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July 2010

FDA shouldn’t approve dangerous weight-loss drug, consumer group says

A proposed new weight-loss drug, Qnexa, is too dangerous to be approved, Sidney Wolfe, M.D., director of Public Citizen's Health Research Group, told an FDA advisory committee recently. Qnexa is a combination of two older drugs, phentermine and topiramate, each of which has significant risks, according to Wolfe. One is... Read more →

How does the Wall Street reform bill benefit consumers?

Last week, the U.S. Senate passed the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act by a vote of 60 to 39. After Nancy Pelosi, speaker of the House of Representatives, signed the bill to concur with changes in the conference committee, the bill is headed to the President Obama for... Read more →

Recall of the Week: Pottery Barn drop-side cribs due to suffocation hazard

Pottery Barn Kids is recalling all models of its drop-side cribs, about 82,000. The cribs' drop-sides can detach when hardware breaks, creating a space into which a young child can become entrapped and suffocation. A child can also fall out of the crib. Drop-side incidents also occur due to incorrect... Read more →

What nutritional information would you like to see on restaurant menus?

Listing the amount of calories on restaurant menus is important. Nine out of 10 people underestimated the calorie content of certain items by an average of 600 calories, almost 50 percent less than the actual calorie content, according to a study in the American Journal of Public Health. Portion sizes... Read more →