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Ackman to pay Herbalife whistleblowers' legal fees, not lost pay

By Svea Herbst-Bayliss BOSTON (Reuters) - Activist investor William Ackman, who is betting more than $1 billion that Herbalife is a pyramid scheme, will cover legal fees and damages for whistleblowers who have spoken out against the company, but not lost wages if they lose their jobs. Ackman's $13 billion hedge fund Pershing Square Capital Management had agreed to pay one whistleblower as much as $3.6 million if he lost his job after turning against the company. But other whistleblowers did not receive similar deals.

Herbalife punished 600 distributors for medical claims: ABC News

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Herbalife, a weight loss and nutrition company being investigated for allegations of running a pyramid scheme, disciplined hundreds of distributors last year for making unsubstantiated medical claims about its products, ABC News reported on Wednesday. The network said the company disclosed the internal figures after an ABC News investigation found what it called "numerous examples of distributors boasting to potential customers that the company's products helped treat maladies ranging from diabetes to heart disease."

Proposed Navajo Nation junk-food tax falls short of needed votes; advocates vow to revive it

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - Facing a high prevalence of diabetes, many American Indian tribes are returning to their roots with community and home gardens, cooking classes that incorporate traditional foods, and running programs to encourage healthy lifestyles. The latest effort on the Navajo Nation, the country's largest reservation, is to use the tax system to spur people to ditch junk food.

Mother's low vitamin D linked to toddler's risk of cavities

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Women's low vitamin D levels during pregnancy are linked to a higher risk of cavities in the teeth of their toddlers, according to a new study done in Canada. Previous studies have shown that vitamin D deficiency among mothers can lead to defects in the enamel of their toddlers' teeth - which have already begun to develop in the womb - and that these defects can increase the risk of tooth decay.

Mediterranean diet may slow diabetes progression

By Kathryn Doyle NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - For people recently diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, eating lots of olive oil, fish and whole grains slows progression of the disease more than restricting fat, according to a new analysis. In a trial that followed participants for more than eight years, those following a so-called Mediterranean diet went significantly longer before needing diabetes medication and more of them had their diabetes go into remission, compared to those on a low-fat diet.

Herbalife says it will co-operate with investigation by attorney general of Illinois

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Nutritional supplements and weight-loss products maker Herbalife is being investigated by the attorney general of Illinois. The office of Attorney General Lisa Madigan confirms it is investigating complaints brought by consumers. Herbalife says it will work with the attorney general's office, and that it is confident in the integrity of its business and its compliance with the law. The company has over 15,000 members in Illinois. Herbalife shares fell 17 cents to $55.10 on Thursday.

Low blood sugar bad for marital bliss

Low blood sugar isn't good for marital bliss because it makes spouses more prone to anger and aggression, says a new study out Monday. The findings are based on experiments with 107 married couples asked to monitor their glucose levels before breakfast and bed every day for 21 days. In addition, researchers gave them voodoo dolls representing their significant other along with 51 pins. They were then told that, at the end each day over the three-week period, they should secretly stick pins into the dolls indicating how angry they were with their better half.

US launches probe into weight loss company Herbalife

US authorities have opened a criminal probe into the nutrition and weight loss company Herbalife Ltd., according to media reports Saturday. The New York Times reported that sources said the case has been under investigation for several months. The daily added that officials it contacted say it is possible that authorities will opt not to take action against Herbalife. The Times wrote that the investigation focuses on Herbalife's direct-selling business model.

FBI conducting a probe into Herbalife: source

BOSTON (Reuters) - The Federal Bureau of Investigation is probing Herbalife, the nutrition and weight loss company hedge fund manager William Ackman has called a pyramid scheme, a person familiar with the investigation said on Friday. The news, first reported by the Financial Times, sent the company's stock price down nearly 14 percent.

FBI conducting a probe into Herbalife: source

BOSTON (Reuters) - The Federal Bureau of Investigation is probing Herbalife, the nutrition and weight loss company hedge fund manager William Ackman has called a pyramid scheme, a person familiar with the investigation said on Friday. The news, first reported by the Financial Times, sent the company's stock price down nearly 14 percent.
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