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Bordeaux, Dijon and Montpellier, France—Well-known in the kitchen as a light and tasty way to liven up food, olive oil also has been said to offer protective effects against many potentially dangerous cardiovascular risks like high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes and high cholesterol.

Mercer County, NJ—Everyone is aware of the benefits of getting a restful night’s sleep. Now, a new study suggests that sleepy teens are more prone to crave carbohydrates.

Vancouver, Canada—A new small-animal study indicates that a low-carb, high-protein diet may impede tumor growth.

As you think about your future, you may be wondering what your store is worth. When it comes time to sell, if you are realistic about value, you’re more likely to succeed. Many natural products retailers I know run into trouble because they confuse the emotional value their stores hold for them personally with the dollars-and-cents value in the eyes of the buyer.

Bonn, Germany--Though predictions are plentiful, no one really knows exactly how much time we have to curtail the effects of climate change. The timetable with regard to climate policy, however, is set: the commitment period for the Kyoto Protocol will expire at the end of 2012.

Rockville, MD—The labeling and marketing of sunscreens just got a whole lot harder. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued new rules that introduce revised parameters for what sunscreen manufacturers can say about their products.

Geneva, Switzerland—Following the U.S. delegation’s decision to drop its longstanding opposition to the concept, an official guidance on the labeling of products containing Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) was adopted at the annual Codex Alimentarius summit.

Las Vegas, NV—The Natural Products Association (NPA) MarketPlace show, held here June 23-24 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, presented attendees with an opportunity to celebrate the history and current mission of the NPA while discovering industry trends and making connections on the show floor.