Here are some of the latest health and medical news
developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:
New Rules for All-Metal Hip Implants Proposed by FDA
Makers of artificial hips with all-metal components would have
to prove the devices are safe and effective under new rules
proposed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
This proof would be required in order to continue selling
current all-metal hip implants or to obtain FDA approval for new
The New York Timesreported.
About 500,000 people in the U.S. have received all-metal hip
implants, in which the ball and cup component is made from a
metallic alloy. However, many of these implants are failing early
and thousands of patients have had to undergo costly and painful
operations to replace the devices.
In addition, hundreds of patients may have suffered severe
tissue and bone damage after all-metal hip implants released tiny
particles of debris. Some of those patients have been left
Pom Wonderful Health Claims Barred by FTC
The makers of Pom Wonderful pomegranate juice are not allowed to
make any claim that the drink is effective in curing or treating
health conditions such as heart disease and prostate cancer, the
U.S. Federal Trade Commission said Wednesday.
In a 5-0 ruling, the FTC upheld an administrative law judge's
decision that the makers of the beverage deceptively advertised
their products. The commission also said that food companies making
specific claims about the health benefits of their products will
have to provide evidence from randomized clinical trials, the
Wall Street Journalreported.
In a statement, Pom Wonderful said it "categorically rejects the
FTC's assertion that our advertisements made any misleading disease
treatment or other health claims."
The company also said the FTC was ignoring millions of dollars
of scientific research and history on the benefits of pomegranate
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