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Strengthening the regulation of herbal medicines in Europe

The Lancet Although widely used, the efficacy of many herbal drugs is unproven. Moreover, many consumers misinterpret the natural origin of herbal medicines as a sign of safety, without appreciating that herbal ingredients can cause serious adverse effects. One of the worst cases of herbal misuse in Europe occurred in 1998, when over 100 Belgian … Continue reading

New EU regulations on herbal medicines come into force

New European Union rules have come into force banning hundreds of traditional herbal remedies. The EU law aims to protect consumers from possible damaging side-effects of over-the-counter herbal medicines. For the first time, new regulations will allow only long-established and quality-controlled medicines to be sold. But both herbal remedy practitioners and manufacturers fear they could … Continue reading

European Directive on Traditional Herbal Medicinal Products

From Wikipedia: The European Directive on Traditional Herbal Medicinal Products (THMPD)formally The Directive 2004/24/EC amending, as regards traditional herbal medicinal products, Directive 2001/83/EC on the Community code relating to medicinal products for human use was established by the European Parliament and Council on 31 March 2004 to provide a simplified regulatoryapproval process for traditionalherbal medicines in the European Union (EU).[1][2]Previously, there was no formal EU wide authorisation procedure, so … Continue reading

Half of Americans use supplements

(CNN) — As more than half of U.S. adults are popping vitamins and supplements, the question remains — has it made Americans healthier? That depends on whom you ask. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday that more of half of U.S. adults use dietary supplements — including multivitamins, minerals and herbs. That … Continue reading

THERE IS NO AVAILABLE EVIDENCE TO SUPPORT THE USE OF ANY FORM OF CARBOHYDRATE TO IMPROVE COGNITIVE PERFORMANCE IN OLDER ADULT WITH NORMAL OR MILD COGNITIVE IMPAIRMENT

Carbohydrates consist of sugars, oligosaccharides, and polysaccharides. These components are found in a large range of foods in the diet and have variable effects on digestion, blood sugar levels, and impacts on health. Despite the evidence accumulated from biological and epidemiological studies and non-randomised clinical trials, there are still no randomised, controlled trials for analysing the … Continue reading

Comorbidities of diabetes and hypertension: mechanisms and approach to target organ protection.

Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism, University of Tennessee College of Medicine, Memphis, TN 38163, USA. Abstract Up to 75% of adults with diabetes also have hypertension, and patients with hypertension alone often show evidence of insulin resistance. Thus, hypertension and diabetes are common, intertwined conditions that share a significant overlap in underlying risk factors … Continue reading