People are talking about: Food labels, illnesses

Published on Saturday, 1 March 2014 17:51 - Written by From Staff Reports

Change coming for food labels. Citing a complicated label that may be difficult to interpret, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced last week that it would revamp food labels. This is the first makeover to the way food labels are displayed and the changes may take more than a year to hit store shelves. The FDA said they will focus on calories and sugar, with a differentiation between natural and added sugars. There also will be a focus on realistic serving sizes and a more prominent calorie count.

Acetaminophen in pregnant women increases risk of ADHD in child. A study published in JAMA Pediatrics states that children born to women who took acetaminophen while pregnant had an increased risk of developing attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and similar behavior problems. While the drug, the main ingredient the brand Tylenol, is considered say, researchers said it has disrupted hormone function in pregnant rats and mice. The study’s authors note that acetaminophen does not cause ADHD, and that the increase in risk is small.

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Polio-like illness continues to puzzle doctors. A California lawmaker wants the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to investigate a mysterious illness that has affected 20 children in the state throughout the past 18 months. Doctors have been unable to pinpoint a cause or a link between the patients who have experienced paralysis. Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., wants the CDC to figure out if the polio-like illnesses are caused by a virus or environmental factors.

People fear “designer babies.” The FDA is exploring the effects of a procedure that have some worried it would create “designer babies.” A new technology, currently only used in monkeys, combines the DNA of three people — the parents and a donor who has disease-free genes. The technique is to eliminate potential genetic diseases in newborns.