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2023

Pediatricians' Group Warns Against Keto Diet for Kids With Diabetes

Pediatricians` Group Warns Against Keto Diet for Kids With DiabetesMONDAY, Sept. 18, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Low-carb diets may be all the rage, but they're not for kids with diabetes, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).In a new report, the AAP says that low-carbohydrate diets cannot be recommended for children or teenagers with either type 1 or type 2 diabetes. That's because there's little evidence they're helpful, but there are concerns about restricting kids' diets to that degree.Instead, the AAP encourages families to focus on cutting out "bad" carbs: sugary drinks, sweets and other processed foods that are low in nutrients. Just as important, kids should get enough healthy carbs, including vegetables, beans and fiber-rich grains.The "keto" diet and similar ones popular among adults can put very strict limits on carbs, with a...

California Legislature First to Pass Ban on 4 Food...

13 September 2023
California Legislature First to Pass Ban on 4 Food Additives Linked to Health IssuesWEDNESDAY, Sept. 13, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- California is on track to become the first state to ban four food additives that some experts have linked to health issues ranging from behavioral problems in children to reproductive issues to cancer in lab animals.On Tuesday, the legislature passed Assembly Bill 418, which now awaits the signature of Gov. Gavin Newsom.The substances are permitted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, so this would be the first time a state has banned items allowed by federal regulators. The chemicals are already illegal in the European Union and other places around the world, NBC News reported.The ingredients are red dye No. 3, potassium bromate, brominated vegetable oil and propylparaben. The restriction would begin in 2027.“It’s going to make...

CDC Panel Gives Support to New COVID Booster Shots

12 September 2023
CDC Panel Gives Support to New COVID Booster ShotsTUESDAY, Sept. 12, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Following on an approval granted Monday by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, an expert panel from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday also signed off on new COVID boosters for Americans. Final approval is expected from CDC Director Dr. Mandy Cohen, which would set the stage for the updated vaccines to soon become available.The COVID-19 shots from Pfizer and Moderna will join the flu shot and newly approved RSV shots as part of a three-pronged public health strategy to tame the spread of all three viruses this coming winter. The updated COVID vaccines are each fully approved for those 12 and older and are authorized under emergency use for individuals 6 months through 11 years of age. “Vaccination remains...

FDA Panel Says Common OTC Decongestant Is Useless

12 September 2023
FDA Panel Says Common OTC Decongestant Is UselessTUESDAY, Sept. 12, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- For decades, sick people have been taking essentially worthless over-the-counter cold remedies to clear their stuffy noses, a key advisory panel for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday.The panel voted unanimously that nonprescription oral medications containing phenylephrine -- including Sudafed PE, Vicks Sinex and Benadryl Allergy Plus Congestion -- don’t do anything to ease congestion.The committee’s ruling could prompt the FDA to pull all oral decongestants containing phenylephrine from store shelves, leaving cold sufferers with limited options to relieve their misery.“I feel this drug in this oral dose should have been removed from the market a long time ago,” said Jennifer Schwartzott, the patient representative on...

FDA Approves New COVID Booster Shots

11 September 2023
FDA Approves New COVID Booster ShotsMONDAY, Sept. 11, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Monday gave the green light to new COVID boosters for Americans, setting the stage for the updated vaccines to become available within days.The COVID-19 shots from Pfizer and Moderna will join the flu shot and newly approved RSV shots as part of a three-pronged public health strategy to tame the spread of all three viruses this coming winter. The updated COVID vaccines are each fully approved for those 12 and older and are authorized under emergency use for individuals 6 months through 11 years of age. “Vaccination remains critical to public health and continued protection against serious consequences of COVID-19, including hospitalization and death,” Dr. Peter Marks, director of the FDA’s Center...
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