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FDA Requests Market Withdrawal of Diet Drug Belviq Due to Cancer Risk

FDA Requests Market Withdrawal of Diet Drug Belviq Due to Cancer RiskTHURSDAY, Feb. 13, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- A clinical trial of the weight-loss drug Belviq (lorcaserin) shows an association with an increased risk of cancer, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is requesting that its maker withdraw the drug from the U.S. market. Eisai Inc. has already "submitted a request to voluntarily withdraw the drug," Dr. Janet Woodcock, who directs the FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, noted in a statement issued Thursday. Now, "we're taking steps to notify the public," she said, adding that "our review of the full clinical trial results shows that the potential risk of cancer associated with the drug outweighs the benefit of treatment." Woodcock said the FDA is advising that "patients should stop using the medication Belviq and Belviq XR...

How Does Social Media Shape Your Food Choices?

10 February 2020
How Does Social Media Shape Your Food Choices?MONDAY, Feb. 10, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- For better or worse, your social media friends might be influencing your eating habits, British researchers report. They asked nearly 400 college students to estimate how much fruit, veggies, snacks and sugary drinks their Facebook friends ate each day. Those participants who believed their social media buddies ate the recommended five daily portions of fruits and vegetables in turn ate one extra serving. But they also helped themselves to an extra portion of unhealthy snacks and sugary drinks for every three portions they believed their online friends had. "This study suggests we may be influenced by our social peers more than we realize when choosing certain foods," said study co-leader Lily Hawkins, a doctoral student in health...

AHA News: These Doctors Want to Write 'Farmacy'...

27 January 2020
AHA News: These Doctors Want to Write `Farmacy` PrescriptionsMONDAY, Jan. 27, 2020 (American Heart Association News) -- Doctors are used to writing prescriptions for medicine. But three Boston-area cardiologists are working on a federal program that would focus on writing prescriptions for food. Varanda, which stands for Veterans Administration Repurposing Agriculture for Nutrition and Diet Awareness, would create a network of sustainable food gardens at veterans hospitals to provide fresh food – for free – to vets and their families. The work is inspired by the rooftop farm at Boston Medical Center. The farm, in place since 2017, harvests more than two tons of fresh vegetables yearly and distributes them to their preventive food pantry and hospital kitchen. "The rooftop farm is this amazing farm operation in a hospital," said Dr....

Health Tip: Healthy Eating for Vegetarians

22 January 2020
(HealthDay News) -- With the right amount and variety of foods to meet your nutritional needs, a vegetarian diet can be healthy, says the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The USDA provides healthy eating advice for vegetarians: Think about protein. Incorporate beans, nuts or soy products into your diet. Add calcium. Aside from dairy products, there are many other calcium-fortified foods. Get enough vitamin B12. If you do not eat any animal products, consider a B12 supplement. Check current dietary guidelines to ensure you're getting the nutrients you need.

AHA News: Before Grabbing a Grapefruit, Understand Its Power

17 January 2020
AHA News: Before Grabbing a Grapefruit, Understand Its PowerFRIDAY, Jan. 17, 2020 (American Heart Association News) -- Grapefruit looks sweet and friendly, but you might have heard it possesses powers far beyond those of ordinary produce. Some of that reputation is fact, and some is myth. Facts first: According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, half a medium grapefruit has only 41 calories and nearly half a day's recommended supply of vitamin C. "In addition, it's a reasonable source of potassium," which is important for maintaining healthy blood pressure, said Karen Collins, a registered dietitian in western New York who specializes in cancer prevention and heart health. Grapefruit also is laden with natural plant compounds called phytochemicals, specifically flavonoids, which studies show can help fight stroke and heart disease....

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