Health News

Double Shot manufacturer settles FTC lawsuit

July 28, 2014—The marketers of a supposed weight-loss supplement agreed to pay Federal Trade Commission $500,000 to settle charges that they deceived consumers with erroneous claims.

Health insurance safe for now from fight over federal subsidies

July 25, 2014—Consumers who purchase subsidized health insurance through markets that are run by the federal government likely have no reason to worry about a federal courts clash that challenges the legality of such subsidies, three independent health-insurance experts tell Consumers Digest.

FDA gives green light to blood-cancer medication

July 24, 2014—Idelalisib, which is marketed as Zydelig by manufacturer Gilead Sciences, can be used in combination with Rituxan (rituximab) to treat patients whose chronic lymphocytic leukemia has returned, or relapsed.

Probiotics might help to reduce blood pressure, report says

July 22, 2014—Systolic blood pressure was lower by an average of 3.56 millimeters of mercury (mm Hg) in adults who ate probiotics compared with the adults who didn’t, and diastolic blood pressure was lower by an average of 2.38 mm Hg.

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Related Department Briefs

FDA targets obesity with label changes

Food and Drug Administration proposed a redesign to the “Nutrition Facts” label that’s found on all packaged food, with the goal of reducing the obesity rate.

FDA guidelines on honey fall short

New guidelines from Food and Drug Administration won’t do enough to spell out to consumers the difference between pure honey products and those that use added ingredients, we’re told.

Easing tax penalties of Affordable Care Act

The deadline for signing up for health-care coverage under the Affordable Care Act without incurring a tax penalty passed March 31, 2014. However, if you missed the deadline, you still can avoid or minimize tax penalties on your 2014 tax return.

Check your Aura with a doctor

A new device that’s from French electronics company Withings uses light, sound and carbon dioxide sensing to help you to sleep better, Withings claims.

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Health Recalls

Whole Foods cites contaminated fruit in recall

July 24, 2014—Whole Foods Market recalled certain made-in-store food products, because the products contain nectarines, peaches and plums that might be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

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