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Robert Dean may be questioning his career decisions. The division director of US drug regulator the FDA has warned the public that Kim Kardashian's social network pages are not a particularly reliable source of medical advice. In an open-letter [PDF], Dean said endorsements from celebrity buttocks Kardashian were misleading …

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"Err, doesn't that link in the article deserve an [NSFW] tag ..." -- 1980s_coder

and maybe an NSFB tag, too!

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If you can deal with the hyperemesis invoking photos until the bitter end, the one and only tag for the piece is [NSFW] on that page. The Reg owes me a tablet. Whether for nausea or acid corrosion to my Hisense Sero.

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If there was no booty link would not have seen this

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Err, doesn't that link in the article deserve an [NSFW] tag, given that it contains pictures of her topless?

I thought it was *extremely* suitable for bankers. Oh, wait..

In all seriousness though, it is hard to find anyone I could possibly care about less. Or it would be Kanye or whatever his name is. On my personal meter of People Who Matter, they're off the scale on the "Not" end.

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Re: hyperemesis

Thanks for that - at least I learned a new word :)

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Epic fail! Nobody is going to give them 3.4M for that, because jealousy.

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What did you expect when you clicked on the hyperlinked words GIGANTIC ARSE?

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Given that the link was labelled "gigantic arse" that might be a clue to NSFW-ocity

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Re: hyperemesis

Is it a posh word for "sick as a parrot"?

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If you take advice off Kim Kardashian on Twitter then you are stupid. Please do not procreate and make an orderly exit from the gene pool. Thanks.

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"Please do not procreate and make an orderly exit from the gene pool."

Is that a mutually inclusive or exclusive request ?

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I suspect that we can still add Oprah's advice about Dr. Oz to this list? I realize she's no longer front page news but.....

While we're at it, shouldn't any celeb be on the list? I'm reminded of the celeb who's still quoted about what vaccination can cause.

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Perhaps the FDA should post that to her Twitter feed, it would have more of a change of getting to the people who need to read it more than a PDF on their website would.

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Re: While we're at it, shouldn't any celeb be on the list?

Let celebrities make all the medical endorsements they want - its a kinder, gentler (albeit slower) way to raise the planet's IQ while lowering the population than declaring Open Season on people every leap year.

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The feel when!

Am I reading excerpts from "Stand on Zanzibar" again? Goddammit, John!!

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Truly

This is the End of Days.

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Re: Truly

Nah, just a population re-adjustment in the making.

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I get the joy of listnening to drug adverts from the USA and the side effects listed are longeest part of the ad. After hearing them I would wonder why anyone would bother getting them.

Warning may cause premature death but your headache will be gone.

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Warning may cause premature death but your headache will be gone.

My personal favourite is still advising people to fight a persistent light cough by taking a strong laxative.

After that you will not *dare* to cough :)

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I just returned from a visit to the states, and you are so right! I couldn't believe the disclaimers at the end of every drug commercial. May cause rectal bleeding was the funniest one!

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Not that odd as it happens.

Wasn't too long ago they (NHS) used to prescribe smoking for those that had shortness of breathe like bronchitis or asthma. The oddity was that smoking meant you worked the inhalation of your lungs more and in a stronger exercise that normal breathing, which actually improved your breathing (Or so I am reliably informed)

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Na, funniest is "may cause erectile dysfunction" - usually at the end of an advert for viagra or similar.

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Not too long ago?

NHS started in 1948. Smoking found to cause cancer, 1950 (if not counting questionable research in the actual "Third Reich"). Not a lot of time for advice to smoke to be given.

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My "favorite" was the migraine medication whose main side effect was "May cause migraines".

Uh, No Thanks!

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Re: Not a lot of time

Medics can be very conservative - many who started working for the NHS at its founding had been in practice for decades before then, and probably continued to offer the same treatments for decades after.

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Drug advice ?

My arse, product placement.

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Her arse, product placement

FTFY

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Re: Her arse, product placement

LMFTFY

Her copious arse, product placement.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=siCnBQb7NeM

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Check if money changed hands from company to Kim.

If so, its advertising and slap her with a big fat fine.

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Drugs for morning sickness...

If I were Kim I'd be very wary about endorsing something like that.

Then again, she's probably never even heard of Thalidomide.

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Re: Drugs for morning sickness...

If I were Kim I'd be very wary about endorsing something like that

remember Sam Fox and the slimming tea?

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Thalidomide???

Yup you should stop drinking sugary drinks like Thalidomide when you're preggers. It goes straight to your hips.

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Re: Drugs for morning sickness...

That's the first thing that come up for me as well. Interestingly, the non-teratogenic isomer of thalidomide seems to have some uses nowadays.

As to the whole Kim thing; I read something about a TV host who couldn't stomach having to "report" about those creatures anymore and walked off-stage. Now if everyone would do that, the world would become a better place.

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Re: Drugs for morning sickness...

She'll probably decide to call her next daughter Thalidomide. "Wot a pre'y name, sahnds just like a Greek I'land, dunnit".

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@Crisp Re: Drugs for morning sickness...

Whether she's heard of thalidomide or not, she'd be glad to hawk it if someone paid her to.

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Re: Drugs for morning sickness...

@drex re:" the non-teratogenic isomer of thalidomide seems to have some uses nowadays."

From the wikipedias (For once, there are actual references in the article.):-

"Thalidomide is racemic; the individual enantiomers can racemize due to the acidic hydrogen at the chiral centre, which is the carbon of the glutarimide ring bonded to the phthalimide substituent. The racemization process can occur in vivo, so that any plan to administer a purified single enantiomer to avoid the teratogenic effects will most likely be in vain."

So, it might be OK to use to treat leprosy etc. with thalidomide, but you wanna be damn sure you're not pregnant when you're taking it.

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Root-te-toot, Apples and Pairs....

@Flatpackhamster; Are you implying that Kim Kardashian comes from Sarf Lahndaahn, or is she just perfecting the accent for her upcoming guest role in EastEnders? ;-)

That aside, yeah, I can imagine her saying something as stupid as that. >:-(

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Re: Drugs for morning sickness...

"Remember Sam Fox and the slimming tea?"

I'm afraid not, but do you mean to say that El Reg passed up a chance to namedrop both Kim Kardashian AND Sam Fox in the same article?!

I am disappoint. "IT tabloid" indeed...

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Re: Re: Drugs for morning sickness...

Not all of us are in the retirement home just yet, y'know. I had to Google Sam Fox (and thank feck there's no IT nazis at Reg Towers when I hit image search!)

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Re: Drugs for morning sickness...

I had to Google Sam Fox

There is no hope...

Vic.

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Re: Drugs for morning sickness...

Sam Fox?

You do know that she is a follower of Sappho? Although she has sung with Hawkwind, so thats something in her favour

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Re: Drugs for morning sickness...

I remember that! It was Mika Brzezinski on MSNBC who refused to report on Paris Hilton.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3T34hzHJG2c

Paris, because, well...

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Re: Drugs for morning sickness...

"So, it might be OK to use to treat leprosy etc. with thalidomide, but you wanna be damn sure you're not pregnant when you're taking it."

and indeed that is becoming an issue in south america now

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Re: Drugs for morning sickness...

> I had to Google Sam Fox

Perhaps he was hungry for love and hungry for fun.

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Re: Drugs for morning sickness...

> I had to Google Sam Fox

Perhaps he was hungry for love and hungry for fun.

And is tone-deaf...

Vic.

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Re: Drugs for morning sickness...

Agreed, but leprosy is not a very common disease and it is nearly impossible to catch. Even then, non-teretogenic thalidomide is not recomended for use by women of child bearing age.

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Re: Root-te-toot, Apples and Pairs....

Not knowing anything about her, I assumed she was related to the Southend Kardashians, noted for their enormous family, their tarmaccing skills and their tendency to relieve churches of the unwanted lead from their roofs.

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Re: Drugs for morning sickness...

R Callan, I think you should do a quick search for "leprosy armadillo".

Be careful when you try to shoot'em dead too.

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Start handing out fines

Kardashian is clearly shilling for some firm who paid her a lot of money to tweet this guff. The FDA should be slapping her with a hefty fine instead of a stern warning. Make it clear to all celebs that the rules concerning the advertising of drugs, diet pills and snakeoil apply equally to their tweets as it does for other forms of paid promotion.

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