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Menopause Before 40? Risk of Broken Bones May Be Higher

Posted 11 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Nov. 11, 2016 – Women who undergo menopause before age 40 are more likely to get broken bones, and a new study suggests calcium and vitamin D supplements won't eliminate the extra risk. Researchers were disappointed by the finding because supplements and hormone replacement therapy have been thought to improve bone health. The researchers were led by Dr. Shannon Sullivan, medical officer from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. They examined the medical records of almost 22,000 women who took part in the Women's Health Initiative. This 15-year study, by the U.S. National Institutes of Health, reviewed the most common causes of poor health and death among postmenopausal women. The study team found that those women who entered menopause before age 40 had a significantly higher risk of broken bones than those who did later, regardless of the treatments they tried. On average, ... Read more

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Review Says Calcium Supplements Won't Harm the Heart

Posted 24 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Oct. 24, 2016 – Calcium supplements, taken within recommended levels, can be considered safe for the heart, according to new guidelines. Over the past decade, a number of studies have raised questions about whether calcium supplements might contribute to heart disease or stroke. Just this month, a study of U.S. adults found that supplement users were more likely than nonusers to have plaque buildup in their heart arteries. (Calcium is a component of artery-clogging "plaques.") But a new research review, commissioned by the National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF), has come to a different conclusion. On balance, the review found, the evidence doesn't support a connection between calcium supplements and heart disease or stroke. As long as people don't go overboard, calcium supplements should be considered "safe from a cardiovascular standpoint," say the guidelines from the NOF and ... Read more

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Calcium Supplements May Not Be Heart Healthy

Posted 12 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Oct. 11, 2016 – New research suggests that dietary calcium in the form of supplements, but not calcium-rich foods, might have a harmful impact on the heart. The study couldn't prove the supplements help cause heart trouble, but its authors believe the finding should give consumers pause for thought. "When it comes to using vitamin and mineral supplements, particularly calcium supplements being taken for bone health, many Americans think that more is always better," said study lead author Dr. Erin Michos. "But our study adds to the body of evidence that excess calcium in the form of supplements may harm the heart and vascular system," Michos said in a news release from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore. She is associate director of preventive cardiology at the school's Ciccarone Center for the Prevention of Heart Disease. About 43 percent of American ... Read more

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Calcium Supplements Might Raise Older Women's Dementia Risk

Posted 18 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 17, 2016 – Taking calcium supplements with the hope of keeping osteoporosis at bay may raise an older woman's risk of dementia, a new study suggests. And that seems particularly true if a woman has already sustained an event causing poor blood flow to the brain (cerebrovascular disease), such as from a stroke, researchers said. The study can't prove cause-and-effect. However, dementia risk was seven times higher in female stroke survivors who took calcium supplements, compared to women with a history of stroke who didn't use the supplements, the findings showed. The risk of dementia also was three times higher in women with white matter brain lesions who took calcium supplements, compared to women with white matter lesions who didn't take the supplements. Lesions in white matter tissue are evidence of a mini-stroke or some other problem impeding blood flow within the ... Read more

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Folic Acid Now Added to Corn Masa Flour: FDA

Posted 17 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, June 17, 2016 – Adding folic acid to corn masa flour could help reduce birth defects among Hispanic babies in the United States, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says. The FDA recently approved the addition of folic acid, a B vitamin, to corn masa flour, which is used in foods such as tortillas, tacos, tortilla chips and tamales. "By adding folic acid to corn masa flour, we have the opportunity to impact a large segment of the U.S. population and protect parents and their children from the devastating birth defects that are linked to insufficient folic acid consumed by the mother before and during pregnancy," said Dr. Jonca Bull, director of the FDA's Office of Minority Health. When consumed by pregnant women, folic acid is known to lower the risk of a baby being born with neural tube defects, which affect the brain, spine and spinal cord. While folic acid has long been ... Read more

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Health Tip: Osteoporosis Shouldn't Be Ignored

Posted 17 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Osteoporosis occurs when the bones lose density and break more easily. Though it's a common problem, osteoporosis shouldn't be ignored. The National Osteoporosis Foundation says possible complications include: Broken bones. Chronic pain. Losing height. A hunched or stooped posture. Reduced mobility, which can result in feeling depressed or lonely. The potential need for nursing home care, such as for a broken hip. Read more

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Health Tip: Women, Don't Neglect Your Health

Posted 30 May 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Being a wife and mother are important, but women need to take care of themselves, too. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests: See your doctor for regular screenings and checkups. Get plenty of exercise, including aerobic and strengthening exercises. Eat a nutritious, balanced diet that's rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins. Get enough folic acid, and limit alcohol use. Stay mentally healthy by finding ways to cope with stress, and getting plenty of sleep each night. Don't smoke, use caution with prescription drugs, and protect your skin daily with sunscreen. Read more

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Too Much Folic Acid in Pregnancy Tied to Raised Autism Risk in Study

Posted 11 May 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, May 11, 2016 – Pregnant women are encouraged to get plenty of folic acid in their diet or through vitamin supplements, to protect their babies against birth defects of the brain and spinal cord. But a new study suggests that excessive amounts of folate (vitamin B9) and vitamin B12 in a mother's body might increase a baby's risk of developing an autism spectrum disorder. "The new research question before us is to understand the optimal dose," said co-researcher Daniele Fallin. She is a professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore. "Some [folate] is a good thing. It does appear the levels in the body could get too high, and that would be a bad thing," she said. "Supplementation is indeed an important thing," Fallin added. "We would not want anyone to interpret from this that they should stop taking vitamin supplements if they are intending to ... Read more

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Cow's Milk Allergy in Childhood May Lead to Weaker Bones: Study

Posted 20 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, April 20, 2016 – Children who are allergic to cow's milk may have weaker bones than kids with other food allergies, a small study suggests. Cow's milk allergy is the most common childhood food allergy in the United States, affecting up to 3 percent of children, the researchers said. The main treatment is elimination of cow's milk and dairy products – which are major sources of the calcium kids need to build strong bones. This new study detected low bone density in 6 percent of 52 children with a long-term milk allergy. "Prepubertal children with persistent cow's milk allergy have a lower bone mineral density and calcium intake compared with similarly aged children with food allergies other than cow's milk," said study co-author Genevieve Mailhot. She is an associate professor at the CHU Sainte-Justine Research Center at the University of Montreal. The study findings don't ... Read more

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1 in 6 Seniors Takes Dangerous Combos of Meds, Supplements: Study

Posted 21 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March 21, 2016 – More seniors than ever are taking supplements alongside their medications, a practice that puts them at risk for dangerous drug interactions, researchers report. More than 15 percent of older Americans took potentially life-threatening combinations of prescription medications, over-the-counter drugs and dietary supplements in 2011, the study showed. That was almost a twofold increase from 2005, when 8.4 percent of seniors did so. "Alongside the growing use of multiple medications, there is also a hidden, and increasing, risk of potentially deadly drug interactions in older adults," said lead researcher Dr. Dima Qato. She is an assistant professor of pharmacy systems at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Many of these interactions involved heart drugs and supplements, such as omega-3 fish oil supplements, which are more commonly used now than they were five ... Read more

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Health Tip: What's Behind Muscle Cramps?

Posted 28 Oct 2015 by Drugs.com

-- Nothing can end a workout faster than muscle cramps. But have you ever wondered what causes them? The Mayo Clinic mentions these common factors: Straining or overusing muscles. Being dehydrated. Keeping a muscle in the same position for a long time. Having poor blood supply to affected muscles. Having compressed nerves in the spine. Getting less-than-required amounts of dietary minerals, such as potassium, magnesium or calcium. Read more

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Vitamin D, Calcium May Not Prevent Colon Cancer After All

Posted 14 Oct 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 14, 2015 – New clinical trial results negate the supposed colon cancer-preventing benefits of calcium and vitamin D supplements. Neither calcium nor vitamin D, taken alone or together after precancerous colon polyps were removed, significantly reduced the risk of new polyps developing, researchers report. The results contradict decades of observational studies that showed that people who take lots of calcium and vitamin D are less likely to develop colon cancer, researchers said in the Oct. 15 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. "It suggests that you should not think you should take calcium or vitamin D to reduce your risk of colon cancer," said study co-author Elizabeth Barry, an assistant professor of epidemiology and community and family medicine at Dartmouth's Geisel School of Medicine in New Hampshire. However, Barry added that this trial focused on a ... Read more

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Calcium Supplements Tied to Kidney Stone Risk in Study

Posted 13 Oct 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Oct. 13, 2015 – People with a history of kidney stones may have a higher risk of recurrence if they use calcium supplements, a new study finds. The findings, based on records from more than 2,000 patients, add to evidence linking calcium supplements to kidney stone risk. But researchers also said that people taking calcium under a doctor's advice should not stop on their own. "We're definitely not advocating that people stop taking calcium supplements if their doctor prescribed them for their bone health," said Christopher Loftus, the lead researcher on the study and an M.D. candidate at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine. Loftus is scheduled to present his findings next month at the American Society of Nephrology's annual meeting in San Diego. Data and conclusions presented at meetings should be considered preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed medical ... Read more

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1 in 4 Senior Women in U.S. Has Osteoporosis: CDC

Posted 13 Aug 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Aug. 13, 2015 – The weakening bones of osteoporosis greatly raise a person's odds for dangerous fractures, and a new report finds that one-quarter of all American women aged 65 or older suffer from the condition. Close to 6 percent of men in this age group also have osteoporosis, according to the report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Experts weren't surprised, and said more must be done to test for and treat the loss of bone density that often comes with age. Osteoporosis and its precursor condition – osteopenia (low bone mass) – "is not just a problem for the 80-year-old individual, but starts to become an issue for many adults in their 50s and 60s," said Dr. Saad Chaudhary, a spine surgeon at Mount Sinai Beth Israel Hospital in New York City. In the study, Anne Looker and Steven Frenk, of the CDC's Division of Health and Nutrition Examination ... Read more

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Health Tip: Say 'Yes' to Yogurt

Posted 16 Jul 2015 by Drugs.com

-- Rich in calcium and protein, yogurt makes for a treat that's both nutritious and delicious. The Dairy Council of California dishes up these serving suggestions: Build a breakfast parfait with layers of yogurt, cereal or granola, and a topping of fresh fruit. Skip the syrup and put a dollop of yogurt atop waffles or pancakes. Add fruit for extra sweetness. Whip up a smoothie with yogurt, fruit and some juice. Use plain yogurt as a dip for your favorite veggies. Use plain yogurt as a base for your favorite salad dressings and dips. In place of sour cream, use plain yogurt as a topping for tacos, quesadillas, chili or soups. Read more

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