DEA Lookup.com Healthcare Industry News: 2012



Chronic depression could have ties to 'leaky gut syndrome'
Numerous studies over the past five years have suggested that the root of chronic depression may be associated with a specific medical condition known as leaky gut syndrome. More...

Medicating millions of kids - for being moody?
The New Diagnostic and Statistical Manual from the American Psychiatric Association (APA) could accelerate the trend toward medicating children, rather than trying to understand them. More...

FDA Expands Irradiation Uses for Meat and Poultry
Meat and poultry producers who use ionized radiation to kill pathogens in product now have expanded options, thanks to two rules published by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. More...

Court: Off-Label Drug Marketing Is 'Free Speech'
A decision that could become the drug industry equivalent of Citizens United, the 2010 U.S. Supreme Court decision that gave corporations and unions the right to spend unlimited sums on political ads. More...

Stem cells being made from blood
"A patient's own blood has been used to make personalised stem cells, which doctors hope will eventually be used to treat a range of diseases. More...

Vaccinated Kids Account For 90 Percent of Cases of Whooping Cough
Whooping cough, or pertussis, is spreading across the entire US at rates at least twice as high as those recorded in 2011 and epidemiologists and health officials are even admitting that the vaccines may be the cause. More...

Study casts fresh doubt on mammograms
Mammograms have done surprisingly little to catch deadly breast cancers before they spread, a big U.S. study finds. At the same time, more than a million women have been treated for cancers that never would have threatened their lives, researchers estimate. More...

Study: Chocolate Works Like Morphine on the Brain
Enkephalin -- an endorphin-like peptide that activates cerebral opioid receptors -- contributes to what can be an intense drive to keep eating, by the same mechanism that narcotics kill pain. More...

Study Reveals Potential Triggers for Autism
Research examines medications in water supply. More...

Living near major road a killer for heart attack survivors
The results show that heart attack survivors who lived about 300 feet (100 meters) from a major roadway at the time of their heart attack were 27 percent more likely to die over the next 10 years. More...

Zeroing in on the Causes of Autism
The idea that toxins - including heavy metals like mercury, pesticides, flame retardants, and chemicals in plastic - is the subject of a just-released book More...

Physicians Groups Call for Fewer Tests for Patients
Many doctors order tests even if they might not be necessary and may even harm the patient, sometimes to protect themselves from potential lawsuits, sometimes because the tests are simply profitable for the physician. More...

Painkiller sales soar across nation
DEA figures show dramatic rises in the distribution of oxycodone. Some places saw sales increase sixteenfold. More...

Cadmium in diet is linked to higher breast cancer risk
A study provides new evidence that environmental chemicals that mimic estrogen's effects may contribute to women's risk of certain cancers. More...

Imported foods increasingly linked to disease outbreaks
Nearly 45 percent of the imported foods causing outbreaks came from Asia. More...

Sleep More, Weigh Less
A new study finds that people who are sleep deprived eat more. More...

Diabetes, memory loss warnings on statins
Regulators are adding warnings to the labels of widely used cholesterol lowering drugs, such as Lipitor, to say they may raise levels of blood sugar and could cause memory loss. More...

Biggest Medicare Fraud in History Busted
$375 million dollar home healthcare scam operating in the Dallas, Texas area. More...

Sleeping Pills Increase Risk Of Dying
A new study finds that several commonly prescribed meds are linked to a significantly higher risk of premature death. Moreover, those who took the pills were 35 percent more likely to develop cancer. More...

Antidepressants are no more effective than placebos
17 million Americans with depression are spending an estimated $11.3 billion annually on drugs that research says don't work for most of the people using them. More...

High arsenic in organic brown rice syrup
High levels of arsenic, a chemical linked to cancer, chronic diseases and developmental effects, have been found in foods that list organic brown rice syrup as a primary ingredient, according to a new study from Dartmouth University. More...

Stem cells used to 'heal' heart attack scars
Damage caused by a heart attack has been healed using stem cells gathered from the patient's own heart, according to doctors in the US. More...

Stanford scientists transform mouse skin cells into nervous system cells
A research group at the Stanford University School of Medicine found that skin cells from mice can be repurposed as cells that can later become any of the three germ layers of the nervous system. This finding contradicts the prevalent notion that a cell must be a pluripotent stem cell in order to develop into any of the three primary tissue layers. More...

FDA Monitored Whistleblower Personal Emails
Suit alleges the FDA harassed or dismissed scientists and doctors after they warned Congress that the agency was approving medical devices that they believed posed unacceptable risks to patients. More...

Caffeine may alter women's estrogen levels
Caffeine changes women's estrogen levels and has different effects in Asian and white women More...

Children's A.D.D. Drugs Don't Work Long-Term
In 30 years there has been a 2000% increase in the consumption of drugs for attention-deficit disorder. When given to children over long periods of time, they neither improve school achievement nor reduce behavior problems. The drugs can also have serious side effects, including stunting growth. More...

Drinking black tea lowers blood pressure
People who enjoy drinking black tea throughout the day may get the added benefit of a slight reduction in their blood pressure, suggests a new Australian study. More...

Common scans could hurt thyroid
The iodide dye used in heart scans and other medical imaging might damage some people's thyroid glands, which could cause important health problems later on. More...


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