AMA backs prescription drug ad ban

The American Medical Association on Tuesday called for a ban on direct-to-consumer ads for prescription drugs and implantable medical devices, saying they contribute to rising costs and patients’ demands for inappropriate treatment.

FILE - In this combo of file photos, an operator of a fruit and vegetable stand near Denver holds a cantaloupe, Sept. 16, 2011, and untainted spinach grows near Castroville, Calif., Sept. 18, 2006.   (AP Photos/File)

Goal of new produce safety rules: prevent illness outbreaks

The regulations are tailored to cover foods and growing methods that pose the greatest risk, and they target produce such as berries, melons, leafy greens and other items usually eaten raw and more prone to contamination.

Cara joins her classmates for math using her robot.

Technology allows tyke to take classes from the hospital

Cara Smith spent just three days at Avilla Elementary before getting sick and going to Riley. Her treatments are expected to last through December, but technology is helping her not miss much of her kindergarten year.

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Study: Deaths rates rising in middle-aged whites

Federal researchers have reported — repeatedly — on worrisome increases in deaths from suicides and drug overdoses. And they have noted the bulk of those deaths have been white and middle-aged.

Alice de Pooter, 3, shows her surgery scar and the bulge from a pacemaker battery Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015, in Tomball, Texas. An adult pacemaker saved Alice's life but specialists say pediatric medical devices built specifically for kids are a serious need. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

Move to spur pint-sized medical devices to treat sick kids

The industry acknowledges medical devices designed specifically for children often lag five years to 10 years behind new technology for adults, and Food and Drug Administration statistics illustrate the disparity.