Arsenic in rice, New MS pill, Womb Transplant
Arsenic in rice
|Updated: 9/19/2012 5:42 pm
||Published: 9/19/2012 5:27 pm
The FDA is not recommending we change the way - or amount - of rice we eat.
Consumer groups are pressuring the FDA to set federal guidelines on allowable levels of arsenic in rice.
Arsenic is thought to be in rice - in higher levels than most other foods - because it's grown in water on the ground.
The FDA is studying samples of grocery store rice products - and says so far, no evidence has been found that rice is unsafe to eat.
New MS pill
An experimental drug that could one day become the leading treatment for multiple sclerosis appears to have passed another test.
Doctors say the bg12 pill is not only safe but well-tolerated by patients with early stages of ms.
It reportedly works better than injections at reducing annual relapse rates and the number of brain lesions - without major side-effects.
If approved, bg12 would become the third oral medication designed to treat multiple sclerosis.
The FDA is expected to make it's decision by the end of the year.
Doctors in Sweden have performed the world's first mother-to-daughter uterine transplants.
Two Swedish women - in their thirties - each received a womb from their mothers.
The operations were carried out last weekend.
One of the women had lost her uterus to cancer while another was born without one.
Doctors say all four women are doing fine - and the daughters hope to begin fertility treatments a year from now.
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