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Health Tip: Potassium is an Essential Mineral

Posted 29 Oct 2015 by Drugs.com

-- Potassium is an essential dietary mineral, offering benefit to your heart, muscles, kidneys and nervous system. Good sources of potassium include: potatoes, bananas, nuts, citrus fruits and avocados. The University of Maryland Medical Center says potential benefits of potassium include: Improved bone health. Lower blood pressure. Reduced risk of stroke and heart attack. Helps the body get rid of excess salt. Read more

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Health Tip: What's Behind Muscle Cramps?

Posted 28 Oct 2015 by Drugs.com

-- Nothing can end a workout faster than muscle cramps. But have you ever wondered what causes them? The Mayo Clinic mentions these common factors: Straining or overusing muscles. Being dehydrated. Keeping a muscle in the same position for a long time. Having poor blood supply to affected muscles. Having compressed nerves in the spine. Getting less-than-required amounts of dietary minerals, such as potassium, magnesium or calcium. Read more

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Health Tip: Are You Getting Enough Potassium?

Posted 15 Oct 2015 by Drugs.com

-- Potassium is an essential nutrient that helps your body regulate blood pressure. Make sure you're getting the amount of potassium daily that's appropriate for you. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics suggests these potassium-rich foods: Potatoes, both sweet and white. Beans, notably white beans, soybeans, lima beans and kidney beans. Dairy products, such as low-fat yogurt or skim milk. Fruit, particularly bananas, peaches, cantaloupe and honeydew. Fish, including halibut, cod, rockfish and yellowfin tuna. Read more

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A High Salt and Potassium Diet May Accelerate Chronic Kidney Disease

Posted 17 Sep 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Sept. 17, 2015 – A diet high in sodium and potassium can make chronic kidney disease (CKD) worse, a new study claims. "These data warrant future clinical trials to test the effect of a moderate reduction in dietary sodium and potassium intake on CKD progression in patients with high dietary sodium or potassium intake," study leader Dr. Jiang He, from Tulane University, said in a news release from the American Society of Nephrology. "The findings could ultimately impact dietary recommendations for patients with CKD to slow disease progression," He added. It's estimated that 26 million people in the United States have chronic kidney disease, the researchers said. Chronic kidney disease can lead to kidney failure and also increases the risk for heart disease and early death, according to the study authors. For the study, the researchers tested urine samples from almost 4,000 ... Read more

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U.S. Kids Not Drinking Enough Water Each Day

Posted 11 Jun 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, June 11, 2015 – Many American children and teens aren't consuming enough liquids – especially water – and that lack of hydration could affect their physical and mental health, a new study suggests. The findings "highlight a potential health issue that has not been given a whole lot of attention in the past," study author Erica Kenney, a postdoctoral research fellow in social and behavioral sciences at the Harvard School of Public Health, said in a Harvard news release. "Even though for most of these kids this is not an immediate, dramatic health threat, this is an issue that could really be reducing quality of life and well-being for many, many children and youth," she added. One expert in child health agreed. "Children – due to their slower acclimation to heat and greater surface area than adults – can be more susceptible to dehydration than adults," said Nancy ... Read more

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Health Tip: Avoiding Leg Cramps

Posted 20 May 2015 by Drugs.com

-- Painful leg cramps can happen to anyone, but tend to be common among seniors. The AARP recommends: Gently stretch and flex the leg to ease a cramp. Ask your doctor if a medication, such as a statin or diuretic, could be causing your leg cramps. Make sure your electrolyte levels are normal. Below-normal levels of potassium, magnesium or calcium could trigger leg cramps. Drink plenty of fluids. Make sure the covers aren't too tight on your bed. Choose shoes with proper arch support. Read more

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FDA Medwatch Alert: Highly Concentrated Potassium Chloride Injection, 10 mEq per 100 mL by Baxter: Recall - Mislabeled Overpouch

Posted 24 Nov 2014 by Drugs.com

ISSUE: Baxter International Inc. voluntarily recalled one lot of Highly Concentrated Potassium Chloride Injection, 10 mEq per 100 mL to the user level due to a complaint of mislabeling of the overpouch. Some containers of Product Code 2B0826, Highly Concentrated Potassium Chloride Injection, 10 mEq per 100 mL, Lot Number P319160, Exp. 06/30/2015, NDC 0338-0709-48 were incorrectly labeled on the overpouch as Highly Concentrated Potassium Chloride Injection, 20 mEq per 100 mL. The inability to detect this overpouch mislabeling at the point of care may result in the administration of a dose lower than intended. In the high-risk patient population – patients prone to severe electrolyte imbalance – this hazardous situation may lead to serious, life-threatening adverse health consequences. There have been no reported adverse events associated with this issue to date. BACKGROUND: Potassium Chl ... Read more

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FDA Medwatch Alert: Potassium Chloride Injection (Baxter): Recall - Shipping Carton Mislabeling

Posted 18 Sep 2014 by Drugs.com

ISSUE: Baxter International Inc. announced a voluntary recall of one lot of Potassium Chloride Injection 10mEq per 100mL, product code 2B0826 (Lot # P318220, NDC # 0338-0709-48) to the hospital/pharmacy/nurse level. The recall is being initiated due to a labeling error on the shipping cartons in a single lot. Shipping cartons labeled for this specific lot number of Potassium Chloride Injection may contain units of Gentamicin Sulfate Injection, 80 mg in 100 mL, product code 2B0862. As both products are packaged in 100mL containers, have similar code numbers and red labeling on the front panel, there is a potential risk of medication error or delay in therapy for patients that require high concentration potassium chloride. The affected lot of Potassium Chloride Injection was distributed to customers in the United States between May 26, 2014, and August 8, 2014. There have been no reported ... Read more

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Study Links Potassium to Fewer Strokes in Older Women

Posted 4 Sep 2014 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Sept. 4, 2014 – Could eating foods rich in potassium, such as bananas and potatoes, help lower the risk of stroke and an earlier death for older women? Possibly, suggest the findings from a new study. But the research is too preliminary to confirm that potassium alone – and not a better overall diet – actually plays a major role in helping women avoid strokes and live longer. However, the study's findings were significant enough for one of the study's co-authors to make this recommendation: "Postmenopausal women should eat more potassium-rich foods, such as fruits, vegetables, beans, milk and unprocessed meats in order to lower their risk of stroke and death," said Sylvia Wassertheil-Smoller, professor emerita with the department of epidemiology & population health at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City. Potassium is an important mineral that helps the body ... Read more

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Potassium Supplements May Help Some Heart Failure Patients

Posted 16 Jul 2014 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, July 16, 2014 – Potassium supplements might boost the survival of heart failure patients who are already taking diuretic drugs, a new study suggests. Nearly 5.8 million Americans have heart failure. As doctors explain it, excess fluid can accumulate in the body when the heart isn't working properly, as happens in people with heart failure. Drugs called loop diuretics – also called "water pills" – help remove excess fluid, but also flush potassium, a mineral, out of the body. "For the heart failure population, diuretics are a common and necessary part of a patient's daily regimen," said Dr. Tara Narula, associate director of the Cardiac Care Unit at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. "Unfortunately they come with the common side effect of potassium depletion, which can lead to dangerous heart rhythm disturbances." Because of that, many doctors prescribe potassium ... Read more

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Study Challenges Potassium Guidelines for Heart Attack Patients

Posted 11 Jan 2012 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 10 – Heart attack patients whose blood potassium levels are within a certain range are less likely to die than those with levels of the mineral below or above that range, says a new study that challenges current recommendations for potassium levels in heart attack patients. Researchers looked at data from nearly 39,000 heart attack patients admitted to 67 U.S. hospitals between 2000 and 2008. Of those patients, nearly 7 percent died while they were hospitalized. The death rate for patients with blood potassium levels of between 3.5 and less than 4 mEq/L (milliEquivalents per liter) was 4.8 percent, about the same as the 5 percent death rate among those with levels of 4 mEq/L to less than 4.5 mEq/L. But mortality rose to 10 percent for those with levels of 4.5 to less than 5 mEq/L, and was even higher for those with levels greater than 5 mEq/L, the investigators found. ... Read more

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