The Moisturizer Cardi B Uses For Skin To Hustle In

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Ever since Hustlers hit the theatres last week, it’s all anyone is talking about: our group chat has been inundated with plans to a) see the movie and b) learn how to pole dance. And we want to know AAALL the on-set secrets from how J.Lo mastered that pole to Cardi B’s beauty regimen.

Turns out we’re in luck! In a recent interview with Refinery 29, Cardi B’s go-to MUA; Erika La’ Pearl, revealed that to achieve Cardi’s stripper-smooth skin, she used a drugstore staple, the Pond’s Crema S Nourishing Moisturizer, $9. The cream is actually intended for the face so it works like magic on the body – Cardi’s skin literally glistened all movie long. This isn’t the first time we’ve heard of a celeb getting creative with their skincare products; Beyoncé reportedly uses eye cream as a moisturizer to spoil her skin. Which got us thinking; why not treat your entire body to more luxurious formulas? It’s certifiably boujee but at drugstore prices for special occasions, it’s worth a try, right? #Treatyoself.

Source: Pond’s

Pond’s Cream S is designed for dry to very dry skin so as you can imagine, it’s extremely hydrating. The formula is infused with botanical extracts including apple and seaweed extract, both of which are packed with antioxidants that will restore and replenish your skin. Seaweed, other than being uber-hydrating, boasts anti-inflammatory, anti-aging, and anti-bacterial properties and is packed with amino acids that help promote cellular repair. In short, it’ll take your skin from dry and flakey to hella-smooth. It’s the perfect lotion, also for post-shave, as it’s super gentle and hypoallergenic so it won’t irritate your skin. Sounds good right? You can, of course, just use it on your face for a major hydration hit!

How Cardi Used The Cream On Set…

Once Cardi’s skin was prepped and hydrated, La’ Pearl used MAC Iridescent Powder, $29, in Golden Bronze to add a little a lot of shimmer. “I applied a lot of this all over her body with a brush, so when the set lights hit, her skin would be like bam!” La’ Pearl explains why she loves the cream, “It keeps the body hydrated but not too greasy or oily.” Excuse us, while we run to the nearest drugstore!

Shop it here, $9.

If you haven’t seen the trailer, get ready…

How Macadamia Oil Benefits And Nurtures Your Skin | Botani

To nurture your skin, we go directly to nature. Botanical oils throughout our organic skin care products Australia include acai berry, lemon myrtle, lemon scented tea tree, jojoba, sweet almond, avocado, grapefruit, roman chamomile, rose hip, rose geranium, blackberry seed, carrot, cranberry seed, cucumber seed, coconut, evening primrose, shea butter, myrrh, olive, passionfruit rose, and macadamia oil. Macadamia oil offers your skin incredible hydrating benefits and your health some deliciously wholesome goodness.

Skin Benefits Of Macadamia Oil

Macadamia oil is a non-volatile oil expressed from the nut meat of the Australian macadamia tree, where it thrives in rainforests and close to streams mainly in south-east Queensland and northern New South Wales. It is a vegan emollient and fragrance fixative consisting primarily of the glycerides of fatty acids. A healing oil to help keep your skin supple and hydrated.

Smoothes and strengthens and shines your hair, but it is also fantastic for your skin, especially dry and dehydrated skin. Macadamia oil is similar to the sebum of your skin, so it can deeply penetrate through all the layers of your skin. We use macadamia oil in our Nourishing Body Oil, and we have also added it to our Healing Lip Balm because it is excellent for skin cell regeneration and healing chapped lips. Its essential fatty acid content makes it useful for dry and mature skin, balancing your sebum production, creating a natural protective barrier and healing wounds, scratches and burns and soothing itchiness and redness. Although macadamia oil contains fewer nut proteins that trigger an allergic reaction, if you have a nut allergy, check with your healthcare professional before using

Health Benefits Of Macadamia Oil

Clear, slightly amber-coloured with a delicate nutty smell macadamia oil is liquid at room temperature. It’s excellent essential fatty acid composition, and the absence of cholesterol is what’s driving its popularity in the wellness world. Compared to olive oil and canola oil, macadamia oil contains the highest percentage of essential fatty acids offering useful anti-inflammatory benefits. We love using it to add a nutty taste to homemade mayonnaise, salad dressings and drizzled over our veggies. Macadamia nut contains protein, carbohydrates, essential fatty acids, vitamin A1, B1, B2, niacin, calcium, iron, phosphorus, magnesium and potassium.

Botani’s Nourishing Body Oil

Our Nourishing Body Oil contains macadamia oil with an uplifting, fresh lemon and sandalwood oil smell containing antibacterial, anti-fungal and anti-irritant properties. Also in our nourishing body oil, you will find sweet almond oil, jojoba oil, olive squalene, natural vitamin E, carrot seed oil, Australian lemon scented tea tree oil and Australian sandalwood oil. Suitable for all skin types. Nourishing Body Oil creates a protective film over your skin without leaving a greasy residue to deeply nourish your skin with vitamins A, C and E. These nutrients also soothe and protect your skin from environmental toxins and free radical damage. Your entire body will love our oil.

Excellent for extra dry, flaky and rough skin such as your elbows and heels. It locks in moisture for long-lasting nourishment, leaving your skin feeling soft and silky, without being greasy, giving you a beautiful harmony of ingredients for relaxing your senses.

At Botani we use natural, wild-harvested and organic certified ingredients from the highest quality plant sources from Australia and the globe.

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  • Saturday Night San Francisco Streets - Makeup and Beauty Blog

    I snapped a few pics in the city last weekend. El Hub and I went to meet some old friends who were visiting the city and stopped by a couple of bars for a few hours on Saturday night, mostly in the Union Square/Nob Hill area.

    I used to live in San Francisco and walked all around this neighborhood when I worked in one of the tall buildings near Union Square. Just when I think I’ve seen ever corner and there’s nothing new to see, hello! — I’m wrong, and I stumble upon something I’ve never seen before. Every time I visit, I see the city with fresh eyes all over again. There’s always something fascinating and interesting to see in San Francisco.

    If you’re going to visit San Francisco, it’s hard to pick a better time of year than late September and early October. Most of the summer crowds have come and gone, but the weather’s clear, warm (even at night!) and gorgeous. San Francisco gets a late summer and temps in the mid-to-upper 70s in this city.

    Fall is my favorite time to have fun in SF!

    Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

    Karen

    Paper Books Beat Tablets for Parent-Child Interactions


    MONDAY, Sept. 30, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Parents seeking quality reading time with their toddlers would do well to choose an old-fashioned book over a newfangled e-reader, a new study argues.

    Parents and kids appear to have a better shared experience when they're reading a book together than when they read with a tablet, researchers report.

    Parent and child tended to tussle over the tablet, explained lead researcher Dr. Tiffany Munzer, a fellow in developmental behavior pediatrics at the University of Michigan's C.S. Mott Children's Hospital.

    "In this study, print books were great for promoting an environment that was rich with reciprocity, but the tablet appeared to create some conflict between parents and toddlers who were both trying to control the tablet," Munzer said.

    This study isn't the first by Munzer to raise questions regarding the value of e-books when reading to young children. Another study published in last March looked at verbal interactions when parent and child shared an e-book.

    In that study, parents and toddlers talked more when reading print books, and were more likely to hold the book or turn pages together. Toddlers presented with an e-book became focused on tapping or swiping the screen and didn't pay as much attention to either the story being told or the parent reading to them.

    Munzer's latest study focused on nonverbal signs of "social reciprocity" -- the back-and-forth exchanges that happen between parents and children when they're sharing a task.

    This act of sharing "creates moments of joy, and is the foundation for child development. It is how children learn new words, gain emotional competence, and builds on their problem-solving abilities," Munzer said. "Social reciprocity is how relationships are nurtured and is important for our future generation's development and achievement."

    In the latest study, Munzer and her University of Michigan colleagues observed 37 parent-toddler pairs reading together in a laboratory using three different book formats -- print, basic e-readers and enhanced e-books on tablets.

    The enhanced e-readers contained extra elements like sound effects and animation. The basic e-books allowed for swiping to turn the pages and tapping illustrations to elicit the appearance of words, but there was no auto-narration or sound effects.

    This Drugstore Light Device Will Reduce Breakouts In Days

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    In the past week, our comments box has been flooded with one question… “What’s the name of that light device?” If you have no idea what we’re talking about, well, recently we shared a skincare tutorial and among all of the products used, you guys only asked about one thing: the Neutrogena Light Therapy Acne Spot Treatment, $19. Designed to take down pimples, the device basically brings a dermatologist level-treatment to your home so you can care for your skin from the comfort of your couch. Here’s everything you need to know.

    The Light Device

    The handheld device utilizes the power of both blue and red light therapy to target breakouts while improving skin tone and texture. Red light therapy penetrates 630 nanometers into the skin, which microscopically hits the bloodstream, increasing the elasticity of collagen fibers. This will help reduce any existing scars or indentations while lessening the likelihood of future scarring. Red light is anti-inflammatory, so it’ll help tackle any swelling in the skin and reduce inflamed pimples. Blue light is also anti-bacterial, so it’ll kill any acne-bacteria that’s lingering in the skin to make your pimple disappear faster. Oh, and there’s no need to worry about the safety of the device either, as it’s 100% UV-free and FDA approved.

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    As soon as we feel a pimple coming, we break out our Neutrogena Light Therapy Acne Spot Treatment, and we can see a visible change: It reduces inflammation and also reduces the post-inflammatory pigmentation (red marks) that most pimples leave behind. Even if we’re not tackling a pimple, we use it on post-pimple areas and problem areas to keep acne bacteria at bay and help with scarring. Work it into you nighttime regime as the ultimate finishing touch – it only takes two minutes, but will make such a difference to your skin.

    We’re not the only ones who love this device. The reviews online are literally insane. One reviewer wrote: “The light therapy pen works directly on stubborn acne. Heals the acne from the inside and doesn’t leave any scarring. Acne’s is gone within the week.”

    In short, this device works and if you’re finding that nothing else helps, this is definitely worth trying! Check out this post for more tips and products to soothe and calm acne-prone skin.

    TMI Questions with Dr. Nita Landry - Podcast 117 - Run Eat Repeat

    I’m asking Dr. Nita Landry about how to prevent yeast infections, urinary incontinence, sex before workouts and more!  Dr. Landry is a co-host on The Doctor’s TV show and has a great way of explaining awkward topics so you don’t feel weird about asking! Or at least I didn’t – make I should have? Get the show notes and more info at RunEatRepeat.com

    We’re talking about: 

    • Sex before competition?
    • Thoughts on period cups? 
    • How to prevent yeast infections?
    • Kegels??
    • Peeing in your pants.
    • The new INNOVO device
    • And more! 

     Today I’m talking with Dr. Nita Landry from the Emmy winning TV show The Doctors. I ask her a ton of TMI potentially embarrassing questions. Please note – I went to Catholic school. I’m Mexican. It’s not super open to acknowledge your bathing suit area… but I think this is important and there is nothing wrong with our bodies – we all have one. And it’s important to be informed. So I’m publicly talking about some of this stuff in case you’re curious about any of this stuff. Please pass it on or use it to take it a step further and chat about with your health care professionals, friends, neighbors, strangers at the dog park, etc. 

    Warm Up:  I ran the Lexus Lace Up Half Marathon in Irvine last weekend. Whew! It was HOT and I was battling a stomach situation. But I did it. 

    Recap up now:  Lace Up Orange County Half Marathon Recap

    And if you want to run one of the other Lace Up Races… use the Discount Code MONICA10

    Also there are a lot of other discount codes for races including – Rock N Roll Phoenix and the Revel Race Series on my Race Discounts Page. Check it out!!

    And I have a quick workout gear hack on Instagram @RunEatRepeat  – check it out I swear it’s made my life easier and I’ve already been running for years and felt like I had my processes in place. 

    Coming up…

    I’ve received some questions about specific running and nutrition needs and have RDs and running coaches coming up soon. If you have a question for a coach – email it or leave a voicemail 562 888 1644 – stop mid-run and ask if you’ll forget or put it in your notes app. 

    Now let’s talk TMI.

     Dr. Nita Answers All My Awkward Questions

    Dr. Nita Landry is a Board Certified OB/GYN with a focus on working with young women to promote safe sexual practices, healthy pregnancies and disease prevention.  In addition to practicing medicine, she is also a recurring co-host “The Doctors” TV show. I’ll put her contact info in the show notes so you can follow her. Her website has some great videos and clips from the show that I thought were interesting so if this topic is your jam make sure to check that out too. 

    Hailing from Alexandria, Louisiana, Dr. Nita received a full scholarship to Dillard University, where she received her undergraduate degree in Biology.  After graduating, Dr. Nita was accepted into the University of South Alabama College of Medicine, where she received a full tuition scholarship. Following her graduation, she completed her OB/GYN Residency at The University of Louisville.

    Dr. Nita Landry – thank you so much for being here. I’m excited to talk to you! 

    Runners talk about all kinds of TMI topics so we’re going to hit on some of them today.

    • I was recently talking to a male friend about athletic performance and sex. (There’s this idea that guys shouldn’t have sex before a competition – it’s better to build up the testosterone??)… Is there any correlation between athletic performance and sex?
    • Can hanging out in sweaty workout shorts or capris cause – yeast infection?
    • What are your thoughts on period cups?
    • Does bladder leakage only happen to women who’ve had a vaginal birth? Or is it something that affects many women as they age? 
    • Do kegels help with preventing incontinence? If so – how often/how many should we do? Is there a recommended regime?  
    • The new INNOVO device – how does it work?
    • Are there any questions you wish women were asking? Something you want to leave us with?

    I hope that was informative and interesting! I’ll put links on RunEatRepeat.com to Dr. Nita’s social media and website. 

    Follow Dr. Nita Landry on her website  //  Instagram @DrNitaLandry // YouTube Dr. Nita Landry  // or watch The Doctors TV show

    Links and Resources Mentioned: 

    INNOVO: Want to learn more about the INNOVO device she mentioned? (It’s a device that you wear like shorts to help strengthen your pelvic floor to prevent peeing in your pants.)

    Get more info here – My Innovo 

    Kegels: Learn how to do kegels correctly from the Mayo Clinic here

    Fabletics Website: I’m obsessed with Fabletics leggings.

    Podcast Awards:

    1. My immune system. 
    2. Fabletics leggings – I think they are the reason for a few positive interactions last week.
    3. Bigger, better dog waste bags. Life.changing. 

    If you have any questions for me… ask! 

    Email: [email protected]

    Leave a voicemail: 562 888 1644

     

    And I really appreciate when you tag @RunEatRepeat on Instagram and let me know you’re listening!! Like @britanyg on Instagram who queued up the podcast and shared it!!

    Billions of 'Microplastics' in Each Plastic Teabag

    By Steven Reinberg

    WEDNESDAY, Sept. 25, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- A new study warns that even your soothing cup of tea might serve up some invisible health hazards.

    Some tea companies are replacing traditional paper teabags with plastic ones, but the new bags may be adding of tiny bits of plastic to your beverage, a team from Canada reports.

    "We show that steeping a single plastic teabag at brewing temperature [205 degrees Fahrenheit] releases approximately 11.6 billion microplastics and 3.1 billion nanoplastics into a single cup of the beverage," concluded a team led by Nathalie Tufenkji. She's a professor of chemical engineering at McGill University in Montreal.

    The global proliferation of microplastics -- bits of plastic so small they are often invisible to the naked eye -- have made headlines recently, having been found in large numbers in ocean and tap water, seafood and even human poop.

    "In the past few years, there has been a steadily increasing body of scientific literature demonstrating that not only are microplastics permeating the broader environment, they are entering our bodies, as well," noted Dr. Kenneth Spaeth, chief of occupational and environmental medicine at Northwell Health in Great Neck, N.Y. He wasn't involved in the new research.

    Spaeth stressed that there's just too little data on whether or not microplastics pose a threat to human health. However, "based on the molecular composition of microplastics, there is reason to have real concern about the potential health effects," he said, "since they contain a variety of components known to harm human health -- including hormone-disrupting chemicals, as well as human carcinogens."

    In the new study, the Montreal team noted that the heat of brewed tea can cause plastic tea bags to break down into bits of plastic that are thousands of times smaller than the diameter of a human hair. That means you can't see, taste or feel them in your mouth.

    Investigating further, the researchers removed the tea from plastic teabags sourced from four different manufacturers. They then washed out the empty bags and placed them in hot water.

    Antidepressants Might Raise Odds for Serious Pregnancy Complication

    By Steven Reinberg

    TUESDAY, Oct. 1, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Treating depression during pregnancy can be vital to the health of both mother and child, but new research suggests that taking antidepressants may make a woman more vulnerable to gestational diabetes.

    Specifically, the drugs venlafaxine (Effexor) and amitriptyline (Endep) were associated with the highest risk, especially when taken for a long time.

    Still, "depression needs to be treated during pregnancy," said study author Anick Berard, research chair of medications, pregnancy and lactation at the University of Montreal.

    "If a woman is pregnant and is taking antidepressants, she should not stop by herself, but should have a discussion with her physician to assess the best way forward," she said.

    There are many types of treatments for depression -- antidepressants are only one option, Berard noted.

    And because this study looked back at data over time, it can't prove that antidepressants cause gestational diabetes, only that the two appear linked.

    But the connection might be that antidepressants affect sugar metabolism. Also, a side effect of antidepressants is weight gain, which is a risk factor for diabetes, Berard and her university colleagues pointed out.

    Venlafaxine is in a class of drugs called serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs), and amitriptyline is an older type of drug called a tricyclic antidepressant.

    Gestational diabetes can result in overweight babies and longer bouts of labor because the baby can get stuck in the birth canal, the researchers explained.

    Also, the infants may be more prone to obesity and diabetes later in life.

    For the study, Berard and her team used the Quebec Pregnancy Cohort, which includes all pregnancies and children born in Quebec between 1998 and 2015.

    They looked at nearly 21,000 women with gestational diabetes, comparing them with more than 209,000 women without the condition.

    Slightly more than 4% of the women with gestational diabetes were taking an antidepressant. These included fluoxetine (Prozac), fluvoxamine (Luvox), paroxetine (Paxil) and sertraline (Zoloft), also known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), along with Effexor or Endep.

    Using any of these drugs increased the risk for gestational diabetes by 19%, compared with not taking them.

    Cancer Risks Spur Calls to Replace Ethylene Oxide

    Brenda Goodman is a senior news writer for WebMD. Andy Miller is editor and CEO of Georgia Health News.

    Sept. 25, 2019 -- In 2005, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency considered banning ethylene oxide in new sterilizing facilities because of the cancer risk it posed to residents who lived around the plants.

    “We also considered prohibiting the use of ethylene oxide for new facilities, which would necessitate the use of an alternative sterilization process,” reads the proposed rule, published in the federal register on Oct. 24, 2005.

    Ultimately, under pressure from industry, and with the EPA’s acceptance of companies’ claims they were doing everything feasible to cut their emissions, the agency failed to act -- worried about disrupting a key part of the process of sterilizing medical equipment in the U.S.

    Fast-forward to 2019, and what’s past looks a lot like prologue.

    Once again, the EPA is considering new restrictions on ethylene oxide sterilization because of the cancer risks it poses. Once again, the sterilizing and medical device industries are pushing back, warning of harm to patients if ethylene oxide is restricted. Federal lobbying disclosures show medical device makers and sterilizers have spent more than $1 million over the past 12 months lobbying Congress and the EPA on ethylene oxide issues.

    There’s a big difference this time around, though: public awareness.

    “Nobody in the last 40 years has been pressuring from the outside that there are community exposures from this,” said Peter Orris, MD, a professor and chief of occupational and environmental medicine at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

    Greater appreciation of the environmental health threat has -- for the first time -- raised an outcry from residents in Georgia, Illinois, and elsewhere who’ve been exposed to ethylene oxide pollution -- sometimes for decades -- without any real warning that it was near them or could be dangerous.

    In 2018, the EPA published a report that flagged 109 census tracts across the U.S. as having higher cancer risks, mostly due to ethylene oxide. Three of those census tracts are in the metro Atlanta area -- two are in Fulton County, just south of Smyrna, and the third is in Newton County in Covington.

    “Ethylene oxide and radiation technologies (both gamma and e-beam) share no common equipment. Any conversion would involve scrapping the ethylene oxide chambers and related specialized equipment and systems and likely displacing the existing workforce,” the proposed rule reads.

    Still, a manufacturer can switch the sterilization method they want to use for a given device as long as they clear it with the FDA.

    In a 2005 email exchange between the FDA and EPA about device sterilization, FDA chemist Elaine Mayhall explained that all medical device manufacturers are required to choose a sterilization method that will meet the FDA’s specifications.

    A number of different methods can get to that same point, she said. The limitations are the cost, how devices are packaged, and whether a sterilizer can penetrate the device packaging so that the device doesn’t need to be handled after all the germs are killed.

    Besides ethylene oxide, there are other gases that can sterilize products at lower temperatures.

    Besides ethylene oxide, there are other kinds of gases, such as hydrogen peroxide and nitrogen dioxide, that can be used to sterilize medical devices. Steam, the original method for killing germs, still handles much of the sterilization in doctor’s offices and hospitals.

    Hydrogen peroxide gas is mostly used in small machines in hospitals to sterilize reusable medical devices. It breaks down into hydrogen and water at the end of its cycle, leaving no toxic residues.

    Like ethylene oxide, the process works for equipment that’s sensitive to moisture and heat. One disadvantage of this method, though, is that it doesn’t penetrate materials the same way ethylene oxide does.

    The nitrogen dioxide sterilization method is sold by a company called Noxilizer, which is headquartered in Hanover, MD.

    Like ethylene oxide, it can sterilize devices at lower temperatures, which is good for things that are sensitive to heat, but it doesn’t penetrate material the same way ethylene oxide does. It works on surfaces.

    “There are strengths and weaknesses to every sterilization process,” says Maura Kahn, vice president of business development for Noxilizer.

    Nitrogen dioxide gas isn’t completely harmless. As a component of air pollution, it can cause lung problems, and it’s associated with lung cancer.

    Noxilizer says its equipment lowers the amount that’s released from the small chambers it uses to .1 part per million, far lower than the law requires.

    Hemmerich says that most things that kill harmful germs aren’t very good for people, either. Gamma radiation can be deadly if workers are accidentally exposed, he points out.

    Despite its downsides, Hemmerich doesn’t want to see ethylene oxide taken off the market. He says it is an effective product that has to be handled carefully.

    “You have to have systems in place to keep the end user, the factory workers, the management all safe. One facility wasn’t very good at it, and now we’re all running around, trying to find alternates. It’s going to be a tough road,” he says.

    Both device makers and the FDA have warned there could be shortages if ethylene oxide is taken offline too quickly.

    In February, after state regulators abruptly closed a Sterigenics facility in Willowbrook, IL, for elevated levels of ethylene oxide in outdoor air, the FDA published a list of 594 different types of medical devices that could have been in short supply because of the closure.

    Sterigenics is one of the largest commercial sterilizing companies. It operates 19 facilities around the world that use ethylene oxide for sterilization; another 28 use gamma radiation for the same purpose.

    Ultimately, the shutdown only affected one device -- a tracheostomy tube -- and it was available again about 10 days later, after the FDA cut its own red tape. Regulators expedited a process the FDA requires manufacturers to follow to change what facility they use to sterilize a device.

    “Normally, that would go through a 180-day, 6-month review,” said Suzanne Schwartz, MD, associate director for science and strategic partnerships at the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health. Schwartz says the agency has agreed to cut the time to review changes to sterilization sites to just 30 days.

    There are other regulatory hurdles to overcome. When device makers seek approval from the FDA to sell their products, they have to specify not just how they will be sterilized, but where. The FDA keeps records on where devices are sterilized in case it needs to investigate an infection outbreak. Manufacturers have to get permission from the FDA to switch a sterilization site or method.

    With regulation for ethylene oxide on the horizon, some device manufacturers have been telling legislators that their hands are tied when it comes to sterilization.

    Medtronic, for example, when asked about its use of ethylene oxide, sent this statement:

    “The FDA currently requires ethylene oxide sterilization for certain medical devices due to the sensitive nature of their materials or complexity of design,” the statement reads.

    “While Medtronic continues to explore and advocate for safe sterilization alternatives that preserve the performance and integrity of our devices, we will continue our responsible use of EtO to sterilize certain medical equipment used in surgeries and other medical procedures, in compliance with FDA requirements,” it reads.

    That’s an argument that’s been made for decades by device makers, but it isn’t quite accurate, the FDA says.

    “The FDA does not require a specific modality of sterilization for medical devices,” an agency spokesperson said in response to Medtronic’s statement. The agency does acknowledge that ethylene oxide may be the only way to sterilize a sensitive device without damaging it, but the manufacturer determines that, not the FDA.

    Hemmerich says ethylene oxide has become a default choice.

    “A lot of that comes predetermined at a lot of companies,” he says, and medical device engineers turn to ethylene oxide because, “That’s what we always do.”

    For its innovation challenges, the FDA is asking participants to come up with sterilization alternatives to ethylene oxide that are compatible with a wide variety of materials and can sterilize supplies in bulk. The second challenge asks for new ways to reduce ethylene oxide emissions from facilities that use the gas.

    Applications for the challenges are being accepted through mid-October. Chosen submissions will be announced in December.

    The FDA has also asked outside advisers to meet to discuss how to reduce ethylene oxide emissions to the environment without compromising the sterility of medical devices. That 2-day meeting will be held in November in Gaithersburg, MD, and webcast to the public. The advisory committee will consider public comments submitted through Oct. 21.

    Orris says the FDA is moving in the right direction.

    “The process we have to begin to move on is what the FDA is currently moving on,” he says. “If I was one of these companies,” instead of spending money to lobby to save ethylene oxide, “I’d be spending money on finding alternatives.”

    Juul Labs' CEO Out

    By E.J. Mundell
    HealthDay Reporter

    WEDNESDAY, Sept. 25, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Amid a national outbreak of vaping-linked illnesses and deaths, vape device maker Juul Labs said Wednesday it is stopping all print, digital and television advertising, and its CEO, Kevin Burns, is stepping down.

    Juul, by far the largest vaping products maker in the United States, also said it will not fight a proposed nationwide ban on flavored e-cigarettes, put forward earlier this month by the Trump administration, the Associated Press reported.

    K.C. Crosthwaite, an executive from Altria, will replace Burns. Tobacco giant Altria owns a 35% share of San Francisco-based Juul.

    In a statement, Crosthwaite alluded to "unacceptable levels of youth usage and eroding public confidence in our industry," the AP said.

    "We must strive to work with regulators, policymakers and other stakeholders, and earn the trust of the societies in which we operate," Crosthwaite added. "That includes inviting an open dialogue, listening to others and being responsive to their concerns."

    Growing concern

    The news from Juul comes a day after testimony on Capitol Hill regarding the expanding number of cases of a sometimes fatal vaping-linked lung illness.

    In her testimony before a congressional subcommittee, Dr. Anne Schuchat, from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said she believes hundreds of new cases of lung illnesses have been reported since the CDC set the number at 530 last Thursday, the AP reported.

    Schuchat told lawmakers that "we are seeing more and more cases each day, and I expect the next weekly numbers will be much higher."

    So far, nine people have died from the illness.

    The situation has rattled the public health community, resulting in the Trump administration's call for a ban on flavored e-cigarettes. New York and Michigan have already put restrictions on the sale of vaping products and retail giant Walmart announced last week that it is pulling all e-cigarette products from its shelves.

    And on Tuesday, Massachusetts stopped the sales of all vaping products for four months. Rhode Island is also planning to ban flavored e-cigarettes.

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