Can Fatty Acid Supplementation Benefit Patients With Bipolar Disorder?

Patients with bipolar disorder had lower levels of certain omega-3 fatty acids that cross the blood-brain barrier than those without bipolar disorder, a study published in Bipolar Disorders reported.

Vit D Levels Impact Immune Recovery in HIV Patients

Low vitamin D levels may hinder the efficacy of HIV treatment in adults, researchers from the University of Georgia reported.

Is the "Portfolio Diet" Better Than the DASH Diet for Reducing BP?

A new study reports that the "portfolio diet", developed to reduce cholesterol, may help lower blood pressure (BP) as well.

Evidence Lacking for Omega-3 Fatty Acid Use in MDD

Recent research suggests that there is not enough evidence to support the use of omega-3 fatty acid supplements for the treatment of major depressive disorder (MDD).

Survey Finds 3 in 4 Adults Not Covered for Obesity Treatments

Results from one of the largest studies ever conducted to understand obesity treatment coverage show that 3 out of 4 consumers report they are not covered for necessary, evidence-based obesity treatment services. Findings from the study were presented at ObesityWeek 2015.

Long-Term Weight Loss Data With Saxenda Announced

New clinical trial data presented at ObesityWeek 2015 showed that treatment with Saxenda (liraglutide) in combination with a reduced-calorie diet and increased physical activity led to significant and sustained weight loss over 3 years vs. placebo.

Why a Bad Night's Sleep Could Mean More Than Just Losing a Few ZZZs

One night of sleep deprivation and 6 months on a high-fat diet could both impair insulin sensitivity to a similar degree, new research presented at ObesityWeek 2015 has shown.

Stress, Genetics, or Words? What Drives People to Eat Excessively?

New results from a pair of studies suggest that lean individuals and those with obesity experience different brain responses to written food words, and that both stress and genetics could influence excess eating.

Prescription Use Up and Here's Why, Say Researchers

Researchers report an increase in overall prescription drug use among adults in the United States between 1999-2012. Findings from the study are published in JAMA.

Vitamin D May Improve Exercise Performance, Lower CVD Risk

Vitamin D supplements may improve exercise performance and reduce the risk of heart disease, according to findings of a preliminary study presented at the Society for Endocrinology annual conference.

Strensiq Approved for Ultra-Rare Metabolic Disorder

Alexion announced that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Strensiq (asfotase alfa) for the treatment of patients with perinatal-, infantile-, and juvenile-onset hypophosphatasia (HPP). Strensiq is the first treatment approved for the treatment of HPP, a genetic and chronic ultra-rare metabolic disorder.

FDA Discovers Hidden Active Ingredients in 7 More Supplements

Lab analysis has confirmed that each of these products contains an active hidden ingredient.

Minors May Be Receiving Dangerous Supplement Recs in Health Food Stores

Despite recommendations against the use of creatine in children under the age of 18, a study to be presented at the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) National Conference & Exhibition found that more than two-thirds of health food store clerks recommended this sports performance supplement to someone posing as a 15-year-old male.

Antibiotic Use in Childhood Could Add Weight in Adolescence

Children who take antibiotics throughout their childhood may have a significantly greater risk of weight gain in adolescence compared to those who take no antibiotics, particularly with a specific antibiotic class of drugs, according to a study in the International Journal of Obesity.

Online Tool Helps Users Track Foodborne Outbreaks

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has launched an updated Foodborne Outbreak Online Database Tool (FOOD Tool) to assist users in searching over nearly 20 years of outbreak data.

Beware of Imported Supplements and Nonprescription Drugs, Warns FDA

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a safety alert to consumers regarding imported products marketed as dietary supplements and non-prescription drug products, often sold at ethnic or international stores, flea markets, swap meets, or online.

Calcium Supplements May Worsen Kidney Stones

Although greater consumption of dietary calcium may lower the risk of kidney stone recurrence, research presented at the American Society of Nephrology's (ASN) Kidney Week 2015 in San Diego, suggests that calcium supplementation could actually increase this risk.

Kalydeco sNDA Granted Priority Review for Expanded Indication

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted Priority Review to the supplemental New Drug Application (sNDA) of Kalydeco (ivacaftor; Vertex) for the use in patients with cystic fibrosis (CF) ages 2 and older who have one of 23 residual function mutations.

Carotenoids in Fruits, Vegetables May Lower Risk of Advanced AMD

A greater intake of bioavailable carotenoids, particularly lutein/zeaxanthin and beta-carotene, has been linked to a reduced risk of advanced age-related macular degeneration (AMD) based on two prospective cohort studies. The research appears in JAMA Ophthalmology.

Melatonin Close to Mealtime May Increase Diabetes Risk for Some

Prior research has identified a connection between a genetic mutation and an increased risk of type 2 diabetes, but a new study is the first to link this genetic variation to glucose tolerance with melatonin supplementation.

Later Bedtime for Teens Could Mean Greater Weight Gain Over Time

Adolescents with a later bedtime during the week are more likely to experience an increase in body mass index (BMI) over time with fast-food consumption as a partial mediator, according to the first study to assess the relationship between bedtime and BMI longitudinally in an observational study.

Sibutramine Detected in Two OTC Supplements

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is advising consumers not to purchase or use two dietary supplements promoted and sold for weight loss due to the presence of undeclared sibutramine.

Arsenic Detected in Many U.S. Wines, But Is It a Health Risk?

Three of the United States' top four wine-producing states have arsenic levels that exceed the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (U.S. EPA) exposure limit for drinking water, according to research in the Journal of Environmental Health. However, an accompanying study in the journal also concluded that the likely health risks depend on an individual's diet.

When Replacing Dietary Fats With Carbs, Type Matters for CHD Risk

Replacing saturated fats with unsaturated fats and carbohydrates from whole grains can significantly reduce the risk of coronary heart disease (CHD) while replacing with refined carbohydrates does not, according to new research in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

Common Chemicals Linked to Diabetes, Obesity in Endocrine Society Report

The Endocrine Society has issued a Scientific Statement linking endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) to obesity and diabetes as a follow-up to its 2009 report on risks posed to human health from EDCs including bisphenol A (BPA).

Two Banned Ingredients Detected in Weight Loss Caps

Lucy's Weight Loss System announced a voluntary recall of all lots of Pink Bikini and Shorts on the Beach Blue and Gold Edition capsules to the consumer level.

Some Trans Fats Could Be Beneficial After All

Low levels of trans fatty acids may be beneficial if they occur naturally in foods such as dairy and meat products, a new study published in the European Heart Journal has found.

Why Probiotics Could Be Novel Tx for Food Allergies

Infants who developed intolerance to cow's milk showed significant differences in gut bacteria after being treated with probiotics, a new study conducted by researchers from the University of Chicago has found.

Fresenius Kabi Discontinues Two Injectables

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that two injectable products by Fresenius Kabi USA have been discontinued.

New Minty Multivitamins Launched

Pfizer Consumer Healthcare announced the launch of Centrum VitaMints, a new multivitamin in a mint flavor.

Who Should Get Priority for Bariatric Surgery?

Obese patients with type 2 diabetes, especially with recent disease onset, should receive priority for obesity surgery over those without type 2 diabetes, new research suggests.

Sodium, Potassium Intake May Affect CKD Progression

Too much sodium and potassium intake may accelerate the progression of kidney disease, a recently published study has shown.

Overweight, Obesity May Be Tied to Brain Tumor Risk

A new article published in Neurology suggests that being overweight or obese may be linked to an increased risk of developing meningioma, a type of brain tumor.

Beet Juice May Strengthen Muscles for HF Patients

Drinking concentrated beet juice may increase muscle strength in patients with heart failure, researchers have found.

The Amount You Ate Likely Corresponds to the Size of Your Plate

Eliminating larger-sized portions could reduce caloric consumption by up to 29% among adults in the United States, as a comprehensive review published in the Cochrane Library reports that portion, package, and tableware size influence food consumption patterns in adults.

Over 25 Weight Loss, Sex Enhancement Supplements Withdrawn

The One Minute Miracle, Inc. announced a voluntary recall of all lots of Miracle Diet 30 and Miracle Rock 48 capsules.

Vitamin D Status May Impact Rate of Cognitive Decline

A faster cognitive decline was seen among older adults with vitamin D insufficiency, a new article published in JAMA Neurology has shown.

Flavonoid Could Lower Cancer Risk in Postmenopausal Women

A flavonoid commonly found in fruits and vegetables shows promise in reducing the risk of breast cancer in postmenopausal women, according to new research published in Springer Plus.

FDA Makes Significant Strides Towards Safer Food

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) finalized the first two of seven major rules under the bipartisan FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) today. This is one of the most significant steps the agency has taken in decades to prevent foodborne illness.

First Drug for Hereditary Orotic Aciduria Approved

Xuriden (uridine triacetate; Wellstat Therapeutics) has been approved for the treatment of hereditary orotic aciduria, the first approved treatment for this rare metabolic disorder.

FDA: Weight Loss Supplement Contains Banned Drug

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is advising consumers not to use Meizi Super Power Fruits Herbal Slimming Formula, a product promoted and sold for weight loss.

Could Vitamin C Be Exercise-in-a-Pill?

Vitamin C may not be the elusive exercise-in-a-pill, but new research to be presented at the 14th International Conference on Endothelin: Physiology, Pathophysiology and Therapeutics suggests that daily vitamin C supplementation can have similar cardiovascular benefits as regular exercise in overweight and obese adults.

DEA-Led 'Operation Cyber Juice' to Target Underground Steroid Labs

The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) officials introduced Operation Cyber Juice, a multi-agency collaboration law enforcement action targeting every level of the global underground anabolic steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs.

Calorie Restriction May Modify Risk Factors for Age-Related Diseases

According to a new study, calorie restriction may modify risk factors for age-related diseases and indicators associated with longer life span.

Significant Safety Risk With Pure Powdered Caffeine, FDA Warns

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued warning letters to five distributors of pure powdered caffeine due to its danger and significant risk of illness or injury to consumers.

Purple Potatoes May Suppress Colon Cancer Stem Cells

Purple potatoes may contain compounds that help destroy colon cancer stem cells and limit metastasis, according to a new study published in the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry.

Probiotics in the ICU: Can They Prevent, Fight Superbugs?

Probiotics did not help prevent or eliminate gastrointestinal colonization with drug-resistant organisms in patients in the intensive care unit (ICU) vs. standard care, researchers presented.

FDA Finds Undeclared Salicylic Acid in Weight Loss Caps

Novacare announced a voluntary recall of dietary supplements marketed as an aid to weight loss due to undeclared salicylic acid.

RiduZone Dietary Supplement Gets FDA Clearance

NutriForward announced that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared their patented product RiduZone tablets as a dietary supplement for regulation and support of healthy weight, appetite, body-fat composition, and cholesterol levels in adults.

Cambrooke Launches Medical Food Line for Inborn Errors of Metabolism

Cambrooke Therapeutics announced the availability of a family of amino-acid based medical foods for the dietary management of several disorders of amino acid metabolism.

Too Much of This Mineral May Lead to Increased Appetite, Overeating

Can too much red meat consumption lead to an increased appetite and overeating? Yes, according to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation which found that dietary iron intake can suppress the hormone leptin that is linked to appetite regulation.

What a New Study Says About Omega-3s and Brain Health

In one of the largest and longest studies of its kind, researchers examined whether supplementation with omega-3 fatty acids helped to slow cognitive decline in older patients.

Tomatoes as Gout Trigger? New Study Adds to Evidence

Patients with gout often self-report foods like tomatoes and tomato products as dietary triggers, but consumption of these foods as a trigger of gout flares may not be supported by empirical evidence. A study in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders reports on a positive association between tomato consumption and serum urate levels, but suggests that there may be a biological basis.

Fewer Falls Seen in Homebound Elderly With Vit D Supplement

Vitamin D supplementation for the elderly who are homebound may help reduce the number of falls, according to new research.

Obesity Drug Labeling Updated with New Interaction, Side Effect

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a supplemental New Drug Application (sNDA) for Xenical (orlistat; Genentech) regarding new drug interactions and adverse reaction updates to its labeling.

Vitamin D Supplementation May Backfire for Obese Teens

Vitamin D supplementation in obese adolescents did not benefit their cardiovascular health or diabetes risk.

Low-Carb vs. Low-Fat Diet: Which Burns More Body Fat?

Cutting dietary fat led to 68 percent more body fat loss than cutting the same number of carbohydrate calories when adults with obesity consumed strictly controlled diets.

Patients May Not Benefit From Medical Foods for Metabolic Disorders

Medical foods designed for individuals with inborn errors of metabolism (IEMs) may actually cause harm in patients if their use is not carefully monitored and managed.

Male Teens See Improved Attention, Motor Speed With Citicoline Supplement

After 28 days of citicoline supplementation, adolescent males showed statistically significant increased motor speed, improved attention, and decreased impulsivity in research published in the Journal of Attention Disorders.

Tainted Weight Loss, Men's Vitality Supplements Recalled

Blue Square Market, Inc. announced voluntary recalls of Kaboom Action Strips and LiDa DaiDaiHua due to the presence of undeclared active ingredients.

When Supplement Use Becomes an Eating Disorder

Recent research has shown that an increasing number of men are using over-the-counter bodybuilding supplements to the point where it may be characterized as an eating disorder.

New Warning on Weight Loss Supplement Containing Hidden Drug

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning consumers not to buy or use Achieving Zero, a supplement marketed for weight loss.

Orbera Balloon Now Approved for Obesity

Apollo Endosurgery, Inc. announced that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the Orbera Intragastric Balloon, a non-surgical weight loss procedure for patients with mild-to-moderate obesity.

Type of Carbs Consumed Linked to Depression Risk

The carbohydrates you eat may be linked to your risk of depression, as a study in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that a diet high in refined carbohydrates is associated with a greater risk of new-onset depression in postmenopausal women.

Vitamin D May Not Benefit Postmenopausal Women

Postmenopausal women did not experience beneficial effects on bone mineral density, muscle function, muscle mass or falls with high-dose vitamin D, according to a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine.

Soybean Oil May Be Driving Obesity, Diabetes Rates in the U.S.

Could soybean oil contribute more to the development of diabetes and obesity than sugar? In a study published in PLOS ONE, mice that were fed a diet high in soybean oil had greater signs of metabolic syndrome compared to those who were fed a diet high in coconut oil or fructose.

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.

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