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Women Falling Short on Birth Defect Prevention

Posted 13 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Oct. 13, 2017 – Only a third of women are taking a multivitamin containing folic acid – a nutrient known to prevent serious birth defects – before they know they're pregnant, a new survey has found. The poll, conducted by the March of Dimes, also revealed significant racial disparities: Just 10 percent of black women and 27 percent of Hispanic women of childbearing age report taking multivitamins with folic acid before pregnancy. "One of the things that's striking for us is how much more we need to make sure women understand the importance of being healthy before pregnancy," said Stacey Stewart, president of the March of Dimes Foundation. "Half of all pregnancies are unexpected, which means women of childbearing age need to be doing all they can to be healthy in the event they do get pregnant," she said. In the United States, more than 120,000 babies – about 3 percent of all ... Read more

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Health Tip: Myths Debunked About Dietary Supplements

Posted 6 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

-- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration does not regulate dietary supplements to the same degree as prescription drugs. So, the American Cancer Society says you should talk with your doctor before taking any supplement, including vitamins. The society debunks these popular myths about supplements: Megadosing: More is better – There is no scientific evidence that using large doses effectively fights disease. In fact, large doses of certain vitamins can be toxic or inhibit the absorption of other vitamins and minerals. "All natural" is better – Supplements that claim to be "all natural" are not always safer than refined or manufactured substances. It's been used for thousands of years, so it must work – Folk or traditional medicines are not automatically guaranteed safe or effective. It can't hurt to take supplements along with my regular meds – Some supplements can affect the ... Read more

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Prenatal Multivitamins Linked to Lower Autism Risk

Posted 5 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Oct. 5, 2017 – Taking a multivitamin during pregnancy may reduce a child's risk of developing autism, a new study suggests. Analyzing more than a quarter-million mother-child pairs in Sweden, researchers found a link – but not cause and effect proof – between multivitamin use and risk of the neurological disorder. "Multivitamin use with or without added iron or folic acid was associated with a lower likelihood of child autism with intellectual disability, compared with mothers who did not use supplements," said lead researcher Elizabeth DeVilbiss. The odds of autism in the multivitamin group were 30 percent lower, added DeVilbiss, a graduate student in epidemiology and biostatistics at Drexel University's Dornsife School of Public Health in Philadelphia. Since mothers-to-be are already advised to take prenatal vitamins to prevent some birth defects, this may be an added ... Read more

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Could Folic Acid Fight a Cause of Autism?

Posted 8 Sep 2017 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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Could Common Vitamin Supplements Raise Lung Cancer Risk?

Posted 22 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Aug. 22, 2017 – Men, and especially male smokers, appear to be more likely to develop lung cancer if they take high doses of vitamins B6 and B12, new research suggests. For men taking these vitamin supplements, the risk of lung cancer was nearly doubled. For men who smoked, the risk was between three and four times higher, the study found. "High-dose B6 and B12 supplements should not be taken for lung cancer prevention, especially in men, and they may cause harm in male smokers," said study lead author Theodore Brasky. He is a research assistant professor at Ohio State University. However, the study wasn't designed to prove cause-and-effect between the vitamins and lung cancer; it only showed an association. It's also not clear why only men and current male smokers seem to face an extra risk. And a trade organization representing the vitamin industry cautioned against reading ... 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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FDA Announces Recall of Some Liquid Pharmaceutical Products

Posted 16 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 16, 2017 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has announced a recall of numerous liquid pharmaceutical products because of possible bacterial contamination that could cause severe infections in vulnerable patients. The drugs and dietary supplements, made by PharmaTech LLC in Davie, Fla., include liquid stool softeners, liquid vitamin D drops and liquid multivitamins marketed for infants and children, the agency said in a news release. Reports of the discovery of Burkholderia cepacia bacteria in both Diocto Liquid and Diocto Syrup prompted the voluntary recall by three companies that label PharmaTech products, the FDA said. The three companies are Rugby Laboratories, Major Pharmaceuticals and Leader Brands. "B. cepacia poses a serious threat to vulnerable patients, including infants and young children who still have developing immune systems," FDA Commissioner Dr. ... 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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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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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: 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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Health Tip: Get Enough Vitamin C

Posted 9 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

-- To help give your immune system enough strength to protect you from the sniffles and sneezes, start with vitamin C-rich foods. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics says: Vitamin C helps the body repair and grow tissue. Vitamin C helps the body absorb a type of iron. Besides citrus fruits such as oranges and grapefruit, strawberries and kiwis also are good sources of vitamin C. Vegetables such as green and red bell peppers, broccoli, Brussels sprouts and tomatoes all contain vitamin C. To reap the greatest benefit, enjoy these fruits and veggies soon after purchasing. Avoid long cooking times. Read more

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MRI Helps Assess Fetal Brain Abnormalities: Study

Posted 15 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Dec. 15, 2016 – A follow-up MRI scan after a mid-pregnancy ultrasound could help improve diagnosis of a possible fetal brain abnormality, a new British study reports. Women selected for this study had undergone an ultrasound at 18 to 21 weeks of pregnancy that detected a potential brain abnormality in the fetus. The extra information provided by the follow-up MRI helped doctors give a more accurate diagnosis and advice, according to the study authors. The study was published Dec. 14 in The Lancet. "Adding an MRI scan when a problem is detected provides additional information to support parents making decisions about their pregnancy," said lead author Paul Griffiths. He's a professor of radiology at the University of Sheffield. "Based on our findings we propose that an MRI scan should be given in any pregnancy where the fetus may have a suspected brain abnormality," Griffiths ... 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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