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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 ...

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 ...

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. ...

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 ...

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 ...

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. ...

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 ...

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 ...

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. ...

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 ...

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 ...

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