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Nestlé pulls funds for IAAF kids programme amid doping fallout

Nestlé has pulled out of its sponsorship of the International Association of Athletics Federations’ (IAAF) kid’s athletics programme following allegations of corruption and doping against the association.

'A payment of $500,000 was due on 01 February 2016, however we have decided not to make this payment and to end our partnership arrangement,' says Nestlé. © IAAF Kids' Athletics programme in Ukraine

Germany asks: When do energy drinks pose a risk?

The German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) has launched an online forum entitled ‘Energy Drinks: When do they pose a risk?’, which it hopes will raise awareness of the risks of high consumption in conjunction with alcohol and sports. 

NBTY Q1: Strong brand performance offsets contract manufacturing exit

Supplement giant NBTY has reported strong sales for many of its flagship brands it its Q1 earnings, and its CEO has dismissed media reports that it will sell its Holland & Barrett retail group.

Gut microbes’ protective effects compromised by alcohol

The protective function of natural gut antibiotics is impaired by alcohol leaving bacteria free to migrate to the liver aggravating alcohol-induced liver disease, a study has shown.

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Southeast Asia nearing its goal of harmonised supplement standards

Companies that are able to comply with harmonised standards and technical regulations should pave the way to be allowed in all Asean countries and should benefit from broader access in the region, writes Dr Gloria Mao, Amway principal toxicologist and AAHSA technical expert.

Ashwagandha root extract may improve sexual function & satisfaction in women

Supplements of ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) root extract may improve sexual function in healthy women, according to results of a double blind, randomized, placebo-controlled pilot trial.

Diet could cut medication dependence for type 2 diabetes patients

Australian researchers have developed a “life-changing” diet and exercise programme which they say has resulted in an average 40% reduction in medication levels for type 2 diabetes patients.