Monthly Archives: September 2013

The Great Health Supplements Con: How Firms Like Seven Seas And Vitabiotics Exaggerate Benefits Of Pills Used By Millions Says Which?

Vitamins: Too much of a not-so-good thing?

Dr. Paul Offit says everyone should be more skeptical about taking large doses of vitamins.

The Bioglan and Bimuno products made unsubstantiated claims that they help maintain digestive health, while the Seven Seas product was wrong to suggest it was necessary for a healthy heart. It has been illegal since December for manufacturers to include health claims on packaging that are not approved by the EU. There is an exception for certain probiotic strains and glucosamine, which must be removed by January 2014. A panel of Which?
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Paul Offit says everyone should be more skeptical about taking large doses of vitamins. As Offit wrote in an op-ed the New York Times , a 1994 New England Journal of Medicine study on 29,000 Finnish smokers found beta carotene was associated with lung and heart disease death. Beta carotene and vitamin A in combination were shown in another New England Journal of Medicine study to be linked to a 46% greater risk of death from lung cancer than placebo. A 2012 Cochrane review of multiple randomized clinical trials showed an increase in risk of death may be linked to beta carotene and vitamin E, as well as higher doses of vitamin A.
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Do Older Adults Need Vitamins, Supplements?

“We know too little to suggest there is a greater need in the elderly for most of these vitamins and minerals.” “A supplement does not cure the aging process,” he says. And in some cases, supplements may do harm, he says. Expense is another factor. His report, which reviews numerous studies of vitamins and mineral supplements, is published in Advances in Nutrition. Duffy MacKay, ND, vice president of scientific and regulatory affairs for the Council for Responsible Nutrition, an industry group representing dietary supplement makers, agrees that starting with a good diet is the best way to get needed nutrients.
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Global Baby Food Market: Pediatric Nutrition Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends And Forecast 2007 – 2017

However, the sales volume growth is expected reduce to 8.6% CAGR during 2012 2017 and overall baby food consumption is expected to be 1,846.3 thousand tonnes in 2017. On the other hand the sales volume in Australasia market increased with a CAGR of 0.32% during 2007 2011 to reach a total of 22.7 thousand tonnes in 2011. However, the sales volume growth is expected increase by 0.93% CAGR during 2012 2017 and overall baby food consumption is expected to be 24.1 thousand tonnes in 2017. The overall Eastern Europe baby food and pediatric nutrition market showed a steady growth during 2007 2011. The market grew from USD 1.7 billion in 2007 to reach USD 3.2 billion in 2011 with a CAGR of 17.3% during 2007 2011.Russia & Ukraine accounted for the fasted growth in the region at 24.02% and 19.43% respectively during the same period and generated respective revenue of USD 2, 015.6 million and USD 207.7 million in 2011. The overall Eastern Europe baby food and pediatric nutrition market is forecasted to grow form USD 3,580.0 million in 2012 to USD 6,550.8 million in 2017 with a CAGR of 12.85% during the same period. Baby population aged 0-4 year in Latin America reached 52.7 million in 2010 that resulted in robust growth of the overall Latin America baby food and pediatric nutrition market during 2007 2011.
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Viewpoints: Cutting nutrition assistance is recipe for hunger that will cost us all

Targeting people looking for work also runs counter to our fundamental American belief, that anyone who tries hard should have a fair shot at getting ahead. SNAP provides that fair shot by helping people buy groceries while they are between jobs. Finding work is hard enough right now; doing so on an empty stomach would be even harder. Contrary to popular perception, food banks couldnt adequately feed the millions of families who would lose access to nutrition assistance under the House Republican proposal. Often theyre restricted to providing a three- to five-day food supply to clients once a month. Plus, theyre already stretched thin from the economic slump, and theyll see even more hungry families this fall when a federal Recovery Act provision expires, causing a sharp drop in SNAP benefits. Any policymaker concerned about job growth should oppose deep cuts to this nutrition program.
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Nutrition Bill Passes House

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It shouldnt be this hard to pass a bill that ensures all of us in this economy have enough to eat. And thats what a farm bill does. Rep. Lucas floor remarks A series of Democrats took to the floor to argue against the bill that contains reforms that would save nearly $40 billion in food stamp costs over ten years. Theres no reason to pass this bill other than to placate some people that want to make a point, said Rep. Collin Peterson (D-MN), ranking member of the agriculture committee. This bill isnt going any place in the Senate, the president wouldnt sign it, so I dont know what were doing. Rep.
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Republican Health-care Attack Shifts From Defund To Delay

Health exchange board delays vote on plans again

Short-Term Bill Eighty House Republicans — less than half of the caucus — sent an Aug. 21 letter to Boehner urging him to defund the health-care law as part of a short-term bill to fund government operations. In the Senate, Cruz and Lee have 13 signatures — also less than half of the chambers Republicans — on a similar letter. You effectively cant defund the ACA, said Joseph Antos, a health analyst at the American Enterprise Institute, a Washington-based policy group that supports free markets. For instance, a lot of the activity involves contracts that have already been let with private parties, he said.
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Aetna pulls out of another Obamacare health exchange

health insurer has said it is seeking to limit its exposure to the risks of providing health plans to America’s uninsured, but did not give details about its decision to pull out of specific markets. “We believe it is critical that our plans not only be competitive, but also financially viable, in order to meet the long-term needs of the exchanges in which we choose to participate. On New York, as a result of our analysis, we reluctantly came to the conclusion to withdraw,” Aetna spokeswoman Cynthia Michener said. The New York decision comes as states finalize the roster of health plans that will be offered to millions of uninsured Americans beginning on October 1. Aetna and its newly acquired Coventry Health unit, a low-cost provider that caters to individuals and Medicaid beneficiaries and provides private Medicare policies, still have applications to sell coverage in 10 states, based on publicly available information.
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Burwell on Budget Negotiations: Political Capital

1. “This board action was taken in order to provide as many health coverage options to consumers as possible,” Richard Onizuka, CEO for the Washington Health Benefit Exchange, said in a written statement after the vote. Of the nine companies that applied to sell health plan in the exchange, the four that were preliminarily approved were Bridgespan, Group Health Cooperative, Premera Blue Cross and LifeWise, a subsidiary of Premera. The companies that applied but were not approved for the exchange were Moda Health Plan Inc., Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of the Northwest, Community Health Plan of Washington, Coordinated Care Co. and Molina Healthcare of Washington Inc. Only insurance companies approved by the upcoming vote will be able to offer individual health insurance through Washington’s exchange during the open enrollment period, between Oct.
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