New Balloon Device Approved to Treat Obesity

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved ReShape Integrated Dual Balloon System, the first non-surgical weight loss procedure for people with mild-to-moderate obesity.

FDA: Percent Daily Value for Added Sugars Should be Included on Label

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) proposed the inclusion of percent daily value (%DV) for added sugars to the Nutrition Facts label of packaged foods.

Over 700 Bottles of Tainted Weight Loss Pills Recalled

Life & More LLC announced a voluntary recall of 783 bottles of Akttive High Performance Fat Burner Gold capsules marketed as weight loss supplements.

Impact of 'Mediterranean Lifestyle' on CV Health Explored

The "Mediterranean lifestyle," characterized by high intake of monounsaturated fats (MUFAs), fiber, legumes, dairy, and fish; moderate alcohol intake; and more quality sleep, has a positive impact on cardiovascular health, study authors concluded.

Beet Juice May Help with Exercise Endurance

Drinking beet juice regularly may help improve exercise performance and endurance.

Guidelines on Nutrition Management in Autism Issued

New nutrition guidelines on the management of gastrointestinal symptoms in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have been published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

A Little 'Salty' Advice Goes a Long Way with Patients

According to a recent Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), more than half of Americans now report taking action towards reducing the amount of sodium in their diets.

Added Phosphates in Food Could Harm the Kidneys

Phosphates artificially added to foods like dairy and cereal products have been associated with sharp increases in blood phosphorous levels that could be harmful to the kidneys, particularly for patients with existing reduced kidney function.

Kitabis Pak Access Now Expanded for Many States

Kitabis Pak is now on the Preferred Drug List (PDL) for many state programs, expanding its access for patients with cystic fibrosis (CF) using nebulized antibiotic therapy.

Elderberry May Help Reduce Cold, Flu Duration, Symptoms

Elderberry extract may protect air travelers from cold and flu-like symptoms after long flights, researchers from Griffith University reported at the 21st Annual International Integrative Medicine Conference in Melbourne, Australia.

Chance of Obese Patients Attaining Normal Body Weight Low, Says New Study

Current weight management programs that emphasize dieting and exercise are not effective in fighting obesity at the population level, researchers from King's College London stated.

Diabetes Drug May Not Prevent Birth of Overweight Babies

Giving antidiabetic drugs to obese pregnant women may not prevent their babies from being born overweight, according to a study published in The Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology.

Probiotics May Help Reduce Sepsis Risk in Burn Patients

Patients who had suffered severe burns were found to have a huge increase in Enterobacteriaceae and a decrease in beneficial bacteria, according to a study published in PLOS ONE.

Adding Drug to Gastric Bypass Could Boost Weight Loss

Combining bariatric surgery with the drug lorcaserin could lead to significantly greater weight loss than either treatment alone, based on research conducted on animal models.

Daily Vitamin D Requirements May Differ for Overweight, Obese Black Patients

For overweight or obese black patients, the current recommendation on the minimum daily dose of vitamin D is insufficient to restore healthy levels, according to a study.

Death Rate Climbs With Each Cardiometabolic Condition

The risk of death was similar among patients with a history of diabetes, stroke, or heart attack, and the risk was significantly higher with each multimorbidity the patient had, a study published in JAMA has shown.

Withdrawn, Unapproved Drugs Detected in Weight Loss Pills

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning consumers not to buy or use ZeroXtreme Capsules and Akttive Capsules, supplements marketed for weight loss, due to the presence of undeclared ingredients.

Gene Therapy Found to Improve Lung Function in CF

Gene therapy showed a significant benefit in lung function in patients with cystic fibrosis, data from a Phase 2 trial has shown.

FDA Approves Unique Treatment for Cystic Fibrosis

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Orkambi (lumacaftor/ivacaftor; Vertex), the first and only drug indicated for the treatment of cystic fibrosis (CF) in patients aged ≥12 who are homozygous for the F508del mutation in the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) gene.

Serious Side Effects Seen With Herbal Supplement Added to Depression Tx

Serious side effects can occur when St. John's Wort and antidepressants are taken together, researchers from the University of Adelaide have found.

Obese Teens Less Likely to Use Contraception Than Peers

There appears to be a difference in contraception use among female adolescents based on weight, as new research appearing in the Journal of Pediatrics found that sexually active obese adolescents were significantly less likely to use contraception compared to their normal weight peers.

"Aperitif Effect" Could Trigger Brain's Response to Alcohol, Food

Alcohol consumption has been shown to sensitize the brain's response to food aromas and increase caloric intake among women, also known as the "aperitif effect."

Too Much Vitamin A May Hurt, Not Help, Immunity

Too much vitamin A may result in negative health consequences when it comes to the body's immunity, a report published in the Journal of Leukocyte Biology has shown.

Study: Sugary Drinks Lead to Over 180,000 Deaths Per Year

Drinking sugary beverages may result in an approximately 184,000 adult deaths every year, according to a study published in the journal Circulation.

Why an Enhanced Oil Could Actually Curb Obesity

Muscadine grape seed oil may help cut obesity rates, researchers from the University of Florida reported.

Lift Restrictions on Total Dietary Fat in Guidelines, Urges JAMA Viewpoint

A new viewpoint published in JAMA is urging that U.S. government agencies lift restrictions on total dietary fat consumption in the forthcoming 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans based on current scientific and medical literature.

Climate Change May Undo 50 Years of Health Advancements

According to a new Commission published in The Lancet, the human health threat from climate change is so big that it may reverse the last 50 years' worth of gains in development and global health.

DripDrop Rehydration Solution Launched in Stores

DripDrop rehydration solution is now available to treat and prevent dehydration in Rite Aid stores across the country.

Evekeo Available for the Treatment of ADHD

Evekeo (amphetamine sulfate; Arbor) tablets are available for the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) as part of a total treatment program in patients aged 3 years and older.

How Many Americans Are Overweight or Obese?

Over two-thirds of Americans are overweight or obese, a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine has shown.

FDA Rules on Selenium Levels in Infant Formula

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced a final rule on the required nutrients for infant formula, along with minimum and maximum levels of the newly required mineral effective immediately.

Are Americans Following Physical Activity Guidelines?

Results from the National Health Interview Survey show that between 2008 and 2013, the percentage of people meeting the Department of Health and Human Services 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans increased for all age groups.

Eating More Trans Fats Could Be Bad for Memory

A new study in PLOS ONE reports that greater consumption of dietary trans fatty acids (dTFA) is strongly linked to worsening memory in men aged ≤45, compared to men who consume no dTFA.

FDA Bans Artificial Trans Fats in Foods

After comprehensive review, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has finalized its position in determining that partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs) are not "generally recognized as safe" (GRAS) for use in human food.

Vitamin D May Help Extend Crohn's Remission

According to a study published in the United European Gastroenterology Journal, vitamin D supplementation may prolong remission in Crohn's disease.

Why Children With CKD May Need More Vitamin D

Vitamin D supplementation could help children with mild-to-moderate chronic kidney disease (CKD) in reducing the risk of renal failure progression, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (JASN).

Investigational Peanut Allergy Tx Improves Tolerance in Younger Patients

Aimmune Therapeutics announced that the Phase 2 study of a novel investigational oral immunotherapy (AR101) for the treatment of peanut allergy met its primary endpoint of tolerating a cumulative amount of peanut protein of at least 443mg.

NSAID, Antihistamine Discovered in Joint Pain Supplement

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warning consumers to not buy or use GC Natural's Pyrola Advanced Joint Formula, an herbal supplement marketed for joint pain.

Weight Loss Supplement Recalled Due to Multiple Hidden Ingredients

The Food and Drug Administation (FDA) announced that SmartLip360 is voluntarily recalling 122 lots of Smart Lipo capsules, a dietary supplement promoted for weight loss, due to the presence of undeclared ingredients.

Even With Diets, Supplements, Children With ASD May Lack Key Nutrients

Even with nutritional supplements and dietary regimens, children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) had both insufficient and excess nutrient intake in the largest study of its kind.

Novel Enzyme Designated Breakthrough Therapy for Niemann-Pick Disease

Genzyme announced that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted Breakthrough Therapy designation for olipudase alfa, an enzyme replacement therapy being studied for the treatment of patients with non-neurological manifestations of acid sphingomyelinase deficiency (ASMD).

A Bad Night's Sleep May Explain Overeating

Excessive eating may be due to a bad night's sleep, a study published in the Journal of Health Psychology proposed.

Do Vitamin D, Calcium Supplements Reduce Menopausal Symptoms?

Vitamin D and calcium supplements do not appear to reduce menopausal symptoms in older women, reports a new study published in Maturitas, the official journal of the European Menopause and Andropause Society.

Overweight Male Teens Could Face Greater Bowel Cancer Risk in Future

Very overweight male adolescents could have double the risk of developing bowel cancer later in life compared to those of normal weight, according to new research appearing in the journal Gut.

Do Soy Supplements Improve Lung Function in Uncontrolled Asthma?

A new study published in JAMA has found that supplementation with soy isoflavone did not improve lung function or critical outcomes in patients with poor asthma control, despite previous research suggesting that it may be an effective treatment.

New Centrum MultiGummies Launched

Pfizer Consumer Healthcare announced the launch of Centrum MultiGummies, a multivitamin to help support energy, immunity, and metabolism.

Osteo Bi-Flex Now Available in Mini-Tabs

Osteo Bi-Flex announced the launch of Osteo Bi-Flex EASE, a mini-tab supplement that promotes joint comfort through a novel collagen-based formula.

OTC IBgard Reduces Short-Term IBS Symptoms in Study

In a study presented at Digestive Disease Week (DDW), non-prescription IBgard led to a reduction in symptoms associated with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), including unbearable and severe symptoms and abdominal pain intensity.

More Weight Loss Predicted for Early Responders to Saxenda

Results from the SCALE Obesity and Pre-diabetes trial showed that adults who were early responders to Saxenda had greater weight loss after completing 56 weeks along with a reduced-calorie diet and increased physical activity vs. those who were early nonresponders.

There May Be Gluten in Your Probiotic, Says New Study

An analysis performed by researchers at the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University Medical Center shows that more than half of popular probiotics contain traces of gluten.

Vitamin B3 May Reduce Recurrence of Some Skin Cancers in High-Risk Patients

A study presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology's (ASCO) 51st Annual Meeting found that an over-the-counter form of vitamin B3 significantly reduced rates of new non-melanoma skin cancers in high-risk patients, which along with sun protection could help to decrease the health and economic burden of skin cancer.

Can Infant Antibiotic Use Lead to Disease Later in Life?

Scientists at the University of Minnesota have created a predictive model for measuring healthy development of bacteria in the gut of young children and a framework to map potential links between antibiotics, gut bacteria, and disease later in life.

FDA Panel Backs Approval of CF Drug Orkambi

Vertex announced that the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Pulmonary-Allergy Drugs Advisory Committee (PADAC) has voted 12 to 1 to recommend that the FDA approve Orkambi (lumacaftor/ivacaftor) for people with cystic fibrosis (CF) aged 12 and older who have two copies of the F508del mutation in the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) gene.

Contrave CV Outcomes Study Terminated Early

Takeda and Orexigen announced the early termination of the Light Study, a cardiovascular (CV) outcomes trial following the recommendation of the Executive Steering Committee (ESC).

More Support for Mediterranean Diet's Protective Effect Against Cognitive Decline

Adding extra virgin olive oil or mixed nuts to the Mediterranean diet is associated with a reduced risk of cognitive decline in older adults compared to a low-fat diet alone, according to a study appearing in JAMA Internal Medicine.

More Contraceptive Advice Needed for Females With CF

New data presented at the 2015 American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Annual Clinical and Scientific Meeting revealed that only half of women with cystic fibrosis (CF) report using contraception.

Mobile App to Track Vit D, Calcium May Be Beneficial

A group of researchers from the University of Guelph studied the validity of a mobile app to track vitamin D and calcium intake.

Coffee Grounds: More Antioxidants Than Vitamin C?

Coffee by-products like coffee grounds and silverskins are normally discarded in favor of the beverage itself, but a new study has demonstrated that these byproducts have antioxidant effects 500 times greater than those found in vitamin C.

Omega-3 Benefits Some MDD Patients in Proof-of-Concept Study

Research in the journal Molecular Psychiatry indicates that the omega-3 fatty acid EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) appears to lead to mood improvements in a subgroup of patients with major depressive disorder (MDD) and high inflammation levels.

Arginase-Inhibiting Drugs May Be Future Tx for Obesity-Related Hypertension

A new study has identified the enzyme believed to be responsible for obesity-related hypertension, which could guide future treatments.

New Human Donor Milk Can Be Stored at Room Temperature

Medolac Laboratories and the Mothers Milk Cooperative announced the launch of Co-op Donor Milk, the first direct-to-consumer human donor milk that can be stored at room temperature.

FDA: Beware of Hidden Ingredients in Multiple Supplements

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning consumers not to use or buy the following tainted supplements marketed for weight loss and sexual enhancement:

How Common is Vitamin D Toxicity with Supplements?

Toxic levels of vitamin D are rarely seen in people taking supplements, according to Mayo Clinic researchers.

14 Warning Letters Issued Over DMBA Presence in Supplements

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued warning letters to fourteen manufacturers of dietary supplements due to the listing of 1,3-Dimethylbutylamine (also known as DMBA, 2-amino-4-methylpentane, AMP citrate, and 4-methyl-2-pentanamine) on the product label.

Rare Lysosomal Disorder Therapy Designated Fast Track Status

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted Fast Track designation for the development of GZ/SAR402671 (Genzyme), an oral substrate reduction therapy for the treatment of Fabry disease.

AGS Updates Choosing Wisely Recs for Elderly Patients

The American Geriatrics Society (AGS) has released updates to its recommendations for the ABIM Foundation's Choosing Wisely campaign to reflect new research on conditions affecting older adults, such as agitation, certain types of cancer, delirium, dementia, and others.

Despite Warnings, Health Food Stores Still Sell "Adult-Only" Supplements to Teens

According to multiple studies presented at the Pediatric Academic Societies meeting in San Diego, CA, dietary supplements promoted and sold for weight loss and bodybuilding are often recommended to adolescents under the age of 18 despite labels stating that they are "for adult use only."

Potassium, Not Sodium, Could Impact Adolescent BP

Consuming higher amounts of sodium had no effect on blood pressure in adolescent girls but consuming more potassium was linked to lower blood pressure at the end of adolescence in new research published in JAMA Pediatrics.

Does Exercise Type Actually Matter for Weight Loss?

A new study from the Technical University of Madrid and La Paz University Hospital suggests that the type of exercise may be less important than previously suggested when it comes to losing weight.

FDA, Manufacturers Battling Over BMPEA

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued warning letters to five manufacturers of dietary supplements due to the listing of R-beta-methylphenethylamine (also known as Beta-methylphenethylamine, βMePEA, or BMPEA) on the product label.

Findings Presented on Milk Thistle for NASH

For patients with non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), use of an extract of the milk thistle plant was associated with greater NASH resolution and improvement in fibrosis compared to placebo in a study presented at the 50th International Liver Congress in Vienna, Austria.

Saxenda for Chronic Weight Management Now Available

Novo Nordisk announced the launch of Saxenda (liraglutide [rDNA origin]) injection as an adjunct to a reduced-calorie diet and increased physical activity for chronic weight management in adult patients with an initial body mass index (BMI) of ≥30kg/m2 (obese) or ≥27kg/m2 (overweight) in the presence of at least one weight-related comorbid condition (eg, hypertension, type 2 diabetes mellitus, or dyslipidemia).

New Warning From FDA on Unapproved Drugs in Sex Enhancement Supplement

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning consumers to not buy or use Extreme Diamond 3000, a product promoted and sold for sexual enhancement.

Too Much of a Good Thing With Dietary Supplements May Up Health Risks

A forum at the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Annual Meeting 2015 warns that use of over-the-counter dietary supplements may increase the risk of multiple health conditions and diseases if more than the recommended daily dosage is taken by patients.

Study: High Sugar Consumption May Relieve Stress

Consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages - but not beverages sweetened with aspartame - is associated with suppression of cortisol and stress responses in the brain in new research published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.

Probiotics Appear to Affect Overall Gut System, Not Just Bacteria

A strain of bacteria present in many popular probiotic products has been shown to be beneficial for a range of health issues, and now researchers may have discovered the mechanism of action that leads to these positive effects.

Just Five Days of Fatty Foods Could Change Body's Metabolism

Five days of consuming a high-fat diet can lead to changes in the way the body's muscle processes nutrient changes, a new study published in Obesity has found.

Body Building Supplement May Cause Serious Liver Injury

The FDA is warning consumers to stop using Tri-Methyl Xtreme, a dietary supplement marketed to contain anabolic steroids for muscle growth.

New Evidence on How Certain Foods Provide Protective Health Benefits

A new study conducted by the Institute of Food Research adds to the growing body of evidence that polyphenols, found in foods such as apples and green tea, have a protective health benefit.

AACE Releases New Guidelines for Managing Diabetes Mellitus

The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) has released new, comprehensive clinical practice guidelines and an updated diabetes algorithm to aid clinicians in the medical management of patients with diabetes mellitus (DM).

Certain Food Combos Prevent Weight Gain, While Others Promote It

Making small, consistent changes to the types of protein- and carbohydrate-rich foods a person eats can have a big impact on long-term weight gain.

Pesticides May Up CVD, Inflammation Risk in Obese Women

New research suggests that exposure to polychlorinated pesticides such as DDT, not just obesity alone, is associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and inflammation in premenopausal women.

Are the WHO Guidelines on Sodium, Potassium Consumption Unfeasible for Most?

Are the World Health Organization (WHO)'s dietary goals unfeasible when it comes to consumption of sodium and potassium? Research in the journal BMJ Open suggests yes, as the majority of participants in a multinational study failed to meet the WHO sodium-potassium targets.

Dangerous Methamphetamine Detected in Workout Supplement

Potentially dangerous amounts of a methamphetamine analog that has not been studied in humans were discovered in a multiple samples of a workout supplement, according to research in the journal Drug Testing and Analysis.

Which Commercial Weight Loss Programs Lead to Sustained Results?

In a review published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, only a few commercial and proprietary weight loss programs resulted in sustained weight loss with mostly modest results among overweight and obese adults compared to other methods.

Breast Milk Bought Online Can Be Intentionally Adulterated

One in every ten samples of breast milk bought over the Internet contained significant amounts of cow's milk, results from a new study showed.

Why It's Important to Skip the Junk Food in Late Pregnancy

Overconsumption of junk food late in pregnancy may be more harmful to the child than excess junk food early in the pregnancy, researchers from the University of Adelaide have shown.

CDC: Preschoolers Receiving ADHD Meds Despite Recommendations

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced the results of the first national study on the use of behavioral therapy, pharmacologic treatment, and dietary supplements to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children ages 4-17 with special health care needs (CSHCN), which appears in The Journal of Pediatrics.

More Strawberries, More Heart Benefits?

Two new studies suggest that consuming three to four servings of strawberries per day can lower risk factors for diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Folic Acid May Help Elderly Handle Heat Waves

Folic acid supplements may enhance vasodilation in older adults by increasing skin blood flow during heat waves to reduce risk of cardiovascular events, a new study published in Clinical Science has shown.

BPA Exposure During Pregnancy May Boost Diabetes, Weight Gain Later in Life

Exposure to the chemical bisphenol A (BPA) during pregnancy may increase a woman's risk of weight gain and diabetes later in life, according to new research published in the journal Endocrinology.

Want Your Patients to Lose Weight? Simple Advice Can Go a Long Way

Patients who receive a recommendation by their physician or other healthcare professional to lose weight are more likely to report a reduction in weight the following year, reports a new study in the journal Economics & Human Biology.

Too Much Meat, Fish, Eggs May Promote Memory Loss

A diet rich in methionine may promote memory loss through increased netrin methylation, scientists from University of Louisville reported.

More Magnesium From Food, Supplements Could Benefit Diabetes Patients

Dietary intake of magnesium from foods or from food and supplements is associated with improvements in diabetes-related outcomes, including metabolic syndrome, obesity or overweight, hypertension, and high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C), according to a new study in the Journal of Human Nutrition & Food Science.

Studies Report Positive Impact of Walnuts in Multiple Health Conditions

Multiple studies have shown that walnuts may have a positive impact on important health conditions such as colon cancer, cognitive aging, and gut and vascular health.

Single-Use Vitamin B12 Nasal Spray Now Available

Par announced the launch of Nascobal (cyanocobalamin) Nasal Spray in a single-use device for the maintenance of normal hematologic status in pernicious anemia patients who are in remission following intramuscular vitamin B12 therapy and who have no nervous system involvement and as a supplement for other vitamin B12 deficiencies (eg, dietary deficiency, malabsoprtion).

Comparing Roseroot Herb, Sertraline for MDD Treatment

The roseroot herb (Rhodiola rosea) may be a beneficial treatment option for major depressive disorder (MDD), a study published in Phytomedicine has shown.

Study: Pregnant, Breastfeeding Women Not Consuming Enough of This Nutrient

Results from a large birth cohort study suggest women may not be consuming enough omega-3 to meet the recommendations for pregnancy and lactation.

Hunger, Weight Gain Risk With These Diabetes Drugs - But Why?

A specific drug class for the treatment of type 2 diabetes has been linked to an increased risk of weight gain, and researchers have new clues as to how these medications may activate sensors in the brain that lead to increased hunger.

Vitamin D3 + Metformin May Lower Colon Cancer Risk More Than Either Alone

Vitamin D3 and metformin have individually shown promise in reducing the risk of colorectal cancer, but a new study in the journal Cancer Prevention Research indicates that combined use may be significantly more effective than either vitamin D or metformin alone.

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