Feb 11, 2019

FDA cracks down on fake Alzheimer's treatments

A lab in France that focuses on phytotherapy, natural medicine and dietary supplements. Photo: BSIP/UIG via Getty Images

The Food and Drug Administration cracked down Monday on almost 60 products — mostly dietary supplements — that falsely claimed to treat or cure Alzheimer's disease. There is no cure or significant treatment for Alzheimer's, in any form.

Between the lines: Supplements are regulated more like food than drugs, but can sometimes claim health benefits without showing much evidence. FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb said today's enforcement actions are part of a "larger effort" to rein in supplements' false or medically unjustified claims.

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Facebook spending $100 million to help news outlets in coronavirus crisis

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Facebook says it is spending $100 million to support news outlets around the world that have been impacted by the coronavirus, the company said Monday.

Why it matters: Whatever Facebook's motivation, this is a much-needed cash infusion at a critical time for the local news industry.

The next American struggle: Waiting out the coronavirus

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There are now a lot of known knowns about the coronavirus: It's here, it's spreading, it's stressing hospitals, it's crippling the economy, it's slowed only by distance and isolation — and it's sure to get much worse before it gets much better. 

Why it matters: Similarly, there is a sameness to the patterns and known unknowns. So now we hit the maddening stage of waiting.

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Coronavirus pushes traditional businesses into the digital age

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A slew of old-line industries that once hesitated to embrace digital technologies are now being forced to do so for the sake of survival.

Why it matters: Once consumers get used to accessing services digitally — from older restaurants finally embracing online ordering, or newspapers finally going all-digital — these industries may find it hard to go back to traditional operations.