US panel recommends new adult vaccine against hepatitis B
A federal advisory panel is recommending a new vaccine against hepatitis B. The vaccine called Heplisav-B was licensed in November and is the first new hepatitis B vaccine in 25 years.Hepatitis B vaccines have been in childhood shots for decades. The new vaccine is for adults.The hepatitis B virus can damage the liver and is spread through contact with blood or other bodily fluids. Cases have been rising, a trend linked to the heroin and opioid epidemic. Meanwhile, researchers found older vaccines falter in diabetics and older adults.The new vaccine uses an additive that boosts the body's immune response.
France will forbid the use of a widely used food additive by the end of this year, after studies pointed to potential health risks for consumers, a government official told French daily Le Parisien on Friday.
Brune Poirson, a junior minister in environmental ministry, said the move would remove titanium dioxide nanoparticles from candy, prepared meals and other food products.
"France has already asked the European Commission to take similar measures," Poirson told Le Parisien.
Coffee Must Carry a Cancer Warning in California, Judge Rules
In a controversial and potentially confusing decision, a California Superior Court judge has ruled that coffee sold in the state should carry a warning that the drink comes with a cancer risk. Despite the warning, however, the extent to which coffee actually poses such a risk, if at all, is still unknown.At the heart of this debate is a naturally occurring chemical known as acrylamide. While it’s generally accepted that acrylamide is a carcinogen, especially in animals, the extent to which it poses a significant risk to humans is up for debate.
The additive, used mainly as a whitening and brightening agent in candies, chewing gum, white sauces and cake icing, is known as the artificial colour E171 on food labels.
It is also used in sunscreens because of the molecule's ability to reflect ultra-violet rays.
But critics say it offers no nutritional value nor extended shelf life, and could pose a risk to humans since the minuscule particles may be able to pass through protective walls of organs such as the liver, lungs or intestines.
France ordered an inquiry last year after scientists reported that titanium dioxide could cause precancerous lesions in rats.
Researchers from France and Luxembourg found a 40 percent increase in precancerous growths in lab rats who had the molecule added to their drinking water for 100 days.
Pasta as a Weight-Loss Food? Don't Get Too Excited
Not so fast — there are a few things you should know about the study claiming pasta helps with weight loss To conduct the study, researchers did a meta-analysis of all the results from randomized control trials (i.e., the best, most scientifically sound ones) and identified nearly 2,500 people who ate pasta instead of other carbs as part of their otherwise healthy, low-GI diet."The study found that pasta didn't contribute to weight gain or increase in body fat," said lead author Dr.
The additive also inhibited the immune systems of the rats and "accelerated" the growth of lesions induced for the experiment, according to France's INRA agricultural research institute, which took part in the study.
The study's authors said that titanium dioxide was approved in the US in 1966 at levels of no more than one percent of a food product's weight, but that there were no limits regulating daily intake in Europe.
Acting for the Environment, a French association, welcomed the decision while also urging the government to ban E171 from cosmetics and medicines, citing a risk it could be absorbed through the skin.
Many French candy makers have already stopped using the food colorant ahead of expected restrictions on its use.
Carambar and Co. said in February that it had removed E171 from its Malabar chewing gums -- beloved by generations of French children -- since late last year.
The company was not among nine food and cosmetic groups targeted in a lawsuit by the French consumer group UFC-Que Choisir in January, accusing them of not disclosing the presence of nanoparticles on labels.
How Foods Combining Carbs And Fats Reward Your Brain .
Yale researchers found that the brain lights up in response to foods containing both fats and carbohydrates, which can cause people to overeat. Why do some of us tend to overeat certain foods even when we are not hungry? Researchers from Yale University revealed how the carbohydrate-fat combination may light up the brain's reward system. The study titled "Supra-Additive Effects of Combining Fat and Carbohydrate on Food Reward" was published in Cell Metabolism on June 14.