American Heart Association

FDA asked to extend its jurisdiction to all tobacco products

With the 5th anniversary of the landmark tobacco law looming, the American Heart Association called on the Food and Drug Administration to do much more.

Nine public health groups joined in a public statement on Thursday asking the FDA to extend its jurisdiction, with no exception, to all tobacco products, […]

First set of recommendations in a decade advocate gender-specific approach for women

A more gender-specific approach should be used in diagnosing heart disease, according to the first set of guidelines in about a decade by the American Heart Association on women’s ischemic heart disease.

The scientific statement is the first since 2005 to update recommendations about how best to diagnose suspected ischemic heart disease in women. […]

Q&A: Weighing potential benefits and risks of daily aspirin therapy

A daily dose of aspirin should not be used routinely to prevent a first heart attack or stroke in people who don’t have cardiovascular disease or evidence of heart disease, according to U.S. regulators. They cite a lack of research showing such treatment is beneficial to those who aren’t […]

FDA proposes regulation of electronic cigarettes

The Food and Drug Administration proposed new rules Thursday that would ban the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors and require health warnings on the nicotine-delivery devices. The move has long been urged by health organizations worried that the products target young people and could get them hooked on tobacco.

E-cigarettes have become increasingly […]

Unhealthy fats finally falling out of favor

Unhealthy fats — for decades a slippery slope in the American diet — are finally falling out of favor.

The Food and Drug Administration ruled in November that partially hydrogenated fats don’t meet the criteria for their “generally recognized as safe” category, starting the process to dramatically reduce trans fats […]

For the first time, federal regulators order tobacco products off the shelves

Federal regulators ordered four tobacco products off the market Friday, the first time the Food and Drug Administration has taken such an action since it was given regulatory authority in 2009.

The FDA ordered Jash International Inc. to stop selling four Sutra-branded cigarettes called bidis, which are thin, hand-rolled cigarettes […]

FDA launches campaign to curb teen smoking

The Food and Drug Administration is launching its largest effort yet to curb tobacco use among teens with a campaign that portrays cigarettes as something that can make you look uncool or ugly.

The $115 million media campaign is prompted by the FDA’s new authority to regulate tobacco, granted by […]

Effort to eliminate trans fats from the American diet continues

From the cereal bowl to the snack bowl, the Food and Drug Administration’s decision to restrict the amount of processed trans fats on the kitchen table is part of an ongoing effort to address the public’s waning appetite for the heart-clogging ingredient.

Trans fat, or partially hydrogenated oil, has long been […]

FDA moves to restrict artificial trans fats in processed foods

The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday said it wants to restrict partially hydrogenated oils—the major source of trans fat in processed foods and an important contributor to heart disease—from the nation’s food supply.

The FDA said in a statement that partially hydrogenated oils no longer fit under the agency’s […]

AHA joins others urging federal tobacco oversight

The American Heart Association is among 16 leading national health organizations who have signed a joint letter to President Obama asking for faster adoption of new tobacco regulations that would give the Food and Drug Administration more control of currently unregulated items such as e-cigarettes.

In the letter dated Thursday, the health […]