Decorative contact lenses are popular around Halloween, but federal officials warn that the marketplace includes counterfeit eye coverings that can lead to all kinds of problems, up to blindness. Indeed, illegally imported decorative lenses that have not been approved buy the Food and Drug Administr ... More >>
A Laguna Beach plastic surgeon has weighed in on the pros and cons of silicone "gummy bear breast implants." I'd never read those words together either, but apparently this "fifth generation cohesive-gel implant" was approved by the FDA earlier this year. Wonder if it came with a warning about dev ... More >>
The FDA is investigating reports of five deaths that may be linked to Monster Energy, the popular caffeine-and-taurine beverage in a big black can.A lawsuit against Corona-based Monster Beverage claims that a 14-year-old Maryland girl with a heart condition died after drinking two cans of the energy ... More >>
Whether to pass or strike down Proposition 37, an initiative requiring labels on some genetically modified foods, is the subject of a debate that will take place at Chapman University this afternoon.If the proposition passed, it would make California the first state that mandates GMOs (genetically m ... More >>
[Ask Exene] Are those nonviolent drug offenders living next door, or aliens from outer space?
If you thought your doctor had cold hands when he or she asked you to turn and cough, wait until RP-VITA gets you in its grasp.Developed by the makers of the Roomba, the Remote Presence Virtual Independent Telemedicine Assistant that just got a test drive at Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach does for ... More >>
[Summer Guide 2012] Make, then drink the real stuff!
We've all got a ketchup bottle method, whether it's shaking the bejeesus out of it, pounding the damn "57" until our palms turn red or using a butter knife to scrape the stuff out. Or we opt for those squeezable plastic bottles, which become useless and gassy about three-quarters of the way through. ... More >>
[Trendzilla] The pros and cons of getting your fix via a puff
Agribusiness reaps record wealth. Starving protesters cry for affordable food. Farmers and farm workers find themselves caught in the middle.But, as the documentary Greening the Revolution shows, farmers and workers are organized, fighting back and implementing their own sustainable alternativ ... More >>
Flickr user flavouzYou know what Friday is: summation time! Highlights after the jump!
Flickr user sliceofchicDanger, Will Robinson!Most of the "food police" rules that we occasionally sneer about here at Stick A Fork In It aren't promulgated at the local, county or even state level: the federal Food and Drug Administration's rules reach nationwide, and when they say a food is pote ... More >>
Flickr user christine zeninoSan Francisco is going to play quite a role in my coming book on the history of Mexican food in the United States--and that's all I'm going to say about that right now. But Baghdad by the Bay is in the Mexi-food news right now, because pendejo health inspectors have as ... More >>
In another attempt to expand the fatty pool for its popular Lap-Band devices, Allergan Inc. is now targeting a younger set. The Irvine-based pharmaceutical company has asked the Food and Drug Administration to allow the weight-loss surgery for those as young as 14, the Los Angeles Times rep ... More >>
UPDATE, MAY 17, 3:49 A.M.: Autopsy and toxicological reports reveal that the two teens found dead in a Huntington Beach apartment in January overdosed on prescription drugs, with alcohol contributing to one of the deaths, The Orange County Register reports. Aaron Saenz, 15, died from t ... More >>
Flickr user QFamilyAh, cilantro: soapy scourge of millions of taste buds, a big mystery to the rest of us. And inordinate high salmonella carrier? That's what the Food and Drug Administration is alleging in a letter to the American cilantro industry, in the governmental version of a pimp slap.
Poor Four Loko. All it ever wanted was to get us sloshed and hyper with a single can. Now, not only has it been stripped from shelves and replaced with a decaf version that's totally lame, the company that makes it has been smacked with a massive class-action lawsuit that demands, among other thi ... More >>
UPDATE, JAN. 25, 9:41 A.M.: The victims have been identified as Aaron Saenz, 15, of Westminster, and Chelsea Taylor, 16, of Huntington Beach. Their bodies were found at an apartment in the 15500 block of Huntington Village Lane, LA Times reports.ORIGINAL POST, JAN. 24, 4:21 P.M.: A 15-year-old ... More >>
Allergan Inc., which is already rolling in it thanks to remedies such as Botox, Latisse and Natrelle breast implants, aims to roll in even more of it by increasing the fatty pool for its Lap-Band weight-loss devices.The Irvine-based pharmaceutical company wants the government to decrease the mini ... More >>
If this was the year of anything, it's the year of creative and not-so-creative alcohol-based products. You may have heard of Four Loko, the caffeinated alcoholic energy drink that became the subject of bans and dire FDA warnings. Then there was CREAM, the booze-infused whipped topping that our ... More >>
Four Loko is about to become as hip as Smirnoff Ice. The popular caffeine-spiked alcoholic beverage, commonly known as "Blackout in a Can," has been deemed unsafe by the FDA. A warning letter was sent to Chicago-based Phusion Projects, which makes the stuff.
There's some good news and bad news for Allergan, Inc. Bad news: The Irvine-based pharmaceutical company tops the list of Department of Justice fraud settlements in the 2010 fiscal year, having lost $600 million in an October lawsuit that accused them of marketing Botox for "off-label" uses.Good ... More >>
Allergan, Inc.'s misleading marketing cost them big time. A judge this week approved the $600 million fine feds previously announced against the Irvine-based pharmaceutical company whose most popular product is Botox. But don't cry too hard for Allergan: Botox earns the company $1.3 billion in an ... More >>
Two giant drug companies with a heavy presence in Irvine this week suffered separate blows, possibly to their bottom lines.One took a hit from the U.S. government, the other from a new wonder product out of the U.K.As part of a settlement with the Food and Drug Administration, Irvine-based Allerg ... More >>
Friendlys.comThis is not a joke. Behold what the success of KFC's Double Down has wrought. As an obvious escalation of the fast food gimmickry that is KFC's bunless sandwich, an east coast chain called Friendly's has introduced a so-called "Grilled Cheese BurgerMelt", wherein two gril ... More >>
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[Trendzilla] The FDA might not approve, but you do end up with curlier lashes
Daryn Peterson, who was convicted in December of posing as a doctor and claiming to heal serious or incurable diseases including cancer and AIDS, was sentenced today to 270 days in jail and five years probation, and is prohibited from working in any medical field or selling any vitamins or pharma ... More >>
Photo Courtesy of Chain LeaderAs with Rumbi, Cafe Rio, et al, the out-of-state chains are continuing their invasion of Orange County. There's now word that a Canadian chain called Freshii has just signed a deal to open 30 locations of itself in Orange County over the next six years. There a ... More >>
Daryn Peterson Daryn Peterson must have been flying pretty high on June 10, when he opened the Orange County Register and read Courtney Perkes' feature story on him, "A Rejection of Western Medicine." Today, the 37-year-old Las Vegas resident was arrested and charged with unauth ... More >>
The FDA has issues with Coca Cola's new Diet Coke Plus. It sent the company a letter earlier this month about the drink, which Coke purports to have a "refreshing taste...AND several essential nutrients" with "each 8 fl. oz. serving of Diet Coke Plus provid(ing) 15% of your RDI ... More >>
Our stuck-up neighbor to the north, Los Angeles County, is among America's leading "Judicial Hellholes," which is what the American Tort Reform Association calls finalists on its annual list of the nation's most unfair civil court jurisdictions. But don't gloat too hard, Orange Countians, because we ... More >>
'Biggest racist ever' back on Anaheim school board: Last week, the Anaheim Union School District appointed Harald Martin to an open board seat created by the death of Denise Mansfield-Reinking. I managed to obtain the board's top-secret qualifications checklist for Martin: Racist, check. Uneducate ... More >>
Once, the only worry Americans felt when consuming products made in China, was that they were complete crap. But times have changed, and with recent hysteria over tainted dog food and toothpaste mixed with industrial compounds, we have demanded that the Chinese do something to make us feel secure ag ... More >>
… or, Drive, He Snored. Ever feel you spend all your waking hours in your car? Well, thanks to modern science, now you can also spend your non-waking hours trapped in traffic. The Associated Press reports: All sleeping pills, including the blockbusters Ambien and Lunesta, may s ... More >>
May 30 - June 6
Valeant Pharmaceuticals, based out of Costa Mesa, wants to give cancer patients the munchies. The FDA has just approved Valeant's Cesamet, already on sale in Canada as Nabilone, to moderate nausea and vomiting in those undergoing chemotherapy. A Belgian company has made a similar project, Marinol ... More >>
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Plan Your Unplanned Sex Accordingly
Or Venus in Fur, with Convenient Slits
Emergency contraception may go over-the-counter
Do you have your morning-after pill?
Crisis or not, only straights can donate to the Red Cross