Dr. Diana Zuckerman’s Testimony at the FDA Advisory Committee on NurOwn for ALS Treatment

September 27, 2023: NCHR’s Diana Zuckerman’s testified at FDA’s Advisory Committee meeting on September 27, 2023 about tripling of deaths and no benefits of NurOwn treatment for ALS. Improvements were identical for placebo compared to NurOwn treatment, and patients should not have to pay for unproven treatment. Experimental treatment should be free through clinical trials or expanded access.

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Do Antidepressants Increase Suicide Attempts? Do They Have Other Risks?

Research shows that antidepressants can increase suicide risk in people. When depressed people become somewhat less depressed, they feel less hopeless and more able to attempt suicide. But there is evidence that antidepressants may also increase the risk of suicide for other reasons, such as akathisia. Other risks from antidepressants include blood clots and birth defects. Antidepressants also have a “placebo effect” that makes the drugs seem more effective than they really are. Safe and effective alternatives include cognitive behavioral therapy and physical activity.

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Everything You Need To Know to Choose Safe Cosmetic Products

Cosmetics, including shampoo and other products we all use, will cost U.S. consumers $92 billion this year. They contain various chemicals, often including harmful substances like parabens and phthalates. These products can also harm the environment and pose greater risks to salon workers. His article helps consumers read labels, reduce exposures to unsafe ingredients, and choose eco-friendly cosmetics for safety.

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Everything You Need To Know About The New Weight Loss Drugs

Several popular new GLP-1 drugs, including Wegovy, Ozempic, Mounjaro and Zepbound, help lose weight but do they improve health? In addition to unpleasant gastro-intestinal side effects, they can cause serious health problems such as stomach paralysis (gastroparesis), which can cause problems with anesthesia. They may cause thyroid cancer. Most information about the benefits of these drugs is from press releases, but FDA is now investigating some unexpected possible side effects, including substantial hair loss and suicidal thoughts.

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