The following stories appear in full on today's Vidyya Medical News Service Web site.
As part of a nationwide effort to address obesity, experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and their counterparts in 10 countries are recommending the use of body measurements, such as body mass index (BMI) and waist circumference (WC), to predict mortality and the development of chronic diseases like type 2 diabetes.
For more information: Obesity Experts Recommend Body Measurements To Predict Chronic Disease
Diabetes rates rose a striking 6.0 percent among adults in 1999 according to researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The new findings are reported in the February issue of Diabetes Care, a journal of the American Diabetes Association, and are further evidence that diabetes is a major public health threat of epidemic proportions. Currently more than 16 million Americans have diabetes.
For more information: Diabetes Rates Rise Another Six Percent In 1999
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently issued a letter to the food
industry restating the requirements of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic
Act regarding the marketing of conventional foods containing novel ingredients, including botanicals. FDA is issuing this letter because of the significant growth in the marketing of foods containing these ingredients.
For more information: FDA Issues Letter To Industry On Foods Containing Botanical And Other Novel Ingredients
In the past, FDA focused most of its food safety efforts within the U.S. borders, where it has legal authority. But changes in trade, consumer demand for variety, and an increasingly complex regulatory system have created new challenges for the agency. On one hand, the FDA Modernization Act, passed in 1997, requires the agency to cooperate with other countries and international institutions. On the other, FDA often finds that U.S. standards and rules differ from those of other developed countries. Meanwhile, FDA works with developing countries to help them understand and meet U.S. standards for foods and agricultural products they export to the United States.
For more information: The International Flow Of Food: FDA Takes On Growing Responsibilities For Imported Food Safety
Chinese scientists are collecting special chemical
compounds from the body of the cockroach which they hope can be used as a
treatment for AIDS.
For more information: The Cockroach Cure For AIDS?
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