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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun and Baltimore Sun reporter | April 5, 2011
Dr. John J. Gibbs, a retired Food and Drug Administration research chemist, died of complications of a brain disorder, frontotemporal degeneration, March 27 at St. Catherine's Nursing Center in Emmitsburg. The former Timonium resident was 73. Born in Troy, N.Y., he was the son of Donald C. Gibbs and the former Mary Loretta McBride. He lived on Mount Royal Avenue in Baltimore and earned a chemistry degree at the College of William and Mary, where he was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity.
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By Meredith Cohn, The Baltimore Sun | March 21, 2014
When Samantha Kuczynski contemplated the biggest dietary problem in her lunch recently, she didn't point to the chicken wrap sandwich or the french fries. It was the dollop of ketchup that caught the eye of the 24-year-old Center Stage props artisan, who was eating outside recently. The World Health Organization has identified "hidden" sugars in processed foods as a major threat to people's weight and teeth - the condiment contains about a teaspoon of sugar in every tablespoon - and the agency proposed earlier this month that people limit the sweetener to just six teaspoons daily.
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NEWS
November 27, 1996
LOVE HIM or hate him -- and there are plenty of people in each category -- Dr. David Kessler departs after six years as head of the Food and Drug Administration with an enviable record of accomplishment. When he arrived at the agency, it was widely regarded as a paper tiger, a bureaucracy weighed down by lethargy and red tape. No one can say that now.The FDA is a significant player in the important debates about public health. In many cases, such as restrictions on children's access to cigarettes, it has sparked the debate.
HEALTH
Patrick Maynard and The Baltimore Sun | May 30, 2013
After her melanoma, Cheryl Stratos is mostly back to a normal life, running a business and driving her teenage son to weekend events, but there are reminders that it could all come back: The sores all over her body, the high fevers, the hair loss -- even the possibility of a suddenly shortened life. For Stratos, of Virginia, and others who have benefitted from a class of revolutionary anti-cancer drugs known as BRAF mutation inhibitors, another tool in the fight against relapse has just been sharpened: Drug maker GlaxoSmithKline received FDA approval Wednesday for a new cocktail that includes a BRAF-targeting component.
HEALTH
By Meredith Cohn, The Baltimore Sun | March 21, 2014
When Samantha Kuczynski contemplated the biggest dietary problem in her lunch recently, she didn't point to the chicken wrap sandwich or the french fries. It was the dollop of ketchup that caught the eye of the 24-year-old Center Stage props artisan, who was eating outside recently. The World Health Organization has identified "hidden" sugars in processed foods as a major threat to people's weight and teeth - the condiment contains about a teaspoon of sugar in every tablespoon - and the agency proposed earlier this month that people limit the sweetener to just six teaspoons daily.
HEALTH
Patrick Maynard and The Baltimore Sun | May 30, 2013
After her melanoma, Cheryl Stratos is mostly back to a normal life, running a business and driving her teenage son to weekend events, but there are reminders that it could all come back: The sores all over her body, the high fevers, the hair loss -- even the possibility of a suddenly shortened life. For Stratos, of Virginia, and others who have benefitted from a class of revolutionary anti-cancer drugs known as BRAF mutation inhibitors, another tool in the fight against relapse has just been sharpened: Drug maker GlaxoSmithKline received FDA approval Wednesday for a new cocktail that includes a BRAF-targeting component.
HEALTH
By Meredith Cohn, The Baltimore Sun | August 26, 2010
New drugs and consumer products are almost always tested for safety on rats, rabbits, chimpanzees and other animals, but advances in technology could bring an end to such experiments. Testing on animals could be phased out over the next couple of decades — putting to rest ethical, efficiency and reliability questions — if new systems are accepted by researchers and government regulators, according to several experts gathering to debate the subject this week. "We're trying to find out how we can save animals and make risk assessment of consumer products more reliable," said Dr. Thomas Hartung, director of Johns Hopkins University's Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing, a co-sponsor of the Washington conference called Animals, Research, and Alternatives: Measuring Progress 50 Years Later.
NEWS
December 22, 2006
Did you know?--One in 1,000 Americans develops blood clots, or deep vein thrombosis, after traveling on long flights each year. - Food and Drug Administration
HEALTH
By Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun | March 8, 2013
Gov. Martin O'Malley's administration withdrew its opposition to legislation allowing doctors and nurses to dispense medical marijuana to patients through academic medical centers, raising prospects for passage this year. Dr. Joshua M. Sharfstein, the state secretary of health and mental hygiene, said Friday that the administration could support the bill but only if it gave the governor the "flexibility" to suspend the program if the federal government threatened legal action over what it still classifies as an illegal drug.
NEWS
November 10, 2004
To make the brine for Patrick O'Connell's Spruced-Up Turkey recipe that ran in Taste last week, only loose sassafras tea should be used. The bark of sassafras root as a food additive is banned by the Food and Drug Administration.
NEWS
By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun and Baltimore Sun reporter | April 5, 2011
Dr. John J. Gibbs, a retired Food and Drug Administration research chemist, died of complications of a brain disorder, frontotemporal degeneration, March 27 at St. Catherine's Nursing Center in Emmitsburg. The former Timonium resident was 73. Born in Troy, N.Y., he was the son of Donald C. Gibbs and the former Mary Loretta McBride. He lived on Mount Royal Avenue in Baltimore and earned a chemistry degree at the College of William and Mary, where he was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity.
NEWS
November 27, 1996
LOVE HIM or hate him -- and there are plenty of people in each category -- Dr. David Kessler departs after six years as head of the Food and Drug Administration with an enviable record of accomplishment. When he arrived at the agency, it was widely regarded as a paper tiger, a bureaucracy weighed down by lethargy and red tape. No one can say that now.The FDA is a significant player in the important debates about public health. In many cases, such as restrictions on children's access to cigarettes, it has sparked the debate.
NEWS
September 19, 1997
In an article Wednesday, the Associated Press incorrectly reported that researchers had given breast implants a clean bill of health regarding diseases other than breast cancer. Food and Drug Administration scientist S. Lori Brown said researchers have found some slight evidence linking implants to connective tissue disease.The Sun regrets the error.Pub Date: 9/19/97
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