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Health Tip: Osteoporosis Shouldn't Be Ignored

Posted 17 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Osteoporosis occurs when the bones lose density and break more easily. Though it's a common problem, osteoporosis shouldn't be ignored. The National Osteoporosis Foundation says possible complications include: Broken bones. Chronic pain. Losing height. A hunched or stooped posture. Reduced mobility, which can result in feeling depressed or lonely. The potential need for nursing home care, such as for a broken hip. Read more

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Vitamin Deficiencies Common in Young Migraine Sufferers

Posted 10 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, June 10, 2016 – Many young people who suffer from migraines have vitamin deficiencies, new research finds. "Further studies are needed to elucidate whether vitamin supplementation is effective in migraine patients in general, and whether patients with mild deficiency are more likely to benefit from supplementation," said lead study author Dr. Suzanne Hagler in a Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center news release. She is a headache medicine fellow in the hospital's division of neurology. The study included children, teens and young adult migraine patients who were treated at Cincinnati Children's Headache Center. A high percentage of them had mild deficiencies in vitamin D, riboflavin and coenzyme Q10 – a vitamin-like substance used to produce energy for cell growth and maintenance, the researchers said. Many of the patients were prescribed preventive migraine ... Read more

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Cow's Milk Allergy in Childhood May Lead to Weaker Bones: Study

Posted 20 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, April 20, 2016 – Children who are allergic to cow's milk may have weaker bones than kids with other food allergies, a small study suggests. Cow's milk allergy is the most common childhood food allergy in the United States, affecting up to 3 percent of children, the researchers said. The main treatment is elimination of cow's milk and dairy products – which are major sources of the calcium kids need to build strong bones. This new study detected low bone density in 6 percent of 52 children with a long-term milk allergy. "Prepubertal children with persistent cow's milk allergy have a lower bone mineral density and calcium intake compared with similarly aged children with food allergies other than cow's milk," said study co-author Genevieve Mailhot. She is an associate professor at the CHU Sainte-Justine Research Center at the University of Montreal. The study findings don't ... Read more

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Vitamin D Boosts Heart Function in Study

Posted 5 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 4, 2016 – Regular doses of vitamin D3 may improve heart function in heart failure patients, a new British study suggests. "These findings could make a significant difference to the care of heart failure patients," said study leader Dr. Klaus Witte, from the University of Leeds School of Medicine. "It is the first evidence that vitamin D3 can improve heart function of people with heart muscle weakness – known as heart failure." The study included more than 160 patients who had pacemakers and/or were receiving blood pressure drugs known as ACE inhibitors or beta blockers. The study participants took either vitamin D or inactive placebo pills once a day for a year. The researchers explained that they avoided using a calcium-based vitamin D supplement, because calcium can cause other problems for heart failure patients. Heart pumping function improved from 26 percent to 34 ... Read more

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Tanning May Limit Skin's Ability to Produce Vitamin D: Study

Posted 4 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 4, 2016 – While the sun helps the body make vitamin D, a new study says that too much exposure might actually lower the levels of the essential vitamin. Tan skin may provide some protection against the sun's harmful UV rays, but this increase in pigment blocks vitamin D synthesis and limits the skin's ability to produce vitamin D, according researchers in Brazil. "Our findings suggest that skin tanning, which is a natural protection against the harmful effects of UV irradiation, limits the progressive rise in serum vitamin D towards optimal concentrations," said study author Dr. Francisco Bandeira, of the University of Pernambuco Medical School in Recife, Brazil. For the study, researchers examined nearly 1,000 males and females from Recife who were between 13 and 82 years old. All had significant daily sun exposure and none routinely used sunscreen or took vitamin D ... 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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Vitamin D a No Go for Arthritic Knees, Study Finds

Posted 8 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, March 8, 2016 – Vitamin D supplements didn't relieve pain or slow the progression of knee osteoarthritis in a new study, even though the patients involved had low levels of the vitamin. Osteoarthritis is a progressive disease, and currently no treatment is available that will stop the loss of cartilage. Eventually, many patients are headed for knee replacements, the Australian researchers said. "These data suggest a lack of evidence to support vitamin D supplementation for slowing disease progression or structural change in knee osteoarthritis," said lead researcher Dr. Changhai Ding, a professor at the University of Tasmania in Hobart. The use of vitamin D supplements to reduce pain and slow the progression of knee osteoarthritis has been controversial in the past, with studies showing conflicting results, he said. This new study put vitamin D supplements to the test by ... Read more

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Low Prenatal Vitamin D Linked to Later MS in Offspring

Posted 8 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March 7, 2016 – Children of mothers with too little vitamin D during their pregnancy may have a higher risk of developing multiple sclerosis when they reach adulthood, a new study suggests. One expert in the United States said that the findings need to be interpreted with caution, however. "We cannot say from this study that low vitamin D levels cause MS in women's offspring," said Dr. Daniel Skupski, chair of obstetrics and gynecology at NewYork-Presbyterian/Queens hospital in New York City. All the study points to is an association between the two, he stressed. What the research does do, Skupski said, is "set the stage" for further research to see if getting more vitamin D in pregnancy might lower people's lifetime risk for multiple sclerosis. Multiple sclerosis affects a person's brain and spinal cord by damaging the myelin sheath, the insulating layer that surrounds and ... Read more

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Vitamin D While Pregnant Won't Boost Most Infants' Bone Health, Study Says

Posted 2 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, March 2, 2016 – Taking vitamin D supplements during pregnancy does not improve a baby's bone density, according to a new British study. But for babies born in the winter, "sunshine vitamin" supplementation may help counteract low levels caused by seasonal loss of sunlight, the researchers said. Some previous studies have suggested that higher vitamin D in mothers during pregnancy are associated with greater bone density in babies, and guidelines in the United Kingdom recommend vitamin D supplements for all pregnant women. However, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists only recommends supplements for mothers-to-be who are deficient in vitamin D. This study included more than 1,100 British women, 14 to 17 weeks pregnant, with low to normal levels of vitamin D. Half took a 1,000 International Unit vitamin D capsule daily until they had their baby, while the ... Read more

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Low Vitamin D Levels May Signal More Aggressive Prostate Cancer

Posted 2 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, March 2, 2016 – Prostate cancer may be more aggressive in men who are deficient in vitamin D, new research suggests. A study of nearly 200 men having their prostate removed found those with low vitamin D levels were more likely to have rapidly growing tumors than those with normal levels of the "sunshine" vitamin. "If men with vitamin D deficiency are more likely to have [more advanced disease] at the time of prostate surgery, then perhaps men should be tested for this when they are diagnosed with prostate cancer and subsequently supplemented with vitamin D if they are deficient," said researcher Dr. Adam Murphy. He is an assistant professor of urology at Northwestern University in Chicago. However, another expert isn't ready to go that far. This study can't prove that vitamin D deficiency causes aggressive prostate cancer, only that the two are associated, said Dr. Anthony ... Read more

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Prenatal Diet Rich in Vitamin D May Cut Allergy Risk in Kids: Study

Posted 17 Feb 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 17, 2016 – Children born to women who eat vitamin D-rich foods during pregnancy have a lower risk of hay fever, but vitamin D supplements do not have the same effect, a new study suggests. The new study included more than 1,200 mothers and their children. The children were followed until they were about 7 years old. A diet with higher levels of vitamin D – equivalent to the amount in an 8-ounce serving of milk each day – during pregnancy was associated with a 20 percent lower risk of hay fever in school-age children. Taking vitamin D supplements did not reduce the risk, according to the study published Feb. 11 in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. "Expectant mothers have questions about what they should eat during pregnancy, and our study shows that it's important to consider the source of nutrients in a mother's diet," study leader Dr. Supinda ... Read more

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Prenatal Vitamin D Supplements May Not Lower Baby's Asthma Risk: Study

Posted 26 Jan 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 26, 2016 – There's been speculation that a daily vitamin D supplement taken in pregnancy might lower the odds for asthma in children. However, two new studies find no evidence for such an effect. One study "did not show a statistically significant effect on the primary end point of persistent wheeze," concluded a team led by Dr. Hans Bisgaard of the University of Copenhagen in Denmark. However, experts stressed that a longer, larger trial might be needed to see a benefit for babies when mothers take a vitamin D supplement in pregnancy. Both studies are published in the Jan. 26 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. As stated in a journal news release, rates of childhood asthma and vitamin D deficiency are rising in Western nations. And there's been speculation that vitamin D deficiency during pregnancy may affect immune system development in the fetus, ... Read more

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Could Higher Vitamin D Doses Harm Seniors Prone to Falls?

Posted 4 Jan 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Jan. 4, 2016 – Higher doses of vitamin D don't improve mobility for the elderly, and may actually raise the risk for falls among certain seniors, a new study suggests. The small Swiss study, published in the Jan. 4 issue of JAMA Internal Medicine, doesn't say that vitamin D is harmful in routine doses. And, the researchers say seniors should continue to follow guidelines and make sure they get recommended amounts of the nutrient naturally. However, "don't assume that because something is called a 'vitamin' it means that it is safe," cautioned Dr. Steven Cummings, research scientist with California Pacific Medical Center Research Institute in San Francisco. Cummings is co-author, along with Dr. Douglas Kiel, of a commentary accompanying the study. Vitamin D supplements have been suggested as a way to build muscle strength and thus prevent falls among the elderly, according to ... Read more

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Could High-Dose Vitamin D Help Fight Multiple Sclerosis?

Posted 31 Dec 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 30, 2015 – High-dose vitamin D appears safe for people with multiple sclerosis, and it may help quiet the immune system hyperactivity that marks the disease, a small clinical trial finds. The study, published online Dec. 30 in Neurology, bolsters evidence that vitamin D might benefit people with MS. But clinical trials are still underway to answer the big question: Does taking vitamin D improve MS symptoms and alter the course of the disease? The current study shows only that high doses – 10,400 IU a day – reduce the proportion of certain immune-system cells that have been implicated in the MS disease process. "I'm not going to make any claims beyond that," said senior researcher Dr. Peter Calabresi, a professor of neurology at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. "We don't have enough data here to guide clinical practice," he stressed. Bruce Bebo, executive vice ... Read more

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Vitamin D Won't Guard Against Colds in People With Asthma

Posted 10 Dec 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Dec. 10, 2015 – If you have asthma, vitamin D supplements won't protect you against colds, new research suggests. The study found that taking vitamin D supplements didn't reduce the number or severity of colds in adults with mild-to-moderate asthma. More than 400 participants, all of whom had low vitamin D levels, took either vitamin D supplements or a placebo for 28 weeks. During that time, about half of them got at least one cold. Eighty-two percent of those in the supplement group had sufficient levels of vitamin D after 12 weeks, but that didn't boost their resistance to colds, the research revealed. The study was published recently in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. The findings surprised the researchers because they had previously shown that asthma flare-ups fell 40 percent in patients who took vitamin D supplements to increase low levels ... Read more

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