Health Alert: FDA bans BPA in baby bottles and cups

(CNN) - The Food and Drug Administration has officially banned using BPA in certain baby products. BPA, also known as Bisphenol-A, is a chemical used in many products, including cans and clear plastic bottles. FDA regulations now prohibit the use of BPA in making baby bottles, sippy cups and cans containing infant formula. Most manufacturers have already stopped using BPA in baby products over concerns about health problems linked to the chemical.

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(CNN) - For the second time since June, the FDA has approved a new prescription diet drug. It's called Qsymia. Patients in clinical trials lost an average of 23 pounds. Some consumer advocates are concerned about the drug's side effects, which could include an increased heart rate, hyperventilation, fatigue,anorexia, and birth defects. The drug is recommended for obese patients with a body mass index over 27 with other weight-related health issues.

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(CBS) - Doctors say a popular treatment for multiple sclerosis – is not effective. A new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association finds the drugs called Interferon Beta, do not slow down the progression of the disease and they do not prevent or delay long term disability. Researchers say doctors should question regular use of the drugs.

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(CBS) - Women who give birth to heavy babies are twice as likely to develop breast cancer - according to a new study. Researchers in Texas found women who delivered babies over eight pounds had higher hormone levels, which can increase the risk of breast cancer. Doctors say breast feeding, exercising and eating a healthy diet can lower women's cancer risk.


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