FDA Conflict-of-Interest Rules Apt to Loosen, & Other News of Note

Lawmakers May Relax FDA Drug Conflict Rules (Reuters)

U.S. lawmakers likely will change the criteria for advisers reviewing new medicines next year because of complaints that the rules meant to prevent conflicts of interest make it harder to find real experts.

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Others say that the agency is not looking hard enough.

A March study from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Medicine found that 44 percent of cardiologists do not have industry ties…MORE

Researchers Strive to Increase Awareness of Forgotten Essential Nutrient (MedicalXpress)

Choline, a nutrient found in foods such as egg yolks, liver and soybeans, does not appear to be high on anyone’s list of eating priorities, say Jonathan Curtis, Catherine Field and René Jacobs, and this is something they want to change.

“It’s gone off the radar,” said Field, a researcher in nutrition and metabolism in the Department of Agricultural Food and Nutritional Science. “It’s not being taught in schools as being an important nutrient, so our dietitians and health professionals don’t think about it.”

Part of the reason choline has been overlooked, says Field, is because it is produced naturally in the liver. But people can’t produce enough to reap the positive benefits the nutrient offers…MORE

Big Sweet Gulp: Heart Disease in a Can (Futurity.org)

Adults who consume high levels of sugar—particularly fructose or high fructose corn syrup—have significantly elevated levels of several risk factors for heart disease, a new study shows.

The results suggest U.S. dietary guidelines for sugar may be lax and should be reconsidered, the researchers say. Their findings are scheduled for publication in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism…MORE

Recent Study: We’re Consuming Less Sugar. Or Are We? (Fooducate)

A study recently published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition has some good news: Between the years 2000 and 2008, our daily intake of added sugars has gone down from 3.5 ounces to 2.7 ounces. That’s almost a 25% decrease!

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It seems to us that a 25% reduction in our craving for sweets in less than 10 years is highly unlikely…MORE

Exercise at Every Age Boosts Brain Function (Wellness Resources)

Researchers evaluated the findings from 111 recent studies on exercise and brain function1 and came to the conclusion that both aerobics and strength training are of great value to brain health at every age. This is especially the case for helping to maintain cognitive function in older age…MORE

Can Blaming Others Make People Sick? (ScienceDaily)

Constant bitterness can make a person ill, according to Concordia University researchers who have examined the relationship between failure, bitterness and quality of life.

“Persistent bitterness may result in global feelings of anger and hostility that, when strong enough, could affect a person’s physical health,” says Carsten Wrosch, a professor in the Concordia University Department of Psychology and a member of the Centre for Research in Human Development…MORE

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