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The Dynamic Duo: Calcium and Vitamin D

Posted 9 days ago by

THURSDAY, March 15, 2018 – Your need for calcium gets a lot of attention, but your body can't use it without its partner, vitamin D, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Most adults need 1,000 milligrams of calcium each day. Recommendations for vitamin D range from the current recommended daily allowance of 600 International Units (IUs), all the way up to 4,000 IUs to best ...

Vitamin D3 May Benefit Heart Surgery Patients

Posted 12 days ago by

MONDAY, March 12, 2018 – Many patients have low vitamin D levels before and after open heart surgery, but those levels can be restored to normal with supplementation, a new study suggests. It included 150 patients who had elective open heart surgery. They generally had low levels of vitamin D before their operation, and the stress of surgery caused those levels to fall even more. But patients ...

Calcium Supplements Tied to Higher Odds of Colon Polyps

Posted 2 Mar 2018 by

FRIDAY, March 2, 2018 – Could the calcium supplement you take to help your bones be harming your colon? That's the suggestion from a new study that finds a link between the daily supplement and an increased risk for polyps in the colon. Polyps are not cancerous, but some can eventually turn into cancer if they're not removed. Further research is needed to confirm the findings. But if calcium ...

Lack of Vitamin D Can Sideline College Football Players

Posted 24 Jan 2018 by

TUESDAY, Jan. 23, 2018 – Nearly 60 percent of college football players have low levels of vitamin D, a new study suggests. That means they face a significantly higher risk for muscle strain and injury, the researchers said. "We were interested in vitamin D in this population because it's been shown to play an important role in muscle function and strength, which is critical to the ...

Vitamin D Supplements May Make Arteries Healthier

Posted 10 Jan 2018 by

TUESDAY, Jan. 9, 2018 – High doses of vitamin D seem to keep arteries more flexible and pliable, potentially warding off future heart disease, heart attacks and strokes, preliminary research suggests. In just four months, vitamin D supplements reduced arterial stiffness in a group of 70 young black men and women, according to results from a small-scale clinical trial. The flexibility of ...

Seniors Don't Need Calcium, Vitamin D Supplements: Review

Posted 26 Dec 2017 by

TUESDAY, Dec. 26, 2017 – Seniors are wasting their time and money taking calcium and vitamin D supplements to ward off the brittle bones of old age, a new review concludes. It turns out there's little evidence supplements protect against hip fractures and other broken bones in older folks, according to data gathered from dozens of clinical trials. "The routine use of these supplements is ...

When Treating Infertility, Vitamin D Levels May Be Key

Posted 20 Nov 2017 by

MONDAY, Nov. 20, 2017 – Women with low vitamin D levels may be less likely to have a baby after assisted reproductive technology (ART) than those with normal vitamin D levels, a new study suggests. The finding stemmed from a review of 11 published studies that involved a total of 2,700 women who were undergoing ART, which includes in vitro fertilization and frozen embryo transfer to achieve ...

Higher Doses of Vitamin D May Boost Preemies' Bone Health

Posted 18 Oct 2017 by

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 18, 2017 – Higher doses of vitamin D can improve the bone health of premature babies, new research suggests. "We are hopeful that neonatologists will consider giving preterm infants 800 IUs [International Units]," said study author Dr. Ann Anderson Berry. She is medical director of the NICU Nebraska Medicine, the clinical partner of the University of Nebraska Medical Center. "We ...

Health Tip: Myths Debunked About Dietary Supplements

Posted 6 Oct 2017 by

-- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration does not regulate dietary supplements to the same degree as prescription drugs. So, the American Cancer Society says you should talk with your doctor before taking any supplement, including vitamins. The society debunks these popular myths about supplements: Megadosing: More is better – There is no scientific evidence that using large doses effectively ...

Prenatal Multivitamins Linked to Lower Autism Risk

Posted 5 Oct 2017 by

THURSDAY, Oct. 5, 2017 – Taking a multivitamin during pregnancy may reduce a child's risk of developing autism, a new study suggests. Analyzing more than a quarter-million mother-child pairs in Sweden, researchers found a link – but not cause and effect proof – between multivitamin use and risk of the neurological disorder. "Multivitamin use with or without added iron or folic acid was ...

Exercise, Not Vitamin D, Recommended to Prevent Falls

Posted 27 Sep 2017 by

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 27, 2017 – Falls and fractures are a major cause of disability in old age. An influential U.S. medical task force is recommending exercise and, in some cases, medical evaluation to help seniors stay on their feet. But the new draft recommendations from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) say there isn't enough evidence at this time to either endorse or advise ...

Supplement May Help Against Vision-Robbing Disease in Seniors

Posted 24 Aug 2017 by

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 23, 2017 – An inexpensive over-the-counter antioxidant/zinc supplement that may help preserve vision in older people is also cost effective, a new study suggests. The combo pill has been dubbed the "Age-Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS)" supplement, based on trial in which it was studied previously. Dr. Aaron Lee, a researcher on the new trial, said his team found AREDS was ...

Young Breakfast Skippers Lack Vital Nutrients

Posted 17 Aug 2017 by

THURSDAY, Aug. 17, 2017 – Mom was right – eating breakfast really is important. Without it, kids may not get recommended amounts of nutrients, British researchers suggest. "This study provides evidence that breakfast is key for parents to ensure that their children are getting the nutrition they need," said senior study author Gerda Pot, a lecturer in nutritional sciences at King's College ...

FDA Announces Recall of Some Liquid Pharmaceutical Products

Posted 16 Aug 2017 by

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 16, 2017 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has announced a recall of numerous liquid pharmaceutical products because of possible bacterial contamination that could cause severe infections in vulnerable patients. The drugs and dietary supplements, made by PharmaTech LLC in Davie, Fla., include liquid stool softeners, liquid vitamin D drops and liquid multivitamins marketed ...

It's Never Too Soon to Safeguard Your Bones

Posted 9 Aug 2017 by

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 9, 2017 – Bone health is literally something you build on throughout your life, not just as a child. And the efforts you put in now will keep bones strong and help prevent the bone-thinning disease osteoporosis later on, as you age. Most of the 10 million Americans living with osteoporosis are women, but men are at risk, too, according to the National Osteoporosis Foundation. It ...

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