Plus some heart news for you this weekend.
CVD drug watch
FDA warns consumers about tainted weight loss pills
More than two dozen different products for weight loss have been flagged by the US FDA for consumer warning. These products are said to have undeclared yet active ingredients which may cause health problems. The ingredients which are of health risks include:
- sibutramine (a controlled substance)
- rimonabant (a drug not approved for marketing in the United States)
- phenytoin (an anti-seizure medication)
- phenolphthalein (a solution used in chemical experiments and a suspected cancer causing agent)
A previous report has estimated that we spend billions of dollar each year on weight loss products which tunr out to quack or even dangerous.
CVD health supplements watch
Evidence for protective effect of fish oil not conclusive
Fish oil, which contains a lot of omega-3 fats, has always been thought to be beneficial to health, especially on cardiovascular health. That is why fish oil supplements are routinely recommended for heart patients. This recent meta-analysis study indicates that fish oil is not necessarily effective against all heart problems. “Fish oil was found to be effective at reducing deaths from heart problems, but showed no strong evidence of a beneficial effect on arrhythmias or deaths from all causes.”
CVD fat watch
What a way to recycle. It may be innovative and environmentally friendly but it is nevertheless against the law. Beverly Hills liposuction specialist Dr. Alan Bittner has been accused of using fat waste from liposuction procedures to produce biodiesel that could then make his SUV run. He is currently facing charges since it is also illegal in the state of California “to use human medical waste to power vehicles.”
CVD health drink watch
Problems with the Diet Coke Plus, Coca-Cola Co’s attempt to turn soda into a health drink. The US FDA declared that the drink’s claims about vitamins and minerals content violate federal regulations, as reported by Bloomberg. According to FDA letter dated December 10, 2008 to the company, the regulatory body objects to the use of the word “Plus” in the product’s name and the term “Diet Coke with Vitamins & Minerals” on its label. In addition, “FDA does not consider it appropriate to fortify snack foods such as carbonated beverages.” The company is ordered to correct the violations within 15 days of receipt of the letter.
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