New Centrum MultiGummies Launched

Pfizer Consumer Healthcare announced the launch of Centrum MultiGummies, a multivitamin to help support energy, immunity, and metabolism.

Osteo Bi-Flex Now Available in Mini-Tabs

Osteo Bi-Flex announced the launch of Osteo Bi-Flex EASE, a mini-tab supplement that promotes joint comfort through a novel collagen-based formula.

OTC IBgard Reduces Short-Term IBS Symptoms in Study

In a study presented at Digestive Disease Week (DDW), non-prescription IBgard led to a reduction in symptoms associated with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), including unbearable and severe symptoms and abdominal pain intensity.

More Weight Loss Predicted for Early Responders to Saxenda

Results from the SCALE Obesity and Pre-diabetes trial showed that adults who were early responders to Saxenda had greater weight loss after completing 56 weeks along with a reduced-calorie diet and increased physical activity vs. those who were early nonresponders.

There May Be Gluten in Your Probiotic, Says New Study

An analysis performed by researchers at the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University Medical Center shows that more than half of popular probiotics contain traces of gluten.

Vitamin B3 May Reduce Recurrence of Some Skin Cancers in High-Risk Patients

A study presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology's (ASCO) 51st Annual Meeting found that an over-the-counter form of vitamin B3 significantly reduced rates of new non-melanoma skin cancers in high-risk patients, which along with sun protection could help to decrease the health and economic burden of skin cancer.

Can Infant Antibiotic Use Lead to Disease Later in Life?

Scientists at the University of Minnesota have created a predictive model for measuring healthy development of bacteria in the gut of young children and a framework to map potential links between antibiotics, gut bacteria, and disease later in life.

FDA Panel Backs Approval of CF Drug Orkambi

Vertex announced that the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Pulmonary-Allergy Drugs Advisory Committee (PADAC) has voted 12 to 1 to recommend that the FDA approve Orkambi (lumacaftor/ivacaftor) for people with cystic fibrosis (CF) aged 12 and older who have two copies of the F508del mutation in the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) gene.

Contrave CV Outcomes Study Terminated Early

Takeda and Orexigen announced the early termination of the Light Study, a cardiovascular (CV) outcomes trial following the recommendation of the Executive Steering Committee (ESC).

More Support for Mediterranean Diet's Protective Effect Against Cognitive Decline

Adding extra virgin olive oil or mixed nuts to the Mediterranean diet is associated with a reduced risk of cognitive decline in older adults compared to a low-fat diet alone, according to a study appearing in JAMA Internal Medicine.

More Contraceptive Advice Needed for Females With CF

New data presented at the 2015 American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Annual Clinical and Scientific Meeting revealed that only half of women with cystic fibrosis (CF) report using contraception.

Mobile App to Track Vit D, Calcium May Be Beneficial

A group of researchers from the University of Guelph studied the validity of a mobile app to track vitamin D and calcium intake.

Coffee Grounds: More Antioxidants Than Vitamin C?

Coffee by-products like coffee grounds and silverskins are normally discarded in favor of the beverage itself, but a new study has demonstrated that these byproducts have antioxidant effects 500 times greater than those found in vitamin C.

Omega-3 Benefits Some MDD Patients in Proof-of-Concept Study

Research in the journal Molecular Psychiatry indicates that the omega-3 fatty acid EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) appears to lead to mood improvements in a subgroup of patients with major depressive disorder (MDD) and high inflammation levels.

Arginase-Inhibiting Drugs May Be Future Tx for Obesity-Related Hypertension

A new study has identified the enzyme believed to be responsible for obesity-related hypertension, which could guide future treatments.

New Human Donor Milk Can Be Stored at Room Temperature

Medolac Laboratories and the Mothers Milk Cooperative announced the launch of Co-op Donor Milk, the first direct-to-consumer human donor milk that can be stored at room temperature.

FDA: Beware of Hidden Ingredients in Multiple Supplements

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning consumers not to use or buy the following tainted supplements marketed for weight loss and sexual enhancement:

How Common is Vitamin D Toxicity with Supplements?

Toxic levels of vitamin D are rarely seen in people taking supplements, according to Mayo Clinic researchers.

14 Warning Letters Issued Over DMBA Presence in Supplements

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued warning letters to fourteen manufacturers of dietary supplements due to the listing of 1,3-Dimethylbutylamine (also known as DMBA, 2-amino-4-methylpentane, AMP citrate, and 4-methyl-2-pentanamine) on the product label.

Rare Lysosomal Disorder Therapy Designated Fast Track Status

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted Fast Track designation for the development of GZ/SAR402671 (Genzyme), an oral substrate reduction therapy for the treatment of Fabry disease.

AGS Updates Choosing Wisely Recs for Elderly Patients

The American Geriatrics Society (AGS) has released updates to its recommendations for the ABIM Foundation's Choosing Wisely campaign to reflect new research on conditions affecting older adults, such as agitation, certain types of cancer, delirium, dementia, and others.

Despite Warnings, Health Food Stores Still Sell "Adult-Only" Supplements to Teens

According to multiple studies presented at the Pediatric Academic Societies meeting in San Diego, CA, dietary supplements promoted and sold for weight loss and bodybuilding are often recommended to adolescents under the age of 18 despite labels stating that they are "for adult use only."

Potassium, Not Sodium, Could Impact Adolescent BP

Consuming higher amounts of sodium had no effect on blood pressure in adolescent girls but consuming more potassium was linked to lower blood pressure at the end of adolescence in new research published in JAMA Pediatrics.

Does Exercise Type Actually Matter for Weight Loss?

A new study from the Technical University of Madrid and La Paz University Hospital suggests that the type of exercise may be less important than previously suggested when it comes to losing weight.

FDA, Manufacturers Battling Over BMPEA

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued warning letters to five manufacturers of dietary supplements due to the listing of R-beta-methylphenethylamine (also known as Beta-methylphenethylamine, βMePEA, or BMPEA) on the product label.

Findings Presented on Milk Thistle for NASH

For patients with non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), use of an extract of the milk thistle plant was associated with greater NASH resolution and improvement in fibrosis compared to placebo in a study presented at the 50th International Liver Congress in Vienna, Austria.

Saxenda for Chronic Weight Management Now Available

Novo Nordisk announced the launch of Saxenda (liraglutide [rDNA origin]) injection as an adjunct to a reduced-calorie diet and increased physical activity for chronic weight management in adult patients with an initial body mass index (BMI) of ≥30kg/m2 (obese) or ≥27kg/m2 (overweight) in the presence of at least one weight-related comorbid condition (eg, hypertension, type 2 diabetes mellitus, or dyslipidemia).

New Warning From FDA on Unapproved Drugs in Sex Enhancement Supplement

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning consumers to not buy or use Extreme Diamond 3000, a product promoted and sold for sexual enhancement.

Too Much of a Good Thing With Dietary Supplements May Up Health Risks

A forum at the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Annual Meeting 2015 warns that use of over-the-counter dietary supplements may increase the risk of multiple health conditions and diseases if more than the recommended daily dosage is taken by patients.

Study: High Sugar Consumption May Relieve Stress

Consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages - but not beverages sweetened with aspartame - is associated with suppression of cortisol and stress responses in the brain in new research published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.

Probiotics Appear to Affect Overall Gut System, Not Just Bacteria

A strain of bacteria present in many popular probiotic products has been shown to be beneficial for a range of health issues, and now researchers may have discovered the mechanism of action that leads to these positive effects.

Just Five Days of Fatty Foods Could Change Body's Metabolism

Five days of consuming a high-fat diet can lead to changes in the way the body's muscle processes nutrient changes, a new study published in Obesity has found.

Body Building Supplement May Cause Serious Liver Injury

The FDA is warning consumers to stop using Tri-Methyl Xtreme, a dietary supplement marketed to contain anabolic steroids for muscle growth.

New Evidence on How Certain Foods Provide Protective Health Benefits

A new study conducted by the Institute of Food Research adds to the growing body of evidence that polyphenols, found in foods such as apples and green tea, have a protective health benefit.

AACE Releases New Guidelines for Managing Diabetes Mellitus

The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) has released new, comprehensive clinical practice guidelines and an updated diabetes algorithm to aid clinicians in the medical management of patients with diabetes mellitus (DM).

Certain Food Combos Prevent Weight Gain, While Others Promote It

Making small, consistent changes to the types of protein- and carbohydrate-rich foods a person eats can have a big impact on long-term weight gain.

Pesticides May Up CVD, Inflammation Risk in Obese Women

New research suggests that exposure to polychlorinated pesticides such as DDT, not just obesity alone, is associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and inflammation in premenopausal women.

Are the WHO Guidelines on Sodium, Potassium Consumption Unfeasible for Most?

Are the World Health Organization (WHO)'s dietary goals unfeasible when it comes to consumption of sodium and potassium? Research in the journal BMJ Open suggests yes, as the majority of participants in a multinational study failed to meet the WHO sodium-potassium targets.

Dangerous Methamphetamine Detected in Workout Supplement

Potentially dangerous amounts of a methamphetamine analog that has not been studied in humans were discovered in a multiple samples of a workout supplement, according to research in the journal Drug Testing and Analysis.

Which Commercial Weight Loss Programs Lead to Sustained Results?

In a review published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, only a few commercial and proprietary weight loss programs resulted in sustained weight loss with mostly modest results among overweight and obese adults compared to other methods.

Breast Milk Bought Online Can Be Intentionally Adulterated

One in every ten samples of breast milk bought over the Internet contained significant amounts of cow's milk, results from a new study showed.

Why It's Important to Skip the Junk Food in Late Pregnancy

Overconsumption of junk food late in pregnancy may be more harmful to the child than excess junk food early in the pregnancy, researchers from the University of Adelaide have shown.

CDC: Preschoolers Receiving ADHD Meds Despite Recommendations

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced the results of the first national study on the use of behavioral therapy, pharmacologic treatment, and dietary supplements to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children ages 4-17 with special health care needs (CSHCN), which appears in The Journal of Pediatrics.

More Strawberries, More Heart Benefits?

Two new studies suggest that consuming three to four servings of strawberries per day can lower risk factors for diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Folic Acid May Help Elderly Handle Heat Waves

Folic acid supplements may enhance vasodilation in older adults by increasing skin blood flow during heat waves to reduce risk of cardiovascular events, a new study published in Clinical Science has shown.

BPA Exposure During Pregnancy May Boost Diabetes, Weight Gain Later in Life

Exposure to the chemical bisphenol A (BPA) during pregnancy may increase a woman's risk of weight gain and diabetes later in life, according to new research published in the journal Endocrinology.

Want Your Patients to Lose Weight? Simple Advice Can Go a Long Way

Patients who receive a recommendation by their physician or other healthcare professional to lose weight are more likely to report a reduction in weight the following year, reports a new study in the journal Economics & Human Biology.

Too Much Meat, Fish, Eggs May Promote Memory Loss

A diet rich in methionine may promote memory loss through increased netrin methylation, scientists from University of Louisville reported.

More Magnesium From Food, Supplements Could Benefit Diabetes Patients

Dietary intake of magnesium from foods or from food and supplements is associated with improvements in diabetes-related outcomes, including metabolic syndrome, obesity or overweight, hypertension, and high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C), according to a new study in the Journal of Human Nutrition & Food Science.

Studies Report Positive Impact of Walnuts in Multiple Health Conditions

Multiple studies have shown that walnuts may have a positive impact on important health conditions such as colon cancer, cognitive aging, and gut and vascular health.

Single-Use Vitamin B12 Nasal Spray Now Available

Par announced the launch of Nascobal (cyanocobalamin) Nasal Spray in a single-use device 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 and as a supplement for other vitamin B12 deficiencies (eg, dietary deficiency, malabsoprtion).

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.

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.

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