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BPA Protects Cancer from Treatment

October 9, 2008: 05:50 PM EST
Bisphenol A (BPA) may protect cancer cells from chemotherapy, according to a study done at the University of Cincinnati. Lead researcher Nira Ben-Jonathan said that BPA does not increase cancer cell proliferation, but acts by “protecting existing cancer cells from dying in response to anti-cancer drugs, making chemotherapy significantly less effective”. The researchers exposed human breast cells to levels of BPA found in the blood of human adults. BPA is widely used in food and beverage containers, and studies have shown it can migrate into the contents. Previous studies have indicated that high levels could cause cancer. BPA is approved as safe for use in food and drink containers by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), the UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The plastic and food industries assert that it is safe.
Tara Parker-Pope, "Plastic Chemical May Interfere With Chemotherapy", New York Times, October 09, 2008, © New York Times
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CRN at Odds with FDA over Combos

October 1, 2008: 05:38 PM EST
Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) president and CEO Steve Mister has taken Bayer’s side in a dispute with the FDA over Heart Advantage, a combination of aspirin and phytosterols that fits somewhere between an over-the-counter (OTC) medicine and a dietary supplement. The FDA has issued a warning letter stating that the entire product is a drug, maintaining that its twin claims – that aspirin keeps the blood flowing and phytosterols help to lower bad cholesterol – “may be interpreted by the consumer as medical advice”. Bayer says it stands behind both claims and that neither is intended to replace medical advice. Mister says the CRN “continues to believe that combination dietary supplement-OTC drug products have a useful and important role to play in integrated healthcare and wellness”, and urges the FDA to help companies “maneuver the regulatory challenges”. CRN says the agency has scope under the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA) and the US Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act to approve such combinations.
"Council for Responsible Nutrition says that Supplement-OTC Drug Products Play Important Role; FDA says Otherwise", Functional Ingredients, October 01, 2008, © Penton Media, Inc.
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