Contrave Now Available for Chronic Weight Management

Takeda and Orexigen announced that Contrave (naltrexone HCl and bupropion HCl) extended-release tablets are now available by prescription.

Possible Leak with Certain LifeCare IV Solutions

Hospira announced a voluntary recall of various lots of several intravenous (IV) solutions in its LifeCare line due to potential for leakage.

Obesity May Hinder "Good Fat" Conversion in Cold Months

The conversion of white adipose tissue (WAT) to beige fat as a biological response to cold temperatures may be hindered in overweight individuals, according to a new study published online in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.

Hidden Ingredients Discovered in Sit and Slim II

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is advising consumers to not buy or use Sit and Slim II, a product promoted and sold for weight loss.

$5 Million Worth of Kratom Seized by U.S. Marshals

The United States Marshals seized over 25,000 pounds of raw kratom material valued at more than $5 million from Rosefield Mangement, Inc. in Van Nuys, CA.

AACE/ACE Position Statement: Obesity is a Chronic Disease

The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologist (AACE) and the American College of Endocrinology (ACE) announced the publication of its position statement that describes its framework for a new diagnosis of obesity as a chronic disease.

Baxter Recalls Mislabled Lot of Potassium Chloride Injection

Baxter announced a voluntary recall of one lot of Potassium Chloride Injection 10mEq/100mL at the hospital/pharmacy/nurse level.

Lynovex Designated Orphan Drug for Cystic Fibrosis

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted Orphan Drug designation to Lynovex (NM001; NovaBiotics) for the treatment of cystic fibrosis (CF).

Hidden Ingredients Found in Multiple Weight Loss Supplements

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning consumers that several products promoted and sold for weight loss have been found to contain undeclared ingredients and should not be purchased or used.

Vyvanse Under Review for Binge Eating Disorder

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has accepted for filing Shire's supplemental New Drug Application (sNDA) with priority review for Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine dimesylate) Capsules (CII) for the treatment of adults with binge eating disorder (BED).

Saxenda for Obesity Recommended by FDA Panel

A Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Advisory Committee has voted in favor of recommending liraglutide for chronic weight management in individuals with obesity or who are overweight with at least one weight-related comorbidity

New Combo Tablet for Weight Management Approved

Takeda and Orexigen announced that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Contrave (naltrexone HCl and bupropion HCl) extended-release tablets as adjunct to a reduced-calorie diet and increased physical activity for chronic weight management in adults

Over 90% of Kids Exceed Recommended Sodium Intake

Over 90% of school-age children in the United States are consuming more than the recommended daily allowance of sodium, with 10 common food types contributing to over 40% of the total sodium consumed by children, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Dopamine May Explain Overeating in Obese, Says Study

Obese adults may be more susceptible to environmental food cues than lean adults due to differences in brain chemistry that make eating more habitual and less rewarding, according a new study.

Mangos May Lower Blood Sugar in Obese, Study Suggests

Regular consumption of mango by obese adults may lower blood sugar levels without a negative impact on body weight, a recent study suggests.

First Human Milk-Based Premature Infant Formula Available

Prolacta Bioscience announced the launch of Prolact RTF, the first ready-to-feed (RTF) human milk-derived premature infant formula.

RegeneSlim Recall Includes Four Additional Lots

Regeneca Worldwide announced the expansion of its voluntary nationwide recall of RegeneSlim appetite control dietary supplements to include four additional lots.

Elelyso Gains Pediatric Gaucher Disease Indication

Pfizer and Protalix BioTherapeutics announced that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Elelyso (taliglucerase alfa) for injection for pediatric patients.

Unique 3-Chamber Parenteral Nutrition Bag Approved

Fresenius Kabi announced the Food and Drug Administration has approved Kabiven and Perikabiven in a 3-chamber bag.

New First-Line Oral Therapy for Gaucher Disease Approved

Genzyme announced that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Cerdelga (eliglustat) capsules for the treatment of certain adult Gaucher disease type 1 patients.

Could Early Antibiotic Exposure Contribute to Future Obesity?

Antibiotic exposure during a critical window of early development alters the gut microbes and permanently reprograms the body's metabolism, which may increase one's susceptibility to obesity.

Potential Allergen in Gluten-Free Foods, Warns FDA

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued an alert regarding an ingredient commonly found in gluten-free products that may cause anaphylaxis in patients with a legume allergy.

Beware of Ebola Supplements Sold Online, Warns FDA

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning consumers not to purchase or use products sold online claiming to prevent or treat the Ebola virus.

FDA Approves New Parenteral Nutrition Therapy

B. Braun Medical Inc. announced that the FDA has approved Nutrilipid 20% (IV fat emulsion) for parenteral nutrition therapy in adult and pediatric patients.

Two Hidden Ingredients Found in Sex Enhancement Supplements

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is advising consumers to not buy or use Arize and Herbal Vigor Quick Fix, products marketed for sexual enhancement.

DMAA Found in Lots of RegenESlim Capsules

Regeneca announced a voluntary nationwide recall of its RegenESlim appetite control dietary supplement.

"Gluten-Free" Definition Standardized by FDA

The FDA published a new regulation to provide a uniform definition of the term "gluten-free" for voluntary food labeling to help those who have celiac disease.

Pompe Disease Drug Now Approved for All Ages

The FDA announced the approval of Lumizyme (alglucosidase alfa; Genzyme) for the treatment of all patients with infantile-onset Pompe disease.

Similac Launches Breastfeeding Supplement for Nursing Mothers

A new Similac breastfeeding supplement is specially designed to enhance the levels of DHA, lutein, and vitamin E in breastmilk.

hGH Use in Teens Troubling, Reports New Survey

Reports of lifetime use of synthetic human growth hormone (hGH) without a prescription has more than doubled since 2012 among teens, while alcohol consumption has significantly decreased and marijuana use has remained steady, states a new study from the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids.

Tainted Sexual Supplement Contains Hidden Ingredient

The FDA is warning consumers not to purchase or use O.M.G., a product marketed for sexual enhancement.

FedEx Indicted for Illegal Drug Shipments From Online Pharmacies

The FedEx Corporation has been indicted with charges relating to conspiracies with two separate but related online pharmacy organizations to distribute misbranded prescription drugs and controlled substances to U.S. consumers without requiring a valid prescription.

Multivitamin Launched for Malabsorptive Conditions

Libertas Pharma announced the launch of Multivitamins with A, B, D, E and K plus Zinc in three different formulations for patients with malabsorptive conditions, including cystic fibrosis.

Baxter Recalls Potassium Chloride, Sodium Chloride Injections

Baxter announced a voluntary recall of one lot of highly concentrated Potassium Chloride Injection 20mEq/50mL in a ViaFlex Container and three lots of 0.9% Sodium Chloride Injection due to particulate matter, found in the solutions.

Tainted Weight Loss Supplement Warning from FDA

The FDA is warning consumers to not buy or use 6 supplements that are promoted for weight loss.

Extreme Obesity May Cut 14 Years Off One's Life

Adults with extreme obesity have increased risks of dying at a young age from cancer and other conditions, including heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and kidney and liver diseases, according to results of a pooled analysis.

FDA: Injectable Vitamins Being Recalled

The FDA is alerting healthcare professionals not to use injectable vitamin products distributed by Medical Supply Liquidators LLC in Clive, IA, with "Sunshine Labs" on the label.

Hidden Statin Found in Red Yeast Rice Capsules

Doctor's Best announced a voluntary nationwide recall of over 7,000 bottles of Red Yeast Rice dietary supplements 600mg capsules used to lower cholesterol.

Combo Cystic Fibrosis Therapy Promising in Trials

Vertex announced results from two Phase 3 studies of lumacaftor in combination with ivacaftor in patients with cystic fibrosis (CF) who have two copies of F508del mutation in the CFTR gene.

Tainted Weight Loss Pill Distributor Faces Hefty Fine

The owner and CEO of Balanced Health Products (BHP) has been sentenced by a U.S. magistrate judge in Manhattan federal court to a $60,000 penalty for distributing dietary supplements that contained a prescription drug.

What You Need to Know About Probiotics

Consider the evidence base and recommend probiotics on a case-by-case basis.

Walkable Neighborhoods May Be Key to Obesity, Diabetes Reduction

Two studies presented at 2014 American Diabetes Association Scientific Sessions found that adults living in areas with greater walkability had a lower risk of developing diabetes over a 10-year period and that walkable neighborhoods have the lowest incidence of obesity, overweight, and diabetes.

Psychiatric Medication Found in Weight Loss Supplement

The FDA is advising consumers not to buy or use the product Toxin Discharged Tea, a product promoted and sold for weight loss due to an undeclared ingredient.

FDA: Hidden Ingredient Found in Sexual Enhancement Supplement

The FDA is advising consumers to not purchase or use Gold Vigra, a product marketed and sold for sexual enhancement.

Nutrition, Obesity's Impact on Children's Bodies and Minds

Two studies presented at the 2014 American Diabetes Association Scientific Sessions highlight the relationship between children's consumption of sugary beverages and neurological reactions, as well as changes to fat cell composition in obese children.

Diabetes Risk Index ID's High Risk, Normal Weight Patients

LipoScience, Inc. announced data on their nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR)-based diagnostic test to identify normal-weight individuals at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

New Clinical Guidelines on Drug-Induced Liver Injury

New clinical guidelines on the diagnosis and management of idiosyncratic drug-induced liver injury (DILI) have been issued by the American College of Gastroenterology, which include a focus on herbal and dietary supplements

Diet Quality Improvement Critical in Reducing T2DM Risk

A study presented at the 2014 American Diabetes Association Scientific Session reported that improving the overall quality of one's diet helps to prevent type 2 diabetes apart from other lifestyle changes.

EndoBarrier Device Significantly Reduced HbA1c, Weight

At the 2014 American Diabetes Association Scientific Sessions, GI Dynamics presented study findings that demonstrated the acute effects of EndoBarrier Therapy on glycemic control as well as data that help explain its potential mechanism of action.

Are BMI and RA Outcomes Inversely Linked?

Obese patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) have higher disease activity scores (DAS) than non-obese patients, regardless of their disease stage, scientists presented at EULAR 2014.

New Single-Use Disposable Nascobal Spray Coming Soon

Strativa announced that the FDA has approved Nascobal (cyanocobalamin) Nasal Spray 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.

More Fish for Pregnant, Breastfeeding Women, Says FDA

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued draft updated advice regarding the consumption of fish by pregnant and breastfeeding women and young children.

Dangerous Drugs Found in Weight Loss Supplement

The FDA is advising consumers not to buy the product B-Perfect, promoted and sold for weight loss, after a laboratory analysis discovered undeclared sibutramine and phenolphthalein.

FDA: Multiple Hidden Ingredients in Sexual Enhancement Supplements

The FDA is warning consumers that several products promoted and sold for sexual enhancement have been found to contain undeclared ingredients and should not be purchased or used.

Chewable Prenatal Vitamins Reformulated

TherapeuticsMD announced the launch of newly reformulated vitaMedMD RediChew Rx, a branded prescription prenatal vitamin, and Prena1 Chew, a generic prescription prenatal vitamin.

DCCR Designated Orphan Drug for Prader-Willi Syndrome

Essentialis announced that the FDA has granted orphan drug designation to diazoxide choline, the active ingredient in DCCR for the treatment of Prader-Willi syndrome.

Sibutramine Detected in Weight Loss Supplement

The FDA is advising consumers to not buy or use Asset Bold, a product sold for weight loss.

ED Drug Found in Sexual Enhancement Supplement

The FDA is advising consumers not to purchase or use MV5 Days, a product marketed for sexual enhancement.

Liraglutide Shows Potential in Weight Management Trial

Novo Nordisk announced results from its Phase 3a trial evaluating liraglutide 3mg, an investigational once-daily glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) analogue for weight management. Liraglutide regulates appetite and food intake by decreasing hunger and increasing feelings of fullness and satiety after eating.

Bee Pollen Caps Contain Hidden Ingredient

The FDA is advising consumers to not purchase or use Asset Bee Pollen, a product promoted and sold for weight loss on various websites and retail stores.

Fruits, Vegetables Could Slash Stroke Risk

Eating more fruits and vegetables could reduce the risk of stroke worldwide, with stroke risk decreasing as consumption increases.

Novel Weight Loss Device Effective in BA Increase

GI Dynamics and GlaxoSmithKline announced results from a study on EndoBarrier and increased postoperative levels of bile acids (BAs) in patients with severe obesity, with and without type 2 diabetes.

Withdrawn Drug Found in Weight Loss Products

The FDA is advising consumers not to purchase or use Slim Trim U and Natural Body Solution, two products marketed and sold for weight loss.

Weight Loss Surgery May Improve Fatty Liver Disease

According to research presented at Digestive Disease Week, bariatric surgery may results in significant improvement in nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD).

Bacai Recalls Tainted Herbal Diet Supplement

Bacai is issuing a voluntary recall at the retail and consumer level of one lot of LiteFit USA capsules, an herbal dietary supplement.

Imported Sodium Chloride Inj to Aid Critical Shortage

In response to the critical shortage of 0.9% Sodium Chloride (normal saline) injection, Baxter announced it will temporarily distribute in the U.S. normal saline produced in its Spain manufacturing facility.

Beauty Products Recalled Due to Unapproved Drugs

Flawless Beauty and Skin has announced that it is voluntarily recalling 11 lots of products due to the inclusion of drugs not approved in the US.

Arthritis Supplement Contains 3 Hidden Ingredients

Nano Well-Being Health is issuing a voluntary recall of two lots of Super Arthgold 500mg capsules, a dietary supplement for joint pain and arthritis.

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.

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