The April issue of Archives of Ophthalmology included some interesting research in which patients with retinitis pigmentosa benefited greatly from lutein and vitamin A supplementation.

Given the magnitude of these health problems and how many people are affected, it is striking that new research points to the fact that probiotics may help those with metabolic syndrome.

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HomeFree, maker of organic, allergen-free, whole grain cookies based in Windham, NH, released the results of a nationwide survey revealing that America is confused about the difference between Celiac disease and food allergies.

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Asbury Park, NJ—Results from a national poll released by Rasmussen Reports show that 56% of Americans oppose a tax on soft drinks and junk foods, also known as “sin taxes.”

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New York, NY—The Board of Directors of the National Association for the Specialty Food Trade (NASFT) has made a unanimous decision to move the 2012 Summer Fancy Food Show to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

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Des Moines, IA-based Kemin Health L.C. appointed Michael Ceddia, Ph.D., to the position of vice president of research and development.

South Plainfield, NJ—This spring, WholeFoods Magazine launches a new, innovative Web site, www.wholefoodsmagazineonline.com. This new site will combine and replace the publication’s previous sites, www.wfcinc.com and www.wfcgreenbook.com.

Washington, D.C.—A new legislative bill is on the table that would give dietary supplement makers the ability to reference additional scientific information about the health benefits of their products.