The deal with diet pills—Weight loss supplements remain a ‘Wild West’

By Neil Murthy Meet Whitney—a 42-year-old wife and a mother living on the North Shore.  Her favorite pastimes include performing in musical theater, actively participating in her child’s PTA, volunteering with various local charity organizations and mentoring her 7-year-old daughter’s busy round of school, homework and sports. She is also on a decades-long quest to […]

FDA gives top priority to protecting the blood supply from Zika virus

By Neil Murthy The Food and Drug Administration is turning to technology to protect the nation’s blood supply from Zika, as the virus continues to sweep across the Americas and Chicago reported the first case here last week. Currently there have been no confirmed cases of Zika virus transmission through blood transfusions in the United […]

March of Dimes and coalition push for folic acid in enriched Hispanic foods

By Madison Hopkins The push is on to bring folic acid to the diets of Hispanic women, who are 30-40 times more likely to have babies with a crippling birth defect than other groups. Hispanic women traditionally rely on corn masa flour to make foods like tortillas and staples of Latin American diets. They are […]