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Know Your Heart's Numbers

Posted 14 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Feb. 7, 2017 – More than two-thirds of Americans fret about heart disease, but few know the specific information that can help them boost their heart health, a new survey finds. "Studies have suggested the majority of coronary artery disease events can be prevented by addressing treatable risk factors," said Dr. Steve Nissen, chair of cardiovascular medicine at the Cleveland Clinic. "That means, a little knowledge regarding your 'numbers' could go a long way to helping keep your heart healthy and avoiding future problems," he added in a clinic news release. Treatable risk factors for heart disease include blood pressure, cholesterol, body mass index (BMI - an estimate of body fat based on height and weight), waist circumference, blood sugar and weight. The telephone survey of just over 1,000 adults, aged 18 and older, found that 68 percent were worried about heart disease. But ... 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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1 in 6 Seniors Takes Dangerous Combos of Meds, Supplements: Study

Posted 21 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March 21, 2016 – More seniors than ever are taking supplements alongside their medications, a practice that puts them at risk for dangerous drug interactions, researchers report. More than 15 percent of older Americans took potentially life-threatening combinations of prescription medications, over-the-counter drugs and dietary supplements in 2011, the study showed. That was almost a twofold increase from 2005, when 8.4 percent of seniors did so. "Alongside the growing use of multiple medications, there is also a hidden, and increasing, risk of potentially deadly drug interactions in older adults," said lead researcher Dr. Dima Qato. She is an assistant professor of pharmacy systems at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Many of these interactions involved heart drugs and supplements, such as omega-3 fish oil supplements, which are more commonly used now than they were five ... Read more

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FDA Medwatch Alert: Compounded Multivitamins by Glades Drugs: Voluntary Recall - High Amounts of Vitamin D3 (Cholecalciferol)

Posted 1 Dec 2015 by Drugs.com

ISSUE: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is alerting health care professionals and patients of a voluntary recall of compounded multivitamin capsules containing high amounts of Vitamin D3 (Cholecalciferol),  distributed nationwide by Glades Drugs in Pahokee, Florida. FDA has received reports of several adverse events potentially associated with these compounded capsules made by Glades Drugs. Consumption of this product may result in vitamin D toxicity, which may be severe and may lead to life-threatening outcomes if leftuntreated. Patients suffering adverse effects from high Vitamin D levels (Cholecalciferol) may not initially show symptoms. Therefore, patients who have received these compounded capsules should stop taking this medication and immediately seek medical attention. BACKGROUND: Symptoms of short-term vitamin D toxicity are due to high calcium levels (also known as ... Read more

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Vitamin Supplement Linked to Reduction in Skin Cancer Risk

Posted 13 May 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, May 13, 2015 – A cheap and easily available vitamin supplement appears to reduce a person's risk of skin cancer, new research contends. A form of vitamin B3 called nicotinamide is linked to a reduction of non-melanoma skin cancers by 23 percent when taken twice daily, according to Australian researchers. "It's safe, it's almost obscenely inexpensive, and it's already widely commercially available," said senior author Dr. Diona Damian, a professor of dermatology at the University of Sydney. Nicotinamide costs less than $10 for a month's supply and is available at pharmacies and health food stores, she said. However, more study is needed before researchers can say whether everyone would benefit from the supplement. "It's not something we'd recommend at this stage for the general population," Damian said. The study is slated for presentation May 30 at the upcoming annual ... Read more

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Vitamin D Supplements Might Help Some Lose Weight

Posted 8 May 2015 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, May 8, 2015 – For obese Americans who are low on vitamin D, taking a supplement of the nutrient might help them lose weight, a new study suggests. According to an Italian team, led by Luisella Vigna of the University of Milan, prior research has shown that vitamin D deficiency is associated with a higher risk of obesity and obesity-related complications. However, studies on the use of vitamin D supplements to curb obesity have so far been inconclusive, the team said. The new study included 400 overweight and obese people with vitamin D deficiency who were put on a low-calorie diet and then divided into three groups. One group took no vitamin D supplements, while the two other groups took either 25,000 international units (IU) or 100,000 IU of vitamin D per month. After six months, participants in both vitamin D supplementation groups had lost more weight and had greater ... Read more

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Cloudy Climes May Up Risk of Pancreatic Cancer: Study

Posted 30 Apr 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, April 30, 2015 – People who live in regions with low sunlight may have a higher risk of pancreatic cancer, possibly because they don't get enough vitamin D from the sun, new research suggests. "If you're living at a high latitude or in a place with a lot of heavy cloud cover, you can't make vitamin D most of the year, which results in a higher-than-normal risk of getting pancreatic cancer," said study co-author Dr. Cedric Garland. He is an adjunct professor with the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine's Department of Family Medicine and Public Health. "People who live in sunny countries near the equator have only one-sixth of the age-adjusted incidence rate of pancreatic cancer as those who live far from it," Garland said in a university news release. "The importance of sunlight deficiency strongly suggests – but does not prove – that vitamin D deficiency ... Read more

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Experts: Don't Waste Your Money on Multivitamins

Posted 16 Dec 2013 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Dec. 16, 2013 – With three new studies finding that a daily multivitamin won't help boost the average American's health, the experts behind the research are urging people to abandon use of the supplements. The studies found that popping a daily multivitamin didn't ward off heart problems or memory loss, and wasn't tied to a longer life span. The studies, published in the Dec. 17 issue of the journal Annals of Internal Medicine, found that multivitamin and mineral supplements did not work any better in these respects than placebo pills. Dietary supplements are a multibillion-dollar industry in the United States, and multivitamins account for nearly half of all vitamin sales, according to the U.S. Office of Dietary Supplements. But a growing body of evidence suggests that multivitamins offer little or nothing in the way of health benefits, and some studies suggest that high doses ... Read more

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Multivitamins May Help Fight HIV Progression, Study Suggests

Posted 26 Nov 2013 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 26, 2013 – New research from Africa suggests that basic multivitamin and selenium supplements might greatly lower the risk that untreated people with the AIDS virus will get sicker over a two-year period. It's not clear how patients who take the vitamins and mineral might fare over longer periods. And the impact of the study in the United States will be limited because many Americans diagnosed with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, immediately begin treatment with powerful medications known as anti-retroviral drugs. Those in the African study hadn't yet begun taking drugs to keep the virus at bay. Still, "it is incredibly useful to find new strategies to delay the progression of HIV disease," said Dr. Jared Baeten, an associate professor of global health at the University of Washington in Seattle who's familiar with the findings. "Not every HIV-infected person is ... Read more

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FDA Medwatch Alert: Eba Multivitamin Supplement By Saratoga Therapeutics LLC: Recall - Allergy Alert On Undeclared Milk Components

Posted 27 Apr 2013 by Drugs.com

ISSUE: Saratoga Therapeutics, LLC of North Wales, PA recalled 900 bottles of ebA Multivitamin Supplement because they may contain undeclared milk components – milk protein(s) and lactose. The label lists the product as being free of milk components. People with an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk run the risk of a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction and people who have lactose intolerance run the risk of gastrointestinal symptoms if they consume ebA Multivitamin Supplement. Affected lot numbers include #0912164 expiration date 12/12 and #1110354 expiration date 10/14. BACKGROUND: ebA Multivitamin Supplement was distributed nationwide and in Australia, Canada, Costa Rica, England, Finland, Ireland, Malaysia, Switzerland, and Tasmania. and reached consumers by mail order, fax order, internet sales and doctors' office sales. The vitamins are packaged in a white plastic b ... Read more

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Study: Mega Vitamins Won't Help After Heart Attack, Chelation Treatment Might

Posted 11 Mar 2013 by Drugs.com

SUNDAY, March 10 – There's mixed news from a much-anticipated clinical trial for people who've suffered a heart attack: While a study found that daily high doses of vitamins and minerals did nothing to improve patient outcomes, there was a hint that controversial "chelation" therapy might. Still, the lead researcher said he's not ready to recommend chelation therapy, in which doctors give patients high-dose vitamins along with special infusions that seek to leach heavy metals from the body. "These findings should stimulate further research, but are not by themselves sufficient to recommend the routine use of chelation therapy and high-dose vitamins in most patients," said Dr. Gervasio Lamas, chief of the Columbia University Division of Cardiology at Mount Sinai Medical Center, in Miami Beach, Fla. The trial, which was funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health, looked at whether ... Read more

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With Benefits Unproven, Why Do Millions of Americans Take Multivitamins?

Posted 4 Feb 2013 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Feb. 4 – Millions of Americans take multivitamins and other supplements, but convincing scientific evidence of any true health benefit is lacking, experts say. Now a new study explores why people continue to consume nutritional supplements. "Most people were using supplements because they believe it will improve their health, but we really don't know whether that's true," said study lead author Regan Bailey, a nutritional epidemiologist in the Office of Dietary Supplements at the U.S. National Institutes of Health. "Moreover, the vast majority of supplements used in the U.S. are based on personal choice, not because they are recommended by health care professionals," she added. Nearly half of U.S. adults use dietary supplements, Bailey noted, and supplements are a $30-billion-a-year business. "People have very strong beliefs about these products and I don't know where they are ... Read more

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Multivitamins Won't Help Men Ward Off Heart Disease: Study

Posted 5 Nov 2012 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Nov. 5 – Millions of American men take them, but a new study finds multivitamins will do nothing to help stave off heart disease, heart attack or stroke. The study tracked the cardiovascular outcomes of almost 15,000 older male physicians for more than a decade and found no benefit from multivitamin use across a wide range of cardiovascular outcomes. "I think that people take for granted the idea that, 'You take a supplement, it must be good for you somehow,'" said study lead author Howard Sesso, of Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School, in Boston. "In fact, unless you do trials like this, that's really the only definitive way to provide evidence-based medicine to make the right decisions for patients." Sesso and colleagues presented their findings Sunday at the American Heart Association's annual meeting in Los Angeles. The study is also being published ... Read more

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Multivitamins May Slightly Lower Men's Cancer Risk: Study

Posted 17 Oct 2012 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 17 – What has become a daily ritual for millions of Americans may have an unintended and beneficial effect. A new study finds that men who take multivitamins every day for several years may lower their risk of cancer by a small amount. "Total cancer was reduced modestly by about 8 percent," said Dr. J. Michael Gaziano, lead author of the study that appears online Oct. 17 in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). However, the study found no difference in death rates from cancer between people who took vitamins and those who took placebo pills. There was "a suggestion of a benefit in cancer mortality of about 12 percent, but that was not quite statistically significant," added Gaziano, who is a researcher with Brigham and Women's Hospital and the Veterans Administration Boston Healthcare System. The findings are also being presented Wednesday at the ... Read more

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Multivitamins Won't Boost Standard HIV Care, Study Finds

Posted 16 Oct 2012 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Oct. 16 – Taking high-dose multivitamin supplements did not cut the risk of HIV disease progression or death for Tanzanian patients already receiving standard medications aimed at suppressing the virus, a new study finds. The daily supplements seemed tied to potentially harmful increased levels of a certain liver enzyme, according to a report published in the Oct. 17 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. Over the past 15 years, the cocktail of medications known as highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) has greatly decreased HIV-related illness and death. Previous studies had also shown that high doses of multivitamins might reduce HIV-related illness and death in patients not receiving HAART, but the safety and effectiveness of combining the two regimens hadn't been determined. In this new study, researchers compared the effects of high-dose ... Read more

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