SAN FRANCISCO – Dozens of weight loss and immune-system supplements on the market are illegally labeled and lack the recommended scientific evidence to back up their purported health claims, government investigators warn in a new review of the $20 billion supplement industry.
The report, being released today by the Department of Health and Human Services inspector general, found that 20 percent of the 127 weight loss and immune-boosting supplements investigators purchased online and in retail stores across the country carried labels that made illegal claims to cure or treat disease.
Some products went so far as to state that the supplements could cure or prevent diabetes or cancer, or that they could help people with HIV or AIDS, which is strictly prohibited under federal law.
Sex abuse alleged at Muncie school
The parents of a central Indiana boy are suing Ball State University, alleging their son was subjected to horrific sexual abuse by fellow second-graders at a university-run school who they say acted out scenes from pornographic videos they downloaded on school computers.
The lawsuit says the boy was 8 years old when he was forced to engage numerous times in sex acts with other children at Burris Laboratory School in Muncie in late 2011. Four second-grade boys, including the alleged victim, are believed to have been involved in the sex abuse, the complaint alleges.
Ball State spokesman Tony Proudfoot said in a written statement the matter was reported promptly to local law enforcement and the Indiana Department of Child Services.
Search for Hoffa fruitless once again
Like many others that came before it, the latest search for former Teamsters boss Jimmy Hoffa has come up empty. Tests on soil samples gathered last week from a backyard in suburban Detroit showed no traces that Hoffa – or anyone else – was buried there, Roseville police announced Tuesday.
Our department just received the soil sample report from Michigan State University, after a battery of tests; the samples submitted for examination showed no signs of human decomposition, the police statement read. As a result of these tests, the Roseville Police Department will be concluding their investigation into the possible interment of a human body upon the property.
US births dropped for fourth year
U.S. births fell for the fourth year in a row, the government reported Wednesday, with experts calling it more proof that the weak economy has continued to dampen enthusiasm for having children.
But there may be a silver lining: The decline in 2011 was just 1 percent – not as sharp a fall-off as the 2 percent to 3 percent drop seen in other recent years.
Most striking in the new report were steep declines in Hispanic birth rates and a new low in teen births. Hispanics have been disproportionately affected by the flagging economy, experts say, and teen birth rates have been falling for 20 years.
The report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is a first glimpse at 2011 birth certificate data from state health departments. More analysis comes later but officials dont expect the numbers to change much.