vitamin D

Bethesda, MD—A large clinical trial is underway to determine whether taking vitamin D3 supplements can help prevent or delay the development of type-2 diabetes in adults who are at risk of the disease.

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caffeine liver

Singapore—International researchers at Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School and Duke University School of Medicine have found that increased caffeine intake may be beneficial to those with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD).

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Silver Spring, MD; San Diego, CA—A new guidance document that details the formulating and marketing of organic dietary supplements under the USDA’s National Organic Program (NOP) has been released by The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) and Quality Assurance International (QAI).

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Chicago, IL—The Natural Health Research Institute and the American Nutrition Association are joining up again to offer their annual scientific symposium on October 31. This year’s overarching topic is “The Effective of Natural Products & Integrative Medicine for Pain Management.”

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Although her passion for the issue is commendable, I respectfully disagree with most of Claudia David-Roscoe’s remarks (in response to NPA president Jeff Wright's opinion piece) regarding the proposed Natural Products Association (NPA) bylaw.

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NPA

On Tuesday May 13, 2013 at 1:00pm EST, the Natural Products Association (NPA) board and an appointed committee held a webinar to discuss current business challenges facing the natural products industry. 

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Jeff Wright NPA

The Natural Products Association currently finds itself at a crucial point in our association’s history: do we allow our membership to evolve with the industry or do we remain as we are?

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Hartford, CT—With a 35–1 vote, the Connecticut Senate reportedly passed a bill that would require foods containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs) to be labeled. It became the first state Senate to do so, but the bill’s prospects in the Connecticut House of Representatives remained unclear. The bill states that the labeling requirement would not take effect in Connecticut until July 1, 2016, unless three other nearby states passed similar legislation. In that case, it would take effect July 1, 2015.

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FDA spending

Silver Spring, MD—The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is proposing a budget of $4.7 billion for fiscal year 2014 budget (Oct. 1, 2013–Sept. 30. 2014). 

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Allen Skolnick

Allen Skolnick, a pioneer in the nutrition industry, passed away on April 24. Reflecting on this sad news, Richard A. Passwater, Ph.D., science editor of WholeFoods Magazine, stated: "Today, I lost my best friend, but the health food community lost a true champion. Allen Skolnick was more than an industry-changing pioneer."

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