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.

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.

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.

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.