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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: Feeding Your Child a Vegetarian Diet

Posted 12 Nov 2015 by Drugs.com

-- If you're feeding your child a vegetarian diet, make sure he or she is getting enough essential nutrients. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics says the child's diet should include: Vitamin B12, found in eggs and milk. If the child is on a strictly vegan diet, fortified soy products and fortified cereals are good sources. Vitamin D and calcium, found in fortified milk and dairy products, such as cheese and yogurt. Iron, found in daily supplements and fortified cereals. Protein, found in beans, fortified cereals and soy milk. Yogurt and eggs also are good choices. Fiber, found in fortified and whole-grain breads, pastas and cereals, as well as avocados, nuts and seeds. Read more

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Vitamin Supplement Linked to Reduction in Skin Cancer Risk

Posted 13 May 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, May 13, 2015 – A cheap and easily available vitamin supplement appears to reduce a person's risk of skin cancer, new research contends. A form of vitamin B3 called nicotinamide is linked to a reduction of non-melanoma skin cancers by 23 percent when taken twice daily, according to Australian researchers. "It's safe, it's almost obscenely inexpensive, and it's already widely commercially available," said senior author Dr. Diona Damian, a professor of dermatology at the University of Sydney. Nicotinamide costs less than $10 for a month's supply and is available at pharmacies and health food stores, she said. However, more study is needed before researchers can say whether everyone would benefit from the supplement. "It's not something we'd recommend at this stage for the general population," Damian said. The study is slated for presentation May 30 at the upcoming annual ... Read more

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Vitamin D Supplements Might Help Some Lose Weight

Posted 8 May 2015 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, May 8, 2015 – For obese Americans who are low on vitamin D, taking a supplement of the nutrient might help them lose weight, a new study suggests. According to an Italian team, led by Luisella Vigna of the University of Milan, prior research has shown that vitamin D deficiency is associated with a higher risk of obesity and obesity-related complications. However, studies on the use of vitamin D supplements to curb obesity have so far been inconclusive, the team said. The new study included 400 overweight and obese people with vitamin D deficiency who were put on a low-calorie diet and then divided into three groups. One group took no vitamin D supplements, while the two other groups took either 25,000 international units (IU) or 100,000 IU of vitamin D per month. After six months, participants in both vitamin D supplementation groups had lost more weight and had greater ... Read more

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Cloudy Climes May Up Risk of Pancreatic Cancer: Study

Posted 30 Apr 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, April 30, 2015 – People who live in regions with low sunlight may have a higher risk of pancreatic cancer, possibly because they don't get enough vitamin D from the sun, new research suggests. "If you're living at a high latitude or in a place with a lot of heavy cloud cover, you can't make vitamin D most of the year, which results in a higher-than-normal risk of getting pancreatic cancer," said study co-author Dr. Cedric Garland. He is an adjunct professor with the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine's Department of Family Medicine and Public Health. "People who live in sunny countries near the equator have only one-sixth of the age-adjusted incidence rate of pancreatic cancer as those who live far from it," Garland said in a university news release. "The importance of sunlight deficiency strongly suggests – but does not prove – that vitamin D deficiency ... Read more

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Vitamin D May Not Prevent Return of Women's Infection After All

Posted 28 Oct 2014 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Oct. 28, 2014 – A new study suggests that high doses of vitamin D may not help prevent the return of vaginosis, a vaginal infection that's especially common in younger women. The findings counter other research that suggests higher vitamin D levels could boost the immune system as it tries to fight off the infection, according to background information in the study. "Earlier studies observed that women with low vitamin D levels were more likely to have bacterial vaginosis, and we hypothesized that vitamin D supplementation might reduce [bacterial vaginosis]," study author Abigail Norris Turner, an infectious disease expert at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, said in a university news release. "However, our study found that high-dose vitamin D supplementation wasn't helpful in preventing recurrence of [bacterial vaginosis]," she said. Vaginosis, which is not ... Read more

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Vitamin D Might Help Kids With Eczema

Posted 17 Oct 2014 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Oct. 17, 2014 – Daily vitamin D supplements might help children with eczema that gets worse in the winter, a new study suggests. When eczema, a chronic inflammatory skin disorder, flares up in the winter it's known as winter-related atopic dermatitis. Researchers found vitamin D significantly reduced the uncomfortable symptoms associated with this disorder. "While we don't know the exact proportion of patients with atopic dermatitis whose symptoms worsen in the winter, the problem is common," said study leader Dr. Carlos Camargo, of Massachusetts General Hospital's department of emergency medicine. "In this large group of patients, who probably had low levels of vitamin D, taking daily vitamin D supplements – which are inexpensive, safe and widely available – proved to be quite helpful," he said in a hospital news release. A common treatment for severe atopic dermatitis is ... Read more

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Vitamin D: A Key to a Longer Life?

Posted 17 Jun 2014 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, June 17, 2014 – Higher levels of vitamin D may protect people from an earlier death, particularly from cancer and heart disease, suggests a new analysis of existing research. And, the opposite may also be true – low levels of vitamin D may be linked to a higher risk of premature death. But the researchers acknowledge that the review's findings aren't definitive. "People with low vitamin D die more frequently from heart disease and cancer, but it is not known if the low vitamin D is a cause of these diseases or just a byproduct of generally poor health," said study lead author Ben Schoettker, a post-doctoral scientist with the German Cancer Research Center in Heidelberg, Germany. Still, the research published online June 17 in BMJ does hint at the possibility that vitamin D may benefit people across genders, ages and Western countries, including the United States. The findings ... Read more

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Vitamin D Supplements May Not Help Ease Asthma

Posted 18 May 2014 by Drugs.com

SUNDAY, May 18, 2014 – Vitamin D supplements do little to help control asthma, a new study found, although they might help cut the level of medication some patients need. "Previous studies suggested that if you have asthma and low levels of vitamin D in the blood, you have worse lung function, more asthma attacks and more emergency room visits than asthma patients with higher vitamin D levels," Dr. Mario Castro, a professor of pulmonary and critical care medicine at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, explained in a university news release. So, his team decided to conduct "the first randomized controlled trial to investigate whether taking vitamin D supplements can improve asthma control," he said. The study included more than 400 adult asthma patients at nine major medical centers in the United States. All of them had mild to moderate asthma and what was considered ... Read more

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Vitamin D May Not Lower Seniors' Fall Risk

Posted 24 Apr 2014 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, April 24, 2014 – Taking vitamin D supplements does little to reduce seniors' risk of falls, a new review finds. Researchers analyzed 20 studies that included nearly 30,000 people and tested how vitamin D supplements affected fall risk. The results showed that the supplements did not reduce falls by 15 percent or more, which means they had little effect, according to Mark Bolland of the University of Auckland in New Zealand, and colleagues. They concluded that there is insufficient evidence to support recommending vitamin D to seniors to lower their risk of falls, and also said that current ongoing studies investigating this theory are unlikely to change the conclusion. The study was published in the April 23 issue of The Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology journal. The researchers noted that current evidence does not show whether taking vitamin D supplements might reduce falls ... Read more

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Jury Still Out on Benefits of Vitamin D

Posted 2 Apr 2014 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, April 1, 2014 – Two new reports that analyzed research on vitamin D supplements found there's no reason to get excited yet about any possible health benefits. One review, from international researchers, found hardly any benefit. The other analysis suggested it may have what a specialist called a "huge" effect on lifespan, but the findings aren't definitive. "For now, the vitamin D story is intriguing," said Naveed Sattar, a professor of metabolic medicine at the University of Glasgow in Scotland, who co-wrote an editorial accompanying the studies. But more research is required before any definitive recommendations should be made, he said, since "there may yet be unexpected risks to supplementation." There's been intense debate about the value of vitamin D supplements in recent years, specifically over whether they contribute to better health. In one of the new reports, ... Read more

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Vitamin D Supplements Don't Help Your Health: Review

Posted 24 Jan 2014 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Jan. 24, 2014 – There's little evidence that vitamin D supplements offer substantial health benefits, and several ongoing studies are unlikely to change that, according to a large new review. Vitamin D supplements are taken by nearly half of American adults, according to the researchers. The review authors analyzed the findings of 40 studies and determined that taking vitamin D supplements does not reduce the risk of heart attack, stroke, cancer or bone fractures in the general population by more than 15 percent. That result suggests that vitamin D supplements likely provide few, if any, health benefits, said Dr. Mark Bolland, of the University of Auckland in New Zealand, and colleagues. The study appears in the Jan. 25 issue of The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology. Unless used in people with vitamin D deficiency, there is legitimate concern that taking vitamin D supplements ... Read more

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Vitamin D May Slow Multiple Sclerosis, Study Suggests

Posted 22 Jan 2014 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Jan. 20, 2014 – Vitamin D may slow the progression of multiple sclerosis (MS) and also reduce harmful brain activity, a new study suggests. Correcting vitamin D deficiency early in the course of the disease is important, according to the report, published online Jan. 20 in JAMA Neurology. But some experts say it's too soon to recommend giving vitamin D supplements to people with the central nervous system disorder. "No one knows what the connection between MS and vitamin D is," said Nicholas LaRocca, vice president for health care delivery and policy research at the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. "What they suspect is that vitamin D has some effect on the immune system." Also, what dose of the vitamin might be appropriate isn't clear, he said. "We don't know what a good level would be. There is no scientific consensus on a treatment protocol. We may get to that point ... Read more

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Vitamin D Levels Linked to Parkinson's Symptoms

Posted 22 Jan 2014 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 22, 2014 – Higher vitamin D levels are associated with better thinking and mood in people with Parkinson's disease, a new study suggests. The finding may lead to new ways to delay or prevent the onset of thinking problems and depression in people with the progressive neurodegenerative disease, the researchers said. Their analysis of nearly 300 Parkinson's disease patients revealed that higher blood levels of vitamin D – the "sunshine vitamin" – were associated with less severe physical symptoms, better thinking abilities and lower risk of depression. This link was especially strong in patients without dementia, according to the study in the current issue of the Journal of Parkinson's Disease. "About 30 percent of persons with [Parkinson's disease] suffer from cognitive impairment and dementia, and dementia is associated with nursing home placement and shortened life ... Read more

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Vitamin D Supplements May Help Ease Fibromyalgia Pain: Study

Posted 17 Jan 2014 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Jan. 17, 2014 – People suffering from the chronic pain of fibromyalgia might benefit from taking vitamin D supplements if they suffer from low levels of the vitamin, a new study from Austria suggests. There's no cure for fibromyalgia, which can lead to pain, fatigue and several other symptoms, the researchers said. The exact cause of the illness remains unclear. In the study, researchers led by Dr. Florian Wepner, of Orthopedic Hospital Vienna Speising, sought to discover whether there is a link between a patient's vitamin D levels and the chronic pain of fibromyalgia. Vitamin D often is called the "sunshine vitamin" because it is manufactured by the body through sunlight's activity on the skin. Wepner's team launched a randomized, controlled trial in 30 women with fibromyalgia who also had low levels of vitamin D. Some of the women took supplements for 25 weeks and then were ... Read more

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