Voluntary Recall Issued for Appetite Suppressant

Nature's Universe announced a voluntary recall of all lots of old Thinogenics product due to the presence of an undisclosed ingredient, to the user level.

Dangerous Ingredient Found in Weight Loss Products

The FDA is advising consumers to not buy or use Infinity capsules or Lite Fit USA softgels, products that are marketed and sold for weight loss.

Undeclared Drugs Found in New You Product

The FDA is warning consumers to avoid using or purchasing the herbal weight loss product New You after a laboratory analysis discovered undeclared sibutramine and phenolphthalein.

Obesity, Not Diet, Can Trigger Colon Cancer

Changes to the colon that may lead to colorectal cancer appear to be caused by obesity, rather than diet, in mice.

Young Adult Diet Can Protect Against Artery Plaque 20 Years Later

New research suggests that women who eat a diet high in fresh fruits and vegetables as young adults have a significantly reduced risk of artery plaque build-up in the future.

OTC Weight Loss Pills Recalled Due to Tampering

GlaxoSmithKline announced a voluntary recall of all Alli (orlistat) weight loss products due to the belief that some packages were tampered and may contain product that is not authentic Alli.

Hidden Drugs Found in Bella Vi Brand Products

Pure Edge Nutrition announced a voluntary recall of one lot of Bella Vi Insane Bee Pollen Capsules, Bella Vi BTrim Ultimate Boost, Bella Vi BTrim Max, Bella Vi Extreme Accelerator, Bella Vi Insane Amp'd, and two lots of Bella Vi Amp'd Up.

Multiple Hidden Ingredients Found in Dietary Supplements

New Life announced a voluntary nationwide recall of Super Fat Burner capsules, Maxi Gold capsules, and Esmeralda softgels after an FDA analysis revealed the products contain undeclared pharmaceutical ingredients: sibutramine, phenolphthalein or a combination of both.

AACE/ACE Framework to Combat Obesity Released

The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) and the American College of Endocrinology (ACE) have released an evidence-based, multi-dimensional, comprehensive framework for fighting obesity.

Waist Size Influences Risk of Premature Mortality

Among white adults, larger waist is associated with increased mortality at all levels of body mass index.

Fried Foods Influence Genetic Risk of Obesity

Consumption of fried foods may influence the genetic association with adiposity.

Possible Penicillin Presence in Pleo Homeopathic Products

Terra-Medica is voluntarily recalling 56 lots of Pleo Homeopathic products due to the possible presence of penicillin or penicillin derivatives.

Weight Loss Coffee Product Contains Hidden Drug

The FDA is advising consumers to not buy or use Vitaccino Coffee, a product promoted for weight loss.

Smallest Prenatal Vitamin Now Available

TherapeuticsMD, Inc. (parent company of vitaMedMD, LLC) announced the launch of vitaPearl, the latest addition to the vitaMedMD prenatal multivitamin line.

Infant Feeding Behaviors Vary by Race and Ethnicity

Feeding and activity behaviors thought to relate to later obesity differ by race and ethnicity.

Personality Measures in Young Patients Predict Later Health

Personality measurements can be useful tools in predicting which young adult patients will have poor health in middle age.

For Girls, Obesity at Age 11 Impairs Academic Attainment

For girls, obesity at age 11 years has a negative effect on academic attainmen, with no strong evidence for potential mediating effects of depressive symptoms, IQ, and age of menarche.

Animal Protein and Functional Decline in Older Men

Among older men, higher intake of protein, particularly animal protein, is associated with lower risk of decline in higher-level functional capacity.

EPI-743 Awarded Fast Track Status for Friedreich's Ataxia

Edison Pharmaceuticals announced that the FDA has granted Fast Track designation to EPI-743, a study drug for the treatment of Friedreich's ataxia.

Vpriv Recalled Due to Visible Particulate Matter

Shire announced the a voluntary recall of one batch of Vpriv (velaglucerase alfa) due to the presence of visible stainless steel and barium sulfate in a number of vials.

Vitamin D Linked to Lower Breast Cancer Mortality

Higher concentrations of serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25[OH]D) are associated with lower mortality from breast cancer.

Evaluating CAM Therapies: Tools for Better Care

Learning how to evaluate complementary and alternative medical (CAM) therapies can empower healthcare providers to deliver better integrative care and increase patient satisfaction with the U.S. healthcare system.

Body Mass Index Linked to Methylation at HIF3A Locus

For adults of European origin, increased body mass index (BMI) is associated with methylation at three sites in intron 1 of HIF3A.

Glucosamine for Knee Cartilage Studied

Oral glucosamine supplementation is not associated with a decrease in knee cartilage deterioration among individuals with chronic knee pain.

Patients with Chronic Diseases Not Getting Health Info

According to a recent study, health providers do not routinely provide health education to patients with chronic disease.

Link for Excess Body Fat, Ovarian Cancer Risk

Body fatness, marked by body mass index, is likely associated with an increased risk of ovarian cancer.

Cereals, Breads Found As Major Sources of Sodium in Youth

Despite launch of salt reduction campaign, dietary salt intake remains high among South London youth.

For Obese Teens, Sleep Duration Predicts Cardiometabolic Risk

For obese adolescents, sleep duration independently predicts cardiometabolic risk.

Diets May Cut Preterm Delivery Risk

Following a "prudent" or "traditional" diet is associated with a reduced risk of preterm delivery.

Chest Complaints More Costly in Obese Patients

Higher body mass index (BMI) is associated with increased cost of care and longer hospital stays for patients who present to the emergency department with chest pain and dyspnea.

Public Open to Comment on WHO Sugar Guidelines

The WHO announced the opening of a public consultation regarding their draft guideline on sugar intake.

TV in the Bedroom Associated With Increased BMI for Teens

For children and adolescents, having a television in the bedroom is associated with increased body mass index (BMI), while active video gaming can increase physical activity and weight loss.

Dietary Glycotoxins Linked to Dementia, Metabolic Syndrome

High intake of dietary advanced glycation end products (AGEs), which have been linked to Alzheimer's disease and metabolic syndrome, are associated with cognitive and motor deficits and insulin resistance in mice and humans.

PFCs Linked to Metabolic Changes in Overweight Kids

Exposure to perfluorinated and polyfluorinated chemicals is associated with increased insulin and triglyceride concentrations in overweight children.

Vitamin D Tied to Markers of Inflammation in Elderly

There is a significant association between low vitamin D status and markers of inflammation in elderly adults.

Higher Child BMI in Areas With Higher-Priced Fruits, Vegetables

Higher food prices not associated with food insecurity

FDA: Nutrition Label Needs Revamp

The FDA has proposed a new format for the Nutrition Facts label for packaged foods to highlight changes in nutrition science and food packaging.

Prevalence of Obesity Remains Steady in the US

The prevalence of obesity among youth or adults in the United States did not change significantly between 2003-2004 and 2011-2012.

In-Hospital Formula Impacts Breastfeeding

Use of supplementation with in-hospital formula shortens the duration of breastfeeding among first-time mothers who intend to breastfeed exclusively

High-Dose Vitamin Beneficial in Chronic Urticaria

Adjuvant high-dose vitamin D3 is beneficial for patients with chronic urticaria.

First Drug Approved for Rare Lipid Disorder

The FDA has approved Myalept (metreleptin; Bristol-Myers Squibb) for injection as replacement therapy to treat the complications of leptin deficiency, in addition to diet, in patients with congenital generalized or acquired generalized lipodystrophy.

Low Iron Tied to Higher Stroke Risk in Some People

People with defective pulmonary capillary filtration are at higher risk of having an ischemic stroke if they have low iron levels.

USPSTF: Evidence Lacking for Vitamin Prevention of CVD, CA

The USPSTF has found that insufficient evidence to evaluate the benefits and harms of multivitamins and most single- or paired-nutrient supplements for the prevention of cardiovascular disease and cancer.

Obese Patients Affected by Perceived Judgment of Doctor

Patients who discuss weight loss with their physicians but do not feel judged may be more likely to attempt and succeed in losing weight.

Kalydeco Gains Expanded Cystic Fibrosis Indication

The FDA has approved a sNDA for Kalydeco (ivacaftor; Vertex) for use in patients with cystic fibrosis (CF) ages >6 years old who have 1 of 8 additional mutations in the CF transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) gene.

Novel Protocol Calculates Energy Needs, Physical Activity Ratio

The PAR protocol has been validated as a new method for calculating the estimated energy requirements (EERs) and daily average physical activity ratio (APAR) at the population level.

Prenatal Vitamin A Deficiency May Contribute to Asthma

Early fetal retinoic acid (RA) deficiency is associated with altered airway smooth muscle phenotype, with RA restricting airway smooth muscle differentiation.

Tamoxifen Found in Samples of Dietary Supplement

Tamoxifen that has been identified in samples of the dietary supplement Esto Suppress.

Non-Surgical Device for Type 2 Diabetes and Weight Loss

A new non-surgical medical device is currently undergoing clinical trials in the U.S. for the treatment of type 2 diabetes in patients who are also trying to lose weight.

Vitamin C Depletion Linked to Intracerebral Hemorrhage Risk

Vitamin C depletion could be a risk factor for intracerebral hemorrhage, along with high blood pressure, drinking alcohol, and being overweight.

Sustained Weight Loss Prevents Sleep Apnea Progression

A moderate, sustained weight loss may prevent the progression of, or even resolve, mild obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) in obese patients.

UPDATE: Medisca Recalls L-citrulline Due to Subpotency

Medisca has recalled additional lots of L-citrulline after testing showed it did not contain any L-citrulline.

UPDATE: MyNickKnaxs Recalls Nine Weight Loss Products

MyNicKnaxs, LLC., is recalling all lots of nine weight loss supplements after all were found to contain phenolphthalein and/or sibutramine.

Type 2 Diabetes Usually Develops in Stably Overweight

Most people who develop type 2 diabetes are stably overweight for years before diagnosis.

Vitamin C Exhibits Beneficial Effects in Ovarian Cancer

Intravenous ascorbate (vitamin C) seems beneficial in ovarian cancer, inducing cell death in vitro and reducing chemotherapy-associated toxicity in vivo.

Obesity Linked to Worse Prognosis in Oral Tongue SCC

For patients with squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) of the oral tongue, obesity is associated with adverse prognosis and significantly worse disease-specific survival.

FDA Advises Follow-Up After Calcium Gluconate Recall

The FDA is advising healthcare providers to follow-up with patients who received calcium gluconate 10% injections produced by Rx Formulations due to microbial contamination.

Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy Not Reliable for Resolving GERD

Among patients with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy (LSG) does not resolve symptoms for most patients and can even induce symptoms, while gastric bypass (GB) is effective for many patients.

Mediterranean Diet Has Cardiac Benefits in Young, Active Men

Greater adherence to a Mediterranean-style diet is inversely associated with metabolic syndrome, low-density lipoprotein (LDL)-cholesterol, and weight gain.

Parents Often Underestimate Children's Weight Status

Parents frequently underestimate their children's weight status, especially overweight/obese status.

Dietary Counseling Has Little Effect After Gastric Bypass

Dietary and behavioral counseling can help improve nutrient intake in patients who have had gastric bypass surgery, but nutrient intake still remains inadequate in many patients.

Adipose Tissue Macrophage Iron Content Altered in Obesity

The percentage of adipose tissue (AT) macrophages (ATMs) that are iron rich is reduced in obesity, and those iron-rich ATMs (MFehi) undergo an inflammatory shift.

Vatiquinone Designated Orphan Drug Status for Friedreich's Ataxia

The FDA has granted Orphan Drug status to vatiquinone (EPI-743; Edison Pharmaceuticals) for the treatment of Friedreich's ataxia.

Excessive Salt Consumption Among US Teens

The mean sodium consumption of US adolescents is more than twice the American Heart Association's recommended daily intake.

Intensive Lifestyle Reverses Glucose Abnormalities in Youth

An intensive lifestyle intervention can reverse early glucose abnormalities in obese youth.

DMAA Found in Appetite Suppressant

YoungYou International announced a voluntary recall of Mega Slim Herbal Appetite Management pills after an FDA laboratory report indicated DMAA presence.

Higher Odds of Teen Obesity for Overweight Kindergartners

Incident childhood obesity is more likely to occur at younger ages, with overweight 5-year-olds four times as likely to become obese compared to their normal-weight peers.

FDA Warns of Hidden Drug Ingredients in Weight Loss Supplements

The FDA is advising consumers not to purchase or use several weight loss supplements after it was discovered that they contain hidden ingredients.

BMI Thresholds Predict Metabolic Syndrome in Teens

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and FITNESSGRAM (FGram) body mass index (BMI) thresholds are predictive of metabolic syndrome in U.S. adolescents.

Role of Vitamin D in Disease Prevention Is Uncertain

Supplementation with vitamin D to prevent disease does not appear to improve health outcomes.

Financial Value Overrides Health in Supersized Food Buys

"Supersized" pricing increases the quantity of food purchased and consumed because of focus on financial value, while diminishing the importance of health effects.

Mediterranean Diet Lowers Risk of Peripheral Artery Disease

A Mediterranean diet supplemented with extra-virgin olive oil or nuts is associated with a lower risk of peripheral artery disease (PAD).

Data Support Sedentary Time, Mortality Link for Older Women

For older women, increased sedentary time is associated with increased mortality risk after multivariate adjustment.

Can Vitamin D Help Alleviate Fibromyalgia Pain?

Oral supplementation with vitamin D reduces pain in women with fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) and low vitamin D levels.

FDA Addresses IV Fluids Shortage

The FDA is working to address a shortage of intravenous (IV) solutions, particularly 0.9% Sodium Chloride Injection.

Diet-Beverage Intake Up for Obese, Overweight Adults

Overweight and obese adults drink more diet beverages than healthy-weight adults, but eat more solid-food calories.

Caffeine Found to Enhance Memory Consolidation

Caffeine enhances memory consolidation when given shortly after a learning task.

USDA: Americans Eating Better, Cutting Calories

American adults are making healthier food choices by using nutrition information on food labels, consuming more fiber and less cholesterol, and getting fewer calories from total fat and saturated fat.

Nutrition Compliance Up for Head Start Providers

Head Start child-care providers have greater compliance with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics recommended feeding practices than Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) and non-CACFP providers.

J-Shaped Link for BMI and Mortality in Incident T2DM

For participants with incident type 2 diabetes, there is a J-shaped association between body mass index (BMI) and mortality, with a linear relationship seen among never smokers.

Weight Stigma May Have Negative Consequences

Stigmatizing messages targeted at combating obesity may have negative effects.

Avocado at Lunch Cuts Hunger in Overweight Adults

Eating a half of an avocado at lunch dampens appetite for the next several hours in overweight adults.

Socioeconomic Disparities Increasing in Teen Obesity

Overall obesity trends among adolescents indicate socioeconomic disparities, with increased prevalence among adolescents with low socioeconomic status (SES).

Artificial Sweeteners Produce No Glucagon Response

Artificial sweeteners do not produce any changes in glucose metabolism compared to a glass of water.

Nut Intake Inversely Linked to Obesity, Metabolic Syndrome

There was a significant inverse association for nut intake frequency with metabolic syndrome and with obesity.

Calories, Fat, Sodium in Restaurant Meals Quantified

An adult meal at a typical full-service restaurant chain contains about 1,495kcal, 28g saturated fat, and 3,512mg sodium.

Experts Say Paleo Diet Is Worst, DASH Diet Is Best

The controversial Paleo Diet was last on the 2014 "Best Diets List" from U.S. News & World Report, while the DASH plan was named the best overall diet.

Mediterranean Diet + Extra-Virgin Olive Oil Cuts Diabetes Risk

A Mediterranean diet enriched with extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO) is associated with reduction in the risk of new-onset diabetes among older adults at high risk for cardiovascular disease.

AAFP Backs FDA Tentative Trans Fats Determination

The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) has expressed their support for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's tentative determination regarding partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs) as food additives.

Slower Eating Reduces Hunger but Not Necessarily Intake

While slower eating speed reduces hunger, it does not significantly lower caloric intake in overweight/obese individuals.

Baxter Recalls Parenteral Nutrition Injectables

Baxter announced it has initiated a voluntary recall of two lots of Clinimix and one lot of Clinimix E Injection parenteral nutrition products.

New-Onset Sciatica Tied to Age, Obesity, Mental Workload

Significant associations were seen between new-onset sciatica and age and obesity.

Increasing BMI Tied to Steady Increase in Health Care Costs

Health care costs increase steadily with increasing BMI, with the increase starting at a BMI of 19.

FDA Warns Against 'Concussion' Supplement Claims

The FDA is warning about a circulating claim that using a particular dietary supplement promotes faster healing times after a concussion or other traumatic brain injuries (TBIs).

High Fiber, Fruit/Vegetable Intake Cuts Stroke Risk in T2DM

For Japanese patients with type 2 diabetes, increased dietary fiber and fruit and vegetable intake is associated with reduced risk of stroke.

Black Women Lose Less Weight Despite Similar Dieting, Exercise

Because of lower energy requirements, black women lose fewer pounds than white women even if they follow the same dietary restrictions and exercise regimens.

Baxter Recalls Dextrose and Sodium Chloride Solutions

Baxter announced a voluntary recall of one lot of 5% Dextrose Injection and four lots of 0.9% Sodium Chloride Injection due to particulate matter found in the solutions.

Emphasizing Environmental Causes of Obesity Is Motivating

Messages that acknowledge personal responsibility, while emphasizing environmental causes of obesity, seem to motivate individuals to engage in healthy diet and exercise behavior.

Earlier Adiposity Rebound Linked to Metabolic Syndrome

The age of adiposity rebound (AR), at which time body mass index (BMI) starts to rise after infancy, is associated with future development of metabolic syndrome.

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