Less Fluoride, Please

Published on
January 7, 2011

Here's what we're checking out today:

Fluoride: For the first time in nearly 50 years, federal health and environmental officials are recommending lowering the level of fluoride in drinking water because of a rise in fluorosis, a kind of overdose that can stain teeth brown, CNN's Saundra Young reports.

Pharma: Pharmalot's Ed Silverman details the juicy bits from the latest lawsuit against recall-plagued Johnson & Johnson, which alleges the company's "malfeasance, incompetency and indifference to patients and shareholders." What did J&J officials know, and when did they know it?

Health Reform: The Fiscal Times' Merrill Goozner examines the politicking around the Congressional Budget Office's prediction that repealing health reform legislation would add $230 billion to the national deficit.

Mental Health: Newer antipsychotic drugs are overprescribed to ill effect, according to a new  research examined by Reuters' Julie Steenhuysen.

Marketing: Health Care Renewal's Dr. Roy Poses examines marketing firms involved in the care and feeding of KOLs, or "key opinion leaders" in pharma/biotech/healthcare. Very revealing. Also check out journalist Jeanne Lenzer's tips for reporting on "stealth marketing" in health care and pharma.