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Senate OKs Bill to Overhaul Infant Formula Rules

Senate OKs Bill to Overhaul Infant Formula RulesFRIDAY, May 20, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- A bill that would allow families in a U.S. government assistance program to buy whatever brand of baby formula they can find is on the way to President Joe Biden to be signed into law.The bill, which is meant to help families in the WIC program obtain baby formula in the midst of a nationwide shortage, was passed by the Senate on Thursday and by the House on Wednesday, the Associated Press reported.Families in WIC (the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children) receive vouchers that they redeem for specific foods, but the vouchers are typically limited to one brand of infant formula. The bill will allow them to buy any brand of formula that is available."Now, millions of parents will have an easier time finding the...

Closed Baby Formula Plant May Reopen by Next Week

19 May 2022
Closed Baby Formula Plant May Reopen by Next WeekTHURSDAY, May 19, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- A baby formula plant closed in February at the heart of the current U.S. shortage of the product could reopen as soon as next week, U.S. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Dr. Robert Califf told House lawmakers on Thursday.The Abbott Nutrition's Michigan formula plant is the largest in the nation, and it was closed due to contamination issues.Earlier this week, the FDA announced a preliminary deal with Abbott to restart production if safety upgrades and certifications are met. However, even after production resumes, it could take about two months before new formula from the plant starts appearing on store shelves, Abbott has said."We had to wrestle this to ground with Abbott," Califf told members of the House Appropriations...

Biden Invokes Defense Act to Boost Supply of Infant Formula

19 May 2022
Biden Invokes Defense Act to Boost Supply of Infant FormulaTHURSDAY, May 19, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Faced with mounting pressure to help desperate parents, President Joe Biden on Wednesday invoked the power of the wartime Defense Production Act to get more of the precious product into American homes. Under the new powers, the federal government can use commercial aircraft or air cargo planes owned by the Defense Department to transport infant formula from countries abroad and fly it into the United States, getting it more rapidly onto store shelves. The move comes two days after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced that it was also expediting the approvals process, so that foreign suppliers of baby formula could quickly get their products into the United States. "I know parents all across the country are worried about finding...

Could Omega-3 Fatty Acids Fight Acne?

18 May 2022
Could Omega-3 Fatty Acids Fight Acne?WEDNESDAY, May 18, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- As many as 50 million Americans deal with acne. The blemishes can be painful and, for some, embarrassing.Now, researchers may have found a new weapon to fight acne — one without harsh side effects.A study in Germany has pinpointed omega-3 fatty acids — found in fish oil, wild salmon, nuts and seeds — as a nutrient helpful for reducing acne. Among 100 participants with acne, about 94% had low levels of the fatty acid in their blood, the study discovered. Many also had higher levels of a hormone known to stimulate acne production."As someone who loves to treat acne and someone who performs clinical trials, this is a very interesting study," said Dr. Sandra Johnson, a dermatologist in Fort Smith, Ark. Johnson was not involved in the study....

ER Docs to Parents: Please Don't Dilute Infant Formula

18 May 2022
ER Docs to Parents: Please Don`t Dilute Infant FormulaWEDNESDAY, May 18, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- As the United States faces critical shortages of baby formula, parents are being cautioned against watering down formula in an effort to stretch out what they have."Adding extra water to baby formula to try and make it last longer can put a child at risk of a seizure or another medical emergency," said Dr. Gillian Schmitz, president of the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP). "Given the current formula shortage, it may be tempting to look for a workaround, but it is very important to always mix formula according to the manufacturer's instructions," Schmitz said in an ACEP news release.Unless advised by a physician, infants younger than 6 months should not be given water or any liquids other than infant formula or breast milk, the...

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