Phoenix, AZ—Virgo, the information distribution company behind several prominent industry events including SupplySide West, has been acquired by Informa plc under its Global Exhibition Group banner.

Greeley, CO—Feminine hygiene products maker Natracare is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.

Croatia—Rice-based foods, particularly rice drinks and cereals, may present a danger to infants and small children, said a group of doctors in a recent journal publication. Rice, due to its genetic makeup and the methods used to grow it, is thought to absorb arsenic from the environment in amounts higher than other plants.

Queensland, Australia—Most consumers know that probiotics support digestive health, and now there are even reasons to consume these beneficial bacteria. New research published in the American Heart Association's journal, Hypertension, suggests that incorporating probiotics regularly into your diet may help improve blood pressure.

Purported false advertisement has fired up the fuel for three states that have sued the energy drink company, 5-Hour Energy. Oregon, Washington and Vermont each filed a lawsuit against the makers of 5-Hour Energy, claiming that its advertisements are "deceptive and misleading."

Baltimore, MD—This year’s Natural Products Expo East 2014 promises to draw in professionals from all sectors of the natural products industry.

In “Ask the Doc,” I hope to take on all of your food and dietary supplement related questions or entertain whatever you’ve always wanted to ask your primary care physician.

Rome, Italy—A new study has suggested that bergamot polyphenolic fraction (BPF) may be able to reduce small dense LDL cholesterol particles, particularly in people suffering from non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and metabolic syndrome.

The thyroid is a body part that is easy to forget about. If it’s healthy, you can’t even feel it! Despite its relatively low profile, the thyroid has a very important role, influencing nearly every metabolic process in the body (1).