News Article | December 8, 2016
H. Hamilton Hackney III, a shareholder in the Boston office of global law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP, was a featured speaker at the NAIOP Massachusetts event, “Hot Off the Hill: Government Affairs Roundup,” Dec. 7, 2016. Following a keynote address by Chrystal Kornegay, Undersecretary of the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development, Hackney and fellow speakers discussed government affairs issues affecting the commercial real estate industry. Hackney presented a program titled, “Stormwater: MS4, NPDES, RDA & What It All Means for CRE.” Hackney is a shareholder in Greenberg Traurig’s Environmental Practice and has broad experience in the areas of environmental law and commercial real estate. He represents clients in permit and other administrative proceedings, compliance counseling and enforcement matters, and response cost recovery and property damage actions. Hackney’s environmental experience includes matters arising under federal, state, and local laws relating to asbestos, air and water emissions, hazardous waste, toxic chemicals, wetlands, stormwater, endangered species, environmental impact review, underground storage tanks, solid waste, and land use matters. He regularly advises corporate, real estate, and private equity clients with respect to investigating and managing environmental liabilities arising from corporate and real estate transactions, including the purchase, sale, and redevelopment of contaminated real estate under state and federal Brownfields programs. Established in 1999, Greenberg Traurig’s Boston office is home to nearly 70 attorneys practicing in the areas of bankruptcy, corporate, emerging technology, energy, governmental affairs, intellectual property, labor and employment, life sciences and medical technology, litigation, public finance, real estate and securities. An important contributor to the firm's international platform, the Boston office includes a team of nationally recognized attorneys with both public and private sector experience. The team offers clients the value of decades of legal experience and hands-on knowledge of the local business community, supported by the firm's vast network of global resources. Greenberg Traurig, LLP is an international, multi-practice law firm with approximately 2,000 attorneys serving clients from 38 offices in the United States, Latin America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. The firm is No. 1 on the 2015 Law360 Most Charitable Firms list, third largest in the U.S. on the 2016 Law360 400, Top 20 on the 2015 Am Law Global 100, and among the 2016 BTI Brand Elite. More information at: http://www.gtlaw.com.
News Article | December 9, 2016
BEIJING, Dec. 9, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- RDA Microelectronics (RDA), a leading provider of radio-frequency and mixed-signal chips in China, today announced that its 4G RF power amplifier module RPM6741-21 had received certification from Qualcomm as well as the certification's highest Gold Level recommendation. RDA is the sole local Phase-II PA provider receiving the recommendation. Due to increasingly strict performance requirements from the LTE terminal market, RDA launched the RTM791x+RPM674x Phase-II series RF front-end chipsets in mid-2016, and has since commenced volume shipping via platforms such as Spreadtrum, MediaTek and ZTE Microelectronics Technology. Achieving certification from Qualcomm and being able to start shipping to customers signals success in making RDA Phase-II series PA products across all key platforms. The product series delivers high performance at low cost and the superior experience that users have been waiting for. As part of the RDA Phase-II series of products, the RPM6741-21 is compatible with LTE-FDD/TDD/WCDMA/TD-SCDMA/CDMA and meets the highest industry standards in terms of power consumption and spectral linearity requirements. The chipsets deliver excellent performance in extreme conditions, making it ideal for various complex application settings. Following comprehensive testing, Qualcomm has given the RPM6741-21 a Gold Level recommendation. RPM6741-21 is recommended for use in core platforms including Snapdragon620/600/400 as well as the NB-IOT-compatible MDM9206, which will become commercially available in early 2017. Dr. Leo Li, Chairman of RDA Microelectronics commented: "RDA Phase-II PA is a collection of high-performance and highly integrated RF front-end solutions supporting all the application settings including GSM, CDMA, 3G, among others. RPM6741-21 is the first Phase-II PA with certification from Qualcomm that was created by the in-house team of a China-based producer, serving to demonstrate that the country's advanced RDA PA technology is now in line with global standards. We will continue to invest and innovate in RF technologies and provide customers with competitive RF front-end solutions that help our customers succeed."
News Article | November 29, 2016
Tokyo, Japan and The Hague, Netherlands - 25 November 2016 - The ICSU World Data System (WDS) and the Data Seal of Approval (DSA) Board are pleased to announce the availability of their unified Requirements for Core Trustworthy Data Repository certification. A unified catalogue of requirements was developed through a DSA-WDS partnership Working Group within the Research Data Alliance (RDA). The group built on inherent complementarity between the criteria previously established by the two organizations to harmonize unified and universal requirements reflecting the core characteristics of trustworthy data repositories. After an extensive period of public commentary and after conducting test certifications, the two organizations are pleased to announce the availability of the first version of the Requirements for Core Trustworthy Data Repository certification. Prof Sandy Harrison, Chair of the WDS Scientific Committee, indicated that 'Research data repositories across the world and scientific domains will benefit from a single set of internationally recognized requirements to demonstrate their status as a Trustworthy Data Repository.' The DSA Board and the WDS Scientific Committee are working together to further align their certification procedures and ensure that the research community will have a single, clear reference point for seeking Core Trustworthy Data Repository certification. Hervé L'Hours, Chair of the DSA Board noted that 'As future members of WDS and applicants for the DSA Seal undertake certifications, we will continue to seek community feedback with a view to further clarify and extend the guidance provided.' The DSA was established as a trustworthy digital repository standard by a number of institutions committed to the long-term curation and preservation of research data. The 16 requirements ascertain that the research data is discoverable on the internet, accessible, usable, reliable and citable. The DSA Board grants the Data Seal of Approval to repositories that are committed to archiving and providing access to data in a sustainable way. WDS is a membership organization committed to improve the trustworthiness of scientific data services by fostering the compliance with international and agreed-upon community standards, increasing data accessibility and the sustainability of scientific data infrastructures. WDS promotes universal and equitable access to quality- assessed scientific data, data services, products, and information covering a broad range of disciplines from the Natural and Social Sciences, and Humanities. Accredited WDS Regular and Network Members have a national or international remit for scientific data stewardship while co-opted Partner and Associate Members support the WDS endeavour. The WDS International Programme Office is hosted in Japan by the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT).'
News Article | December 28, 2016
NEWARK, NJ, U.S.A., 28-Dec-2016 — /EuropaWire/ — On November 24, 2016 Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) issued its rules on health supplements, nutraceuticals, foods for special dietary use, food for special medical purpose, functional food and novel food . These rules will be enforced January 1 2018. Plants and botanicals, as specified in this rule, and foods and ingredients referred to in Food safety and Standards Regulations 2011 offered in normal or naturally occurring forms, even if cooked or as a juice, shall not be considered a health supplement or nutraceutical, or food for special dietary use or food for special medical purpose. One must add a vitamin, mineral, etc. to these foods to be classified as such. For the categories to which this applies, the quantity of the nutrients added must not exceed the recommend daily allowance (RDA) as set by the Indian Council of Medical Research and if not specified by the council, then standards from Codex Alimentarius Commission shall apply. All labels must specify the purpose, the targeted consumer, what condition the product will affect, the usage amount and length of usage, instruction for use, precautions, side effects and known drug interactions. For compliance purposes the amount will have to be within 10% of that declared. Claims must be support by scientific evidence. This is defined as a product that supplements the diet of a person over the age of five. The health supplement is to be amino acids, enzymes, minerals, proteins, vitamins or other dietary substance that provides a nutritional or beneficial physiological effect. The product must not exceed the RDA or Codex maximum levels. The label must list a percentage of that level and a warning “Not to exceed the recommended daily usage”. The label must state “health supplement”, “Not for Medicinal use”, necessary warnings and precautions, and that this is to be kept out of reach of children. The nutraceutical shall provide a physiological benefit and help maintain good health. Nutraceuticals are listed in schedule VI of this rule. To sell a nutraceutical that is not listed in this rule proof will have to be submitted to the FSSAI that it is safe and effective for the level and function proposed, prior to its sale in India. The label must state “nutraceutrical”, “not for medicinal use”, declare the common name of the nutraceuticals and the amount of each nutraceutical, and have the same precautions and warnings as noted for health supplements. These are foods that are specially processed or formulated for a certain physiological or specific health condition, such as low weight, obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, pregnant and lactating women, geriatric population, celiac disease or other health condition. The label must state if the product is to be taken under medical advice or not. These are not to be normal foods for general consumption, intended for general health, or for day to day use that are just enriched or modified for that purpose. For slimming products, specific levels of energy and protein have been established. These are to be labeled as “food for special dietary use” followed by food for the specific condition. If for weight control it must state, close to the name, “for weight control and management”. The label must have the required warnings, precautions and instructions. This category includes foods specially prepared for weight reduction and intended as a total replacement for a normal diet, but it does not apply to infant foods. If nutritionally complete, a product must state “Nutritionally complete”. The label must state “food for special medical purpose” near the name or brand. The label will have an advisory warning in bold letters “RECOMMENDED TO BE USED UNDER MEDICAL ADVICE ONLY”. Advertising of these foods for use by the general public is prohibited. This includes foods with added probiotic, prebiotic, safe plant or other botanical ingredients. Probiotic ingredients are those microorganisms listed in Schedule VII and must have a viable number of organisms added that are equal to or greater than 100 million colony forming units per gram. Labels must list the culture or culture collection, viable numbers of organism, as applicable at the end of a product’s shelf life. Prebiotic substances are those listed in Schedule VIII and plant and botanical ingredients are those listed in Schedule IV. The benefits of the ingredients added must be listed, as well as instructions, usage and applicable warnings/precautions, if any. Prebiotics and probiotics must state that near the name or brand. Other ingredients can be approved if evidence of 15 years of safe and effective use in India is provided to the FSSAI for approval, and evidence of 30 years safe use from any other country of origin. Foods that may not have a history of human consumption, ingredients that are derived from a food that may not have a history of human consumption, or a food or ingredient obtained by a new technology that provides some physiological or beneficial effect on humans. Prior approval from the FSSAI is required before novel foods can be manufactured, imported or sold in India. What Does This Mean For The Food Industry? 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News Article | December 21, 2016
The new species is the only coral-reef fish that lives exclusively within the marine protected area, which was recently expanded by the President Today, scientists from the Bishop Museum, NOAA, and the Association for Marine Exploration published the description of a new species of coral-reef fish that they named in honor of President Barack Obama. The fish, which now bears the formal scientific name Tosanoides obama, was discovered during a June 2016 NOAA expedition to Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument in the remote Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. The study is published in the open-access scientific journal ZooKeys. "We decided to name this fish after President Obama to recognize his efforts to protect and preserve the natural environment, including the expansion of Papahānaumokuākea," said Richard Pyle, Bishop Museum scientist and lead author of the study. "This expansion adds a layer of protection to one of the last great wilderness areas on Earth." The Museum is currently showcasing the exhibit Journeys: Heritage of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, featuring the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands and the Monument. On August 26 of this year, at the urging of Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), conservationists, and many marine scientists, President Obama expanded Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. At 582,578 square miles, it is the largest permanent marine protected area on Earth. On September 1, during his trip to Midway Atoll within the Monument, legendary scientist, conservationist and deep ocean explorer Dr. Sylvia Earle gave the President a photograph of the fish that now bears his name. The exchange will be featured in the National Geographic global broadcast special, "Sea Of Hope" scheduled to be released on January 15, 2017. The small pink and yellow fish is a kind of basslet, a group that includes many colorful reef fishes popular in the marine aquarium fish trade. There are two other species in the genus Tosanoides, both from the tropical northwestern Pacific Ocean. Males of the new species have a distinctive spot on the dorsal fin near the tail, which is blue around the edge and red with yellow stripes in the center. "The spot on the males is reminiscent of President Obama's campaign logo," said Pyle. "It seemed especially appropriate for a fish named in honor of the president." "The new fish is special because it is the only known species of coral-reef fish endemic to the Monument (meaning that the species is found nowhere else on Earth). Our research has documented the highest rate of fish endemism in the world -- 100% -- living on the deep reefs where we found this new species," said NOAA scientist Randall Kosaki, chief scientist of the research cruise, and co-author on the paper. However, unlike all the other Hawaiian endemic species, which also occur in the main Hawaiian Islands, this new species is special because it is the only one that is limited to within the Monument itself. "Endemic species are unique contributions to global biodiversity," Kosaki added. "With the onslaught of climate change, we are at risk of losing some of these undiscovered species before we even know they exist." The new fish was first discovered and collected on a dive to 300 feet at Kure Atoll, 1200 miles northwest of Honolulu. Kure is the northernmost of the Hawaiian Islands, and is the highest latitude coral atoll in the world. Deep coral reefs at depths of 150 to 500 feet, in the so-called "Twilight Zone" (also known as mesophotic coral ecosystems), are among the most poorly explored of all marine ecosystems. Located deeper than divers using conventional scuba gear can safely venture, these reefs represent a new frontier for coral-reef research. Pyle and co-authors Brian Greene and Randall Kosaki pioneered the use of advanced mixed-gas diving systems known as closed-circuit rebreathers for Twilight Zone research, and have been documenting the previously unexplored deep reefs throughout Hawai'i and the broader Pacific for the past three decades. "These deep coral reefs are home to an incredible diversity of fishes, corals, and other marine invertebrates," said Brian Greene, an experienced deep diver and researcher with the Association for Marine Exploration, and co-author of the paper. "There are many new species still waiting to be discovered down there." This is the second new species of fish from Papahānaumokuākea named this year. In August, Pyle and Kosaki published the description of a new species of butterflyfish (Prognathodes basabei) based on specimens collected on deep reefs at Pearl and Hermes Atoll earlier this year. President Obama also has several species from other locales named after him: a trapdoor spider, a speckled freshwater darter (fish), a parasitic hairworm, and an extinct lizard. The new study was published on December 21, 2016, in the peer-reviewed scientific journal, ZooKeys, and is available online at https:/ . Pictures and video of the fish and its habitat can be downloaded, and videos are available on YouTube. Citation: Pyle RL, Greene RD, Kosaki RK (2016) Tosanoides obama, a new basslet (Perciformes, Percoidei, Serranidae) from deep coral reefs in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. ZooKeys 641: 165-181. https:/ The Bishop Museum was founded in 1889 by Charles Reed Bishop in memory of his wife Bernice Pauahi Bishop, a royal descendant of King Kamehameha I. Bishop Museum is proud to be recognized as the principal museum of the Pacific, housing the world's largest collection of Hawaiian and Pacific artifacts and natural history specimens. In total, Bishop Museum's collections consist of more than 25 million items including over 22 million biological specimens and more than two million cultural artifacts derived from a legacy of research spanning more than 125 years. These collections also include more than 115,000 historical publications, one million historical photographs, films, works of art, audio recordings and manuscripts. More than 300,000 people visit the Museum each year, including over 40,000 schoolchildren. The exhibit "Journeys: Heritage of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands" is open to the public until January 29, 2017. Live specimens of the new butterflyfish are on public display in the Museum's Science Adventure Center. For more information, please visit http://www. , follow @BishopMuseum on Twitter and Instagram, become a fan of Bishop Museum on Facebook, visit Bishop Museum's YouTube channel at http://www. , or call (808) 847-3511. Papahānaumokuākea is cooperatively managed to ensure ecological integrity and achieve strong, long-term protection and perpetuation of Northwestern Hawaiian Island ecosystems, Native Hawaiian culture, and heritage resources for current and future generations. Three co-trustees - the Department of Commerce, Department of the Interior, and State of Hawai'i - joined by the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, protect this special place. Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument was inscribed as the first mixed (natural and cultural) UNESCO World Heritage Site in the United States in July 2010. For more information, please visit http://www. . The Association for Marine Exploration (AME) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that conducts and facilitates innovative scientific exploration of undersea environments. Using advanced technologies, AME organizes, funds, and conducts research projects, and collaborates with other research organizations on joint projects. Pensoft is an independent academic publishing company, well known worldwide for its innovations in the field of semantic publishing and for its cutting-edge publishing tools and workflows. Founded in 1992 "by scientists, for the scientists" and initially focusing on book publishing, it has grown to become a leading publisher of innovative open access journals, such as: Research Ideas and Outcomes (RIO), ZooKeys, Biodiversity Data Journal, PhytoKeys, MycoKeys, Nature Conservation, NeoBiota, Comparative Cytogenetics, and others. Pensoft has published more than 1,000 books and over 4,000 open access articles, mostly in the field of natural history. Pensoft is a member or partner of several professional publishing organisations and data publishing platforms, including CrossRef, OASPA, PubMedCentral, CLOCKSS, Research Data Alliance (RDA), OpenAIRE, LifeWatch, DataONE, Dryad Data Repository, Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF), Encyclopedia of Life (EoL), and others. Pensoft journal content is indexed by: ISI Web of Science, Scopus, BIOSIS, Google Scholar, Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), Zoological Record, CAB Abstracts, Vifabio, BHL Citebank, Globalnames, JournalMap and others, and is archived in PubMedCentral, CLOCKSS and ZENODO. In 2010, Pensoft was the first publisher to implement semantic tagging and enrichment of published articles as a routine editorial practice. The company is actively developing novel tools, workflows and methods for text and data publication and dissemination of scientific information, as well as technologies for semantic enrichment of content. In 2013, Pensoft launched the first ever, end-to-end, XML-based, authoring, reviewing and publishing workflow, as demonstrated by the Biodiversity Data Journal (BDJ) and the Pensoft Writing Tool (PWT), now upgraded to the ARPHA Publishing Platform. The company has also developed a number of tools for semantic publishing: Pensoft Markup Tool (PMT), Pensoft Taxon Profile (PTP), Pensoft Wiki Converter (PWC), the literature and data discovery tool Refindit.org, and others.
News Article | October 12, 2016
Dieters sometimes consume extra protein to stave off hunger and prevent loss of muscle tissue that often comes with weight loss. But in a study of 34 postmenopausal women with obesity, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis found that eating too much protein eliminates an important health benefit of weight loss: improvement in insulin sensitivity, which is critical to lowering diabetes risk. The findings are available Oct. 11 in the journal Cell Reports. “We found that women who lost weight eating a high-protein diet didn’t experience any improvements in insulin sensitivity,” said principal investigator Bettina Mittendorfer, Ph.D., a professor of medicine. “However, women who lost weight while eating less protein were significantly more sensitive to insulin at the conclusion of the study. That’s important because in many overweight and obese people, insulin does not effectively control blood-sugar levels, and eventually the result is type 2 diabetes.” Insulin sensitivity is a good marker of metabolic health, one that typically improves with weight loss. In fact, the women in the study who lost weight while consuming less protein experienced a 25 to 30 percent improvement in their sensitivity to insulin. Mittendorfer and her colleagues studied 34 women with obesity who were 50 to 65 years of age. Although all of the women had body mass indices (BMI) of at least 30 — a BMI of 30 or more indicates significant obesity — none had diabetes. The participants were randomly placed into one of three groups for the 28-week study. In the control group, women were asked to maintain their weight. In another group, the women ate a weight-loss diet that included the recommended daily allowance (RDA) of protein: 0.8 grams per kilogram of body weight. For a 55-year-old woman who weighs 180 pounds, that would come to about 65 grams of protein per day. In the third group, the women ate a diet designed to help lose weight, but they consumed more protein, taking in 1.2 grams per kilogram of body weight, or almost 100 grams for that same 180-pound woman. “We provided all of the meals, and all the women ate the same base diet,” Mittendorfer explained. “The only thing we modified was protein content, with very minimal changes in the amount of fat or carbohydrates. We wanted to hone in on the effects of protein in weight loss.” The researchers focused on protein because in postmenopausal women, there is a common belief that consuming extra protein can help preserve lean tissue, keeping them from losing too much muscle while they lose fat. “When you lose weight, about two-thirds of it tends to be fat tissue, and the other third is lean tissue,” Mittendorfer said. “The women who ate more protein did tend to lose a little bit less lean tissue, but the total difference was only about a pound. We question whether there’s a significant clinical benefit to such a small difference.” The women who ate the recommended amount of protein saw big benefits in metabolism, led by a 25 to 30 percent improvement in their insulin sensitivity. Such improvements lower the risk for diabetes and cardiovascular disease. The women on the high-protein diet, meanwhile, did not experience those improvements. “Changing the protein content has very big effects,” Mittendorfer said. “It’s not that the metabolic benefits of weight loss were diminished — they were completely abolished in women who consumed high-protein diets, even though they lost the same, substantial amounts of weight as women who ate the diet that was lower in protein.” It’s still not clear why insulin sensitivity didn’t improve in the high-protein group, and Mittendorfer said it’s not known whether the same results would occur in men or in women already diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. She plans to continue researching the subject.
News Article | March 1, 2017
The Guidelines paper is the latest project output in the dedicated EU BON collection available in the open science Research Ideas and Outcomes (RIO) journal While development and implementation of data publishing and sharing practices and tools have long been among the core activities of the academic publisher Pensoft, it is well-understood that as part of scholarly publishing, open data practices are also currently in transition, and hence, require a lot of collaborative and consistent efforts to establish. Based on Pensoft's experience, and elaborated and updated during the Framework Program 7 EU BON project, a new paper published in the EU BON dedicated collection in the open science journal Research Ideas and Outcomes (RIO), outlines policies and guidelines for scholarly publishing of biodiversity and biodiversity-related data. Newly accumulated knowledge from large-scale international efforts, such as FORCE11 (Future of Research Communication and e-Scholarship), CODATA (The Committee on Data for Science and Technology), RDA (Research Data Alliance) and others, is also included in the Guidelines. The present paper discusses some general concepts, including a definition of datasets, incentives to publish data and licences for data publishing. Furthermore, it defines and compares several routes for data publishing, namely: providing supplementary files to research articles; uploading them on specialised open data repositories, where they are linked to the research article; publishing standalone data papers; or making use of integrated narrative and data publishing through online import/download of data into/from manuscripts, such as the workflow provided by the Biodiversity Data Journal. Among the guidelines, there are also comprehensive instructions on preparation and peer review of data intended for publication. Although currently available for journals using the developed by Pensoft journal publishing platform ARPHA, these strategies and guidelines could be of use for anyone interested in biodiversity data publishing. Apart from paving the way for a whole new approach in data publishing, the present paper is also a fine example of science done in the open, having been published along with its two pre-submission public peer reviews. The reviews by Drs. Robert Mesibov and Florian Wetzel are both citable via their own Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs). Penev L, Mietchen D, Chavan V, Hagedorn G, Smith V, Shotton D, Ó Tuama É, Senderov V, Georgiev T, Stoev P, Groom Q, Remsen D, Edmunds S (2017) Strategies and guidelines for scholarly publishing of biodiversity data. Research Ideas and Outcomes 3: e12431. https:/ EU BON proposes an innovative approach in terms of integration of biodiversity information system from on-ground to remote sensing data, for addressing policy and information needs in a timely and customized way. The project will reassure integration between social networks of science and policy and technological networks of interoperating IT infrastructures. This will enable a stable new open-access platform for sharing biodiversity data and tools to be created. The Research Ideas and Outcomes (RIO) Journal publishes all outputs of the research cycle, including: project proposals, data, methods, workflows, software, project reports and research articles together on a single collaborative platform offering one of the most transparent, open and public peer-review processes. Its scope encompasses all areas of academic research, including science, technology, the humanities and the social sciences.
News Article | March 1, 2017
Blast Your Drink, LLC has announced it is partnering with NutriFusion® to add twelve essential vitamins from twelve fruits and vegetables to their latest products, Fresh Blast and Vita-Dog. Both products are multivitamin water brands intended for the healthy consumer and pet markets. Fresh Blast utilizes dosing cap technology, or Blast cap technology, to store the natural vitamins and flavors in the cap of the drink. When a consumer is ready to drink their Fresh Blast, they simply peel off the security seal, turn the cap and pound the top of the cap downward, Blasting the all-natural nutrition into the water below. Consumers then shake the bottle for a few seconds and enjoy the most natural multi-vitamin water in the world. “We were focused on developing a healthy beverage that sourced natural vitamins from fruits and vegetables instead of synthetic vitamins like most other drinks use,” says CEO of Fresh Blast, Bruce Bonham. “We believe our Fresh Blast Multivitamin Water is perfect for kids and adults that want a healthy beverage with real vitamins that tastes delicious!” NutriFusion, LLC has been producing fruit and vegetable based nutrient blends for food, beverage, supplement, and pet brands since 2008. The partnership with Fresh Blast showcases the uniqueness of the GrandFusion® Twelve Fruit and Vegetable Vitamin Blend. With GrandFusion®, Fresh Blast delivers 12.5% RDA of 12 vitamins per 10 ounce serving including Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, Vitamin B1 (Thiamine), Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin), Vitamin B3 (Niacin), Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid), Vitamin B6, Vitamin B7 (Biotin), Vitamin B9 (Folate). Myra Mackey, Executive Vice President at NutriFusion®, had this to say, “We are excited to see a multivitamin water using GrandFusion® real food nutrition. The Fresh Blast flavor profiles (Lemon Ginger, Strawberry Banana, Mango Peach, and Coconut) are all fantastic! They put together a complete, healthy beverage with only 1 gram of sugar, 1 carb, 12 vitamins, and only 5 calories. As more brand partners add our nutrients, we hope to see consumers demand companies switch from synthetic alternatives.” To learn more about Fresh Blast and NutriFusion® products or to book an interview, contact Eric Dunn at Digerati Marketing. NutriFusion® was formed in 2008 and is headquartered in Naples, FL and provides the nutrient-rich benefits of fruits and vegetables in everyday food and beverage products. NutriFusion® sources only whole, organic, Non-GMO foods to create its concentrated micronutrient and phytonutrient-rich food ingredient blends. GrandFusion®, a patented blend of fruits and/or vegetables can significantly increase the nutritional profile and marketability of food, beverage and supplement products. NutriFusion® uses only fresh food, never synthetic additives, excipients, preservatives, or synthetic ingredients. About Blast Your Drink, LLC – http://www.freshblast.info and http://www.vita-dog.info Blast Your Drink, LLC was founded by Bruce Bonham to create the world’s first natural multivitamin water. Since starting the company, they have developed two brands, Fresh Blast and Vita-Dog, to bring multivitamin water to the consumer beverage and pet markets. Fresh Blast will be available for viewing in Engredea at Expo West in the NutriFusion Booth #315.
News Article | November 10, 2016
Doctors are warning about vitamin D again, and it's not the "we need more" news you might expect. Instead, they say there's too much needless testing and too many people taking too many pills for a problem that few people truly have. The nutrient is crucial for strong bones and may play a role in other health conditions, though that is far less certain. Misunderstandings about the recommended amount of vitamin D have led to misinterpretation of blood tests and many people thinking they need more than they really do, some experts who helped set the levels write in Thursday's New England Journal of Medicine . Correctly interpreted, less than 6 percent of Americans ages 1 to 70 are deficient and only 13 percent are in danger of not getting enough. That's concerning, "but these levels of deficiency do not constitute a pandemic," the authors write. Yet people may think there is one. Blood tests for vitamin D levels - not advised unless a problem like bone loss is suspected - are soaring. Under Medicare, there was an 83-fold increase from 2000 to 2010, to 8.7 million tests last year, at $40 apiece. It's Medicare's fifth most common test, just after cholesterol levels and ahead of blood sugar, urinary tract infections and prostate cancer screening. "I'm not sure when it got popular to check everybody for vitamin D deficiency," but patients often ask for it, especially baby boomers, said Dr. Kenny Lin, a Georgetown University family physician and preventive medicine expert. Vitamin D pill use also grew, from 5 percent of Americans in 1999 to 19 percent in 2012. That may be due to many reports suggesting harm from too little of "the sunshine vitamin," called that because our skin makes vitamin D from sun exposure. It's tough to get enough in winter or from dietary sources like milk and oily fish, though many foods and drinks are fortified with vitamin D and labels soon will have to carry that information. Too much vitamin D can lead to high levels of calcium in the blood, which can cause nausea, constipation, kidney stones, an abnormal heart rhythm and other problems. "We're not saying that moderate-dose supplements are risky, but more is not necessarily better," said Dr. JoAnn Manson of Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. She and several other advisers to the Institute of Medicine, which set the RDA, or recommended dietary allowance, wrote the journal article. People vary, biologically, in how much of any vitamin they need. The institute estimated this by comparing various intake and blood levels with measures of bone health. They estimated that, on average, people need about 400 international units of vitamin D per day, and 600 for people over 70. To be safe and ensure that everyone gets enough, they set the RDA at the high end of the spectrum of the population's needs - 600 to 800 units, depending on age. So by definition, nearly everyone's true requirement is below that. Many people and their doctors regard the RDA and its corresponding blood levels as a threshold that everyone needs to be above, the authors write. As a result, people often are told they are inadequate or deficient in D when, in fact, they're not. "If you're chasing a lab number, that will lead to many people getting higher amounts of vitamin D than they need," and labs vary a lot in the quality of testing, Manson said. The bottom line: Get 600 to 800 units a day from food or supplements and skip the blood test unless you have special risk factors, Manson said. A big study she is helping lead is testing whether higher levels lower the risk of cancer, heart disease, stroke, memory loss, depression, diabetes, bone loss or other problems. Nearly 26,000 people have been taking 2,000 units of D-3 (the most active form of vitamin D, also known as cholecalciferol) or dummy pills every day for five years. Results are expected in early 2018.
News Article | February 15, 2017
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