FDA issues warning letters to companies selling kratom products
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Tuesday it issued warning letters to three companies that illegally marketed and distributed products containing the substance, kratom, which they claimed treat opioid addiction and withdrawal.
Many U.S. schools still not fully prepared for disasters
(Reuters Health) - Many U.S. public school districts lack comprehensive plans for responding to natural disasters, infectious disease outbreaks and other emergencies despite a federal initiative for all schools to address these needs by 2020, researchers say.
Nestle to remove stabilizers from major milk brands in Brazil
Nestle SA is eliminating stabilizers from two of its major milk brands in Brazil, an executive told Reuters, as the world's largest food company makes a global push to capture growing consumer interest in natural, healthy and organic products.
Relying on homemade, natural sunscreens might get you burned
(Reuters Health) - Homemade sunscreens on Pinterest may look pretty and smell even prettier, but most of them won't shield you from sunburn or skin cancer, new research shows.
China agriculture ministry says no proof natural compound prevents swine fever
China's ministry of agriculture said on Thursday a company which claimed a natural compound was effective in preventing African swine fever did not have government approval to research the virus and its assertions were not scientifically sound.
Fructose link to diabetes may be different for sodas than fruit
- Sodas sweetened with fructose may have a greater impact on risk factors for diabetes than whole fruits that are natural sources of fructose, a research review suggests.
Brief visit to severely polluted city can up biomarkers of heart disease
Air pollution has often been linked with increased heart disease risk, but a "natural experiment" involving travelers to a city much more polluted than their own offers clues to how it may harm blood vessels over time, researchers say.
Poll finds older adults not fully prepared for emergencies
(Reuters Health) - While most older adults say they are confident they're ready to handle emergencies like natural disasters or power outages, many are not as prepared as they could be for these events, a new U.S. poll suggests.
Major surgeries linked to small decline in mental functioning in older age
Major surgery may be tied to a small decline in cognitive functioning when we are older - equivalent, on average, to less than five months of natural brain aging, a new study suggests.
When hurricanes halt treatment, lung cancer patients die sooner
(Reuters Health) - Lung cancer patients whose radiation treatments are halted by hurricanes or other natural disasters may not live as long as patients who complete treatment without interruptions, a U.S. study suggests.
News coverage of violent events may contribute to 'cycle of distress'
In the wake of violent events like mass shootings or natural disasters, people who watch the most media coverage of the story are more likely to show post-traumatic stress symptoms months later, a small U.S. study suggests.
Little evidence that non-sugar sweeteners lead to improved health
(Reuters Health) - A review of research on artificial and natural sweeteners commonly used as alternatives to sugar failed to find strong evidence they provide significant health benefits, but also found no harm from using them.
Health implications of high cholesterol levels in the body | Sherriff Health Media
Two main types of cholesterol naturally exist in our bodies. High-density lipoprotein (HDL) or low-density lipoproteins (LDL). HDL is a healthy cholesterol whereas LDL is the unhealthy type. Ideall…