Salmonella Cases Are Still Unsolved ~ FDA Approval Of Diabetes Drugs Is Being Modified ~ Cats Can Cause Eczema In Babies - MSNewsNow.com - Jackson, MS

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Salmonella Cases Are Still Unsolved ~ FDA Approval Of Diabetes Drugs Is Being Modified ~ Cats Can Cause Eczema In Babies

Stephanie Bell Flynt
stephanie@wlbt.net

Salmonella

HEALTH INVESTIGATORS THOUGHT TOMATOES WERE TO BLAME, BUT NOW THEY AREN'T SO SURE.

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THE FDA REPORTS IT STILL HAS NO IDEA WHAT CAUSED A SALMONELLA OUTBREAK THAT'S SICKENED HUNDREDS OF AMERICANS.

INVESTIGATORS ARE NOW LOOKING FOR OTHER SOURCES FROM FOODS OFTEN SERVED WITH TOMATOES.

HOWEVER, THEY WON'T SAY WHAT THOSE FOODS ARE.

THE FOOD INDUSTRY REPORTS THIS OUTBREAK HAS COST THEM OVER 250 MILLION DOLLARS.

Diabetes Drugs

The FDA will likely revamp the way it approves diabetes drugs. Currently diabetes drugs are approved based on their ability to control blood sugar levels. However, some of the newer diabetes drugs on the market might increase the risk of heart disease. Health experts are deciding if heart safety studies are needed before diabetes drugs are approved.

Cat Eczema

Having a cat might trigger eczema in babies with a high risk for allergies. Researchers say the trigger involves a specific gene. Cat exposure increases the risk for eczema in those babies.

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