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A press release came in from the US NIH before the weekend noting that NCI’s Dr Jeffrey Green has identified potential anticancer activities from a grape skin extract that is not dependent on the presence of the well-known compound, resveratrol. The report is to appear in the 1 September issue of Cancer Research, but the…

My post the other day on a study showing a diet high in fructose caused massive increases in plasma triglycerides received an unusually high number of comments for this blog. One comment in particular, from Audrae Erickson, corrected me on subsidies given to sugar cane producers vs. corn producers: Regarding the comment that “large corn-processing…

Consumption of fructose, usually in the form of high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS), has been suggested as one of the underestimated causes of the increased incidence of obesity/metabolic syndrome in the U.S. Given the magnitude of the issue, Medscape covered this report, “Fructose but Not Glucose Consumption Linked to Atherogenic Lipid Profile,” from a presentation at…

Safer source of glycerin

After worries over the last few weeks of diethylene glycol being substituted for glycerin in cough syrup and toothpaste, I was happy to be reminded that we have a green source for glycerin. No need to risk using Chinese-sourced glycerin – glycerin (glycerol) is a by-product of biodiesel production. But rather than sell it for…

Via the Knight Science Journalism Tracker at MIT, I was directed to one of the best-written articles on melamine contamination of pet food and animal feed. David Brown at the Washington Post is the guilty party whose article appeared Monday. Brown does a terrific job of explaining how the modestly toxic substance, melamine, can cause…

More on unsafe food additives

Between melamine and diethylene glycol, most of my attention this past week has been on unsafe food and drug additives in products imported into the US and other countries. Nicholas Zamiska has an article in today’s Wall Street Journal detailing this widespread problem: China, India, and Mexico are the countries that lead the number of…

In the comment thread of my recent post about Herbalife, the multilevel supplement marketing company, I brought up the company’s association with Dr Louis Ignarro who shared the 1998 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for the discovery of nitric oxide as a signaling molecule in the cardiovascular system. My medblogging colleague, Orac, reminded me…

A few years ago, GlaxoSmithKline marketed Remifemin brand of black cohosh extract from their consumer products division as a hormone-free alternative in managing menopausal symptoms. But after reports surfaced that black cohosh might be associated with cases of liver damage, GSK very quietly walked away. (To date, no one has ever shown that black cohosh…

Energy drink launch gets Spiked

A Colorado high school has banned a newly-released energy drink after six students reported “symptoms including shortness of breath, heart palpitations and nausea.” Interestingly, convenience stores near the high school have also stopped selling the energy drink, Spike Shooter. Tim Patterson, chief executive of Colorado Springs-based Biotest Laboratories, which produces Spike Shooter, said the drink…

Dan Hurley’s new book, “Natural Causes: Death, Lies and Politics in America’s Vitamin and Herbal Supplement Industry,” has the industry on the defensive. Cited by Katie Couric’s two-part CBS News series on dietary supplements and excerpted today in the New York Times, Hurley seems to have created a buzz reminiscent of Marcia Angell’s similar indictment…