs. The certification is the first of its kind, would be voluntary
CVS pays $22 million  to resolve Florida Painkiller probe The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Tampa announced May 13 that CVS Health Corp., will pay $22 million in a settlement to resolve allegations that 2 of its pharmacies in central Florida sold painkillers that were not prescribed for legitimate medical purposes. Federal agents discovered that the pharmacies ordered about 3 million oxycodone pills in 2011 and ignored red flags that the prescriptions were not legitimate.  
Study provides new insights into Clostridium spores Researchers have established how clostridia bacteria emerge from spores. This could help them understand how these bacteria germinate and go on to produce the deadly toxin responsible for botulism, a lethal form of food poisoning, or cause food spoilage.
Debate: Is the long term use of psychiatric drugs harmful? The benefits of psychiatric drugs have been exaggerated and the harms underplayed due to poor trial designs, argues an expert in a new article. But another expert and a patient contend that the evidence supports the use of these drugs.

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