Theranos Lab Practices Pose Risk to Patient Health, Regulators Say

Federal inspectors found “deficient practices” at a Theranos Inc. laboratory that “pose immediate jeopardy to patient health and safety,” according a letter released last week, reports the Wall Street Journal. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said an inspection completed in November at the company’s lab in Newark, Calif., uncovered five major infractions that violate the federal law governing clinical labs. Theranos, valued at $9 billion, has been under fire since an October Wall Street Journal report revealed that the company’s inventions were only used on a small number of tests sold to patients. A follow-up report said that Theranos had actively hidden its proprietary technology from lab inspectors during previous inspections.

Top 10 branded processed food companies have lost 4% of market share in past 5 years

The top 10 branded processed food companies in the US have lost 4% of their market share in the past five years as smaller, more innovative brands have seized the initiative, says Rabobank, a Netherlands based, international financial services provider.

Survey claims most gun owners would buy smart guns

The gun industry is at odds with what they term an editorial piece by the Bloomberg School of Public Health on personalized firearms that use technology to prevent unauthorized access, writes Guns.com. The findings, published in the American Journal of Public Health last month, suggest there is a genuine interest in firearms with authorized-user technology, commonly referred to as smart guns, should it be available for sale. In a web-based survey of 3,949 individuals performed in January 2015, 59 percent said they would be willing to consider a childproof gun if they were to purchase a new weapon

Interview with Marion Nestle, Author of “Soda Politics: Taking on Big Soda (and Winning)”

Marion Nestle’s new book is “Soda Politics: Taking on Big Soda (and Winning)”. She is Paulette Goddard Professor in the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at New York University. Nestle’s book was recently reviewed in the New York Times. Corporations and Health Watch founder Nick Freudenberg recently asked Professor Nestle some questions about her new book.

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Progress and Problems Government Scientists Report on Scientific Integrity at Four Agencies

Union of Concerned Scientists

UCS released a new report on scientific integrity at four federal agencies: US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Food and Drug Administration, Fish and Wildlife Service, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Almost a third (31%) of the 5,206 scientists who answered the survey reported that they thought business interests played too big a role in agency decisions.

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Settling for a Lack of Accountability?

Phineas Baxandall and Michelle Sukra

The United States Public Interest Research Group Education Fund released a report that examines which federal agencies allow companies to write off out-of-court settlements as tax deductions, and which are transparent about it. Here’s the Executive Summary.

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National Food Policy Scorecard

Food Policy Action

Food Policy Action was established in 2012 through a collaboration of national food policy leaders in order to hold legislators accountable on votes that have an effect on food and farming. Its goal is to change the national dialogue on food policy by educating the public on how elected officials are voting on these issues. Through education and the National Food Policy Scorecard, more people will be armed with the information they need to vote with their forks and elect more food policy leaders across the country.

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Tracking the Effects of Corporate Practices on Health