"Some contained the right ingredients but not the right doses. Some added other stuff (selenium, B vitamins, grapeseed extract) that hasn’t been shown to slow macular degeneration and might actually reduce the effectiveness of the ingredients that do work. Of the 11 supplements that market research shows were top-sellers, only four duplicated the AREDS formula.
Moreover, most manufacturers didn’t bother to point out that the AREDS results don’t pertain to everyone with macular degeneration, and that therefore some consumers won’t benefit from these products."
"As the researchers expected, those who died suddenly had higher rates of other cardiac risk factors, including obesity, hypertension, high cholesterol and more. But independent of these factors, those with the highest waist-to-hip ratio had more than double the risk of sudden cardiac death compared with those in the normal range. The increased risk was apparent only in nonsmokers."
"The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released data on the observations it makes during inspections of medical device facilities, indicating the most common issues faced by medical device companies.
Total 483s Issued Declines for First Time in Six Years"
"The Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), the leading trade association for the dietary supplement and functional food industry, today announced a free online tool that compiles FDA Warning Letters sent to dietary supplement companies into a searchable database to help industry achieve better regulatory compliance. The database can be used to evaluate FDA’s warning letter allegations of good manufacturing practices (GMPs) violations, products making impermissible claims, and products tainted with illegal ingredients."
"Combating bacteria, viruses, parasites, and other contaminants in our food supply is a high priority for the Food and Drug Administration. But consumers have a role to play, too, especially when it comes to safe food-handling practices in the home.
"The good news is that practicing four basic food safety measures can help prevent foodborne illness," says Marjorie Davidson, a consumer educator at FDA."
"The American Cancer Society marks the Great American Smokeout on the third Thursday of November each year by encouraging smokers to use the date to make a plan to quit, or to plan in advance and quit smoking that day. By quitting — even for one day — smokers will be taking an important step towards a healthier life – one that can lead to reducing cancer risk."
"Successfully managing an FDA inspection begins with the development of a clear company policy. It requires frequent employee training so they are in a position to maintain best practices regarding day-to-day procedures. Companies also need to make sure they define the roles and responsibilities of all company employees during an inspection.
Based on 15 years of experience and eight successful FDA inspections, here are some best practices to prepare for a successful FDA Inspection."
"“In conclusion, this study showed for the first time that two targeted techniques to facilitate tablet and capsule intake were remarkably effective and easy to adopt in the general population including patients with swallowing difficulties, and should therefore be generally recommended,” the study authors write."
Although FDA has oversight of the dietary supplement industry, it is the supplement manufacturers and distributors that are responsible for making sure their products are safe before they’re marketed. Manufacturers are required to produce dietary supplements that meet minimum quality standards, do not contain contaminants or impurities, and are accurately labeled.
FDA does not review supplements for effectiveness (as it does for prescription and OTC medications) before they enter the market. If the dietary supplement contains a new dietary ingredient, the manufacturer must submit for FDA’s review data on that ingredient’s safety—but not its effectiveness.
FDA takes enforcement actions against manufacturers if their products are found to be unsafe, adulterated and/or misbranded (for example, if their labeling is false or misleading) or if products marketed as dietary supplements are making claims to diagnose, mitigate, treat, cure, or prevent a disease."
Ebola is the cause of a viral hemorrhagic fever disease.
Currently, there are no FDA-approved vaccines or drugs to prevent or treat Ebola.
Ebola does not pose a significant risk to the U.S. public.
CDC recommends supportive therapy for patients as the primary treatment for Ebola. This includes balancing the patient’s fluids and electrolytes, maintaining their oxygen status and blood pressure and treating them for any complicating infections."
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