Nutrition Facts Label Gets a Much Needed Update

The Food and Drug Administration today announced new updates to the nutritional facts label to appear on most packaged foods sold across the U.S.

The Gluten-Free Diet: Separating Fact from Fiction

A new commentary published in the Journal of Pediatrics calls for healthcare providers to play a greater role in educating non-celiac disease patients on the consequences of converting to a gluten-free diet (GFD).

Can Omega-3 Help Lower Childhood Aggression?

Previous studies have suggested that nutritional supplementation may lower aggressive behavior in children.

Recall: Sildenafil Discovered in Dietary Supplements

SOS Telecom is voluntarily recalling four of their products that were marketed as dietary supplements for male sexual enhancement. The product names are, Tiger-X, Ninja-X, Ginseng Power-X, and Super Samurai-X.

Does Too Much Folate During Pregnancy Up Autism Risk?

Researchers from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health reported that too much folate in a new mother's body may increase a child's risk of developing an autism spectrum disorder. Findings from the study will be presented at the 2016 International Meeting for Autism Research.

Orphan Drug Status Granted to Hyperoxaluria Treatment

The FDA has granted Orphan Drug designation to ALLN-177 (oxalate decarboxylase; Allena) for the treatment of pediatric hyperoxaluria.

How Does Coffee, Tea Consumption Impact Estimated GFR?

Consuming multiple cups of coffee a day is likely to be safe for the kidneys in the general population, and is associated with an increase in estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR), according to findings of a study from the Netherlands.

Herbal Remedies May be "Global Health Hazard," Commentary Suggests

In a commentary published in EMBO reports, study authors present data showing that herbals containing Aristolochia species can cause aristolochic acid nephropathy (AAN).

Diluted Apple Juice Suitable Alternative for Kids with Mild Gastroenteritis

For children with mild gastroenteritis and minimal dehydration, initiating diluted apple juice followed by their preferred fluids led to fewer treatment failures vs. electrolyte maintenance solution, according to findings from a study published in JAMA.

FDA Approves Oral Suspension Formulation for HT-1 Treatment

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Orfadin (nitisinone; Sobi) Oral Suspension for the treatment of hereditary tyrosinemia type 1 (HT-1) in combination with dietary restriction of tyrosine and phenylalanine.

Adding These Nutraceuticals May Improve Antidepressant Therapy

Findings from a new study published in The American Journal of Psychiatry suggest that some nutritional supplements can enhance the efficacy of antidepressants for patients with depression.

Orphan Drug Status Granted to Inhaled Antimicrobial Agent Mul-1867

The FDA has granted Orphan Drug designation to Mul-1867 (TGV-Inhalonix) for the treatment of antibiotic-resistant bacterial lung infections in patients with cystic fibrosis.

Three Undeclared Drugs Found in Weight Loss Capsules

Super Herbs announced a voluntary recall of its Super Herbs light green and dark green capsules after FDA laboratory testing found them to contain sibutramine, desmethylsibutramine, and/or phenolphthalein.

Dietary Supplements for Dysmenorrhea: Are Any Effective?

A Cochrane review found no high quality evidence to support the efficacy of any dietary supplement for dysmenorrhea.

Metformin, Pioglitazone May Benefit MS Patients With Metabolic Syndrome

Metformin and pioglitazone showed anti-inflammatory effects in patients with multiple sclerosis and metabolic syndrome, according to a new study published in JAMA Neurology.

Investigational Cardiac Imaging Agent May Help Improve Heart Disease Detection in Obese Patients

Lantheus announced new data from a sub-analysis of its Phase 3 study on flurpiridaz F 18 for myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) in obese patients.

Weight Loss Meds Used by Few, Despite Recommendations

Few patients seem to use weight loss medications to treat obesity despite guideline recommendations and the availability of FDA-approved drugs, suggests a new study presented at ENDO 2016.

Recall: Investigational Drug Found in Dietary Supplement

Invisiblu International announced a voluntary recall of one lot of Continuum Labs LGD-Xtreme 3mg capsules.

Antibiotic Use in Youth May Up Adolescent Prediabetes Risk

Young children who take antibiotics may disrupt their gut microbes and be more likely to develop adolescent prediabetes.

Long-Term Saxenda Study Shows Improvements in Cardiometabolic Risk Factors

In overweight or obese patients with prediabetes, the addition of liraglutide (Saxenda; Novo Nordisk) 3mg to diet and exercise may result in major health improvements, according to a study presented at ENDO 2016.

Risk of Asthma Associated With PCOS, Excess Weight

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and excess weight have been independently linked with the onset of asthma, according to findings in a new study to be presented at the annual Endocrine Society meeting.

KetoVie Peptide Formula Launched for Children With Epilepsy

Cambrooke Therapeutics announced the launch of KetoVie Peptide, the first ketogenic hydrolyzed whey-based (peptides) formula for patients on a ketogenic diet with milk protein sensitivities and/or impaired digestive function.

Ensure Enlive Nutrition Drink Available for Muscle Protection

Abbott announced the launch of Ensure Enlive, a complete and balanced nutrition drink to help rebuild lost muscle and regain strength and energy.

Can Aloe Vera Improve Glycemic Control in Diabetes?

Aloe vera may hold some benefit in improving glycemic control in prediabetes and type 2 diabetes, according to a a new study published in the Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics.

Replacement Chemical in BPA-Free Products May Not Be Any Safer

A study published in Endocrinology showed that exposure to the chemical bisphenol S can induce fat cell formation.

Mislabeled Dietary Supplements Prompt Recall

NOW Health Group announced a voluntary recall of 6 dietary supplements that were mislabeled due to a printing error by the label supplier.

Pegvaliase Demonstrates Efficacy in Phase 3 PKU Study

BioMarin announced positive preliminary results from the pivotal Phase 3 PRISM-2 study of pegvaliase for the reduction of blood phenylalanine (Phe) in patients with phenylketonuria (PKU).

Sodium Bicarb Injection Recalled Due to Particulate Presence

Hospira announced a voluntary recall of one lot of Sodium Bicarbonate Injection 8.4%, USP, due to particulate presence within a single-dose glass fliptop vial from a confirmed complaint.

Too Many Meds, Not Enough Monitoring? A Growing Concern in Older Patients

A new study in JAMA Internal Medicine indicated that since 2005, the risk of major drug interaction in older adults has increased in those taking multiple prescriptions and dietary supplements concurrently.

Study Sheds New Light on Omega-3 PUFA Effects in Depression

New research published in Translational Psychiatry supports the link between omega-3 supplementation and a reduction in major depressive disorder (MDD).

Obesity, Oral Contraceptives, and the Risk of Cerebral Venous Thrombosis

In women who use oral contraceptives, obesity is a strong risk factor for cerebral venous thrombosis.

Long-Term Metformin Linked to Increased Risk of Vitamin B12 Deficiency

Long-term use of metformin may increase the risk of vitamin B12 deficiency and possibly other complications (anemia, neuropathy).

CV Safety for Obesity Drug Remains Uncertain, Study Concludes

Results from an interim analysis published in JAMA showed that the cardiovascular safety of the obesity treatment, naltrexone/bupropion "remains uncertain."

Study Examines Beige Adipocyte Biogenesis Risk Factors

A molecular circuit has been identified that controls beige adipocyte biogenesis, according to research published online in Diabetes.

Could Strawberries Be Key in Improving Insulin Sensitivity?

Strawberry consumption may help reduce postprandial insulin concentrations in obese individuals with insulin resistance (IR), a new study has found.

Beetroot Juice: The Key to Improving Heart Health in the Elderly?

A daily dose of beetroot juice was found to significantly improve exercise endurance and blood pressure in elderly patients.

Vit D-Rich Foods May Help Reduce Allergy Risk in Offspring

Eating more foods containing vitamin D— but not supplemental vitamin D— during pregnancy was related to a lower risk of development in allergies in children, a study led by Mount Sinai researchers showed.

Ketogenic Diet Evaluated for Reducing Seizure Frequency in Children

The high-fat, low-carb ketogenic diet (KD) may provide positive effects for child epilepsy patients.

Benefits of Walnut-Rich Diet Tested in Overweight, Obese Patients

A diet containing unsaturated fats—as found in olive oil and walnuts—showed similar weight loss effects as a lower fat, higher carbohydrate diet, according to a study published in the Journal of the American heart Association.

Complete Response Letter Issued for Expanded Kalydeco Indication

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a Complete Response Letter for the supplemental New Drug Application (sNDA) of Kalydeco (ivacaftor; Vertex) in patients with cystic fibrosis (CF) ≥2 years old who have one of 23 residual function mutations in the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) gene.

Study Reveals Most Common Reasons for FDA Recalls

The five most common reasons for Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-issued recalls were contamination, mislabeling, adverse reaction, defective product, and incorrect potency, a new study has found.

Ryanodex Fast Tracked for Exertional Heat Stroke

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted Fast Track designation to Ryanodex (dantrolene sodium; Eagle) injectable suspension for the treatment of exertional heat stroke (EHS).

Possible Lead Poisoning With Medicinal Clay, FDA Warns

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned against the use of Bentonite Me Baby by Alikay Naturals due to a potential lead poisoning risk.

Recalled IV Solutions Found to Contain Cardboard, Dried Skin Fragments

Baxter announced a voluntary recall of 4 lots of intravenous (IV) solutions due to the potential for leaking containers and particulate matter.

Prenatal Vitamin D: Can It Reduce Child's Asthma Risk?

Two new trials have found no significant statistical reduction in cases of persistent wheezing and asthma where the mother had taken additional vitamin D supplements.

Lower Mortality Rates Linked to High-Protein Nutrition Supplement

In a clinical study of 652 malnourished adults aged 65 years or older, a specialized oral nutrition supplement was linked to a 50% lower death rate 90 days after hospitalization.

Breakthrough Tx Status Granted to Treatment for Rare Obesity Disorder

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted setmelanotide (Rhythm) Breakthrough Therapy designation for the treatment of pro-opiomelanocortin (POMC) deficiency obesity and Orphan Drug designation for the treatment of Prader-Willi Syndrome (PWS).

The 2016 Best Overall Diet Program is ...

U.S. News & World Report released the 2016 Best Diets featuring ranking and information on diet plans to hep those who diet achieve healthier lifestyles.

Insect Presence Found in IV Electrolytes, Hydration Products

Baxter announced a voluntary recall of 2 lots of 0.9% Sodium Chloride Injection, 250mL Viaflex Plastic Container and 70% Dextrose Injection, 2000mL, due to potential presence of particulate matter.

Why High Doses of Vitamin D May Not Benefit Seniors

Vitamin D supplements provide no benefit on low extremity function and raise the risk of falling for patients 70 or older, according to a clinical trial published in JAMA Internal Medicine.

Eating Processed Foods May Weaken Gut Resistance

New research published in Autoimmunity Reviews showed that eating processed foods weaken the intestine's resistance to bacteria, toxins, and other hostile nutritional and non-nutritional elements, which increases the chances of developing autoimmune diseases.

High-Dose Vitamin D May Benefit MS Patients

Researchers from Johns Hopkins University reported that a high dose of vitamin D3 is safe for people with multiple sclerosis (MS) and may help regulate the body's hyperactive immune response.

BeeXtreme Recalls All Lots of 3 Dietary Supplements

BeeXtreme LLC announced a recall of all lots of La' Trim Plus, Jenesis, and Oasis products from the market.

Liver-Derived Hormone May Influence Sugar Cravings

A recent study has shown that fibroblast growth factor 21 (FGF21), a liver-generated hormone, suppresses the consumption of simple sugars.

Genetics May Explain Why Certain Weight-Loss Strategies Work Better Than Others

A Working Group created by the Trans-National Institutes of Health (NIH) Committee on Genes, Behavior and Response to Weight Loss Interventions aimed to better understand how genes affect weight both biologically and behaviorally.

Smart Lipo Recalled After FDA Finds 3 Undeclared Ingredients

SmartLipo365 announced a voluntary recall of all lots of Smart Lipo 800mg, 900mg, and 950mg capsules after an analysis found undeclared sibutramine, desmethylsibutramine, and phenolphthalein.

Vit D2 Not Effective for Anemia in Hemodialysis Patients

A study appearing in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology concluded vitamin D supplements did not help treat anemia in patients on hemodialysis.

Can a Cup of Coffee Boost Athletic Endurance?

Coffee can increase athletic endurance by an average of 24%, according to a new study published in the International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism.

Results Announced for Abdominal Bulge Injection Treatment

Neothetics announced results from its AbCONTOUR1 and AbCONTOUR2 Phase 3 trials which evaluated the safety and efficacy of LIPO-202 for the reduction of central abdominal bulging due to subcutaneous fat.

For Active Individuals, Higher Vit D Levels May Be Needed

Individuals who participate in higher impact activities may require higher vitamin D levels to reduce their risk of stress fractures, a new study in The Journal of Foot & Ankle Surgery reported.

Shorter Sleep Ups Time Spent on Secondary Eating, Drinking

Sleeping less than seven hours a night contributes to more secondary eating and drinking, thus increasing obesity risk, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Alabama.

Relizorb Approved to Improve Fat Absorption in Enteral Feeders

Alcresta has received de novo approval from the FDA to market Relizorb (immobilized lipase), a first-of-its kind digestive enzyme cartridge that breaks down fats in enteral tube feeding formula to mimic normal pancreatic function.

A Compound in Chamomile May Benefit Brain Cells

Apigenin, a flavonoid found in some spices and herbs, may improve neuron formation and strengthen connections between brain cells, researchers from D'Or Institute for Research and Education reported.

RECALL: NSAID Detected in Weight Loss Caps

Lucy's Weight Loss System announced a voluntary recall of all lots of Pink Bikini White Powder Capsules after it was found to contain a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID).

Kanuma Approved for Lysosomal Acid Lipase Deficiency

Alexion announced that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Kanuma (sebelipase alfa) for the treatment of patients with lysosomal acid lipase deficiency (LAL-D).

How Inactive Is the US Compared to 130 Other Countries?

New cards detailing baseline data on physical inactivity for 131 countries have been released by The Global Observatory for Physical Activity (GoPA!)

FDA Discovers NSAID, Unsafe Appetite Suppressant in Weight Loss Supplement

Weight loss supplement Lipo Escultura was recalled and further manufacturing discontinued after it was found to contain sibutramine and diclofenac.

FDA to Review Extended-Release Formulation of Lorcaserin

The FDA has accepted for filing the New Drug Application (NDA) for extended-release lorcaserin (Eisai and Arena) as once daily dosing option for chronic weight management.

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.