Writer: Matthew Richmond

Matthew Richmond is a researcher-reporter for FairWarning.

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FDA Warns of Liver Damage from Weight Loss Pills

Two popular weight loss pills will soon include warnings about possible severe liver damage. Alli, sold over-the-counter by GlaxoSmithKline, and the prescription version Xenical, manufactured by Roche, both use the same active ingredient, orlistat. The cases of liver damage are extremely rare. The Food and Drug Administration found 13 cases [...]

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Heartburn Medicine Leads to Fractures for Some

The Food and Drug Administration is warning people who use a popular type of heartburn medicine that long-term use increases the risk of broken hips, wrists and spines. The medications, known as proton pump inhibitors, include the popular brands Prilosec, Prevacid and Nexium. They will now carry warning labels advising [...]

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Witnesses Say BP Took Shortcuts Before Rig Blast

Evidence of negligence before the April 20 explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig continues to surface in advance of Wednesday's House Energy and Commerce hearing about the cause of the blast. A worker for the rig's owner, Transocean, told Coast Guard investigators: "I overheard upper management talking saying that BP [...]

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Report Finds Herbal Supplements Contain Contaminants

With a food safety bill likely to be introduced in Congress next month, a new report on herbal supplements is adding to the debate about regulation of this growing industry. The report, released Wednesday by the Government Accountability Office, found that almost all the herbal dietary supplements tested contained trace [...]

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Gulf Oil Spill: Effort to Seal Leak May Be Delayed, Disputes Over Dispersant

After failing for more than a month to stop the oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico, BP is almost ready to try its next strategy. The company described on Tuesday a plan to plug the well with a mixture of heavy drilling liquids. The strategy, known as "top kill," [...]

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Dangerous Germ Can Travel Through the Air, Study Finds

A new study by British researchers has found that a dangerous bacterium can travel through the air, posing a new problem for medical personnel fighting hospital-acquired infections. The germ, Clostridium difficile, can cause fever, abdominal pain, nausea, severe diarrhea and sometimes a serious inflammation of the intestines. Researchers tested the [...]

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Pediatricians Want Warning Labels for Foods That Can Choke

The American Academy of Pediatrics is urging the federal government to require labeling on foods that are known choking hazards, similar to the labeling already required on toys, The New  York Times reports. You have a SuperBall that by government regulation has to carry warnings telling people it’s a risk [...]