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Global health regulators testing carcinogen levels of popular diabetes drug

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Health regulators around the world — including the FDA — are investigating whether metformin, a popular drug used to treat Type 2 diabetes, contains unsafe amounts of NDMA, a carcinogen, Bloomberg reports.

What they're saying: "The agency is in the beginning stages of testing metformin," an FDA spokesman told Bloomberg in a statement. "However, the agency has not confirmed if NDMA in metformin is above the acceptable daily intake (ADI) limit of 96 nanograms in the U.S."

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg released from hospital

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg participates in a discussion at Georgetown University Law Center July 2
Ginsburg participates in a July 2 discussion at Georgetown University Law Center. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was released from a hospital in Baltimore Sunday after being treated for chills and fever, Reuters reports.

Details: The 86-year-old was initially evaluated at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, D.C., on Friday night before being transferred to Johns Hopkins Hospital "for further evaluation and treatment of any possible infection," per a Supreme Court statement Saturday.