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Could Folic Acid Fight a Cause of Autism?

Posted 14 days ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Sept. 8, 2017 – By taking folic acid around the time of conception, mothers-to-be may reduce their child's risk of pesticide-related autism, a new study suggests. "We found that if the mom was taking folic acid during the window around conception, the risk associated with pesticides seemed to be attenuated," said study first author Rebecca Schmidt. "Mothers should try to avoid pesticides. But if they live near agriculture, where pesticides can blow in, this might be a way to counter those effects," said Schmidt. She is an assistant professor of public health sciences at the University of California, Davis. It's estimated that one in 68 U.S. children has an autism spectrum disorder, which can range from mild to severe. There is no single cause, but research suggests a combination of genetic and environmental influences plays a role, according to the U.S. National Institutes of ... Read more

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Supplement May Help Against Vision-Robbing Disease in Seniors

Posted 24 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 23, 2017 – An inexpensive over-the-counter antioxidant/zinc supplement that may help preserve vision in older people is also cost effective, a new study suggests. The combo pill has been dubbed the "Age-Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS)" supplement, based on trial in which it was studied previously. Dr. Aaron Lee, a researcher on the new trial, said his team found AREDS was "greatly cost-effective for the treatment of age-related macular degeneration, specifically in people who have active wet, age-related macular degeneration in one eye and dry in the other." Lee is assistant professor of ophthalmology at the University of Washington in Seattle. Macular degeneration is a progressive disease that's a major cause of vision loss in older Americans. The new study suggests the AREDS supplement may delay the need for more expensive treatment of the "wet" form of the illness, ... Read more

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Young Breakfast Skippers Lack Vital Nutrients

Posted 17 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Aug. 17, 2017 – Mom was right – eating breakfast really is important. Without it, kids may not get recommended amounts of nutrients, British researchers suggest. "This study provides evidence that breakfast is key for parents to ensure that their children are getting the nutrition they need," said senior study author Gerda Pot, a lecturer in nutritional sciences at King's College London. The researchers used food diaries to track the diets of more than 800 children aged 4 to 10 and nearly 900 kids aged 11 to 18. Their food intake was tracked from 2008 to 2012. The researchers compared levels of key nutrients that the kids ate to British nutrition guidelines For the study, breakfast was defined as more than 100 calories of food between 6 and 9 a.m. Although the study wasn't designed to prove a cause-and-effect relationship, the researchers did find that breakfast skippers had ... Read more

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It's Never Too Soon to Safeguard Your Bones

Posted 9 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 9, 2017 – Bone health is literally something you build on throughout your life, not just as a child. And the efforts you put in now will keep bones strong and help prevent the bone-thinning disease osteoporosis later on, as you age. Most of the 10 million Americans living with osteoporosis are women, but men are at risk, too, according to the National Osteoporosis Foundation. It weakens bones, leaving them at greater risk of fracture. Here are 4 steps to better bone health for women and men. First, make sure your diet has calcium, an essential mineral, and vitamin D. These nutrients work in tandem on bone building. Low-fat dairy, such as plain yogurt and milk, is a great calcium source. Also, look for milk that's been fortified with vitamin D. You can get some D from fatty fish, like tuna and salmon, spending limited time in the sun, and supplements. Second, eat healthy ... Read more

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Even a One-Minute Run Might Help a Woman's Bones

Posted 25 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, July 24, 2017 – Just a minute or two of running every day could strengthen your bones, new research suggests. British scientists found that women who engage in "brief bursts" of any high-intensity, weight-bearing physical activity had 4 percent better bone health than their less active peers. "We don't yet know whether it's better to accumulate this small amount of exercise in bits throughout each day or all at once, and also whether a slightly longer bout of exercise on one or two days per week is just as good as one to two minutes a day," said study author Victoria Stiles. She's a senior lecturer in Sport and Health Sciences at the University of Exeter. "But there's a clear link between this kind of high-intensity, weight-bearing exercise and better bone health in women," Stiles said in a university news release. For the study, the researchers compared data on more than 2,500 ... Read more

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Could Your Office Job Rob You of Vitamin D?

Posted 22 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, June 22, 2017 – Spending your days cooped up inside an office might mean you're not getting enough vital vitamin D – know as the "sunshine vitamin," researchers report. Canadian researchers found that vitamin D deficiency levels differ by occupation, with people who are closeted indoors faring worse than others. "We know that vitamin D deficiency and insufficiency is prevalent in the population at large. We can now say that occupation is a factor that is important in determining if someone may be vitamin D-deficient or not," said lead researcher Dr. Sebastian Straube. He's an associate professor of preventive medicine at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. Vitamin D is found naturally in a few foods, and often added to milk and other products. Skin exposure to sunlight also produces vitamin D, which is why it's called the sunshine vitamin. In the new research, Straube and ... Read more

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Many Americans May Be Taking Too Much Vitamin D

Posted 20 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, June 20, 2017 – When it comes to vitamin D supplements, it's possible that Americans may be getting too much of a good thing, new research suggests. In 2014, just over 3 percent of U.S. adults took more than 4,000 international units (IUs) of the vitamin daily, exceeding the upper limits of what is considered safe, the researchers said. In 2007-2008, only 0.2 percent did that. For perspective, the recommended daily amount of vitamin D is only 600 IUs for adults aged 70 and younger. For those over 70, the recommendation is 800 IUs a day. "More may not always be better with vitamin D," said study author Mary Rooney, a doctoral student at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. "There's not much research on longer-term health outcomes on high-dose supplements," she said. But studies have hinted at potential harm, such as excess calcium in the blood, which can cause deposits ... Read more

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Multivitamins May Not Help Men's Hearts, Even When Diet Is Poor

Posted 7 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, April 7, 2017 – Millions of American men pop a multivitamin each day, but new research shows the pills won't help the heart – even if a man's nutrition is lacking. "Many had thought that men with 'poor' nutritional status at baseline may benefit more from long-term multivitamin use on cardiovascular outcomes; however, we did not see any evidence for this in our recent analysis," study author Howard Sesso, of Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, said in a hospital news release. According to background information from the researchers, more than half of older Americans take a multivitamin each day. However, many prior studies have shown little evidence of any health benefit. In the new research, Sesso and his colleagues tracked data from an ongoing study of more than 14,000 U.S. male doctors over the age of 50. A prior look at this data had found that taking multivitamins did ... Read more

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Osteoporosis Fractures May Be Deadlier for Men

Posted 15 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, March 15, 2017 – Men are more likely than women to die after suffering an osteoporosis-related fracture, researchers report. Osteoporosis, a disease where bones become weak and brittle, affects more than 44 million Americans. It contributes to about 2 million fractures a year, with women suffering more of these broken bones than men. "Although women are more likely to sustain an initial, osteoporosis-related 'fragility fracture,' men have similar rates of incurring a subsequent fracture and are at greater risk for mortality after these injuries," said study author Dr. Alan Zhang. Zhang is an orthopaedic surgeon and assistant professor at the University of California, San Francisco. For the study, researchers analyzed data from more than 1 million Americans, aged 65 and older, who had osteoporosis and suffered a fracture between 2005 and 2009. Of those patients, 87 percent ... Read more

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More Folic Acid in Pregnancy May Protect Kids From High Blood Pressure

Posted 8 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, March 8, 2017 – Higher folic acid levels during pregnancy may reduce the risk of high blood pressure in children if their mothers have heart disease risk factors, a new study suggests. "Our study adds further evidence on the early life origins of high blood pressure," said senior corresponding author Dr. Xiaobin Wang, a pediatrician from Boston University. The study was published March 8 in the American Journal of Hypertension. "Our findings raise the possibility that early risk assessment and intervention before conception and during pregnancy may lead to new ways to prevent high blood pressure and its consequences across life span and generations," Wang said in a journal news release. She and her research colleagues looked at data from almost 1,300 mother-child pairs from births at Boston Medical Center. The moms and kids were followed from 2003 to 2014. Two-thirds of this ... Read more

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Older Bones Benefit From Dairy Plus Vitamin D

Posted 1 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, March 1, 2017 – A combination of vitamin D supplements and certain dairy foods may protect against age-related bone loss, a new study indicates. Consumption of milk, yogurt and cheese was associated with higher bone mineral density in the spine and less bone loss in the hip among older adults – but only if they also took vitamin D supplements, researchers said. Vitamin D stimulates calcium absorption, which aids in bone building and prevention of bone loss, according to the researchers from Harvard-affiliated Hebrew Senior Life, and the University of Massachusetts, Lowell. This study is significant because it looked at dairy products other than just milk, and it "clarified that the association of dairy foods with bone density is dependent on adequate vitamin D intake," said lead author Shivani Sahni. "However, additional studies are needed to confirm these findings," she ... Read more

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Some Health Fads May Not Be All That Healthy

Posted 27 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Feb. 27, 2017 – Juicing may be a popular health fad, but evidence suggests it could actually be detrimental to a good diet. The same goes for coconut oil, which is loaded with saturated fat but has emerged as another dietary craze in the United States. And a gluten-free diet likely has little positive health benefit for people who do not have gluten sensitivity or celiac disease. These conclusions are part of a new review of the latest scientific evidence on food and nutrition that was conducted to shed some light on the latest diet fads. "There is widespread confusion in terms of nutrition. Every day someone says something is good, and then the next day they say it's bad," said review lead author Dr. Andrew Freeman, co-chair of the American College of Cardiology's Lifestyle and Nutrition Work Group. "Our purpose was to do our best to give clinicians the tools they need to help ... Read more

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Health Tip: Give Your Kids Bone-Building Food

Posted 16 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Building stronger bones should begin in childhood and continue for the rest of your child's life. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics suggests these foods: Offer a good source of calcium at each meal, such as milk, cheese, yogurt, almonds, figs, broccoli, soybeans, turnip greens or tofu with calcium added. Seek natural sunshine for more vitamin D. Also offer eggs, fatty fish and fortified foods, such as milk and orange juice. Ask your pediatrician if your child needs vitamin D supplements. Give your child edamame, black beans, spinach, peanut butter, almonds, kidney beans, avocado and whole-wheat bread, which are good sources of magnesium. Offer green beans, peas or leafy green veggies (such as kale, broccoli and spinach) for vitamin K. Read more

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Health Tip: Help Young Athletes Avoid Malnutrition

Posted 19 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Young athletes who push themselves too hard without getting the proper nourishment risk making themselves sick. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics explains how to avoid malnutrition among young athletes: Teach children about the importance of fueling their bodies, and the risks of not getting enough nutrients. Watch for signs of malnourishment and eating disorders, including unexplained weight loss, fatigue, a spike in strains and sprains, increased temperature sensitivity and preoccupation with food. Be aware of irregular menstrual cycles, a potential sign of malnourishment among female athletes Make sure young athletes eat regular healthy meals and snacks. Read more

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New Guidelines Reaffirm Prenatal Folic Acid to Curb Birth Defects

Posted 10 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 10, 2017 – In a recommendation that reaffirms previous guidelines, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force said that folic acid supplements reduce the risk of neural tube defects. As it advised in 2009, the independent panel of experts said women who are pregnant or able to get pregnant should take a daily supplement that contains between 400 and 800 micrograms of folic acid to prevent these potentially fatal birth defects. Neural tube defects occur when the brain or spinal cord do not develop properly, leading to serious disabilities or even death. These birth defects take place very early in pregnancy. Sometimes they occur even before a woman knows that she is expecting, the task force explained. Folic acid supplements are most beneficial if women take them one month before becoming pregnant and continue taking them for the first three months of pregnancy, the panel ... Read more

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