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FILE - In this July 18, 2008 file photo, calories of each food item appear on a McDonalds drive-thru menu in New York.   The Food and Drug Administration announced long-delayed calorie labeling rules Tuesday, requiring establishments that sell prepared foods and have 20 or more locations to post the calorie content of food "clearly and conspicuously" on their menus, menu boards and displays. Companies will have until November 2015 to comply.  (AP Photo/Ed Ou, File)

“Americans eat and drink about one-third of their calories away from home and people today expect clear information about the products they consume,” FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg said.

“The FDA’s primary concern is the safety of patients,” Maisel told reporters during a teleconference. “We want all women with uterine fibroids to be aware of this risk.”

“It’s one thing to tell people that they ought to stop smoking and that there’s benefits and those kind of things. But I think when we emphasize that this is an alert, we want people to pay attention and to realize that we take this very seriously,” Salazar said. It’s the first alert she has issued since becoming commissioner in August 2013

FILE - In this Aug. 20, 2007, file photo, Julio Cabrera poses in a local park in Chicago. Cabrera and his brother Mauricio, of Fort Worth, Texas, are among almost 800 gay brothers nationwide who donated blood or saliva to help scientists search for genetic clues about the origins of homosexuality. Both are convinced their sexual orientation is as deeply rooted as their Mexican heritage. The research suggests a possible genetic link to homosexuality but the results aren’t proof. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)

Neil Risch, a genetics expert at the University of California, San Francisco, said the data are statistically too weak to demonstrate any genetic link. Risch was involved in a smaller study that found no link between male homosexuality and chromosome X.

FILE - This 2004 file photo provided by Schering-Plough Corp. shows the cholesterol-lowering drug Vytorin. A major study gives a long-awaited answer on whether the blockbuster drugs Vytorin and Zetia lower the risk of heart problems. (AP Photo/Schering-Plough Corp., File)

“We’ve answered all the questions. Now we know that with this different way of lowering cholesterol, you can in fact prevent heart attacks and strokes,” said one study leader, Dr. Christopher Cannon of Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.

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