Dr. Jeffrey Shuren of the FDA's device center said the agency is taking steps to improve the medical-device review process and ensure manufacturers don't face any last-minute surprises. Shuren spoke via teleconference to an investing conference, urging companies conducting studies overseas to reach out to the FDA early in the development process to avoid making serious errors.
Registered dietitian Jill Shaffer says there is an increasing need for nutrition professionals who can guide people toward healthy eating habits. She says more consumers are seeking nutrition help as science links more diseases to diet, and the opportunities for dietitians have expanded to include corporate positions, sports nutrition, journalism and wellness.
Authorities charged 91 people in seven cities with defrauding Medicare after a federal investigation uncovered practices such as doctors allegedly writing unnecessary prescriptions. Such instances of fraud "drive up health care costs and jeopardize the strength of the Medicare program," said Attorney General Eric Holder.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission on Wednesday filed an administrative complaint against Maxfield & Oberton for refusing to voluntarily recall its Buckyballs magnets despite rising injury reports involving children. The agency said there have been a number of incidents in which children younger than 14 swallowed the magnets, with many cases requiring surgery.
A study found that babies who were breast-fed exclusively in their first four months and then partially for two more months developed fewer respiratory and gastrointestinal infections than babies who had not been breast-fed. Breast-feeding exclusively for six months appears to provide greater benefit, said the researchers, but not enough babies fit the criteria to be statistically significant.