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FTC Targets False Weight-Loss Ads

The Federal Trade Commission cracks down on misleading ads that promise consumers major weight loss without effort. Meanwhile, the herbal supplement ephedra continues to rake in billions of dollars each year, despite health complaints and reports of deaths. NPR's Patricia Neighmond and Snigdha Prakash report.

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Snigdha Prakash
Pieces by National Desk reporter Snigdha Prakash can be heard on NPR's All Things Considered and Morning Edition. The majority of Snigdha's past reports have focused on topics related to entrepreneurship, business, banking and the economy.
Award-winning journalist Patti Neighmond is NPR's health policy correspondent. Her reports air regularly on NPR newsmagazines All Things Considered, Morning Edition, and Weekend Edition.