Toledo, OH—The natural products industry has lost a beloved retailer and friend, Joseph M. Bassett, N.M.D., D.M., age 79.

Double-blind, placebo-controlled studies demonstrate that supplementing with 7-Keto results in a) measurable increases in RMR, and b) measurable weight loss compared with diet and exercise alone.

Zurich, Switzerland—The international peer review journal Heart printed a study from Switzerland on dietary calcium and supplement intake and the risk of heart disease and stroke.

Paramus, NJ—Udi’s Healthy Foods, LLC, a company known and loved for its gluten-free breads and other foods, is now owned by Smart Balance, Inc., based here.  

Rockville, MD—On May 30, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officially told the Corn Refiners Association (CRA) that its September 2010 citizens petition to allow the term “corn sugar” to replace “high-fructose corn syrup” (HFCS) was going nowhere.

Los Angeles, CA—A recent study from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) has brought some new evidence to light about high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS)’s effect on the brain.

Los Angeles, CA—Resolving a case dating back to 2010, a federal administrative judge has ruled that POM Wonderful, maker of pomegranate juice drinks, used some deceptive practices in advertisements placed in national print media. Specifically, advertisements claiming that the company’s juice products could treat, prevent or reduce the risk of heart disease, prostate cancer and erectile dysfunction were deemed illegal under Federal Trade Commission (FTC) regulations.

Santa Cruz, CA, Corvallis, OR—The organic industry is welcoming a major development with the upcoming merge of two of the nation’s largest third-party organic certification agencies, CCOF and Oregon Tilth.

Washington, D.C.—The Environmental Working Group (EWG) released its sixth annual EWG’s Skin Deep findings on the best and worst sunscreens of 2012, covering everything from sunscreens for the body and face, SPF protection in all kinds of makeup and what’s best for baby.