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Researcher explores impact of magnesium deficiency

BY Michael Johnsen

LOS ANGELES – According to researcher, nutritional biologist and author, Andrea Rosanoff, director of research at the Center for Magnesium Education, most Americans are severely magnesium deficient, including 68%-89% of teens, 70%-80% of elderly and over half of Americans aged 51-70. 
 
To help people understand the basics of this vital health issue, Rosanoff on Tuesday made available a free e-book entitled "Why Do We Need Magnesium?" 
 
"Proteins build, repair and maintain cells; they are the basic building blocks of our bodies," stated Carolyn Dean, medical advisory board member of the Nutritional Magnesium Association. "Magnesium helps synthesize protein, and without protein synthesis there would be no cell growth or maintenance, and without cells there would be no life."
 
 
 
 
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FDA shuts down Miami company for non-compliance with GMPs

BY Michael Johnsen

SILVER SPRING, Md. – The Food and Drug Administration on Monday effectively shut down Sunset Natural Products for manufacturing and distributing adulterated dietary supplements, following a ruling Friday issued by U.S. Magistrate Judge Edwin  Torres for the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida. Torres entered a consent decree of permanent injunction against the company and its two owners, Teresa Martinez and Elsy Cruz.
 
Under the terms of the consent decree, the company will not be allowed to manufacture or sell dietary supplement products until the FDA has determined that the business is in compliance with the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.  
 
“The FDA is committed to protecting the public health by ensuring dietary supplement makers operate in accordance with the law,” stated Melinda Plaisier, associate commissioner in the FDA’s Office of Regulatory Affairs. “Good Manufacturing Practice regulations are designed to safeguard consumers and violation of these requirements will result in enforcement action.”
 
The FDA issued Sunset Natural Products a Warning Letter on March 19, 2013, for violations of the cGMP requirements as well as unapproved drug claims. The FDA’s follow-up inspections in 2014 found that although the company removed drug claims from its products, it failed to bring its manufacturing operations into compliance with cGMP.
 
The consent decree prohibits the company and its owners from marketing dietary supplements until they, among other things, recall and destroy the dietary supplements that have been manufactured or distributed since April 2, 2014, hire a cGMP expert and receive written permission from the FDA to resume operations. 
 
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Medela makes breastfeeding simpler for moms

BY Michael Johnsen

McHENRY, Ill – Medela on Monday announced the launch of the MyMedela app, now available for Android and iPhone, that offers digital breastfeeding support for pregnant, new and experienced mothers. This 24/7 resource provides mothers with robust tracking tools, along with personalized, expert advice on nursing and pumping. It delivers proactive guidance as well as tips that can lead to a positive breastfeeding experience for mother and child.
 
MyMedela offers a confidence assessment to understand mom's strengths and focus on her goals to then deliver customized feedback and support based on mom's answers and other data entries. The new app also provides a problem solver tool for answers to common breastfeeding questions, featuring tips from expert healthcare professionals.
 
In addition, the app can: 
 
  • Track breastfeeding and pumping routines (e.g., time spent, volume and frequency);
  • Record information about baby's growth and daily activities, such as height, weight, sleep and diapers;
  • See snapshots of mom and baby's activities on easy-to-read dashboards; and
  • Receive personalized reminders, alerts and notifications that celebrate accomplishments and help moms manage breastfeeding challenges and goals.
 
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that while 79% of moms initiate breastfeeding, only 41% of moms are breastfeeding exclusively at three months. While breastfeeding is the most natural way to feed a baby, many mothers – even seasoned ones – need assistance and encouragement to ensure the most successful experience for baby and mom. Results from a survey conducted by Medela indicated that 70% of mothers do not meet their breastfeeding goals. New mothers who are worried about their breastfeeding success are more likely to give up.
 
 
 
 
 
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