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FDA warns consumers about caffeine powder. 

FDA advises consumers to stop using any supplement products labeled as OxyElite Pro or VERSA-1. Please see the following advisories: FDA -10/08/13, FDA - 10/11/13 and CDC - 10/08/13.

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Announcements

New article on reporting side effects of supplements
Just published in The New England Journal of Medicine: A recent article brings up dietary supplement issues you need to be aware of and discusses how dietary supplement side effects could be monitored better. A PDF of the April 3rd article is available free online.

3rd International Congress on Soldiers’ Physical Performance
August 18-21, 2014
The ICSPP delivers innovative scientific programming on soldiers’ physical performance with experts from around the world.

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Fueling Performance Photo Campaign
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Dietary supplement module
Earn continuing education credits (if eligible) for this two-hour online module.

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Question

What sorts of things affect my pain?

HPRC's Answer

Sometimes there is no pattern to when pain starts or gets worse. However, people with chronic pain can learn what things increase their pain, called “pain triggers.” Not enough sleep, stress, too much activity, certain medications, certain types of movements or positions, negative thoughts about pain, and diet can all be pain triggers. The best way to understand your triggers is to pay attention to the types of things that bring on pain or make your pain worse. Using a pain log or pain diary can be helpful. There also are pain apps for your smartphone to help track your pain (see Tools, Apps, Videos section).