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Health Highlights: Jan. 10, 2017

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Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: No Evidence Prevagen Improves Memory: Government Lawsuit There's no scientific evidence to support claims that the dietary supplement Prevagen improves memory, a government lawsuit says. The lawsuit was filed Monday by the New York Attorney General and the Federal Trade Commission against Prevagen maker Quincy Bioscience. It seeks a ban on further claims about the product's effectiveness, refunds for consumers and civil penalties, the Associated Press reported. Prevagen is marketed as being "clinically shown" to support "clearer thinking" and to "improve memory within 90 days," but those claims are based primarily on a single study that did not show a statistically significant improvement in memory, according to New New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. In a statement, Quincy ... Read more

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Special Diet May Be Boon for Kids With Crohn's, Colitis

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MONDAY, Jan. 9, 2017 – Children with Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis may be able to achieve relief without medications by eating a special diet, a small study suggests. The diet includes non-processed foods, such as fruits, vegetables, meats and nuts. Over 12 weeks, the diet appeared to ease all signs of these inflammatory bowel diseases in eight of the 10 affected children, researchers report. "The study shows that without other intervention, other changes, we can improve individuals' clinical as well as laboratory markers," said study author Dr. David Suskind. He's a professor of pediatrics and director of clinical gastroenterology at Seattle Children's Hospital. "I'm not surprised," Suskind added, "primarily because preliminary studies ... opened our eyes to the idea that diet had an impact." Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) affects about 1.6 million Americans, according to ... Read more

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'Teen' Finds Minors Can Buy Bodybuilding Supplement at Health Food Stores

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TUESDAY, Jan.3, 2017 – Many U.S. health food stores recommend the dietary supplement creatine to minors as an athletic performance enhancer, even though major medical societies discourage its use by kids under 18, a new study reports. When a researcher posed as a 15-year-old football player hoping to bulk up, more than two-thirds of sales attendants at health food stores across the nation recommended creatine, according to the study findings. The American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Sports Medicine advise against use of creatine in people younger than 18, the researchers said in background notes. "Creatine containers specifically say on the label they are not recommended for use under the age of 18, or not recommended for minors," said lead researcher Dr. Ruth Milanaik. "The companies themselves are printing it upon their labels," added Milanaik, director of the ... Read more

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Healthy Diet May Mean Longer Life for Kidney Patients

Posted 9 Dec 2016 by

THURSDAY, Dec. 8, 2016 – A healthy diet may help people with kidney disease live longer, researchers report. They analyzed seven studies that included more than 15,000 people with chronic kidney disease, to assess the effects of a diet high in fruits, vegetables, fish, legumes, cereals, whole grains and fiber. In six of the studies, a healthy diet was consistently associated with a 20 percent to 30 percent lower rate of early death, and with 46 fewer deaths per 1,000 people over five years. But the study did not directly prove that a healthy diet would lengthen life. The international team of researchers found no significant association between a healthy diet and risk of kidney failure. The findings were published Dec. 8 in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. "Chronic kidney disease now affects about 10 percent to 13 percent of the adult population and ... Read more

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FDA Medwatch Alert: Ultimate Body Tox PRO: Recall - Undeclared Drug Ingredient

Posted 4 Dec 2016 by

[Posted 12/01/2016] ISSUE: Ultimate Body–Tox is voluntarily recalling all lots of Ultimate Body Tox PRO capsules to the consumer level. FDA analyses of this product found it to contain undeclared sibutramine. Sibutramine is a controlled substance that was removed from the U.S. market in October 2010 for safety reasons. The presence of sibutramine in Ultimate Body Tox PRO renders it an unapproved drug for which safety and efficacy have not been established and, therefore, subject to recall. The product poses a threat to consumers because sibutramine is known to substantially increase blood pressure and/or pulse rate in some patients and may present a significant risk for patients with a history of coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure, irregular heartbeat, or stroke. BACKGROUND: Ultimate Body Tox PRO is marketed as a dietary supplement for weight loss and is packaged in 45 c ... Read more

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FDA Medwatch Alert: DMAA Net Weight 500g by NutriVitaShop: Recall - Presence of DMAA May Pose Health Risk

Posted 29 Nov 2016 by

[Posted 11/26/2016] ISSUE: NutriVitaShop, also doing business as Naturecom Inc. Lake Forest, CA is requesting the nationwide recall of its DMAA net weight 500g because there may be presence of DMAA. Lot numbers include #20141102, 20150715, 20151022, 20160226, 20160701, 20161017 and 20150323. DMAA net weight 500g is packaged in approximately 8" x 11” silver and clear mylar ziplock bags that contain 500g of DMAA. DMAA is also known as 1,3-dimethylamylamine, methylhexanamine, or geranium extract. FDA has previously warned that DMAA is potentially dangerous to health as it can narrow blood vessels and arteries, which can cause a rise in blood pressure or other cardiovascular problems such as shortness of breath, arrhythmias, tightening in the chest, and heart attack. BACKGROUND:  DMAA is commonly used as a stimulant, pre-workout, and weight loss ingredient in dietary supplement products. DM ... Read more

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Can Protein, Probiotics Help With Blood Sugar Control?

Posted 18 Nov 2016 by

THURSDAY, Nov. 17, 2016 – Adding protein-rich or probiotic-laden foods to your diet may help control your blood sugar levels, according to a pair of new studies. Both proteins and probiotics appear to slow down digestion of carbohydrates, preventing blood sugar spikes that can lead to type 2 diabetes or exacerbate damage done by the disease, researchers found. Eating tuna fish with a slice of white bread produced a slower rise in blood sugar than eating carbs alone, said Huicui Meng, who led one of the studies. She's a postdoctoral researcher at Tufts University's Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging in Boston in Boston. Meanwhile, people who added foods rich in probiotics – a type of "good" bacteria – to their heart-healthy DASH diet achieved a significant reduction in their blood sugar levels, said Arjun Pandey, a student at Waterloo Collegiate Institute in Ontario, Canada. The ... Read more

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Health Tip: Enjoy Autumn Produce

Posted 17 Nov 2016 by

-- A slew of nutritious produce makes its debut during the Autumn months. Here are some Autumn goodies, mentioned by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: Pumpkin, which is rich in vitamin A and fiber. Add it to bread and other baked goods. Beets, which are natural sources of nitrates. Enjoy them raw or cooked, and don't ignore the leafy greens on top. Parsnips, which are rich in folate and fiber. Sweet potatoes, which are rich in vitamin A and fiber. Kale, which is rich in manganese and vitamins A, C and K. Okra, which is a good source of fiber, folate and vitamins K and C. Pears, which are a good source of fiber. Cranberries, which help promote urological health. Read more

Related support groups: Obesity, Weight Loss, Dietary Supplementation, Dietary Fiber Supplementation

Meat-Heavy Diets May Raise Older Women's Heart Risks

Posted 14 Nov 2016 by

MONDAY, Nov. 14, 2016 – Women over 50 who follow a high-protein diet could have a higher risk for heart failure, especially if most of their protein comes from meat, researchers report. The study couldn't prove cause-and-effect. However, postmenopausal women with the most protein in their diet had a 60 percent increased risk of heart failure, compared with women who ate little protein, the study found. The findings were presented Monday at the American Heart Association annual meeting in New Orleans. Most of the risk appears to come from animal protein, said study author Dr. Mohamad Firas Barbour. He's an internist at Brown University's Alpert Medical School and Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island in Pawtucket. Women who got most of their protein from vegetable sources appeared to have a nearly 20 percent reduced risk of heart failure, Barbour said. "The higher total dietary protein ... Read more

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Mediterranean Diet, Caffeine May Be Good for Your Eyes

Posted 21 Oct 2016 by

THURSDAY, Oct. 20, 2016 – Eating a Mediterranean diet and consuming caffeine may lower your chances of developing age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a leading cause of blindness, according to a new study. Previous research has shown that a Mediterranean diet – high in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, healthy fats and fish – benefits the heart and lowers cancer risk. But there has been little research on whether it helps protect against eye diseases such as AMD, the researchers noted. Using questionnaires, the researchers assessed the diets of 883 people, aged 55 and older, in Portugal. Of those, 449 had early stage AMD and 434 did not have the eye disease. Closely following a Mediterranean diet was associated with a 35 percent lower risk of AMD, and eating lots of fruit was especially beneficial. The researchers also found that people who consumed high levels of caffeine ... Read more

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Is It Really True That Chocolate May Be Good for You?

Posted 21 Oct 2016 by

THURSDAY, Oct. 20, 2016 – A new analysis of existing studies provides more support for the idea that cocoa in chocolate may actually be good for you. But be cautious if you're tempted to raid the candy aisle: While it seems to be beneficial, the impact of chocolate on day-to-day health isn't clear. And the researchers aren't ready to offer recommendations about exactly how much chocolate – and what type – provides benefits that outweigh its unhealthy effects. Whatever the case, "when balancing the benefits and risks," said study lead author Xiaochen Lin, users "shouldn't ignore the calories and sugar that may come with chocolate." Lin is a graduate student at Brown University in Providence, R.I. At issue: What do we know overall about the health effects of flavanols – a component of the cocoa in chocolate – on cardiovascular and metabolic systems? To gain more perspective, Lin and ... Read more

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Digestive Byproduct Tied to Meat Raises Risks for Some Heart Patients

Posted 19 Oct 2016 by

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 19, 2016 – People with peripheral artery disease – a narrowing of the arteries in the legs and elsewhere – who eat a lot of red meat and eggs may have increased odds of dying early, a new study suggests. That's because of a digestive byproduct produced by gut bacteria that breaks down eggs, red meat and other meat products found in the traditional Western diet, the researchers said. The byproduct is called trimethylamine N-oxide (TMAO), and the study found that people with peripheral artery disease who also high levels of TMAO had a nearly three times higher risk of dying within five years, compared with those with the lowest levels. "These findings point to the potential for TMAO to help identify high-risk patients who likely need more aggressive and specific dietary and pharmacologic therapy," said lead researcher Dr. W.H. Wilson Tang, a professor in medicine at the ... Read more

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Are Vegetarian Diets Heart-Healthier?

Posted 18 Oct 2016 by

TUESDAY, Oct. 18, 2016 – Vegetarians are assumed to be healthier than carnivores, but a new study questions that assumption. It found meat eaters had no significantly greater risk of heart disease over 10 years compared to those who favored no-meat diets. "I wouldn't say a vegetarian diet is useless for preventing cardiovascular risk," said study leader Dr. Hyunseok Kim. However, the heart benefits on a population level may be less than some believe, said Kim, an internal medicine resident at Rutgers New Jersey School of Medicine in Newark. The study findings puzzleded one nutritionist who said previous research has indicated that a vegetarian diet is good for the heart. The study used U.S. national survey data to compare adult vegetarians to thousands of meat eaters. While vegetarians were thinner, their overall heart risk wasn't actually different, according to the study. "Followers ... Read more

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FDA Medwatch Alert: Liquid Drug and Dietary Supplement Products by PharmaTech: Recall - Risk of Product Contamination

Posted 10 Aug 2016 by

ISSUE: PharmaTech, LLC is voluntarily recalling all liquid products due to a potential risk of product contamination with Burkholderia cepacia. See the press release for a complete listing of affected products. Drug products include: Aller-chlor Antihistamine Diocto Syrup Docusate Sodium Ninjacof Ninjacof A Senexion Liquid Senna Syrup Sennazon Syrup Virtrate-2 Virtrate-K Dietary supplement products include: Calcionate Syrup Cerovite Liquid CertaVite with Antioxidants CytoDetox D3 Vitamin Liquid D-Vita Drops Fer-iron Liquid Ferrous Drops Ferrous Sulfate Liquid Liquid Vitamin C Pedia D-Vite Drops Pedia Poly-Vite Drops Pedia Tri-Vite Drops Poly-Vita Drops Poly-Vita Drops with Iron Polyvitamin liquid Polyvitamin liquid with Iron Renew HC Tri-Vita Drops Tri-Vitamin liquid   If a product contains B. cepacia, its use could result in infections in patients with compromised immune systems and in ... Read more

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Diet Supplement May Help Prevent Kidney Stones: Study

Posted 8 Aug 2016 by

MONDAY, Aug. 8, 2016 – A dietary supplement may hold the power to dissolve a key component of kidney stones, potentially offering a new prevention tool against this painful condition, researchers say. It's too early to be sure if the compound hydroxycitrate will become a preventive treatment for kidney stones, since extensive research in people hasn't begun. Still, it could offer an alternative to potassium citrate, which treats kidney stones but has side effects, the study authors explained. At issue: the calcium oxalate crystals that are the most common component of kidney stones, mineral deposits that form inside the kidneys. They may get stuck in the urinary tract, blocking urination and causing great pain. Kidney stones affect an estimated 12 percent of men and 7 percent of women. High blood pressure, diabetes and obesity can increase the risk. Physicians often urge people who are ... Read more

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