Dallas, TX—In a national survey, seniors rated eating healthier as their number one health priority, above such other goals as losing weight, being physically active and taking more vitamins. The United States of Aging survey was conducted in spring 2014, and involved 3,279 individuals answering a range of questions by phone.

Middlebury, VT—The certified organic factory of bath, beauty, and cleaning product makers Vermont Soap was heavily damaged by a fire in early June, but the company is now making big steps towards rebuilding.

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

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.

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.

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."

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.

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

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.