Washington, D.C.—Former Presidential candidate, Senator John McCain (R-AZ), has introduced new legislation, the Dietary Supplement Safety Act of 2010, which will amend the current Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act). In this bi-partisan bill, co-sponsored by Senator Byron Dorgan (D-ND), McCain seeks “to more effectively regulate dietary supplements that may pose safety risks unknown to consumers.”

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grapes

Gainesville, FL—Data collected in November/December 2009 by resveratrol supplement maker ReserveAge Organics, based here, offer some illuminating insight into consumers’ attitudes with respect to this popular herb.

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Alexandria, VA—Consumers who are concerned about the safety of dietary supplements should pay attention to a new statistic offered by the American Association of Poison Control Centers. According to the U.S. National Poison Data System, dietary supplements caused no deaths in 2008.

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bodybuilder

In a notice published in the December 4 Federal Register, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) ruled that boldione, desoxymethyltestosterone (DMT) and 19-nor-4,9(10)-androstadienedione will all be classified as anabolic steroids under the Controlled Substances Act.

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ginko

Chicago, IL—At the end of last year, Ginkgo biloba became a top story as research printed in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), published here, indicated that the herb did not prevent cognitive decline in older adults. The group came to this conclusion after analyzing data from the Ginkgo Evaluation of Memory (GEM) study conducted between 2000 and 2008.

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Rockville, MD—The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a draft guidance intended to help manufacturers determine whether liquid products should be labeled as beverages or supplements.

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curcumin

Ann Arbor, MI—Preventing cancer is the holy grail of healthcare today. Though there are no definitive answers for breast cancer, researchers from the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center believe that certain spices could be part of the puzzle.

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softgels

Bethesda, MD—Many healthcare providers feel patients of behavioral and neurological disorders (like bipolar disorder, schizophrenia or attention-deficient hyperactivity disorder [ADHD]) benefit from omega-3 DHA. Now, investigators from the National Institutes of Health believe they may have answers for why this holds true...

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supplements

Colorado Springs, CO—In early December, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), based here, announced a new public protection initiative aimed at shielding consumers from dietary supplements that contain illicit drugs. This “Supplement Safety Now” coalition of USADA and groups such as the National Football League and Major League Baseball will urge Congress to create regulations that better police dietary supplements, especially those that illegally contain steroids and other drugs.

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selenium

Coventry, U.K.—Taking too much selenium will negatively affect your cholesterol, say researchers from the University of Warwick. The group, led by Saverio Stranges, published data in the Journal of Nutrition indicating that those with higher levels of selenium in their blood (more than 1.20 µmol/L) had increased total and non-HDL cholesterol levels. The study included 1,042 individuals, 48% of whom took dietary supplements.

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