Weekly Roundup 1.17.14

Two full weeks back in the saddle and I’m ready for a three day weekend.  I’m late today with the Weekly Roundup, and there isn’t a lot of news to digest, but here are a few things that came out of this week that caught my eye.

  • IOM Releases Report on Caffeine in Food and Supplements – Following a public workshop held in August, 2013 on the topic, the Institute of Medicine released a report today on caffeine in foods and supplements – a workshop which FDA requested.  The report embodies what is known about the regulation and science related to caffeine in foods and supplements including intake and exposure to caffeine, safety signals and surveillance, exploring exposure levels for vulnerable populations and effects on the cardiovascular and central nervous systems.  The report can be read online for free.
  • Test to Diagnose Developmental Disabilities – FDA announced approval of the first-of-its-kind post-natal test to help diagnose developmental delays and intellectual disabilities in children.  The test uses a blood sample to analyze the entire genome at one time, detecting large and small chromosomal changes.  The press release from FDA states that the test should not be used as a stand-alone diagnostic test nor should it be used in any other circumstance.

That’s it for me this week.  For those of you wondering, as I have been – Daylight Savings begins March 9.  If you can’t tell it, I am counting the days.  Here in the US it is a three-day weekend.  I hope you all enjoy it.

My thanks to Anne Becker for the photo.

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