The FDA, the Food and Drug Administration’s number one responsibility is to ensure the safety of the public by regulating drugs, biological products, and medical equipment. If something is sold in a department store, it may not be FDA approved, meaning the FDA has not approved its ingredients, functions, or workability of that particular product. The FDA also oversees tobacco products and the illegal selling to minors.
People are often curious about how certain products become FDA approved well others do not. The FDA has a step by step process in determining a product’s effectiveness and the reasoning behind if it gets the FDA stamp of approval or not. The first step is to test the products on animals and perform other laboratory tests in order to determine if it is safe to test on humans. If the product is safe, the FDA will perform clinical tests on humans to prove its effectiveness. The FDA will send off the results of the clinical tests and see if the benefits of the product outweigh the risks, and if so the product is approved for sale.
The Food and Drug Administration is a Federal organization under the United States Department of Health and Human Services. The United States Department of Health and Human Services oversees all of the food safety, tobacco products, and dietary supplements on the market today. A good bit of the FDA’s budget comes from user fees which are mostly paid by Pharmaceutical firms, and the rest is funded by the FDA from a budget provided by the Federal Government.
One of the big changes the FDA has made over the past few years has to do with the health of Americans. Trans fats have always been found on the labels of certain products, the FDA has begun to make steps to remove artificial trans-fat from the food supply. Trans fat has been linked to increased risk of coronary heart disease. Heart disease is the number one cause of death of Americans. It is a huge change to try and change the way food has been for decades, but it is a necessary change that the FDA noted, and is working to improve that area of the food industry. Former Commissioner Margaret Hamburg helped the initiative to ban trans fats. The FDA warns consumer to check the labels of products before they purchase them to ensure they are consuming only quality ingredients well they work to reduce the amount of trans fat found in certain products.
As the world’s population continues to swell, the resources consumed by each and every person is something to consider both in terms of conservation and renewal. Sustainability and productivity have quickly become a hot topic on many minds and institutions – particularly that of the Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
On a mission to “foster actionable, interdisciplinary research to address fundamental challenges in sustainability, energy and environment; to provide national and international leadership in these areas through interdisciplinary education and outreach activities; and to develop and implement strategies for a sustainable environment,” iSEE looks to tackle the demands of our world’s ever-changing needs head on.
Amongst the most pressing areas to address on a global level is the use and disposal of polystyrene foam. Common misconceptions about the recycling of this packing material have led to initiatives like a ban on polystyrene foam. While many believe that polystyrene foam cannot be recycle, it very much can be as proven by the students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign who have created a program specifically to deal with this growing problem.
Styrecycle, a student-pioneered and operated recycling program on campus has been created to cut down on the amount of polystyrene foam added to landfills each year. Partnering with the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center, iSEE was awarded a grant from the Student Sustainability Committee to purchase a polystyrene foam densifier – a machine that grinds up the plastic into small beads forming a dense tube, which is then sold and reused. Polystyrene foam is collected at participating Loomis Laboratory and Edward R. Madigan Laboratory.
The Styrecycle student intern’s role comes into play by picking up the polystyrene foam and delivering it to local recycling company Community Resource, Inc. that houses and manages the machine. Each participating member of the process constitutes an intricate part in ensuring that this potentially harmful product is better used.
“We are really trying everything that we can to reduce our impact on the environment. This may be a small step, but it’s a step that we can take as a campus right now.”
Since its inception, countless emails and phone calls have been placed from others wanting to help in the collection, others asking where they too can drop off their used polystyrene foam and even from those in the community digging through their own garbage to remove recyclable foam. iSEE hopes to see further environmental improvements as the program continues to spread across the community. Check out Styrecycle’s Facebook page here.
JenCare Neighborhood Medical Centers are a subsidiary of ChenMed. This entity is taking the charge in providing health care services on behalf of government sponsored health programs. They joined the network on September 1, 2015 in Atlanta and October 30, 2015 in Chicago. JenCare Neighborhood Medical Center and ChenMed have been touted as the best medical care system because of their ability to provide the senior population with access to a primary care physician. Currently, the physician to patient ratio is one doctor for every 2,300 patients. Seniors who are eligible for Medicare will benefit greatly from being on a patient panel that is 5 times smaller than the national average. The panel size of JenCare is significantly smaller at about 350-450 patients.
The ChenMed CEO has stated that patients enrolled in the system are spending 40% less time in the hospital than the average of patients across the nation. The coordinated care model is designed to make seniors live longer and healthier lives. He has stated that physicians maintain nurturing relationships with the patients.
The JenCare coordinated care model goes above and beyond to take care of the patients. JenCare offers extended visits between patients and their primary care physician. There are regular meetings between the physicians and the specialist doctors regarding patients who are at a higher risk and may require more attention. Physicians are also able to dispense drugs on-site for the patient’s convenience.
The extensive benefits of being on JenCare’s patient panel also include access to bilingual providers and round trip transportation to for patients who live within 6 miles of the center. Wellcare’s regional president Roman Kulich has stated that the collaboration between specialists and primary care physicians is all for the goal of bettering the health outcomes for patients with complex medical issues. Dr. Robert Hilliard, Jr., the president of Harmony Health Plan has stated that JenCare strengthens the healthcare network as it helps ensure that patients get the proper care when they need it and in the most appropriate setting.
Dr. Chen encourages new patients to visit the new Chicago and Atlanta locations to speak with the patients directly about the quality of care they’re receiving. He is proud of the patient feedback that has been at least three times better than satisfaction levels at other practices. Visitations and appointments can be scheduled to view the new facilities in Atlanta and Chicago at any time or simply visit JenCaremed.com.
The FDA moved to protect American citizens from themselves on Tuesday by approving a ban on chemically altered fats (known as trans fats or partially hydrogenated oils) over the next three years. Trans fats are liquid fats that undergo a scientific process that makes them behave more like lard or butter. This extends the shelf-life of many foods. Unfortunately, this version of the fat is significantly unhealthier for human consumption; making it comparative to saturated fats. The primary health risk being a spike in cholesterol levels which can harden arteries and lead to stroke or heart attacks. It is believed that thousands of heart attacks will be prevented by removing trans-fat from the food supply.
The current health trends in America had put trans fats in the cross hairs and many food manufacturers had been proactive about removing these deadly ingredients from their products ahead of the FDA’s ruling. At the current estimate, 80% of trans fats have already been removed from the food supply. By 2018, the FDA’s ruling will reduce the remaining 20% almost entirely.
CSPI executive director Michael Jacobson called the ruling a “major victory for public health.” Former Commissioner of the FDA, Margaret Hamburg played a key role in the regulations. The Center for Science in the Public Interest, a non-profit organization, had sued the FDA in order to speed up this decision and is especially pleased with the outcome. Americans seeking to improve their health and those unaware of the dangers of trans fat are the true winners of this decision.
Liquid oils like olive oil, canola oil and safflower oil make excellent substitutes for trans fats and partially hydrogenated oils. Consumers will start to see food manufacturers moving towards these products as well. The most commonly purchased items that contain partially hydrogenated oils are coffee creamer, frozen baked goods, frosting, and refrigerated biscuit dough.
Did you know that companies who claim to be “zero trans-fat” may actually contain the noxious ingredient? That’s because under the current trend, products containing 0.5g of trans fat or less can claim no trans-fat. The new ruling will also put an end to this loophole. Consumers will be able to make decisions for themselves and their families with confidence and transparency.
Specialized medical care is essential for many senior citizens, being the majority that rely on our healthcare system the most. Palliative care is a growingly popular option to accompany a chronic illness. Beginning in 2006 in the U.S., palliative care became board certified under a specialty of medicine accompanying doctors or caregivers an interest in the field. Palliative care uses a multidisciplinary approach, tying in multiple levels of treatments and angles to provide to the recipient.
What is palliative care?
A serious illness requires serious attention. Palliative care provides that attention in more ways than one. Specialized doctors, nurses and workers provide an extra layer of support in addition to medical needs. These doctors, nurses and workers are certified in the hospice and palliative care medicine, therefore work together in harmony, making the interactions between themselves easy and effective. The main goal is to make the patient and family extremely comfortable throughout the process of the treatment. Regardless of the diagnosis or treatment, palliative care is focused to improve the quality of life for both the patient and the family.
Difference between palliative care and hospice?
As stated before, palliative care is made up of a team instead of hospice relying on a family caregiver. Another major distinction is timing. Hospice is usually terminal or a half year time range of death to qualify for hospice care. Palliative care requires no time range, therefore the care is consistent from day one and on.
Where to Find Palliative Care Clinics
Specialized clinics are popping up throughout the country, JenCare is one example. With recent openings in Illinois with JenCare Chicago, this family style care is growing increasingly popular. Their model is patient focused, giving the family and recipient of treatments always full attention and need.
College is supposed to be one of the most important experiences in a young person’s life. They learn information and develop skills that will lead to a lifelong career. It is also a time that young people are required to start learning their way through the world. Alcohol is a huge part of the social life in college. Although most drinking activity is dressed up to appear like harmless fun, there are many dangers that drinking alcohol at a party brings. One of the most damaging is date rape.
This results when someone slips a drug into a victim’s drink without their knowledge. The drugs, which are colorless and tasteless, will render them unconscious and at the mercy of whoever has just drugged them. This is a serious problem but there are steps that you can take to avoid becoming the victim of date rape. Due to the frequency of date rape and the use of date rape drugs, innovative products are being created to help detect the presence of drugs in drinks. For example, Undercover Colors (Buzzfeed.com) is currently developing a color changing nail polish sticker that changes color when it comes in contact with common date rape drugs like GHB.
When you make the choice to drink alcohol you are taking responsibility for yourself. This means that you don’t allow the alcohol to diminish your ability to defend and protect yourself. Have a good time but don’t drink so much that you can’t pay attention to what is happening around you. Being responsible for your choices is part of being an adult.
- Never accept drinks from someone else. Only accept drinks from someone you trust. Once you are drugged you will be helpless to defend yourself, so make the decision to be vigilant. Always watch your drink and never leave it unattended.
- Let your instincts guide you. If you are in a place that doesn’t feel “right”, or makes you uncomfortable get out. Call a friend to come meet you and escort you home. Many colleges provide escort services to help women from being in compromising positions.
- If you are going on a first date with someone, make sure that you check in with a friend before and continually check in throughout the date. Make sure to meet in a public, populated place. Don’t leave a party with someone that you have just met. You have no idea who they are or what their intentions are.
- Stick with your friends. There is always safety in numbers. When you are at a party where people are drinking alcohol, make sure to not get separated from those you went with.
It is important to remember these tips in order to keep yourself safe and allow for the college experience to be one of the best things that ever experience. So be smart when you are out for the evening, and help create an environment that is safe for women.
Diabetes can happen at any age, though type 2 diabetes is more common in those over 45 years of age. Many of the risks for diabetes are the same between men and women, but there are some differences.
The risk of developing diabetes is higher for people who:
- Are overweight or obese
- Have high blood pressure
- Are do not lead active lives
- Have high levels of fats called triglycerides, low levels of “good” cholesterol, or both
- Are a member of a high-risk race or ethnicity
- Have a history of high blood sugar
- Have a first-degree relative with diabetes
- Have conditions that are associated with the body not using insulin effectively (insulin resistance
Other unique risk factors include a history of gestational diabetes or having given birth to a baby weighing over 9 pounds.
According to the National Institutes of Heath (NIH), close to one-third of women with diabetes do not know they have the disease. It is recommended that screening for adults of both genders be done in those over the age of 45 who are overweight or obese and who have one of the risk factors listed above.
On the other hand, men are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than women. The exact reasons why are unclear, however.
One possible reason could be that men tend to carry their weight in the belly area more often than women, which can increase insulin resistance.
Men are also more likely than women to develop heart disease as a result of their diabetes. The risks become relatively similar between the sexes once women reach menopause.
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Mannatech (LinkedIn.com) is looking to launch a new weight loss line to add to its already expansive glyconutrient supplements. This line is completely patented next to an impressive 117 more. Asia is a monster market for this company. While it’s true that it is vulnerable to global currency fluctuation the product has adjusted itself to compensate for any losses and continues to go forward with ever-growing global return.
New Branding New Plan New Success
The CEO Alfredo Bala, the mastermind behind the new product line is using this very new positive product to boost sales in the global market as part of a revitalization scheme. This company has a sharp tendency to be resilient and with an entrepreneurial spirit, to turn on a dime for the better. In an effort for constant improvement, the company has made its compensation plan even more attractive which is sure to turn some heads on the people that are selling the product. It doesn’t stop there either. The entire company is in the midst of a great new revamp or revitalization of sorts with new branding. And to showcase the new branding, the new product will be the main event.
What is a Glyconutrient?
A glyconutrient which is the basis of this new product line is there to help people with the 8 sugars it needs for optimal function mostly at the cellular level for immunity boosting and maintenance. The intention is to replace the sugars, 6 which are not found in diets
Special Focus on the Associates
This new product line will be the main event with the associates of the product. The company will work to engage and educate so as to boost ” drive positive sales growth”. This is important as this product line will tell the company a lot about the direction it will take and show Mannatech where it must improve further. Mannatech is a company that care about the physical health and well-being of its consumers and will take every step necessary to improve the product line it launches.
In 2006 Forbes Magazine named Mannatech as number five in the best small companies in a list of 200 top companies. That’s great and hard to come by recognition. One year later, BusinessWeek named the company Top 100 Hot Growth Small Companies.” Since then, it has lived up to its name.
Fruits and vegetables are important sources of fiber,vitamins, and other biologically active substances, which are thought to offer protection against breast cancer.
However, conclusive evidence is lacking, and most previous studies have focused on consumption of fruit and vegetables starting from the midlife years. By then, breast tissue may no longer be so vulnerable to carcinogenic influences.
Researchers, led by Maryam S. Farvid of the Department of Nutrition, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston, MA, wanted to investigate how eating fruits and vegetables in the teenage years could impact breast cancer risk later in life.
They used data from a study that followed 90,000 nurses over 20 years.
The nurses had reported their nutritional habits in early adulthood, and half of them had also reported their usual diet in adolescence.
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Athletes are asked to push their bodies to the limit on a daily basis, and the strain on their bodies can be quite large. As an athlete, you must quell the strain as much as possible by using supplements. Athletic supplements increase your energy levels, allow your body to heal after strenuous workouts or matches and provide you with a routine that helps you eat a clean diet. This article talks about what supplements will do for you when you choose to take them every day.
Supplements Increase Energy Levels
The supplements created by health companies such as Mannatech are designed to help you increase your energy levels. You need all the energy you can find if you plan to work out several hours a day, compete in events that could last for hours at a time and repeat the process the next day. Your diet will help increase your energy, but a supplement steps in to handle the rest.
Your Body Must Heal
Your body goes through quite a lot of stress when you are working out and competing on a consistent basis. There are small tears in your muscles and ligaments that are imperceptible to you, but your body must heal those problems before you begin the next day. A lack of nutrients and minerals that come from your supplement routine will cause your body to break down, but a proper supplement routine will allow you to repair your body every day after a hard workout or meet.
Supplements Add to Your Routine
The finest athletes in the world keep up a routine that is difficult to match. Adding supplements to your diet allows you an opportunity to add something to your routine that is truly beneficial. You must fill up as much of your time as possible if you wish to succeed, and supplements are a healthy slot in calendar every day.
How Do You Take Supplements?
Consult a health professional to help you decide which supplements to take. You need guidance to ensure that you are taking the right supplements. Mannatech is one of the leading health supplement producers in the world today, and you may purchase your supplements in large quantities for a small amount of money every month. Taking steps to improve your health will allow you to be as competitive as possible at every match.