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Top FDA Official Involved in Baby Formula Debacle Resigns

Top FDA Official Involved in Baby Formula Debacle ResignsTHURSDAY, Jan. 26, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- A U.S. Food and Drug Administration official who has led the agency’s food policy efforts since 2018 announced his resignation on Wednesday.Frank Yiannas was also among the top officials leading the agency response to last year’s infant formula shortage."Today, I informed [FDA] Commissioner [Robert] Califf that I will be resigning my position as Deputy Commissioner for the Office of Food Policy and Response, effective February 24. I am honored to have served the American public, alongside each and every one of you, over these past four years," Yiannas tweeted.In his resignation letter, Yiannas noted he inherited a "decentralized structure" at the foods program and said it "significantly impaired FDA’s ability to operate as an...

What Is the Mediterranean Diet, and How Can It Help You?

26 January 2023
What Is the Mediterranean Diet, and How Can It Help You?THURSDAY, Jan. 26, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- If you're looking for a healthy way to eat that has stood the test of time, the Mediterranean diet may be your best bet."There are many health benefits to the Mediterranean diet," said Rahaf Al Bochi, a spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. "The Mediterranean diet has been associated with lower risk for heart disease, diabetes, some cancers, and cognitive decline. It is also associated with improved fertility and pregnancy outcomes."But exactly what is the Mediterranean diet?"The Mediterranean diet emphasizes plenty of vegetables, fruits, beans, lentils, whole grains, nuts, seeds, olive oil, herbs and spices," Al Bochi said. "Dairy, fish and poultry are consumed a few times a week, whereas red meat and processed meat is...

FDA Wants to Lower Lead Levels in Baby Food

24 January 2023
FDA Wants to Lower Lead Levels in Baby FoodTUESDAY, Jan. 24, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has proposed stricter limits on levels of lead in infant food products.The agency announced draft guidance for manufacturers that would lower allowable lead levels in processed foods meant for infants and children 2 years and younger.The change could reduce dietary exposure to lead, which can cause neurological and developmental harm, the FDA said."For more than 30 years, the FDA has been working to reduce exposure to lead, and other environmental contaminants, from foods. This work has resulted in a dramatic decline in lead exposure from foods since the mid-1980s," FDA Commissioner Dr. Robert Califf said in an agency news release."The proposed action levels announced today, along with our continued work...

Seafood in Pregnancy: To Eat or Not to Eat?

24 January 2023
Seafood in Pregnancy: To Eat or Not to Eat?TUESDAY, Jan. 24, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Pregnant women hear a lot of “Do this” and “Don’t do that” advice about what is safe to eat.But one recommendation that’s particularly important involves seafood: During pregnancy, women need to eat enough seafood to gain the health benefits, but not so much to raise the risk of some significant consequences. They also need to be careful about how the fish they eat is prepared."Fish is an important source of nutrients, and its consumption should not be avoided," said Dr. Vaia Lida Chatzi, an associate professor of preventive medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California (USC), who led a study published in the journal JAMA Network Open. "But pregnant women should stick to one to three servings of...

Your Weight Could Alter Vitamin D's Effect on Health

24 January 2023
Your Weight Could Alter Vitamin D`s Effect on HealthTUESDAY, Jan. 24, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Vitamin D is widely promoted for better health, but if you're overweight, you might not reap the benefits.In a new study, researchers found a 30% to 40% reduction in cancer, cancer deaths and autoimmune diseases among people with a lower body mass index (BMI) who took vitamin D supplements, but only a small benefit among those with higher BMIs."Patients with obesity, despite taking the same amount of supplement, had a lower response," said lead researcher Deirdre Tobias, an assistant professor in the department of nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health, in Boston.The cutoff was a BMI of less than 25, which is considered a healthy weight, the study authors noted. It's not known why being overweight or obese affects levels of the...

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