FDA Proposes Voluntary Sodium Cuts by Food Industry

–AMA, AHA, ACC, etc voice support, but not everyone agrees. After decades of discussion and inaction, the FDA today took a first concrete step toward reducing sodium levels in the general population: It issued draft guidance for voluntary sodium reduction targets for the food industry. The FDA said that the new recommendations come from “leading…

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Rise In Popularity Of E-Cigarettes Sparks Concerns And Recommendations

The recent dramatic rise in popularity of e-cigarettes threatens to reverse hard-fought progress in the war against smoking, according to a new policy statement from the American Heart Association. “E-cigarettes have caused a major shift in the tobacco-control landscape,” said the lead author of the statement, Aruni Bhatnagar, chair of cardiovascular medicine at the University of Louisville. But…

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CDC: 35 Million Americans Have Uncontrolled Hypertension

According to the Centers for Disease Control, new data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) shows: 30.4% of US adults (about 66.9 million people) have hypertension. 53.5% have uncontrolled hypertension (about 35.8 million people). 39.4% with uncontrolled hypertension (about 14.1 million) are unaware that they have hypertension. 89.4% with uncontrolled hypertension have a “usual source…

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