Monrovia, Liberia—While health officials worldwide are consumed with containing the Ebola outbreak in West Africa that has killed more 3,000 people as of press time, some individuals are looking into whether supplements like selenium can have any effect.

Despite the popular mythology surrounding the “unregulated dietary supplement industry,” the reality is that both the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) have significant regulatory authority over the marketing of supplements. FDA’s primary jurisdiction covers product labels and labeling while FTC is focused on product advertising. There can be significant overlap between “labeling” and advertising, as the Federal Food Drug and Cosmetic Act considers labeling to be any material directly connected to the sale of any regulated product—including dietary supplements.

Los Angeles, CA—Even as more businesses move towards online operations, paper is still a valuable commodity, particularly in the packaging and shipping sectors.

Edison, NJ—A recent study has shown that gamma-tocotrienol from red palm oil can potentially slow obesity in mice by accumulating in adipose tissue.

Munich, Germany—A branded eggshell membrane supplement has recently been tested for joint support in an independent clinical trial.

Steve Lankford discusses medicinal mushrooms with Mark Kaylor.

Here are some of the significant issues that could adversely affect our access to quality nutritional products.