Friday, July 29, 2005

Health - Week In Review

So much has been happening this month in our industry it's been hard to keep up with the news...

For example, on July 19 the USA Senate confirmed the nomination of Lester M. Crawford as the commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration by a vote of 78 to 16.

He was nominated for the post by President Bush in February, but the nomination was put on hold because several senators were unsatisfied with his explanation of why a "morning after pill" has not been approved for use without a prescription. The FDA is expected to decide by Sept. 1/05 whether the pill could be sold without a prescription. We'll bring you more info on this controversial subject in September.

In other news, the Center for Science in the Public Interest has filed a petition to place warning labels on soft drinks that contain caloric sweeteners. They want a series of rotating health notices on containers of all non-diet soft drinks - carbonated and non-carbonated - containing more than 13 grams of refined sugar per 12 oz.

And the glycemic index (GI) is being embraced in some areas of the world as a tool to help control appetite, weight, obesity, diabetes and other health concerns but it's not being too warmly received by American scientists, according to panelists at a session held during the Institute of Food Technologists Annual Meeting and Food Expo.

There's more... much more.

Have you read all our latest articles online? They're posted at:

- Pfizer Drug Giant Warned By FDA
- SpongeBob SquarePants, Dora The Explorer, and Kids Nutrition
- Is It The Low-Carbs ...Or Is It The Protein That Helps Shed Pounds?
- Are We Unintentionally Killing Our Kids With Fluoride?
- Why Use Pharmaceutical Grade Bottles For Supplements?
- Fun Facts: How Do You Get Better Bubbles In Chocolate?
- Women and Infertility - New Study

More on the way. Stay tuned... and stay healthy!