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FDA Warns of Hazards From Imported Supplements

Posted 15 Oct 2015 by

THURSDAY, Oct. 15, 2015 – You may be putting your health at risk if you use imported products such as dietary supplements or nonprescription drugs that are sold at ethnic or international stores, flea markets, swap meets or online. So says the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in a warning issued Thursday. Health product scammers often focus their marketing on people who shop at nontraditional locations. They also target consumers with limited English language skills and poor access to health care services, according to Cariny Nunez, a public health adviser in the FDA's Office of Minority Health. "These scammers know that ethnic groups who may not speak or read English well, or who hold certain cultural beliefs, can be easy targets," she said in an FDA news release. Many health product scammers also include the word "natural" on their products because they know it appeals to certain ... Read more

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Many Hospital Patients Not Asked About Supplements: Study

Posted 23 Jun 2015 by

TUESDAY, June 23, 2015 – Most hospitalized Americans aren't asked if they take dietary supplements, such as multivitamins, a new study suggests. "If clinicians are unaware of possible drug-[dietary supplement] reactions, they may unknowingly provide a treatment plan or prescribe medications that could have an adverse reaction or interactions with the dietary supplement," said study author Dr. Paula Gardiner. She is assistant director of Boston Medical Center's program for integrative medicine and health care disparities. "Dietary supplements also affect physiological processes in the body and could have an impact on medical procedures like surgery, chemotherapy, blood work and many other treatments or procedures," she added in a medical center news release. Nearly 18 percent of American adults (more than 40 million) take dietary supplements, according to the 2012 National Health ... Read more

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Alternative Therapies Aren't Used as Substitutes for Asthma Meds: Study

Posted 13 Apr 2012 by

FRIDAY, April 13 – Almost one in five parents has turned to an alternative or complementary medicine or treatment for their child's asthma, but new research has found that parents are not abandoning traditional treatments in the process. "We found that there were really no differences between the groups that used complementary and alternative medicine and those that didn't [in terms of adherence]. It seems that parents are using these therapies as complementary medicine alongside prescribed asthma treatments," said study author Dr. Julie Philp, a pediatrician and a dermatology resident at the University of California, San Francisco. Results of the study were released online and published in the May issue of Pediatrics. Complementary and alternative medicine includes health care practices that aren't usually included in more conventional medicine. Such treatment may include herbal ... Read more

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