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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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Health Tip: Feeding Your Child a Vegetarian Diet

Posted 12 Nov 2015 by Drugs.com

-- If you're feeding your child a vegetarian diet, make sure he or she is getting enough essential nutrients. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics says the child's diet should include: Vitamin B12, found in eggs and milk. If the child is on a strictly vegan diet, fortified soy products and fortified cereals are good sources. Vitamin D and calcium, found in fortified milk and dairy products, such as cheese and yogurt. Iron, found in daily supplements and fortified cereals. Protein, found in beans, fortified cereals and soy milk. Yogurt and eggs also are good choices. Fiber, found in fortified and whole-grain breads, pastas and cereals, as well as avocados, nuts and seeds. 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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B Vitamins May Not Boost Memory or Thinking, Study Suggests

Posted 12 Nov 2014 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 12, 2014 – Taking vitamin B12 or folic acid supplements may not reduce seniors' risk of memory loss, according to a new study. Past research hinted that taking vitamin B12 and folic acid might help protect memory and thinking skills, according to background information from the study. But follow-up trials have yielded less convincing findings. The current study included nearly 3,000 people. Their average age was 74 years. Half took a tablet daily with 500 micrograms (mcg) of vitamin B12 and 400 mcg of folic acid, and the rest took a placebo every day for two years. All of the participants had high levels of an amino acid called homocysteine, which has been linked to memory loss and Alzheimer's disease, according to the study. Memory and thinking skills tests were given at the start and end of the study. Results of the study appear online in the Nov. 12 issue of the ... Read more

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FDA Approves Return of Drug for Morning Sickness

Posted 9 Apr 2013 by Drugs.com

WASHINGTON (AP) — A treatment pulled off the market 30 years ago has won Food and Drug Administration approval as the only drug specifically designated to treat morning sickness. That long-ago safety scare proved to be a big false alarm. Monday's decision means a new version of the pill once named Bendectin will return to U.S. pharmacies — this time called Diclegis. U.S. doctors have had no officially approved treatment for morning sickness since lawsuits forced Bendectin off the market in 1983. But the drug's main ingredients are vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) and an over-the-counter antihistamine called doxylamine (Unisom), and obstetricians often advised pregnant women how to mix up the right dose themselves. Diclegis is made by a Canadian company that has long sold the medication in that country, and plans to begin U.S. sales in June. NewsEdge Read more

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FDA Approves Diclegis for Pregnant Women Experiencing Nausea and Vomiting

Posted 9 Apr 2013 by Drugs.com

April 8, 2013 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Diclegis (doxylamine succinate and pyridoxine hydrochloride) to treat pregnant women experiencing nausea and vomiting. Diclegis is a delayed-release tablet intended for women who have not adequately responded to conservative management of nausea and vomiting during pregnancy, such as dietary and lifestyle modifications. These modifications include eating several small meals instead of three large meals, eating bland foods that are low in fat and easy to digest and avoiding smells that can trigger nausea. “Many women experience nausea and vomiting during pregnancy, and sometimes these symptoms are not adequately managed through recommended changes in diet and lifestyle,” said Hylton V. Joffe, M.D., M.M.Sc., director of the Division of Reproductive and Urologic Products in the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Res ... Read more

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Diclegis Approved for Morning Sickness

Posted 9 Apr 2013 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, April 9 – Diclegis (doxylamine succinate and pyridoxine hydrochloride) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat nausea and vomiting associated with "morning sickness" during pregnancy. The drug was sanctioned for pregnant women who haven't responded to other therapies, such as eating smaller meals, eating lower-fat foods and avoiding smells that can prompt nausea, the agency said in a media release. Diclegis was evaluated in 261 adult women with morning sickness who had been pregnant between seven and 14 weeks. Women who took the drug had less nausea and vomiting than those who took a placebo. Studies also showed the drug didn't pose a threat to the fetus, the FDA said. The most common side effect of the drug – with a typical once-daily dose of two pills – was potentially severe drowsiness. Women who take Diclegis should avoid driving or operating ... Read more

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FDA Allows Return of Once-Banned Morning Sickness Pill

Posted 9 Apr 2013 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, April 9 – A morning-sickness medication that was banned 30 years ago has won U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval under a new name. In its new form, the drug – formerly called Bendectin and now renamed Diclegis – is the only medication specifically approved to treat the stomach upset many women suffer from during pregnancy. In the intervening decades between the drug's withdrawal from the market and its re-approval on Tuesday, the medicine has undergone rigorous scrutiny and is now deemed safe by the FDA. Obstetricians welcomed the announcement. "The nausea and vomiting of early pregnancy can range from mild to debilitating," said Dr. Jennifer Wu, an obstetrician-gynecologist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. "Patients will welcome more options for treatment with the reintroduction of Bendectin." Their nausea may not disappear completely, but "it will hopefully ... Read more

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B Vitamin Supplements Don't Affect Colon Cancer Risk: Study

Posted 12 Oct 2012 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Oct. 12 – Research concerning B vitamins' possible effect on colon cancer has been mixed, but a new study concludes that a B-vitamin combination supplement – including folic acid (B9), B6 and B12 – neither raises nor reduces the risk of colon cancer. As many as 35 percent of Americans take supplements containing B vitamins, and millions consume folic acid in fortified cereals each day. Concerns had been raised, on the one hand, that B supplementation might increase the odds of precancerous lesions, while other research had suggested a cancer-protective effect. This new study compared a vitamin B combo pill with an inactive placebo in more than 5,400 older women at high risk of cardiovascular disease and found the supplements had no significant effect on the risk of colon cancer. "The study's findings are reassuring, because there has been a concern that folic acid supplements ... Read more

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No Cancer Benefit From Vitamin B, Omega-3 Supplements in Heart Patients

Posted 13 Feb 2012 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Feb. 13 – Patients with a history of heart disease will most likely not reduce their risk for developing cancer by taking vitamin B and/or omega-3 fatty acid supplements, a new French analysis suggests. "In the population we studied, we found no beneficial effects of either B vitamins or omega-3 fatty acids taken over five years on cancer occurrence or cancer-related death," noted study author Valentina Andreeva, who is with the nutritional epidemiology research unit at the University of Paris XIII in Bobigny, France. Andreeva and her colleagues report their findings in the Feb. 13 online edition of the Archives of Internal Medicine. To explore the protective potential of B vitamins and fatty acid supplements, the authors did a secondary analysis of data that had been collected in a previous study involving almost 2,000 French men and 500 women. All were between 45 and 80 years ... Read more

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Vitamin B May Not Guard Against Second Stroke, Heart Attack

Posted 5 Aug 2010 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Aug. 3 – Stroke patients who take vitamin B supplements to lower their homocysteine levels may not be protected from second strokes or heart attacks, a new study finds. Earlier studies found an association between homocysteine, an amino acid, in the blood, and an increased risk for stroke and heart attack. Vitamin B supplements lower homocysteine levels, but whether this really has an effect on stroke and heart attack risk has been unclear, the Australian researchers noted. "B vitamins are safe, but they were not, statistically, significantly more effective than placebo in preventing major vascular events among stroke and TIA [transient ischemic attack] patients," said lead researcher Dr. Graeme J. Hankey, head of the stroke unit at Royal Perth Hospital in Western Australia. "B vitamins have not been proven to have a role in secondary stroke prevention." The report is ... Read more

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Vitamin B6 Tied to Lowered Lung Cancer Risk

Posted 15 Jun 2010 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, June 15 – A new study shows that people with high levels of a B vitamin are half as likely as others to develop lung cancer. But while the reduction in risk is significant, this doesn't mean that smokers should hit the vitamin aisle instead of quitting. While the study links vitamin B6, as well as one amino acid, to fewer cases of lung cancer, it doesn't conclude that consuming the nutrients will reduce the risk. Future research is needed to confirm that there's a cause-and-effect relationship at work, not just an association, researchers said. The research "may lead to important new discoveries. But people should not think that they can pop a few vitamins and be safe smoking," stressed Dr. Norman Edelman, the American Lung Association's chief medical officer. The findings appear in the June 16 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. The researchers examined ... Read more

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