December 26, 2004

FDA: Vioxx is fine, but mall ultrasounds? Watch out

While apparently asleep at the wheel while big drug companies' billion-dollar pain-killers turn out to cause heart attacks or whatever, the FDA has not been shy to go after "facilities with captivating names such as Fetal Fotos, Peek-a-Boo, Womb with a View [heh], and Baby Insight" who traffick in the oh-so-dangerous business of "keepsake ultrasounds."

Sure, 30 years of animal studies may have shown no long-term negative affects, but a study of several thousand Scandinavian children in the 1970's did suggest that excessive exposure to ultrasound may increase the likelihood that boys are left-handed. And can you, as a new parent, really take that chance?

FDA Cautions Against Ultrasound 'Keepsake' Images
Previously: Prenatal Baby Pictures

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