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2023

California Becomes First State to Ban Four Additives in Food

California Becomes First State to Ban Four Additives in FoodWEDNESDAY, Oct. 11, 2023 (HealthDay News) – California has become the first state to ban four chemicals commonly added to food that are linked to health issues.Although the law, signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom, only bans the additives in his state, it’s possible the chemicals could be removed from products across the country, NBC News reported.The chemicals are red dye No. 3, potassium bromate, brominated vegetable oil and propylparaben. All four are currently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, but they are illegal in the European Union and some other parts of the world, NBC News reported."The additives addressed in this bill are already banned in various other countries," Newsom said in a statement. "Signing this into law is a positive step forward on these four food...

FDA Warns of Dangers of Compounded Ketamine for...

11 October 2023
FDA Warns of Dangers of Compounded Ketamine for Psychiatric UseWEDNESDAY, Oct. 11, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers about risks of using compounded versions of the drug ketamine, often taken for psychiatric disorders.Compounded products are not evaluated by the FDA for safety and effectiveness. They’re also not regulated like approved drugs, so they present a greater risk.“Although compounded drugs can serve an important medical need for certain patients when an FDA-approved drug is not medically appropriate, they also present a risk to patients and should only be used under the care of a health care provider," the FDA said in a news release.It offered an example of a concerning case reported about a patient in April.That person had taken compounded oral ketamine outside of a health care...

As Menthol Ban Nears, Big Tobacco Is Adding Synthetic...

11 October 2023
As Menthol Ban Nears, Big Tobacco Is Adding Synthetic Version to Cigarettes InsteadWEDNESDAY, Oct. 11, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Cigarette makers are using synthetic menthol substitutes in what appears to be an effort to skirt a looming federal menthol ban, researchers say.The menthol flavor appeals to younger and newer smokers, according to investigators at Duke Health in Durham, N.C., and Yale University in New Haven, Conn.These new “non-menthol” cigarettes are being introduced in states that have already banned actual menthol in advance of a U.S. Food and Drug Administration ban later this year.In studying these “non-menthol” products, researchers identified new compounds that achieve cooling sensations similar to menthol.“We found that tobacco companies are adding a synthetic cooling agent called WS-3 to these new ‘non-menthol’ cigarettes,” said...

Cow's Milk Vs. Plant-Based Milks: A Nutritionist Weighs In

10 October 2023
Cow`s Milk Vs. Plant-Based Milks: A Nutritionist Weighs InTUESDAY, Oct. 10, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- You have a lot of choices when buying milk, from the traditional cow variety to some made from plants. But how do these options compare in terms of nutrition?An expert from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston breaks down the differences. “If you’re looking for a high-protein product, cow's milk and soy milk are the best options. If you want something lower calorie that doesn’t need to meet your protein needs, a plant-based product might be the right thing,” said Sarah Mahlke, senior program management associate at Baylor's Weight Loss and Metabolic Center.“Maybe you’re just going for taste, which is important too, because at the end of the day, food makes us happy, and that’s a good thing,” Mahlke said in a Baylor news...

Going Vegan Healthy for Dogs, Cats — and the Planet

5 October 2023
Going Vegan Healthy for Dogs, Cats — and the PlanetTHURSDAY, Oct. 5, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Should Fluffy and Fido go vegan? A new study says yes — for the environment.The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization estimates that livestock are responsible for 14.5% of the greenhouse gas emissions. In response, some experts say eating vegan — meaning a nutritionally sound diet without animal proteins or products — for two-thirds of meals could slash food-related emissions by 60%.“Vegan pet food is clearly associated with very large savings in greenhouse gas emissions, land and water use, and a range of other environmental parameters,” said Dr. Andrew Knight, a professor of philosophy at Griffith University in Australia, who led the new study. “If implemented globally, such diets would also save the lives of billions...
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