March 31, 2014

5:00 AM | IDSA Develops Professional Certification for Retailers & Marketers
New certification helps to improve the knowledge base and professionalism of those who sell or recommend dietary supplements.
5:00 AM | Nova Products Recalls Supplements Containing Undeclared Active Pharmaceuticals
Products included undeclared amounts of sildenafil and tadalafil, active ingredients used to treat erectile dysfunction.

March 28, 2014

6:08 PM | Omega-3 Index, Inflammation and Cardiovascular Health
Inflammation is observed in individuals,  especially obese persons, even without evidence of cardiovascular disease, a high incidence of metabolic syndrome and risk of diabetes. Inflammation may lead to atherosclerosis of vessels to increase risk of stroke and heart attack. Although prescription medicines called statins appear to reduce arterial inflammation, the American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association guidelines to expand statin therapies to older individuals without […]
5:00 AM | Organic Consumers Association Appeals to FDA on Mandatory GMO Labeling
The OCA calls on FDA to respond to consumer demand by requiring mandatory GMO labeling.
5:00 AM | FDA Analysis Prompts Recall of Several Weight Loss Products
Sibutramine, phenolphthalein or a combination of both, was found in select weight loss products from New Life Nutritional Center and Pure Edge Nutrition.

March 27, 2014

3:12 PM | Sleep, Diet and Exercise: Keys to Weight and Health Management
Alyssa Sparacino, contributor to Health, claims there are 11 health benefits of sleep. WebMD’s R Robin Griffin lists 9 reasons to get more sleep. They include better health, better sex life, less pain and lower risk of injury. A new study finds the list of sleep benefits should also include making healthier food choices. Kruger and colleagues analyzed cross-sectional data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health. In-home interviews were conducted with a nationally […]
1:08 PM | Should You Gargle Beet Juice?
You can't avoid digestive distress by not swallowing.
5:00 AM | Medical Marijuana May Ease Some MS Symptoms
Cannabis administered orally may ease MS patients’ reported symptoms of spasticity, pain related to spasticity and frequent urination, according to a review published in Neurology.
5:00 AM | Montmorency Tart Cherries May Lessen Inflammation and Oxidative Stress
Study showed cyclists who drank cherry juice concentrate before a three-day simulated race experienced less inflammation and oxidative stress compared to placebo.

March 26, 2014

6:03 PM | Omega-3 Fatty Acids, Pregnancy and Child Health
Maternal nutrition is especially important during pregnancy to meet the nutritional needs of both mother and child. Because of the rapid development of the child’s brain and eye during the last trimester in utero,  long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (LCPUFA), especially docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), are essential. Fetal assimilation of LCPUFA is influenced by maternal ω-3 [DHA and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA)] and ω-6 fatty acid concentrations. Standl and colleagues […]

March 25, 2014

3:54 PM | Errors in Meta-Analysis, Scientific Frustration and Nutrition Guidance
Wait for it….Scientists call for new media coverage to correct misinformation generated from a March 17 Annals of Internal Medicine paper “Association of Dietary, Circulating, and Supplement Fatty Acids with Coronary Risk: A systematic Review and Meta-analysis”. [Link to corrected paper]. But don’t count on  new headlines on the subject. While scientists may be outraged by shoddy methodology, poor reviewing, and calling for retraction, it is unlikely this […]
10:31 AM | What a Load of Rhubarb
The word rhubarb has been taken into common usage meaning: nonsense or rubbish. This is said to be related to the practice of actors silently mouthing the word to simulate background conversation. As such the word rhubarb could be used to describe the confusion surrounding the introduction and usage of the species in western Europe. […]

March 24, 2014

5:29 PM | School Lunch Programs, Nutrition Adequacy, and Sustainability
How do we motivate children to eat more fruit and vegetables? We know they are excellent sources of vitamins and minerals with relatively few calories per serving. Really, this isn’t just a question about children. Why doesn’t everybody choose to more fruit, vegetables and whole grain foods? Around the world, leaders face the paradox of malnutrition coexisting in the same individuals as undernutrition and overweight-obesity. While current nutrition policy seems driven by an […]
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