Nutracast Podcast: Dr. Paul Clayton on cellular aging

Nutracast Podcast: Dr. Paul Clayton on cellular aging

By Danielle Masterson

In recent years, research on aging has seen some major advancements, including the discovery that the rate of aging is controlled, at least to some extent. And according to Dr. Paul Clayton, who has researched, written and presented about the process...

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Liquorice may interact with all sorts of medicines

By Tim Cutcliffe

Liquorice compounds commonly found in dietary supplements can interfere with how the liver processes medicines, warns a new study in European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Is pharma interest in probiotics a challenge or opportunity?


Is pharma interest in probiotics a challenge or opportunity?

By Nathan Gray

The probiotic category continues to grow rapidly on a global basis. And with growth comes increased interest probiotics and microbiome modulation therapies from the pharmaceutical sector. But is this increased interest a good thing for the traditional...

ABC's Blumenthal wins ethnopharmacology award

ABC's Blumenthal wins ethnopharmacology award

By Hank Schultz

Mark Blumenthal, founder and executive director of the American Botanical Council has added to his list of awards and accolades with a recognition from an Indian group.

Irish authorities warn consumers not to buy health products online

Irish man dies after taking toxic DNP slimming tablets

By Annie Harrison-Dunn

A young Irish man has died after apparently taking slimming tablets bought online that contained the toxic fat burner dinitrophenol (DNP), the Irish Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA) has said.

UK herbal medicines body reappoints board

UK herbal medicines body reappoints board

The UK Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has reappointed members to its Herbal Medicines Advisory Committee (HMAC) that advises on matters including the EU Traditional Herbal Medicinal Products Directive (THMPD).

FSA ups ante in battle to ban deadly fat burner

UK turns up heat on deadly fat burner


The UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) is pushing hard to end an illicit trade in the industrial chemical DNP (2,4-Dinitrophenol) which is being used as a fat burning, weight loss aid and has been linked to at least two deaths.

GOED: Pharma is important for omega-3 but growing slowly

GOED: Pharma is important for omega-3 but growing slowly

By Shane Starling

Pharmaceutical omega-3 products are important but will grow more slowly than some expect because of the long timeframe for drug approval, says the chief of the Global Organisation for EPA and DHA Omega-3s (GOED).

Nutraceutical industry needs new trial design culture

Dispatches from Vitafoods Europe 2012

Nutraceutical industry needs new trial design culture: Research veteran

By Shane Starling

The multi-billion euro global nutraceutical industry will never achieve its potential until it better adapts pharma protocols – and this can be done with food nutrients, says Dr Stephen de Felice, who was the keynote speaker at the recent Vitafoods expo...

The UK MHRA is putting its enforcement hooks into unlicensed medicines

UK turns the screw on ‘unlicensed medicines’

By Shane Starling

Supplement products bearing ingredients like milk thistle, DMAA, valerian, hoodia, porcine thyroid glandular, melatonin and horny goat weed are being targeted by the UK medicines regulator as potential ‘unlicensed medicines’, as EU herbal law enforcement...

South African supplement makers should voluntarily implement GMPs, says a leading manufactuer

South African supplement makers urged to adopt GMPs

By Shane Starling

South African complementary and alternative medicines (CAMs) including herbal products and food supplements are blighted by inconsistent manufacturing processes that are damaging the sector, a leading manufacturer has said.

The ANH wants to see the THMPD in court over the treatment of herbal products in the EU

NGO set to file THMPD legal challenge by end of March

By Ben Bouckley

Non-governmental organisation ANH-International is set to file its legal challenge to the controversial Traditional Herbal Medicines Product Directive (THMPD) at the High Court in London by the end of March, has learnt.


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