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ProPhase Labs sends ColdEeze to U.S. troops

BY Michael Johnsen

DOYLESTOWN, Pa. — ProPhase Labs on Monday partnered with Give2TheTroops to aid in the combat against the common cold this holiday season. Men and women serving in the Persian Gulf, Afghanistan, Kosovo and other combat and disaster-relief zones are set to receive Cold-Eeze products in personalized care packages.

This holiday season, Cold-Eeze encourages its fans to visit Give2TheTroops.org for more information on how to donate products and/or send handwritten cards to the many men and women serving in the U.S. military.

 


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Study: Vitamin D supplementation saves lives

BY Michael Johnsen

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — A study published online earlier this month by the American Journal of Cardiology concluded that supplementation with vitamin D conferred substantial survival benefits, specifically in patients with documented deficiency.

According to the research, evidence supported an association between vitamin D deficiency and hypertension, peripheral vascular disease, diabetes mellitus, metabolic syndrome, coronary artery disease and heart failure.

University of Kansas Medical Center researchers explored the associations between vitamin D deficiency, vitamin D supplementation and patient outcomes across 10,899 patients who were 58 years old on average. Vitamin D deficiency was associated with several cardiovascular-related diseases, including hypertension, coronary artery disease, cardiomyopathy and diabetes. Vitamin D deficiency also was a strong independent predictor of all-cause death after adjusting for multiple clinical variables.

 


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FDA files permanent injunction against ATF Fitness Products

BY Michael Johnsen

SILVER SPRING, Md. — The Food and Drug Administration last week took legal action against the dietary supplement manufacturer ATF Fitness Products for substituting ingredients and products without noting the changes on the final product labels.

The permanent injunction, filed on behalf of the FDA by the U.S. Department of Justice, would stop the defendants from making and distributing more than 400 products for being in violation of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. Brands include Sci-Fit, Nature’s Science and For Store Only.

"Dietary supplements have a significant role in the public’s health," stated Dara Corrigan, FDA associate commissioner for regulatory affairs. "[Last week’s] injunction reinforces our commitment to ensuring that these supplements meet the [current Good Manufacturing Practices] requirements the law establishes."

The government’s complaint, filed Nov. 23 in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, alleged that in addition to "adulterating" and "misbranding" their final products, the manufacturer and its owner failed to report serious adverse events associated with their products.

This is the first time the FDA has taken legal action against a dietary supplement manufacturer of this size for failure to comply with the dietary supplement current Good Manufacturing Practice regulations, the agency stated.

 


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