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FDA to revisit mercury-based fillings

from UPI

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration will revisit the issue of amalgam fillings that contain mercury, officials said. The FDA will take up the issue at a meeting of the dental-products panel of its medical devices advisory committee Dec. 14 to 15 in Maryland, The (Louisville, Ky.) Courier-Journal reported. Dentists and many health experts say the mercury-based fillings are safe, but some consumers and scientists argue mercury can contribute to a host of health problems, including Alzheimer's. "I'm not surprised the FDA is looking at this because of the public outcry that has been going on for decades," said Holly Hruska of Frankfort, Ky. more

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