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Dietary supplement industry group to launch product registry

In a move to “take back” the dietary supplement industry “from the lawbreakers, from the renegades, from the companies that spurn regulation,” the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) announced it plans to launch an industry-wide dietary supplement product registry by the end of the year. “Our member companies have turned a corner and are fully engaged in efforts to separate the legitimate manufacturers marketing healthful products from the hit-and-run, fly-by-nighters selling quick fixes and illegal drugs wrapped with a supplement label,” said Steve Mister, president and CEO of CRN. “We need all companies who care about our consumers and the ... Read More

Testosterone therapy poses same safety risks to young men, teenagers

Young men and teenagers hoping to improve in sports are turning to testosterone boosting products, raising concerns about their long-term health. Testosterone replacement therapy is a prescription drug indicated for men whose blood levels show lower than normal levels of the male hormone, resulting in symptoms such as low sex drive, weight gain and fatigue. The treatment can also help build muscle mass, which makes it an attractive supplement to body builders and athletes. Many professional sports have cracked down on the use of performance enhancing drugs, which include testosterone therapy. However, some gyms sell testosterone supplements, says Chad Zimmerman, ... Read More