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Study: Some Comfort Foods Are Truly Addictive

Posted On February 26, 2015

(Undated) -- Certain comfort foods like chocolate, pizza and french fries can truly be considered addictive. Scientists at the University of Michigan found these highly processed foods trigger the same reward centers in the brain as illegal drugs like cocaine. Previous studies in animals had concluded these types of foods could trigger addictive-like eating behavior.…

NYC Repeals Jewish Circumcision Law Requiring Consent

Posted On February 25, 2015

(New York, NY) -- New York City is repealing a law requiring parental approval before eight-day-old babies undergo a certain type of Jewish circumcision. It's an ancient ritual performed by some ultra-Orthodox Jews involving oral suction of blood during the bris, the religious procedure to remove a boy's foreskin. The Department of Health says it…

Virginia’s Terminally Ill Drug Bill Okayed

Posted On February 25, 2015

(Richmond, VA) -- Virginia's General Assembly has given final legislative approval to a bill dealing with terminally ill patients. It would allow use of experimental drugs under a doctor's supervision after all FDA-approved options have been exhausted. The measure now goes to the governor. The bill does not include any mandates for drug and insurance…

CDC: Deaths Rise With Painkiller Use

Posted On February 25, 2015

(Undated) -- Deaths from prescription painkillers are rising as the drugs become more powerful. That's according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control that shows more than 16-thousand people died from opioid overdoses in 2012, triple the number that died in 1999. Meanwhile, sales of narcotic painkillers quadrupled between 1999 and 2010.…

FDA Rushes To Update Device Label

Posted On February 25, 2015

(Washington, DC) -- The Food and Drug Administration is scrambling to update the labels for the medical device connected to a recent "superbug" outbreak in California. A senior official says the label change could include more stringent cleaning instructions for the device, a scope which is threaded through the mouth and into the stomach. Last…