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

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

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

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

Ketogenic Diet Evaluated for Reducing Seizure Frequency in Children

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

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

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

Complete Response Letter Issued for Expanded Kalydeco Indication

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

Study Reveals Most Common Reasons for FDA Recalls

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

Ryanodex Fast Tracked for Exertional Heat Stroke

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

Possible Lead Poisoning With Medicinal Clay, FDA Warns

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

Recalled IV Solutions Found to Contain Cardboard, Dried Skin Fragments

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

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

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

Lower Mortality Rates Linked to High-Protein Nutrition Supplement

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

Breakthrough Tx Status Granted to Treatment for Rare Obesity Disorder

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

The 2016 Best Overall Diet Program is ...

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

Insect Presence Found in IV Electrolytes, Hydration Products

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

Why High Doses of Vitamin D May Not Benefit Seniors

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

Eating Processed Foods May Weaken Gut Resistance

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

High-Dose Vitamin D May Benefit MS Patients

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

BeeXtreme Recalls All Lots of 3 Dietary Supplements

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

Liver-Derived Hormone May Influence Sugar Cravings

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

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

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

Smart Lipo Recalled After FDA Finds 3 Undeclared Ingredients

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

Vit D2 Not Effective for Anemia in Hemodialysis Patients

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

Can a Cup of Coffee Boost Athletic Endurance?

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

Results Announced for Abdominal Bulge Injection Treatment

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

For Active Individuals, Higher Vit D Levels May Be Needed

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

Shorter Sleep Ups Time Spent on Secondary Eating, Drinking

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

Relizorb Approved to Improve Fat Absorption in Enteral Feeders

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

A Compound in Chamomile May Benefit Brain Cells

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

RECALL: NSAID Detected in Weight Loss Caps

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

Kanuma Approved for Lysosomal Acid Lipase Deficiency

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

How Inactive Is the US Compared to 130 Other Countries?

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

FDA Discovers NSAID, Unsafe Appetite Suppressant in Weight Loss Supplement

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

FDA to Review Extended-Release Formulation of Lorcaserin

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

Can Fatty Acid Supplementation Benefit Patients With Bipolar Disorder?

Patients with bipolar disorder had lower levels of certain omega-3 fatty acids that cross the blood-brain barrier than those without bipolar disorder, a study published in Bipolar Disorders reported.

Vit D Levels Impact Immune Recovery in HIV Patients

Low vitamin D levels may hinder the efficacy of HIV treatment in adults, researchers from the University of Georgia reported.

Is the "Portfolio Diet" Better Than the DASH Diet for Reducing BP?

A new study reports that the "portfolio diet", developed to reduce cholesterol, may help lower blood pressure (BP) as well.

Evidence Lacking for Omega-3 Fatty Acid Use in MDD

Recent research suggests that there is not enough evidence to support the use of omega-3 fatty acid supplements for the treatment of major depressive disorder (MDD).

Survey Finds 3 in 4 Adults Not Covered for Obesity Treatments

Results from one of the largest studies ever conducted to understand obesity treatment coverage show that 3 out of 4 consumers report they are not covered for necessary, evidence-based obesity treatment services. Findings from the study were presented at ObesityWeek 2015.

Long-Term Weight Loss Data With Saxenda Announced

New clinical trial data presented at ObesityWeek 2015 showed that treatment with Saxenda (liraglutide) in combination with a reduced-calorie diet and increased physical activity led to significant and sustained weight loss over 3 years vs. placebo.

Why a Bad Night's Sleep Could Mean More Than Just Losing a Few ZZZs

One night of sleep deprivation and 6 months on a high-fat diet could both impair insulin sensitivity to a similar degree, new research presented at ObesityWeek 2015 has shown.

Stress, Genetics, or Words? What Drives People to Eat Excessively?

New results from a pair of studies suggest that lean individuals and those with obesity experience different brain responses to written food words, and that both stress and genetics could influence excess eating.

Prescription Use Up and Here's Why, Say Researchers

Researchers report an increase in overall prescription drug use among adults in the United States between 1999-2012. Findings from the study are published in JAMA.

Vitamin D May Improve Exercise Performance, Lower CVD Risk

Vitamin D supplements may improve exercise performance and reduce the risk of heart disease, according to findings of a preliminary study presented at the Society for Endocrinology annual conference.

Strensiq Approved for Ultra-Rare Metabolic Disorder

Alexion announced that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Strensiq (asfotase alfa) for the treatment of patients with perinatal-, infantile-, and juvenile-onset hypophosphatasia (HPP). Strensiq is the first treatment approved for the treatment of HPP, a genetic and chronic ultra-rare metabolic disorder.

FDA Discovers Hidden Active Ingredients in 7 More Supplements

Lab analysis has confirmed that each of these products contains an active hidden ingredient.

Minors May Be Receiving Dangerous Supplement Recs in Health Food Stores

Despite recommendations against the use of creatine in children under the age of 18, a study to be presented at the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) National Conference & Exhibition found that more than two-thirds of health food store clerks recommended this sports performance supplement to someone posing as a 15-year-old male.

Antibiotic Use in Childhood Could Add Weight in Adolescence

Children who take antibiotics throughout their childhood may have a significantly greater risk of weight gain in adolescence compared to those who take no antibiotics, particularly with a specific antibiotic class of drugs, according to a study in the International Journal of Obesity.

Online Tool Helps Users Track Foodborne Outbreaks

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has launched an updated Foodborne Outbreak Online Database Tool (FOOD Tool) to assist users in searching over nearly 20 years of outbreak data.

Beware of Imported Supplements and Nonprescription Drugs, Warns FDA

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a safety alert to consumers regarding imported products marketed as dietary supplements and non-prescription drug products, often sold at ethnic or international stores, flea markets, swap meets, or online.

Calcium Supplements May Worsen Kidney Stones

Although greater consumption of dietary calcium may lower the risk of kidney stone recurrence, research presented at the American Society of Nephrology's (ASN) Kidney Week 2015 in San Diego, suggests that calcium supplementation could actually increase this risk.

Kalydeco sNDA Granted Priority Review for Expanded Indication

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted Priority Review to the supplemental New Drug Application (sNDA) of Kalydeco (ivacaftor; Vertex) for the use in patients with cystic fibrosis (CF) ages 2 and older who have one of 23 residual function mutations.

Carotenoids in Fruits, Vegetables May Lower Risk of Advanced AMD

A greater intake of bioavailable carotenoids, particularly lutein/zeaxanthin and beta-carotene, has been linked to a reduced risk of advanced age-related macular degeneration (AMD) based on two prospective cohort studies. The research appears in JAMA Ophthalmology.

Melatonin Close to Mealtime May Increase Diabetes Risk for Some

Prior research has identified a connection between a genetic mutation and an increased risk of type 2 diabetes, but a new study is the first to link this genetic variation to glucose tolerance with melatonin supplementation.

Later Bedtime for Teens Could Mean Greater Weight Gain Over Time

Adolescents with a later bedtime during the week are more likely to experience an increase in body mass index (BMI) over time with fast-food consumption as a partial mediator, according to the first study to assess the relationship between bedtime and BMI longitudinally in an observational study.

Sibutramine Detected in Two OTC Supplements

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is advising consumers not to purchase or use two dietary supplements promoted and sold for weight loss due to the presence of undeclared sibutramine.

Arsenic Detected in Many U.S. Wines, But Is It a Health Risk?

Three of the United States' top four wine-producing states have arsenic levels that exceed the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (U.S. EPA) exposure limit for drinking water, according to research in the Journal of Environmental Health. However, an accompanying study in the journal also concluded that the likely health risks depend on an individual's diet.

When Replacing Dietary Fats With Carbs, Type Matters for CHD Risk

Replacing saturated fats with unsaturated fats and carbohydrates from whole grains can significantly reduce the risk of coronary heart disease (CHD) while replacing with refined carbohydrates does not, according to new research in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

Common Chemicals Linked to Diabetes, Obesity in Endocrine Society Report

The Endocrine Society has issued a Scientific Statement linking endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) to obesity and diabetes as a follow-up to its 2009 report on risks posed to human health from EDCs including bisphenol A (BPA).

Two Banned Ingredients Detected in Weight Loss Caps

Lucy's Weight Loss System announced a voluntary recall of all lots of Pink Bikini and Shorts on the Beach Blue and Gold Edition capsules to the consumer level.

Some Trans Fats Could Be Beneficial After All

Low levels of trans fatty acids may be beneficial if they occur naturally in foods such as dairy and meat products, a new study published in the European Heart Journal has found.

Why Probiotics Could Be Novel Tx for Food Allergies

Infants who developed intolerance to cow's milk showed significant differences in gut bacteria after being treated with probiotics, a new study conducted by researchers from the University of Chicago has found.

Fresenius Kabi Discontinues Two Injectables

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that two injectable products by Fresenius Kabi USA have been discontinued.

New Minty Multivitamins Launched

Pfizer Consumer Healthcare announced the launch of Centrum VitaMints, a new multivitamin in a mint flavor.

Who Should Get Priority for Bariatric Surgery?

Obese patients with type 2 diabetes, especially with recent disease onset, should receive priority for obesity surgery over those without type 2 diabetes, new research suggests.

Sodium, Potassium Intake May Affect CKD Progression

Too much sodium and potassium intake may accelerate the progression of kidney disease, a recently published study has shown.

Overweight, Obesity May Be Tied to Brain Tumor Risk

A new article published in Neurology suggests that being overweight or obese may be linked to an increased risk of developing meningioma, a type of brain tumor.

Beet Juice May Strengthen Muscles for HF Patients

Drinking concentrated beet juice may increase muscle strength in patients with heart failure, researchers have found.

The Amount You Ate Likely Corresponds to the Size of Your Plate

Eliminating larger-sized portions could reduce caloric consumption by up to 29% among adults in the United States, as a comprehensive review published in the Cochrane Library reports that portion, package, and tableware size influence food consumption patterns in adults.

Over 25 Weight Loss, Sex Enhancement Supplements Withdrawn

The One Minute Miracle, Inc. announced a voluntary recall of all lots of Miracle Diet 30 and Miracle Rock 48 capsules.

Vitamin D Status May Impact Rate of Cognitive Decline

A faster cognitive decline was seen among older adults with vitamin D insufficiency, a new article published in JAMA Neurology has shown.

Flavonoid Could Lower Cancer Risk in Postmenopausal Women

A flavonoid commonly found in fruits and vegetables shows promise in reducing the risk of breast cancer in postmenopausal women, according to new research published in Springer Plus.

FDA Makes Significant Strides Towards Safer Food

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) finalized the first two of seven major rules under the bipartisan FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) today. This is one of the most significant steps the agency has taken in decades to prevent foodborne illness.

First Drug for Hereditary Orotic Aciduria Approved

Xuriden (uridine triacetate; Wellstat Therapeutics) has been approved for the treatment of hereditary orotic aciduria, the first approved treatment for this rare metabolic disorder.

FDA: Weight Loss Supplement Contains Banned Drug

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is advising consumers not to use Meizi Super Power Fruits Herbal Slimming Formula, a product promoted and sold for weight loss.

Could Vitamin C Be Exercise-in-a-Pill?

Vitamin C may not be the elusive exercise-in-a-pill, but new research to be presented at the 14th International Conference on Endothelin: Physiology, Pathophysiology and Therapeutics suggests that daily vitamin C supplementation can have similar cardiovascular benefits as regular exercise in overweight and obese adults.

DEA-Led 'Operation Cyber Juice' to Target Underground Steroid Labs

The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) officials introduced Operation Cyber Juice, a multi-agency collaboration law enforcement action targeting every level of the global underground anabolic steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs.

Calorie Restriction May Modify Risk Factors for Age-Related Diseases

According to a new study, calorie restriction may modify risk factors for age-related diseases and indicators associated with longer life span.

Significant Safety Risk With Pure Powdered Caffeine, FDA Warns

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued warning letters to five distributors of pure powdered caffeine due to its danger and significant risk of illness or injury to consumers.

Purple Potatoes May Suppress Colon Cancer Stem Cells

Purple potatoes may contain compounds that help destroy colon cancer stem cells and limit metastasis, according to a new study published in the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry.

Probiotics in the ICU: Can They Prevent, Fight Superbugs?

Probiotics did not help prevent or eliminate gastrointestinal colonization with drug-resistant organisms in patients in the intensive care unit (ICU) vs. standard care, researchers presented.

FDA Finds Undeclared Salicylic Acid in Weight Loss Caps

Novacare announced a voluntary recall of dietary supplements marketed as an aid to weight loss due to undeclared salicylic acid.

RiduZone Dietary Supplement Gets FDA Clearance

NutriForward announced that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared their patented product RiduZone tablets as a dietary supplement for regulation and support of healthy weight, appetite, body-fat composition, and cholesterol levels in adults.

Cambrooke Launches Medical Food Line for Inborn Errors of Metabolism

Cambrooke Therapeutics announced the availability of a family of amino-acid based medical foods for the dietary management of several disorders of amino acid metabolism.

Too Much of This Mineral May Lead to Increased Appetite, Overeating

Can too much red meat consumption lead to an increased appetite and overeating? Yes, according to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation which found that dietary iron intake can suppress the hormone leptin that is linked to appetite regulation.

What a New Study Says About Omega-3s and Brain Health

In one of the largest and longest studies of its kind, researchers examined whether supplementation with omega-3 fatty acids helped to slow cognitive decline in older patients.

Tomatoes as Gout Trigger? New Study Adds to Evidence

Patients with gout often self-report foods like tomatoes and tomato products as dietary triggers, but consumption of these foods as a trigger of gout flares may not be supported by empirical evidence. A study in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders reports on a positive association between tomato consumption and serum urate levels, but suggests that there may be a biological basis.

Fewer Falls Seen in Homebound Elderly With Vit D Supplement

Vitamin D supplementation for the elderly who are homebound may help reduce the number of falls, according to new research.

Obesity Drug Labeling Updated with New Interaction, Side Effect

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a supplemental New Drug Application (sNDA) for Xenical (orlistat; Genentech) regarding new drug interactions and adverse reaction updates to its labeling.

Vitamin D Supplementation May Backfire for Obese Teens

Vitamin D supplementation in obese adolescents did not benefit their cardiovascular health or diabetes risk.

Low-Carb vs. Low-Fat Diet: Which Burns More Body Fat?

Cutting dietary fat led to 68 percent more body fat loss than cutting the same number of carbohydrate calories when adults with obesity consumed strictly controlled diets.

Patients May Not Benefit From Medical Foods for Metabolic Disorders

Medical foods designed for individuals with inborn errors of metabolism (IEMs) may actually cause harm in patients if their use is not carefully monitored and managed.

Male Teens See Improved Attention, Motor Speed With Citicoline Supplement

After 28 days of citicoline supplementation, adolescent males showed statistically significant increased motor speed, improved attention, and decreased impulsivity in research published in the Journal of Attention Disorders.

Tainted Weight Loss, Men's Vitality Supplements Recalled

Blue Square Market, Inc. announced voluntary recalls of Kaboom Action Strips and LiDa DaiDaiHua due to the presence of undeclared active ingredients.

When Supplement Use Becomes an Eating Disorder

Recent research has shown that an increasing number of men are using over-the-counter bodybuilding supplements to the point where it may be characterized as an eating disorder.

New Warning on Weight Loss Supplement Containing Hidden Drug

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

Orbera Balloon Now Approved for Obesity

Apollo Endosurgery, Inc. announced that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the Orbera Intragastric Balloon, a non-surgical weight loss procedure for patients with mild-to-moderate obesity.

Type of Carbs Consumed Linked to Depression Risk

The carbohydrates you eat may be linked to your risk of depression, as a study in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that a diet high in refined carbohydrates is associated with a greater risk of new-onset depression in postmenopausal women.

Vitamin D May Not Benefit Postmenopausal Women

Postmenopausal women did not experience beneficial effects on bone mineral density, muscle function, muscle mass or falls with high-dose vitamin D, according to a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine.

Soybean Oil May Be Driving Obesity, Diabetes Rates in the U.S.

Could soybean oil contribute more to the development of diabetes and obesity than sugar? In a study published in PLOS ONE, mice that were fed a diet high in soybean oil had greater signs of metabolic syndrome compared to those who were fed a diet high in coconut oil or fructose.

New Balloon Device Approved to Treat Obesity

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved ReShape Integrated Dual Balloon System, the first non-surgical weight loss procedure for people with mild-to-moderate obesity.

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