A patient who was being evaluated for possible Ebola at a Colorado hospital has tested negative for the disease, the state’s health department said on Thursday. The patient, who was not identified, had recently traveled to an Ebola-affected country and was taken to a hospital late on Wednesday after falling ill, department officials said.
Swedish Match gears up for closely watched FDA panel meeting
In a decision that could reshape U.S. tobacco regulation, a health advisory panel will vote next week on whether Swedish Match AB, a Stockholm-based maker of smokeless tobacco products known as snus, can claim they are less harmful than cigarettes. The closely watched vote could pave the way for the first Food and Drug Administration approval of a modified risk tobacco product and set a precedent for companies seeking to make similar claims. The two-day discussion will culminate in a vote on April 10th.
States ask U.S. Congress to launch inquiry of herbal supplements
A group of 14 state attorneys general on Thursday asked the U.S. Congress to investigate the herbal supplements industry after a New York probe of the products turned up ingredients that were not listed on labels and raised safety concerns. The group, led by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Illinois Attorney General Greg Zoeller, also asked Congress to consider giving the U.S. Food and Drug Administration more oversight of herbal supplements.
Is fish oil safe during chemotherapy?
Fish oil supplements might make cancer chemotherapy less effective – but many people with cancer were taking those supplements in a recent survey. All six of the fish oil supplements the researchers tested contained a specific fatty acid that’s been found to reduce the effectiveness of chemotherapy in mice, the researchers report in JAMA Oncology.
Walking may help overweight people curb sugar cravings
Walking for 15 minutes may help overweight people at least temporarily reduce cravings for high-calorie, sugary snacks, a small study suggests. “This study showed that brisk walking can be used as a strategy to reduce momentary food craving,” said Adrian Meule, a psychologist at Ruhr University Bochum in Germany who wasn’t involved in the research.
Asthma very common among Olympic-level swimmers
Swimmers, especially endurance swimmers, are more likely than other water sport competitors to have asthma, according to a new study of Olympic athletes. Researchers found that about a quarter of competitors in swimming events had verified asthma, although it was more common among athletes from some parts of the world than others.
‘Grandparenting’ in moderation might help keep the mind sharp
A small Australian study finds that grandmothers who take care of their grandchildren one day a week do better on cognitive tests than peers who mind grandkids more often, or not at all. Researchers say the brain benefits from this form of “grandparenting” may come not just from having social engagement, but “active” engagement in those relationships.
Obese people may be more sensitive to food smells
Obese people are better at detecting the scent of chocolate and find it more pleasant than non-obese people, according to a small UK study. Recent research suggests that smell plays a large role in people’s food intake, as the sense of smell is linked to the hunger center in the brain, the researchers write in Chemical Senses.