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Earlier this month, ABC’s staff attended and presented at the Nutracon Conference, National Products Expo West, and our Annual American Botanical Celebration. This year’s recipients of the James A. Duke Botanical Literature Award and the Norman R. Farnsworth Botanical Research Award were announced at the celebratory dinner to honor our Sponsor members, Board of Trustees, and Advisory Board.

ABC has also published a product-specific monograph covering pharmacological and clinical trials on COLD-fX®, a unique extract made from roots of American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius). This is the first in a new series of ABC monographs reviewing the scientific research on specific herb products and plant-based ingredients.

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Thank you for your continued support of our nonprofit educational mission. Sincerely,
The Staff of the American Botanical Council

Media Watch

Peter Hackett tours with the Rolling Stones - Everest
The Rolling Stones has asked Dr. Peter Hackett, an expert on Ginkgo biloba and acute mountain sickness, to be their consultant for their tour through Mexico. Peter Hackett tours with the Rolling Stones. Everest News. Accessed Feb. 14, 2007.

Many Cancer Drug Trials Use Herbs, Supplements - Scientific American
Researchers at the University of Chicago urge physicians running clinical trials to "intensively (yet sensitively)" question participants on their alternative medicine use, which could interfere with cancer treatment. Many Cancer Drug Trials Use Herbs, Supplements. Scientific American. February 13, 2007.

The Trials of Cold-fx - Edmonton Journal
A critique of Cold-fx including, its claims, research and coverage in the media. Lamphier, Gary. The Trials of Cold-fx. Edmonton Journal. February 10,2007.

Get the Diet Scoop: 6 promising supplements, 6 to avoid - Health Magazine
Beneficial diet supplement ingredients are explained including dosage and safety along with ingredients deemed unsafe or ineffective. Steinmehl, Eric. Get the Diet Scoop: 6 promising supplements, 6 to avoid. Health Magazine. February 16, 2007.

You Can Take Noni Juice, but with a Grain of Salt - LA Times
Though noni fruit (Morinda citrifolia) has been used by Polynesians for years, substantial studies have not proved its beneficial properties. Woolston, Chris. You Can Take Noni Juice, but with a Grain of Salt. Los Angeles Times. February 19, 2007.

Bent Skovmand, Seed Protector, Dies at 61 - New York Times
Bent Skovmand dedicated his life to preserving wheat varieties and hoped to develop disease resistant crops that would eventually end world hunger. Martin, Douglas. Bent Skovmand, Seed Protector, Dies at 61. New York Times. February 14, 2007.

Judge: Let Prof Grow Medicinal Marijuana - Boston Globe
A judge has ruled that Professor Lyle Craker of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst should be able to grow marijuana for research making his lab the second such facility in the US. Abel, David. Judge: Let Prof Grow Medicinal Marijuana. Boston Globe. February 12, 2007.