Lap Band Side Effects, Misleading Ads, and Other Stuff: The United States Food and Drug Administration has asked eight California surgical centers to correct their “misleading” ads for the Lap-Band weight-loss device, the agency announced on Dec. 13.
The FDA said it sent letters to the eight surgical clinics, warning them that their advertising for the Lap-Band failed to provide required risk information, including warnings, precautions, possible side effects and contraindications.
Ursodiol Side Effects. A drug used to treat some types of liver disease can cause serious side effects in some patients, makers of the medication said on Dec. 5 in a joint advisory with Health Canada.
A clinical study found ursodiol or ursodeoxycholic acid, used to treat patients with the liver disease called primary sclerosing cholangiti, to have serious adverse reactions in patients who were given twice the recommended dose.
WiFi Health Risks on Children. In April 2007, United Kingdom’s leading government health adviser warned children against placing their computers on their laps while using wireless internet connections, saying there were potential health risks.
Amid mounting public concern over the health risks posed by long-term exposure to Wi-Fi devices, Professor Lawrie Challis, who heads U.K.’s national committee on mobile phone safety research, urged the government to monitor students’ exposure to Wi-Fi devices in schools.