Category archives for: World News

WHO report finds dramatic increase in life-saving tobacco control policies in last decade

The WHO report on the global tobacco epidemic finds that more countries have implemented tobacco control policies, ranging from graphic pack warnings and advertising bans to no smoking areas.

Homestar North America recalls Three-Drawer TV Chests


The recalled chests are unstable if they are not anchored to the wall, posing serious tip-over and entrapment hazards that can result in death or injuries to children.

Dollarama L.P. recalls Jump Ropes


The jump ropes may contain levels of phthalate that exceeds the allowable limit. Studies suggest that certain phthalates, including DEHP, may cause reproductive and developmental abnormalities in young children when soft vinyl products containing phthalates are sucked or chewed for extended periods.

Leveraging FDA Resources to Encourage Students to Pursue STEM Careers


By: Richard Pazdur, M.D. When I was in high school, I spent summers working as a restaurant dishwasher, grocery store stock boy and gardener in northwest Indiana. The idea of spending those weeks learning about science and medicine would not have been an option for me at that time. Richard Pazdur, M.D., Director of the […]

WHO estimates cost of reaching global health targets by 2030

The SDG Health Price Tag, published today in The Lancet Global Health, estimates the costs and benefits of progressively expanding health services in order to reach 16 Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) health targets in 67 low- and middle-income countries that account for 75% of the world’s population.

Building a Strong FDA Workforce to Bring Scientific Advances to Patients


By: Scott Gottlieb, M.D. The key to FDA’s public health mission, and its ability to bring innovative new therapies to patients, is the technical, scientific, and clinical expertise of its people. As the products that we’re asked to review become more complex and specialized, so do the technical demands on our workforce. Our staff must […]

Alert: Updated and expanded recall – Kids II Canada Co recalls Oball rattles with orange beads


The clear plastic disc on the outside of the ball can break and release small beads, posing a choking hazard to young children.

Reeves International, Inc. recalls Paulinda Super Dough


Health Canada’s sampling and evaluation program has determined that Paulinda Super Dough Koala kits do not meet the Canadian safety requirements for boric acid in toys and may pose a toxicological hazard.

YSN Imports Inc. recalls Propane Depot refillable propane cylinders


The refillable propane cylinders can leak propane gas, posing fire and explosion hazards.

FDA Collaborates to Promote Safety, Quality in Clinical Trials Done in India


By Leslie Ball, M.D., Letitia Robinson, Ph.D., R.N, and Elizabeth Wiley, M.D., J.D., M.P.H. After more than 16 hours of travel, we touch down in Mumbai late in the evening and are greeted by a wave of heat and humidity as we exit the airport terminal. As we drive from the airport to the hotel, […]

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