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Many Parents Don't Tell Doctor About 'Complementary' Therapy Use in Kids

Posted 29 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Aug. 29, 2017 – Parents often try unconventional treatments – such as acupuncture and herbal products – when their kids are sick, but many don't tell their pediatricians about it, a new report shows. Such omissions could be risky, especially when these young patients are already taking traditional medications, the report authors said. "The point we're making in this report is that many of our young patients are already using these [complementary] therapies," said lead author Dr. Hilary McClafferty. "And much of that use is driven by the consumer, by parents looking for additional help for their children. "But a lot of parents are not necessarily disclosing this use to their child's pediatrician, for fear of censure or ridicule," McClafferty explained. "That can be a problem, because while we are really excited about some of the advances in the field of complementary medicine ... Read more

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Probiotic Supplements Failed to Prevent Babies' Infections

Posted 3 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, July 3, 2017 – Probiotic supplements may not protect babies from catching colds or stomach bugs in day care, a new clinical trial suggests. Probiotics are bacteria and other microorganisms that dwell in the body, aiding in digestion, immunity and other vital functions. Probiotic supplements provide some of those same organisms. Most often, products contain strains of the bacteria Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium, according to the U.S. National Institutes of Health. That's what researchers tested in the new study – with disappointing results. Among 290 babies in child care, those given probiotics every day for six months were no less likely to suffer respiratory or gastrointestinal infections, the investigators found. The findings stand in contrast to some past studies: Specifically, two trials have found that probiotics cut the risk of gastrointestinal infections among babies ... Read more

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Health Tip: Pregnant Women Need Omega-3 Fats

Posted 21 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Omega-3 fatty acids, such as those found in fatty fish, are an essential part of a healthy diet during pregnancy. Opt for these safer sources, recommends the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: Choose fish that are low in mercury, such as salmon, catfish, cod and sardines. Avoid fish that are high in mercury, such as swordfish and shark. Eat foods fortified with DHA, or if your doctor approves, take a DHA supplement. Eat eggs from hens fed DHA-rich microalgae. Read more

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No Evidence Fish Oil in Pregnancy Makes for Brainier Kids

Posted 21 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, March 21, 2017 – Popping prenatal supplements that contain fish oil won't make your child any smarter, a new study suggests. That finding comes from a seven-year follow-up of an earlier trial comparing use of supplements containing DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) to use of a placebo during the last half of pregnancy. DHA is an essential omega-3 fatty acid found in fatty fish, like salmon, tuna and trout. It is also found in fish oil supplements. "The important result in this study is that our primary outcome – child intelligence or IQ – was not affected by fish oil," said Jacqueline Gould, the study's lead author. Gould is a postdoctoral research fellow at the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute in North Adelaide. The study found no difference in kids' language, academic abilities or "executive functioning" – a set of mental skills that help people plan, pay ... Read more

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Fish Oil Pills May Help After Heart Attack, Specialists Say

Posted 13 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March 13, 2017 – Doctors may want to consider prescribing fish oil pills to heart attack survivors and patients with chronic heart failure, new recommendations from the American Heart Association suggest. Fish oil may help extend the lives of those patients, the heart association said. On the other hand, the supplements cannot be recommended for preventing heart problems in the first place, said Dr. David Siscovick, lead author of the report. That's because no clinical trials have tested fish oil's effects in people who are free of heart disease. Meanwhile, a few trials have given fish oil to people at increased risk of heart disease – because of diabetes or high cholesterol, for example. All but one has come up empty. "Many people take fish oil hoping to prevent heart disease," Siscovick acknowledged. "But there's a lack of evidence that it does." Fish oil is rich in omega-3 ... Read more

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Know Your Heart's Numbers

Posted 7 Feb 2017 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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Fecal Transplant Shows Early Promise Against Autism

Posted 27 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Jan. 26, 2017 – A small study suggests a novel treatment for kids with autism: Give these young patients a fresh supply of healthy gut bacteria via a fecal transplant. After the procedure, the children experienced a 25 percent reduction in symptoms related to language, social interaction and repetitive behaviors, said study co-author James Adams, an autism researcher at Arizona State University. Not only that, the kids also became less hyperactive, irritable and lethargic, Adams said. "It's not a cure for autism, but in 10 weeks we were able to make a substantial dent," he said. Many children with autism suffer from chronic gastrointestinal problems like diarrhea and constipation, often from infancy, Adams explained. That may be because they either carry harmful gut bacteria or lack many healthy strains. "Most people have about a thousand different species of bacteria in ... Read more

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Omega-3s a Recipe for Healthy Blood Pressure in Young Adults

Posted 14 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

SUNDAY, Nov. 13, 2016 – Eating a diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids – found in some fish and plant oils – may help young adults keep their blood pressure at a healthy level, new research suggests. In a study of more than 2,000 young, healthy adults, those with the highest levels of omega-3 fatty acids in their blood had the lowest blood pressure, said Dr. Mark Filipovic, a researcher at the University of Zurich and Cantonal Hospital of Baden in Switzerland. "We divided people into four groups," Filipovic said, ranging from the lowest to the highest levels of omega-3 fatty acids in their blood. "We found adults in the highest quarter [group] had about 4 millimeters of mercury [mm Hg] lower systolic pressure and 2 mm Hg lower diastolic pressure, compared to those with the least omega-3 fatty acids in their blood," he said. Systolic pressure is the top number of the blood pressure ... Read more

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Health Tip: Kids Don't Need a Low-Fat Diet

Posted 17 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

-- It's important for kids to eat well and to practice healthy habits, but a low-fat diet isn't necessary and may even be harmful, experts say. The American Academy of Pediatrics explains: If dietary fats are replaced by added sugars in a child's diet, it may do more harm than good. Healthy fats are essential for brain growth and physical development. Healthy fats, such as those in wild-caught fish and whole milk, are heart healthy. But not all fats are healthy. Kids (and adults) should avoid trans fats, found in many fried or processed foods. Read more

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Fatty Fish May Curb Eye Risks for Diabetics, Study Finds

Posted 18 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Aug. 18, 2016 – Two servings of fish a week may be enough to lower the heightened risk for blindness that those with diabetes face, a new Spanish study suggests. Diabetic retinopathy is a serious complication of type 2 diabetes resulting from a drop-off in blood supply to the patient's retina. According to lead researcher Aleix Sala-Vila, it is the most frequent cause of diabetes-related blindness. "We wanted to [see] whether regular consumption of seafood – fatty fish in particular – in the absence of any advice to increase seafood consumption or fish oil supplementation decreased the risk of diabetic retinopathy," explained Sala-Vila, a researcher at the Centro de Investigacion Biomedica en Red in Barcelona. Sala-Vila's team focused on patients whose overall diet was already composed of mostly low-fat or plant-based foods. That said, the team found that those who consumed ... Read more

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What Mom-to-Be Eats Determines Bugs in Baby's Gut: Study

Posted 9 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Aug. 9, 2016 – The amount of fat in a pregnant woman's diet may influence the mix of microbes in her baby's gut, a new study suggests. The community of gut microbes – known as the microbiome – can affect the development of a baby's immune system and the ability to extract energy from food, the researchers said. The study included more than 150 women who provided a record of their eating habits during pregnancy. The amount of fat in their diets ranged from 14 percent to 55 percent, with an average of 33 percent. The U.S. Institute of Medicine recommends 20 percent to 35 percent. The gut microbiomes of babies born to mothers who ate a high-fat diet during pregnancy were different from those of babies whose mothers who did not. Specifically, babies whose mothers ate a high-fat diet had fewer Bacteroides microbes in their guts, both at birth and several weeks after. Having fewer ... Read more

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High Doses of Fish Oil Might Help Healing After Heart Attack

Posted 2 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Aug. 1, 2016 – Heart attack patients who took high doses of fish oil supplements for six months showed improved heart function and less scarring, researchers report. It is not yet precisely known how the large amounts of omega-3 fatty acids in these supplements might have helped the healing process, but the results are encouraging, said study senior author Dr. Raymond Kwong. He is director of cardiac magnetic resonance imaging at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. In his study, 360 heart attack survivors were followed for six months. Half of them were given 4 grams of omega-3 fatty acid supplements daily for six months, while the other half were given placebo pills. A doctor might typically prescribe 1 to 2 grams of omega-3 fatty acid supplements a day if a patient has high triglyceride levels (a type of blood fat), Kwong added. Using MRIs of the heart, the researchers ... Read more

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Health Tip: Get More Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Posted 29 Jul 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Omega-3 fatty acids may improve your heart health and help you ward off heart disease. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics suggests these sources: Oils from soybeans, flaxseed and canola. Walnuts or walnut oil. Fatty fish, including salmon, mackerel, lake trout, sardines and albacore tuna (choose varieties packed in water). Eggs labeled as containing omega-3 fatty acids. Read more

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Did Your Gut Bacteria Evolve Over Millions of Years?

Posted 21 Jul 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, July 21, 2016 – Some human gut bacteria may have existed for millions of years – since before the evolution of people, scientists report. Their findings suggest evolution has had a greater impact on human gut bacteria than previously known, said study co-leader Howard Ochman, a professor of integrative biology at the University of Texas at Austin. "It's surprising that our gut microbes, which we could get from many sources in the environment, have actually been co-evolving inside us for such a long time," Ochman said in a university news release. The researchers analyzed the genes of three groups of gut bacteria. These bacteria play a role in intestinal development, train the immune system to fight dangerous germs, and may also affect mood and behavior, the study authors said. The three groups of gut bacteria reportedly account for more than 20 percent of the gut microbiome. ... Read more

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Omega-3s in Fish Tied to Better Colon Cancer Outcomes

Posted 21 Jul 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, July 21, 2016 – Colon cancer patients who take in higher amounts of omega-3 fatty acids, mainly from oily fish, may have better odds of survival, a new study finds. The study of almost 1,700 American adults with colon cancer was observational, meaning that it can't prove cause-and-effect. But it did seem to find a benefit from the healthy nutrient. One colon cancer expert who reviewed the new findings wasn't surprised. "We have long suspected the health benefits of omega-3 fatty acid supplementation," said Dr. Jules Garbus, a colorectal surgeon at Winthrop-University Hospital in Mineola, N.Y. "This study begins to show a correlation between 'healthy living' and reducing death from colorectal cancer." In the study, a team led by Dr. Andrew Chan, of Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, tracked data on 1,659 people diagnosed with colon cancer. During an average follow-up of ... Read more

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