Comparing Roseroot Herb, Sertraline for MDD Treatment

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

More Milk May Protect Brain Function, Study Finds

Researchers from the University of Kansas Medical Center have found that drinking milk may be linked to levels of glutathione in the brains of healthy older adults.

Zinc Deficiency Linked to Increased Inflammation, Especially in Elderly

Zinc deficiency may be linked to chronic diseases that involve inflammation, new research has shown.

Artificial Sweetener May Play Role in New Cancer Tx Development

The main ingredient found in Sweet 'N Low, Sweet Twin, and Necta may potentially lead to the development of oncology drugs to treat aggressive cancers.

Which Interventions Had Strongest Impact on Obesity-Related Outcomes?

Certain interventions were more successful than others in improving obesity-related outcomes, according to a recent review published in Obesity Reviews.

Genetically Engineered Apples, Potatoes OK'd by the FDA

After completing its evaluation, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) concluded that two varieties of apples and six varieties of potatoes, all of which were genetically engineered, are as safe and nutritious as their conventional counterparts.

New Hybrid Diet Found to Cut Alzheimer's Risk, Even Without Strict Adherence

The MIND diet may significantly reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease even if the diet is not rigorously followed, an article has shown.

New Prescription Vitamin B12 Tabs May Eliminate Need for Injection

Emisphere Technologies announced the launch of Eligen B12 (cyanocobalamin 100mcg, salcaprozate sodium [SNAC] 100mg) for the dietary management of patients who have a vitamin B12 deficiency associated with a disease or condition that cannot be managed by a modification of the normal diet alone.

Study: Current Healthcare Models Ineffective for Chronic Disease Management

An article published in The American Journal of Medicine has identified four factors that may negatively impact the delivery of chronic disease care in the U.S. and proposed changes to the model for improving treatment to the estimated 48 percent of the total population that will suffer from chronic disease by 2020.

Gut Bacteria, ASD, and Probiotics: Exploring the Relationship

New evidence has emerged exploring the relationship between gut microbiome, autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and probiotic treatment.

Expanded Age Range for Kalydeco Now Approved

Vertex Pharmaceuticals announced that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Kalydeco (ivacaftor) for use in children ages 2-5 with cystic fibrosis (CF) who have one of 10 mutations in the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) gene.

Sticking to Mediterranean Diet May Lower Dementia, Alzheimer's Risk

Improved adherence to the Mediterranean diet may reduce the incidence of cognitive decline, dementia, and Alzheimer's disease, a new analysis published in Advances in Nutrition suggest.

Study Says Obese Patients May Be Deficient in This Vitamin

Thiamin (vitamin B1) deficiency was found in up to one-third of obese patients seeking bariatric surgery, according to data from a large-scale study.

Diet Soda May Actually Increase Waistline in Older Adults

An increase in diet soda consumption is directly linked to greater visceral adiposity in older adults, reports a new study in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

Bigger Breakfast Better for Glucose Control?

A new study suggests consuming a high-caloric breakfast and a more modest dinner may suppress blood glucose spikes throughout the day.

How Much Zinc Is Needed to Cut Cold Duration, Symptoms?

While trials on the efficacy of zinc lozenges for cold symptoms have led to mixed results, a new meta-analysis has found that high-dose zinc acetate lozenges may reduce the duration of some cold symptoms by nearly 50 percent.

Adding Folic Acid May Help Reduce Stroke Risk in Some, Study Finds

The combined use of enalapril and folic acid significantly reduced the risk of first stroke compared with enalapril alone, a study published in the JAMA has shown.

Energy Drinks: Potential BP Danger for Caffeine-Naive Adults

Young adults who don't regularly consume caffeine had a higher increase in resting blood pressure after drinking a commercially available energy drink vs. a placebo drink, researchers from the Mayo Clinic found.

How Cholesterol Could Impact Vitamin E Absorption

High levels of lipids such as cholesterol and triglycerides may prolong the amount of time it takes for vitamin E to be absorbed from the bloodstream, according to research appearing in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

Multiple Undeclared Drugs Found in Sex Enhancement Pills

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning consumers to not buy or use Diablos Eca Fire Caps, Stiff Nights, La Pepa Negra, and Herb Viagra, which are marketed for sexual enhancement.

FDA Analysis Reveals More Tainted Weight Loss Pills

The FDA is warning consumers to not buy or use Black Mamba Hyperrush, Lean Body Extreme, and Natural Max Slimming weight loss supplements.

UltraZx Labs Recalls Tainted Weight Loss Caps

UltraZx Labs announced a voluntary recall of all lots of UltraZx, dietary supplements promoted for weight loss, due to the presence of undeclared ingredients.

"Traffic Light" Food Labels Could Boost Healthy Food Choices

Food product labels that include traffic light symbols to convey health-related information may be more effective in helping consumers resist high-calorie foods compared to information-based labels

New Data on Saxenda for Weight Loss With Comorbidities

New Phase 3a data indicates that overweight or obese adults with comorbidities had greater improvements in weight loss, fasting plasma glucose (FPG), systolic blood pressure (SPB), and physical health scores with Saxenda (liraglutide [rDNA origin] injection; Novo Nordisk) compared to non-responders and those on placebo treatment.

Hospira Recalls Magnesium Sulfate Injection with Incorrect Barcode

Hospira has announced a voluntary recall of one lot of Magnesium Sulfate in 5% Dextrose 10mg/mL Injection after confirmed customer reports of an incorrect barcode on the primary bag labeling.

FDA Analyzes Milk for Antibiotics, NSAIDs, Other Drugs

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced results from its milk sampling survey of nearly 2,000 dairy farms regarding drug residues in milk.

Breastfeeding Benefits, Recommended Duration Updated in Position Paper

In an updated position paper, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics stated that breastfeeding provides the best nutrition for infants and very young children.

Oxytocin Nasal Spray Could Curb Calorie Consumption

A synthetic nasal formulation of the hormone oxytocin could help to reduce caloric intake after a study showed promising results for healthy men.

How Beneficial is Coenzyme Q10?

Consuming Coenzyme Q10 (ubiquinone), a common dietary supplement, may not be very beneficial, new research suggests.

Human Hair in Sodium Chloride Container Prompts Recall

Hospira announced a voluntary nationwide recall of one lot of 0.9% Sodium Chloride Injection VisIV flex container following a confirmed customer report of particulate in a single unit.

Additional Sex Enhancement Pills Found to Contain Undeclared ED Drug

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning consumers to not buy or use Black Ant King, Black Mamba Premium, African Superman, and Bigger Longer More Time More Sperms (sic), which are all marketed for sexual enhancement.

Case Study: Candy Overindulgence Leads to Seizures, Hypertension

Candy consumers may want to not over-indulge in licorice, as the candy has been associated with tonic-clonic seizures in a new case study published in the journal Pediatric Neurology.

New Hormone May Counter Insulin Resistance, Weight Gain

A newly discovered hormone has been shown to restore insulin sensitivity in muscle tissue and could help to counteract diet-induced and age-dependent insulin resistance.

WHO: Slashing Sugar Consumption Needed to Reduce Obesity, Cavities

Adults and children are recommended to reduce their daily intake of free sugars to less than 10% of total energy intake, according to a new guideline released by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Withdrawn Drug Found in Weight Loss Supplement

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a warning to not buy or use Elimulating Weight & Toxin Keeping Beauty and L-Carnitine Sob Strengthening Version Slimming Miracle Capsule, which are products promoted for weight loss.

Even More Tainted Sex Enhancement Pills Discovered in International Shipments

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning consumers to not use or buy SEx Men, Super Hard, Santi Scalper, Vigra, Plant Vigra, Vigour 300, MME MAXMAN, Hard Wang, FX3000 after they were found to contain hidden drug ingredients.

FDA Uncovers Six Tainted Sex Enhancement Pills

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned against the use of Libigrow XXX Treme, Night Man, Black King Kong, 72HP, Tibet Babao, and Germany Niubian supplements promoted for sexual enhancement.

FDA Issues Warning on Four Tainted Weight Loss Supplements

The FDA has warned consumers to not buy or use the weight loss supplements Oxy ELITE Pro Super Thermogenic, Nine Slim, Seven Slim, and Botanical Slimming (Red) after they were found to contain undeclared drug ingredients.

First-In-Class Enzyme Replacement Therapy for Hypophosphatasia Under Review

The FDA has accepted for Priority Review the Biologics License Application (BLA) for asfotase alfa in the treatment of patients with infantile-and juvenile-onset hypophosphatasia (HPP).

Recalled OTC Weight Loss Pills Return to Market

GlaxoSmithKline announced that alli (orlistat) capsules have returned to most stores in the United States and Puerto Rico following the voluntary recall in March 2014.

Obese Women Advised Not to Gain Weight Until Mid-Pregnancy, Says Study

Pregnant women with various classes of obesity should not gain any weight until mid-pregnancy or later for optimal pregnancy outcomes, according to a new study in the journal Obesity.

Food Choices May Affect Childhood Obesity More Than Mom's Diet

Nurture, not nature, may play a greater role in childhood obesity as researchers have found that environment may be an equal (if not stronger) force in determining obesity compared to the mother's diet.

Women with MS May Be Lacking in Key Nutrients

Compared to healthy individuals, women with multiple sclerosis (MS) may have lower levels of key antioxidant and anti-inflammatory nutrients such as folate and vitamin E.

What a Gov't Advisory Committee Has to Say About Dietary Fat, Cholesterol

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced that the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) has submitted recommendations to HHS Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack for the 2015 edition of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

Plant-Based Diet May Help Obese Children Lower CVD Risk Factors

New research published in The Journal of Pediatrics suggests that a plant-based, low-fat vegan diet can significantly reduce risk factors for cardiovascular disease in obese children.

Cerdelga Effective in Gaucher Disease Type 1 Study

Genzyme announced results from its extension study of the Phase 3 ENGAGE and ENCORE studies of Cerdelga (eliglustat) for the treatment of certain adults with Gaucher disease type 1.

The Effects of Cranberry Juice on Cardiometabolic Health

Increased cranberry juice consumption has been linked to lower levels of C-reactive protein (CRP), a marker of inflammation.

NIH: Iron Supplement Post-Blood Donation Improves Recovery

Iron supplementation, compared to no supplementation, significantly reduced time to recovery of lost iron and hemoglobin after a blood donation, according to a new study.

Five Dietary Supplements Recalled Due to Hidden Drugs

Detox Transforms Health and Nutrition announced a voluntary recall of 5 dietary supplements after they were found to contain undeclared drug ingredients.

Investigational Cystic Fibrosis Therapy Designated Orphan Drug

Advanced Inhalation Therapies announced that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted Orphan Drug designation to AIT-CF, a high dose formulation of nitric oxide for adjunctive treatment of cystic fibrosis (CF).

Store-Brand Herbal Supplements Under Scrutiny

New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman has requested that four major retailers in New York cease sales of certain store brand herbal supplements after the presence of the labeled substance could not be verified or the supplements were found to contain ingredients not listed on the labels.

FDA: Lorcaserin Found in Dietary Supplement

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning consumers to not buy or use Yanhee Slim, a dietary supplement promoted for weight loss.

Super Bowl Sunday Could Mean Super Calories

Super Bowl Sunday is reported to be the second biggest food day for Americans after Thanksgiving, with the average American consuming as much as 2,400 calories during the game.

Nutrition Plays Key Role in Mental Health, Argues Study

A new international collaboration published in The Lancet Psychiatry is encouraging the fields of psychiatry and public health to recognize the relationships between diet quality, potential nutritional deficiencies, and mental health.

Probiotic + Protein Combo Promising for Peanut Allergy in Children

A new oral therapy that combines a probiotic and peanut protein appears to be a successful immunotherapy for peanut allergy, based on a study conducted by researchers at Murdoch Childrens Research Institute at the Royal Children's Hospital in Australia.

Human Hair Found in Sodium Chloride Injection

Hospira announced a voluntary recall of one lot of 0.9% Sodium Chloride Injection due to particulate matter sealed in the bag at the additive port area. The particulate matter was identified as a human hair.

Supplement Found to Contain Undeclared Sildenafil

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is advising consumers to not buy or use Happy Passengers, a product promoted and sold for sexual enhancement.

Folic Acid Important for NTD Prevention, Says CDC

New research by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) supports the protective effect of folic acid supplementation against recurrent neural tube defects (NTD).

Pharmacological Strategies for Obesity, Weight Loss: New Guideline Issued

The Endocrine Society has issued a Clinical Practice Guideline (CPG) on pharmacological strategies for managing obesity and promoting weight loss.

Overactive Bladder Drug May Possibly Promote Weight Loss

Brown adipose tissue was successfully activated and energy expenditure increased in 12 lean adult men treated with mirabegron in a new study.

First-of-Its-Kind Device to Treat Obesity Gets FDA Approval

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved EnteroMedics' VBLOC vagal blocking therapy, delivered via the Maestro System, which is the first weight loss treatment device that targets the nerve pathway between the brain and the stomach that controls feelings of hunger and fullness.

Avocado Diet Shows Added LDL-C Lowering Benefit

New research in the Journal of the American Heart Association suggests that inclusion of one avocado per day as part of a moderate-fat diet may help to improve specific blood lipid markers compared to an energy-matched moderate-fat diet without avocado or a low-fat diet with avocado.

"Imaginary Meal" Pill Leads to Weight Loss, Blood Sugar Reduction in Study

Researchers at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies have developed a compound that targets the farnesoid X receptor (FXR) in the intestines and may help to reduce diet-induced weight gain, body-wide inflammation, and hepatic glucose production while enhancing thermogenesis and browning of white adipose tissue (WAT).

FDA Expands Kalydeco Use in Cystic Fibrosis

Vertex announced that the FDA has approved the use of Kalydeco (ivacaftor) in patients with cystic fibrosis (CF) ages 6 years and older who have the R117H mutation in the CFTR gene.

FDA Approves Saxenda for Weight Management

Novo Nordisk announced that the FDA has approved Saxenda (liraglutide [rDNA origin]) injection for chronic weight management.

Two Unapproved Ingredients Found in Weight Loss Caps

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning consumers to not buy or use Slim-K, a product marketed for weight loss.

Controlled Substance Discovered in Weight Loss Supplement

Bethel Nutritional Consulting announced a voluntary recall of B-Lipo Capsules, an herbal supplement marketed for weight loss.

FDA Designates Translara Orphan Drug for Mucopolysaccharidosis I

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted Orphan Drug designation to Translarna (ataluren) for the treatment of patients with Mucopolysaccharidosis I (MPS I).

No CVD, Insulin Improvements Seen with Low Glycemic Index Diet

In a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, diets with low glycemic index of dietary carbohydrate do not appear to lead to a reduction in cardiovascular disease risk or improvement in insulin sensitivity.

Baxter Recalls Two Lots of Sodium Chloride Injection

Baxter announced a voluntary recall of two lots of 0.9% Sodium Chloride Injection due to particulate matter found in the solution. The particulate matter was identified as a fragment of the frangible from the vial adapter.

FDA Warns on Dangers of Live Bacteria, Yeast Supplements

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a warning regarding the risks associated with the use of dietary supplements containing live bacteria or yeast in immunocompromised persons following the death of a premature infant administered the dietary supplement ABC Dophilus Powder (Solgar), which is formulated to contain three species of live bacteria.

Weight Loss Caps Contain Withdrawn Drug

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

FDA Finalizes Rules on Calorie Info Display

As required by the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the FDA finalized that calorie information be listed on menus and menu boards in chain restaurants, similar retail food establishments, and vending machines with 20 or more locations.

Hidden NSAIDs Found in Herbal Supplement

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning consumers not to buy or use "Feng Shi Ling," a product marketed as an herbal drug for pain due to rheumatoid arthritis and osteoporosis.

Undeclared Ingredients Prompt Weight Loss Supplement Recall

REFA Enterprises, LLC announced a voluntary recall of Forever Beautiful Bee Pollen and Forever Beautiful Infinity products after they were found to contain undeclared ingredients. Both products are marketed as dietary supplements for weight loss.

Mother's Pre-Pregnancy Weight May Influence Offspring's Cardiovascular Risk

According to research presented at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions 2014, adults whose mothers were overweight or obese pre-pregnancy may have a significantly increased risk of dying from heart disease or stroke.

Trans Fats May Impair Memory in Men

New research presented at the American Heart Association's Scientific Session 2014 shows that high trans fat consumption is associated with worse memory among working-age men.

Nutrition Tx for COPD Patients Reduces Hospital Stay, Cost

Patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) aged ≥65 years who received nutrition treatment had reduced lengths of stay, hospital costs, and probability of readmission within 30-days, according to results of a study published in CHEST.

Fungus Found in Infant Powder Supplement

Solgar announced a voluntary recall of ABC Dophilus Powder due to the discovery of Rhizopus oryzae, which may cause Mucormycosis.

Undeclared Corticosteroid, Antihistamine Found in Supplements

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning consumers not to buy or use Mayhem, a dietary supplement marketed to increase appetite and muscle growth after it was found to contain an undeclared corticosteroid and antihistamine.

Lumacaftor + Ivacaftor NDA Submitted for Cystic Fibrosis

Vertex announced that it has submitted a New Drug Application (NDA) to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the combination product lumacaftor and ivacaftor for people with cystic fibrosis (CF) ages ≥12 who have two copies of the F508del mutation in the cystic fibrosis transmembrance conductance regulator (CFTR) gene.

Coffee Weight Loss Supplement Contains Hidden Ingredient

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning consumers to not buy or use V26 Slimming Coffee, a product sold for weight loss.

Glassia Designated Orphan Drug for Graft-Versus-Host Disease

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted Orphan Drug designation to Glassia (alpha1-proteinase inhibitor [human]) for the treatment of Graft-versus-host disease (GVHD).

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.

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