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FDA Warns of Hazards From Imported Supplements

Posted 15 Oct 2015 by Drugs.com

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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Fat No Longer the Focus of New U.S. Dietary Guidelines

Posted 26 Jun 2015 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, June 26, 2015 – Nutrition experts are hailing a federal decision to drop recommended restrictions on total fat consumption in the forthcoming 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Over the past decade, research has shown that a diet rich in healthy fats can be better for people, particularly if those fats help offset consumption of foods containing high levels of salt, sugar and refined grains, Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian, dean of Tufts University's Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy in Boston, wrote in a viewpoint article on the federal decision. The report appears in the June 23/30 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. That research prompted independent scientists on the federally funded 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans Committee to quietly abandon current recommended restrictions on dietary fat, he said. For the first time since 1980, the ... Read more

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Many Hospital Patients Not Asked About Supplements: Study

Posted 23 Jun 2015 by Drugs.com

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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Trans Fats From Foods May Worsen Memory, Study Finds

Posted 17 Jun 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 17, 2015 – Trans fats may play havoc with your memory along with your cholesterol levels, a new study suggests. Younger men who ate high levels of trans fats performed more poorly on a memory test involving word recall than those who ate lower levels, the researchers found. In the study, each gram of trans fats eaten per day was associated with 12 to 21 fewer words recalled, out of an average score of 86, said lead author Dr. Beatrice Golomb, a professor of family and preventive medicine at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine. "It's a pretty sizeable relationship," Golomb said. "This adds to a body of evidence that trans fats are not something that people should be sticking in their mouth." But, it's important to note that the study wasn't designed to definitively prove a cause-and-effect relationship; it can only show an association between ... Read more

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Health Tip: Keep Your Child at a Healthy Weight

Posted 25 May 2015 by Drugs.com

-- Teaching your child about healthy eating and exercise can help reduce the youngster's risk of obesity and associated health problems. The Cleveland Clinic suggests: Promoting healthy eating at home by offering whole grains, fruit and vegetables, healthy proteins and low-fat dairy. Adjusting favorite recipes to make them healthier. Limiting snacks that are high in fat and salt. Instead, offer an apple or banana, a cup of blueberries, grapes, carrots or peppers. Teaching kids the benefits of exercise, from stronger bones to better self esteem. Encouraging kids to exercise by swimming, dancing, jumping rope or going for a walk. Limit screen time to no more than two hours per day. Read more

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Diet and Exercise May Not Stave Off Age-Related Muscle Loss

Posted 22 May 2015 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, May 22, 2015 – It's not clear whether diet and exercise can prevent muscle loss as people age, a new British review finds. People lose 30 percent to 50 percent of their muscle mass between the ages of 40 and 80, according to the study authors. Muscle loss can lead to reduced strength, more difficulty doing everyday tasks, and increased health care needs and costs, the researchers noted. "Poor diets and being physically inactive are common in older age. Understanding the benefits of maintaining sufficient levels of physical activity and diet quality to prevent sarcopenia (age-related muscle loss) is therefore a priority," review leader Sian Robinson, from the University of Southampton, said in a university news release. The researchers analyzed 17 studies that looked at whether diet and exercise programs in men and women older than 65 could prevent the loss of muscle mass. ... Read more

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Mediterranean Diet Plus Olive Oil or Nuts May Boost Thinking and Memory

Posted 11 May 2015 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, May 11, 2015 – Adding more olive oil or nuts to a Mediterranean diet – one rich in fruits, vegetables, fish and whole grains and low in red meat – may help keep your mind sharper as you age, a new study suggests. The Spanish researchers found that seniors following such diets had greater improvements in thinking and memory than people who were simply advised to eat a lower-fat diet. "You can delay the onset of age-related mental decline with a healthy diet rich in foods with a high antioxidant power, such as virgin olive oil and nuts," said lead researcher Dr. Emilio Ros, director of the lipid clinic at the Hospital Clinic in Barcelona. "Because the average age of participants was 67 when the trial began, one can say that it is never too late to change your diet to maintain or even improve brain function," he said. The report was published online May 11 in the journal JAMA ... Read more

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Switch From U.S. to African Diet May Lower Colon Cancer Risk in Blacks

Posted 28 Apr 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, April 28, 2015 – When a group of black Americans switched their diet from a typical American one to that of South Africans, certain risk factors for colon cancer began to fade away, a small study found. The change was rapid, the researchers noted, suggesting the power of diet to alter colon cancer risk. "Our study suggests that Westernization of the diet induces changes in [signals] of colon cancer risk within two weeks," study co-author Stephen O'Keefe, of the University of Pittsburgh, said in a news release from the Imperial College London. Conversely, switching from the high-protein, low-fiber Western diet to a traditional African high-fiber, low-fat diet reduced certain risk factors for of colon cancer in the gut. This indicates "that it is likely never too late to change your diet to change your risk of colon cancer," O'Keefe said. According to the researchers, prior ... Read more

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