June 14, 2011

False Claims Banned

1 FDA Specifies New Rules for Sunscreens

The Food and Drug Administration unveiled new rules about sunscreen claims, banning for example, manufacturers from saying their products are water- or sweatproof. The rules, which go into effect next year, also say that sunscreens must protect against both UVB and UVA rays to earn the designation of “broad spectrum” protection. In addition, only sunscreens with an SPF of 15 or higher can say that they help prevent sunburn and reduce the risks of skin cancer and premature aging. The new rules, which will standardize the UVA testing manufacturers must conduct on their products, have been under consideration since 1978 and are being lauded by dermatologists. “Now, we’ll be able to tell patients which sunscreens to get,” says Dr. Henry W. Lim, American Academy of Dermatology.

More at NYTimes.com | Posted 6 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Few Americans Wearing Sunscreen

Tags: Food and Drug Administration, Premature Aging, Skin Cancer, Sun Damage, Sunscreen, Sun Protection Factor, FDA. American Academy of Dermatology, Dr. Henry W. Lim, Sunburn, Suntan

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Famous Amos Cookies Compromised?

2 Listeria Found at a Kellogg Cookie Plant

FDA inspectors found the dangerous bacterium listeria in numerous spots along the production line of an Augusta, Ga. Kellogg plant that makes Keebler and Famous Amos cookies. MSNBC reports that the FDA warned Kellogg that they are in violation of the Current Good Manufacturing Practice (CGMP) regulations for food manufacturers. Kellogg has 15 working days to correct the problem. The company has started taking "aggressive actions," including extensive cleaning and testing. Kellogg spokeswoman Kris Charles said that the company is confident of their food safety. However, the FDA called the foods made at the plant "adulterated" and possibly "contaminated with filth."

More at MSNBC | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Airline Food May Be Unsanitary

Tags: Listeria Dangers, Listeria Kellogg Plant, Cookie Plant Listeria, Famous Amos Cookie Plant, Listeria Found Kellogg, Bacterium Listeria, Current Good Manufacturing Practice

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Not Seen in Metabolic Syndrome

3 Diabetes Elevates Chance of Second Stroke

A new study in the Archives of Neurology suggests that diabetics who have one stroke or a transient ischemic attack (TIA) are more likely to have another cardiovascular (CV) event. All of the 4,731 people involved in the study experienced a stroke or TIA and 794 were diabetic whereas the other 642 has metabolic syndrome which is a group of problems including high blood pressure, glucose and cholesterol all of which are risk factors for diabetes or CV disease. While researchers found that the risk of second CV event was greater in diabetics, it was not the case for those with metabolic syndrome even though they were more likely to require an angioplasty. The results confirm what many researchers suspected and stress the importance of regulating chronic condition such as diabetes.

More at Yahoo! HealthDay | Posted 6 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Southeast Is Diabetes Belt

Tags: Why Is Controlling Diabetes Is Important If You Have Had a Strok

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