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Produce growers to get extension on water standards

The FDA has announced its intention to extend the compliance dates for new agricultural water standards.


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Kaine urges FDA to approve mandatory prescriber training on opioids

Sen. Tim Kaine is calling on the FDA to implement committee recommendations to approve mandatory training for prescribers of opioids.


business

Feed directives to change way farmers do business

A new U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulation is going to change the way livestock producers do business.


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Pioneering artificial pancreas to undergo final tests

Trials examining how the artificial pancreas works in real-life settings could lead the FDA to approve the device for use by people with type 1 diabetes.


congress

Mark Warner, Tim Kaine, Joe Manchin call for investigation into FDA decision on Oxycontin

U.S. Senators Mark Warner, Tim Kaine and Joe Manchin sent a letter on Wednesday to the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) calling for an investigation into the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) decision to approve OxyContin for use by children as young as 11-years-old and an examination of the rise in the opioid misuse, abuse and consequent overdose deaths.


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Kaine introduces legislation to ensure careful review of new opiod drugs

This week, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine introduced the FDA Accountability for Public Safety Act, bipartisan legislation that would hold the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) accountable for the approval of new opioid drugs, ensuring experts’ voices are heard as new and potentially dangerous opioid medications are considered for approval.


cattle farms

FDA study shows extremely low rate of drug residues in milk

A study of the U.S. milk supply by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration shows little evidence of drug residues in milk.


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FDA deems GMO apples and potatoes safe for consumption

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has completed its evaluation for two varieties of genetically engineered apples and six varieties of genetically engineered potatoes and concluded that those foods are as safe and nutritious as their conventional counterparts.


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Revenge of the bacteria?

The development and widespread adoption of so-called “antibiotics”—drugs that kill bacteria and thereby reduce infection—has helped billions of people live longer, healthier lives. But all this tinkering with nature hasn’t come without a cost.


virginia farm bureau

GMO foods don’t need labeling, farmers say

On a recent WWBT TV 12 news segment, Virginia Farm Bureau Federation representatives explained that genetically modified crops are no different from conventional crops.


vcu

Protein ID’d as possible universal therapeutic target for multiple infections, including Ebola

A protein called GRP78 could be a universal therapeutic target for treating human diseases like brain cancer, Ebola, Influenza, Hepatitis and superbug bacteria such as MRSE and MRSA, according to a Virginia Commonwealth University-led pre-clinical study published this month in the Journal of Cellular Physiology.


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Sen. Tim Kaine weighs in on national strategy to prevent opiod abuse

U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine joined 20 of his colleagues to write a letter to Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Sylvia Mathews Burwell on the national strategy to address opioid abuse being developed by HHS.


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Two UVA faculty members named fellows of the National Academy of Inventors

Two faculty members are the first from the University of Virginia to be named fellows of the National Academy of Inventors, an accolade created in 2010 to recognize those who invent or facilitate significant patents issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office.


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Virginia Board of Optometry alerts consumers of risks with decorative contact lenses

As consumers prepare for Halloween, the Virginia Board of Optometry is supporting the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to caution against the use of non-corrective, decorative contact lenses.


Earth Talk: Concerns about parabens in health, beauty, personal care products

First commercialized in the 1950s, parabens are a group of synthetic compounds commonly used as preservatives in a wide range of health, beauty and personal care products.


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Kaine joins McAuliffe in announcing Virginia drug abuse task force

U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine joined Gov. Terry McAuliffe, Secretary of Health and Human Resources Bill Hazel and Secretary of Public Safety Brian Moran to announce the creation of a Prescription Drug and Heroin Abuse Task Force.


Earth Talk: Palm oil production and rainforest deforestation

Palm oil may be a good substitute for trans fats in that it stays solid at room temperature and is therefore useful as a food additive in things like snack bars. But it isn’t much healthier.


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Sen. Tim Kaine comments on McAuliffe healthcare plan

Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement on Governor Terry McAuliffe’s “A Healthy Virginia” plan and initiatives announced by Attorney General Mark Herring to combat drug abuse in the Commonwealth.


brain

Neurofeedback: Non-invasive, drug-free alternative for shifting many health conditions

Neurofeedback is a non-invasive, drug-free modality that is FDA-approved for stress reduction.


UVA launches first U.S. test of focused ultrasound to destroy breast tumors

Expanding its pioneering work in the field of focused ultrasound, the UVA Health System has launched the nation’s first clinical trial testing the technology’s potential to treat benign tumors of the breast known as fibroadenomas.


Elder Rage: How to survive caring for aging parents

For eleven years I pleaded with my ‘challenging’ elderly father to allow a caregiver to help him with my ailing mother, but he always insisted on taking care of her himself. Every caregiver I hired soon sighed in exasperation, ‘Jacqueline, I just can’t work with your father. His temper is impossible to handle and he’s not going to accept help until he’s on his knees himself.’


Earth Talk: Over-fortified processed foods

Added nutrients in the processed foods we eat could indeed be too much of a good thing, especially for kids.


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Kaine, White House drug policy director, discuss Virginia opiod crisis

Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine met with White House Drug Policy Acting Director Michael Botticelli to discuss the opioid crisis in Virginia and next steps to combat the epidemic.


Promising antibiotic defies convention on treating superbug

A new antibiotic being developed at the University of Virginia School of Medicine to combat the dangerous C. difficile superbug also appears effective against a wide array of other pathogens, including the Helicobacter pylori bacterium, a new study suggests.


Earth Talk: Safer and more effective sunscreens

Many of the sunscreens on the market do not provide enough protection from the sun’s damaging rays. Also, some of them contain chemicals that can also cause health problems in their own right.


Hobby Lobby about much more than contraception

The Independent Women’s Forum applauds the decision of the Supreme Court in Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby, Inc. and Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp v. Sebelius.


Earth Talk: Is BPA as dangerous as we thought?

Developed in the 1950s to strengthen plastics and epoxy resins, BPA is today used in a wide range of products, including many plastic food and drink containers, the lining of most cans, some paper products, and dental sealants.


Earth Talk: Keeping our food safe and healthy

Although we have come a long way in recent years with regard to the safety and sustainability of our food supply, we still have a long way to go.


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American Farm Bureau supports bill related to GMO labeling

The American Farm Bureau Federation voiced support on April 9 for legislation in Congress that would give the U.S. Food and Drug Administration authority on the use and labeling of foods containing genetically modified ingredients.


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Kaine raises issue with FDA approval of Zohydro

Today, U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine sent a letter to U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Margaret Hamburg expressing concern that recent FDA approval of Zohydro ER could have a negative impact on Virginia communities.


State encourages food industry to comment on proposed food safety regulations

Matthew J. Lohr, Commissioner of the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, encourages farmers, food companies, packers, government and the public to take advantage of a 120-day comment period on two new proposed food safety regulations that were released recently by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).


Board issues consumer alert on use of non-prescription contact lenses

As consumers prepare for Halloween, the Virginia Board of Optometry joins the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to caution against the use of non-corrective, decorative contact lenses sold without a prescription or proper fitting by a licensed eye care professional.