February is American Heart Month.
Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S.; one in every three deaths is from heart disease and stroke, equal to 2,200 deaths per day.
However, we can fight back against heart disease and stroke. Million Hearts™ is a national initiative to prevent 1 million heart attacks and
strokes over five years. Million Hearts™ brings together communities, health systems, nonprofit organizations, federal agencies, and private-sector
partners from across the country to fight heart disease and stroke.
LifeScience Moment: The Supreme Court issued its first ruling on food additives.
On Feb. 24, 1914, the Supreme Court issued its first ruling on food additives. In U.S. v. Lexington Mill and Elevator Company, the court ruled that
in order for bleached flour with nitrite residues to be banned from foods, the government must show a relationship between the chemical additive and
the harm it allegedly caused in humans. The court also noted that the mere presence of such an ingredient was not sufficient to render the food illegal.
Today, the FDA maintains a list of over 3000 ingredients in its database "Everything Added to Food in the United States."
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