Washington, D.C.—It is well known that calcium and vitamin D are essential to bone health, with more than 1,000 published studies confirming this effect. So, it came as a surprise in late February when the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) advised postmenopausal women against the use of calcium (1,000 mg) and vitamin D (400 IU) supplements to prevent fractures.

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San Francisco, CA—A flurry of Proposition 65 news surfaced in California during February.

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Anaheim, CA—Vitamin Angels is hosting its 3rd Annual League of Angels event during Expo West at Angel Stadium, Anaheim, CA on March 7, 6:00–8:30 p.m. ($100 to pre-register).

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Los Angeles, CA—An appeal from POM Wonderful, LLC, the creators of 100% Pomegranate Juice and POMx supplements, to allow certain claims on their products has failed.

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Stockholm, Sweden—Researchers from Sweden (Umeå University and Karolinska Institute) published new data in Pediatrics indicating that iron supplements may help ward of behavioral problems in children.

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North Bergen, NJ—A collaboration between two powerful supplement chains has been held up by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC). The Vitamin Shoppe, based here, announced in mid-December it planned to buy Super Supplements, Inc. of Seattle, WA for a cool $50 million in cash.

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Santa Barbara, CA—Vitamin Angels has launched a new campaign to help deliver micronutrients to 30 million children lacking the resources to receive proper nutrition.

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Resveratrol wine isn’t just good for your heart—it helped inhibit prostate cancer androgens in a recent lab study. Prostate cancer, the most commonly diagnosed cancer, is cause for the second most cancer-related deaths of American men.

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Las Vegas, NV—Speaking from SupplySide West, here, the day after the election, Michael McGuffin, president of the American Herbal Products Association, predicted how the results could affect the industry in the near term.

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Washington, D.C.—Most Americans (68%) take dietary supplements and 85% are confident in their safety, quality and efficacy, according to the 2012 Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) Consumer Survey on Dietary Supplements.

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