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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: 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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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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Health Tip: Needing Folic Acid

Posted 27 Apr 2015 by Drugs.com

-- Among the health benefits of folic acid is that it can help prevent birth defects in a growing fetus. But pregnant women aren't the only people who should take it. The Womenshealth.gov website says these people may benefit from folic acid: Women who are pregnant or who want to become pregnant, or breast-feeding mothers. Women who have given birth to a baby with spina bifida who want to get pregnant again. Women who have a family member with spina bifida. Women who have spina bifida and want to become pregnant. People taking medication to manage chronic disease, such as epilepsy, type 2 diabetes, inflammatory bowel disease, lupus, asthma, rheumatoid arthritis or psoriasis. People who are on dialysis. People who have sickle cell anemia, celiac disease or liver disease. People who frequently consume more than one alcoholic drink daily. Read more

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Folic Acid May Help Ward Off Stroke in People With High Blood Pressure

Posted 15 Mar 2015 by Drugs.com

SUNDAY, March 15, 2015 – Folic acid – the same nutrient women take in pregnancy to help ward off birth defects – may also help lower stroke risk in people with high blood pressure, a new Chinese study finds. The findings are intriguing, one U.S. heart health expert said. "If all that is required to prevent the greatest health threat worldwide is a vitamin, then we need to consider checking patients' blood levels of folic acid and supplementing if needed," said Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum, a preventive cardiologist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. The new study was led by Dr. Yong Huo of Peking University First Hospital in Beijing. Huo's team tracked outcomes for more than 20,000 adults in China with high blood pressure who had not suffered a heart attack or stroke. Participants were randomly assigned to take a daily pill with folic acid and the high blood pressure drug enalapril ... Read more

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B Vitamins May Not Boost Memory or Thinking, Study Suggests

Posted 12 Nov 2014 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 12, 2014 – Taking vitamin B12 or folic acid supplements may not reduce seniors' risk of memory loss, according to a new study. Past research hinted that taking vitamin B12 and folic acid might help protect memory and thinking skills, according to background information from the study. But follow-up trials have yielded less convincing findings. The current study included nearly 3,000 people. Their average age was 74 years. Half took a tablet daily with 500 micrograms (mcg) of vitamin B12 and 400 mcg of folic acid, and the rest took a placebo every day for two years. All of the participants had high levels of an amino acid called homocysteine, which has been linked to memory loss and Alzheimer's disease, according to the study. Memory and thinking skills tests were given at the start and end of the study. Results of the study appear online in the Nov. 12 issue of the ... Read more

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Folic Acid in Pregnancy May Lower Autism Risk

Posted 12 Feb 2013 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Feb. 12 – A new study suggests that women who start taking folic acid supplements either before or early in their pregnancy may reduce their child's risk of developing autism. "The study does not prove that folic acid supplements can prevent childhood autism. But it does provide an indication that folic acid might be preventive," said study lead author Dr. Pal Suren, from the division of epidemiology at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health in Oslo. "The findings also provide a rationale for further investigations of possible causes, as well as investigations of whether folic acid is associated with a reduced risk of other brain disorders in children," he said. Taking folic acid supplements during pregnancy is already known to prevent birth defects such as spina bifida, which affects the spine, and anencephaly, which causes part of the brain to be missing. Alycia Halladay, ... Read more

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Folic Acid Supplements Don't Affect Cancer Risk, Review Finds

Posted 25 Jan 2013 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Jan. 25 – Folic acid supplements do not affect people's risk for cancer, according to a large new review. Short-term use of these supplements is unlikely to increase or decrease overall cancer risk and has little effect on the likelihood of developing specific cancers, such as colon, prostate, lung and breast cancers, U.K. researchers found. The research was published online Jan. 24 in The Lancet. "The study provides reassurance about the safety of folic acid intake, either from supplements or through fortification, when taken for up to five years," study author Robert Clarke, from the University of Oxford, said in a journal news release. "The nationwide fortification of foods involves much lower doses of folic acid than studied in these trials, which is reassuring not only for the U.S.A., who have been enriching flour with folic acid to prevent neural tube birth defects [such ... Read more

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Thousands of U.S. Babies Born With Cleft Lip, Palate Each Year

Posted 2 Jan 2013 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Dec. 31 – When Americans hear "cleft lip" or "cleft palate," they often think of children in developing countries, but U.S. babies are by no means immune to the birth defect. Each year about 7,000 American children are born with an oral cleft defect, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This means that their lip hasn't formed completely and isn't closed properly in the case of cleft lip or, in the case of cleft palate, that there's a hole in the roof of their mouth. The good news, though, is that the condition is treatable. "The outcomes for children are excellent," said Dr. Joseph Shin, chief of the division of plastic and reconstructive surgery at Montefiore Medical Center in New York City. "Children do fine with it. It's not the end of the world." Shin has served on humanitarian surgical missions for Operation Smile and other organizations to ... Read more

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B Vitamin Supplements Don't Affect Colon Cancer Risk: Study

Posted 12 Oct 2012 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Oct. 12 – Research concerning B vitamins' possible effect on colon cancer has been mixed, but a new study concludes that a B-vitamin combination supplement – including folic acid (B9), B6 and B12 – neither raises nor reduces the risk of colon cancer. As many as 35 percent of Americans take supplements containing B vitamins, and millions consume folic acid in fortified cereals each day. Concerns had been raised, on the one hand, that B supplementation might increase the odds of precancerous lesions, while other research had suggested a cancer-protective effect. This new study compared a vitamin B combo pill with an inactive placebo in more than 5,400 older women at high risk of cardiovascular disease and found the supplements had no significant effect on the risk of colon cancer. "The study's findings are reassuring, because there has been a concern that folic acid supplements ... Read more

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