Top health stories: A shout out to the brilliant Trevor Butterworth and his take on the BPA scare, why you shouldn't run off to the nearest vitamin store before reading our take on Glucosamine, and the real uses and mis-uses, for the Body Mass Index (BMI).
It should be no surprise to anyone who reads our Dispatch that we at ACSH are not fans of dietary supplements. Our Dr. Josh Bloom has written repeatedly
A large population study suggests men should tread carefully when it comes to testosterone treatments as the therapies have been linked to an increased risk of cardiac problems. But questions remain whether the drug or behavior change is to blame.
Think all those natural remedies will help keep you and your family healthy this winter? Maybe you should read the opinion piece by Dr. Paul A. Offit, chief of the division of infectious diseases at the Children s Hospital of Philadelphia (and ACSH Trustee), and Dr. Sarah Erush, the clinical manager in the pharmacy department.
As overused as the expression you can t make this up is, sometimes there is simply no other phrase that can do the trick. You decide. Yesterday, it was Chinese dietary supplements that were in the news. Today it s spices from India. And if there is a better way to illustrate how badly the FDA s hands are tied while trying to protect people from substances they should not be consuming, it isn t obvious.
In the neverending battle between the unregulated multibillion dollar supplements industry and legitimate medicine, this shady industry is trying to recover from a pretty good licking it received today from the FDA.
Two recent studies on the health benefits associated with two commonly-used dietary supplements further add to our message here at ACSH that complementary products do very little to protect us from any types of disease, and supply further
Missed this week's health news? We're getting you caught up with three stories you can't ignore: Surprising binge drinking numbers among teens, new study says dietary supplements really don't work, and why heart attacks in women often times don't point to chest symptoms.
A very large metaanalysis of the putative efficacy of supplements to prolong life showed no beneficial effects, and perhaps a slight detrimental effect. There are no valid studies supporting the general use of such substances.
Although most breast-feeding women would be aghast at the thought of taking drugs that could affect their babies, many are doing just that.
An excerpt from Do You Believe in Magic, by ACSH trustee Dr. Paul Offit was published in the latest issue of The Atlantic magazine.