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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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Broccoli Extract Shows Promise for Type 2 Diabetes

Posted 14 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 14, 2017 – Your Mom may have been right about broccoli's goodness. A small study hints that a substance in the crunchy veggy may help some with diabetes get better control of their blood sugar. Researchers found that a concentrated extract of the substance, called sulforaphane, helped obese type 2 diabetes patients rein in their stubbornly high blood sugar levels. The caveat, however, is that the study was short-term and small – involving 97 people with diabetes followed for 12 weeks. And the extract was taken in addition to the diabetes drug metformin, not instead of it. Plus, the extract the researchers used was not like the sulforaphane supplements available at your local health food store. "The way that you produce and process the extract is important to keep the sulforaphane intact," said senior researcher Dr. Anders Rosengren, of the University of Gothenburg, in ... Read more

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FDA Warns 14 Companies on Bogus Cancer 'Cures'

Posted 25 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, April 25, 2017 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday posted warning letters to 14 companies that are selling more than 65 fake cancer treatments. The bogus products include pills, capsules, powders, creams, teas, oils and treatment and diagnostic kits. They're most commonly marketed and sold without FDA approval on websites and social media platforms, the FDA announcement of its action said. The treatments are frequently advertised as "natural" and often falsely labeled as dietary supplements, the agency added. "Consumers should not use these or similar unproven products because they may be unsafe and could prevent a person from seeking an appropriate and potentially lifesaving cancer diagnosis or treatment," said Douglas Stearn. He is director of the Office of Enforcement and Import Operations in the FDA's Office of Regulatory Affairs. "We encourage people to ... Read more

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Review Raises Questions About Herbal Meds for Heart Problems

Posted 27 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Feb. 27, 2017 – While there's scant evidence that herbal medications are safe or effective to treat heart conditions, they remain popular among people with heart disease, a new review suggests. "Physicians should improve their knowledge of herbal medications in order to adequately weigh the clinical implications related to their use," said senior review author Dr. Graziano Onder. Onder, of the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Rome, Italy, is an assistant professor in the department of geriatrics, neurosciences and orthopedics. "Physicians should explain that natural does not always mean safe," he said in a news release from the American College of Cardiology. In the United States, herbal medications can be sold without being tested in clinical trials. As a result, there's little evidence of their safety or effectiveness, the review authors explained. The U.S. Food and ... Read more

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Cranberry Products May Not Prevent UTIs: Study

Posted 27 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Oct. 27, 2016 – Many American women swear by cranberry juice as a home remedy to help prevent urinary tract infections (UTIs). But a new study finds that cranberry capsules didn't prevent recurring UTIs in older women who lived in nursing homes. No significant difference was seen in the number of UTIs among those receiving the capsules versus a placebo pill, the researchers said. However, at least one urogynecologist believes the study couldn't prove that cranberry products, including juice, might not help some younger, uninfected women. In the study, Yale University researchers only looked at women living in nursing homes, whose average age was 86. "Cranberry products have long been thought to prevent urinary tract infections, and many different cranberry products, including capsules, tablets and powders, are promoted for this purpose, but this study did not show that this ... Read more

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Alternative Medicine Taking Hold Among Americans: Report

Posted 22 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 22, 2016 – Americans spend a good chunk of their health care dollars on alternative medicine, such as acupuncture, yoga, chiropractic care and natural supplements, a new government report shows. In fact, they paid more than $30 billion out of pocket in 2012 on chiropractors and other complementary health practitioners, as well as supplements and other forms of alternative medicine. "Substantial numbers of Americans spent billions of dollars out-of-pocket on these approaches – an indication that users believe enough in the value of these approaches to pay for them," said study co-author Richard Nahin. He is lead epidemiologist at the U.S. National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health. Expenditures in 2012 included: $14.7 billion out-of-pocket on visits to complementary practitioners such as chiropractors, yoga instructors, acupuncturists or massage ... Read more

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Cranberry Juice for Urinary Tract Infection?

Posted 26 Feb 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Feb. 25, 2016 – Contrary to popular belief, cranberry juice does not cure a urinary tract infection, a doctor says. Many people drink cranberry juice in an attempt to ease their symptoms, but it will do nothing to help them, said Dr. Timothy Boone, vice dean of the Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine, Houston campus. "Cranberry juice, especially the juice concentrates you find at the grocery store, will not treat a UTI [urinary tract infection] or bladder infection," he said in a center news release. "It can offer more hydration and possibly wash bacteria from your body more effectively, but the active ingredient in cranberry is long gone by the time it reaches your bladder," Boone said. Each year, more than 3 million Americans have a urinary tract infection – an infection in any part of the urinary system, kidney, bladder or urethra, according to the news ... Read more

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FDA Warns of Hazards From Imported Supplements

Posted 15 Oct 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Oct. 15, 2015 – You may be putting your health at risk if you use imported products such as dietary supplements or nonprescription drugs that are sold at ethnic or international stores, flea markets, swap meets or online. So says the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in a warning issued Thursday. Health product scammers often focus their marketing on people who shop at nontraditional locations. They also target consumers with limited English language skills and poor access to health care services, according to Cariny Nunez, a public health adviser in the FDA's Office of Minority Health. "These scammers know that ethnic groups who may not speak or read English well, or who hold certain cultural beliefs, can be easy targets," she said in an FDA news release. Many health product scammers also include the word "natural" on their products because they know it appeals to certain ... Read more

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Dietary Supplements Land Thousands in the ER Each Year

Posted 14 Oct 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 14, 2015 – Side effects from dietary supplements send more than 20,000 Americans to the emergency room each year, a new government study reveals. One expert said the report – published Oct. 15 in the New England Journal of Medicine – should quash arguments that herbal products, amino acids and other supplements are uniformly "safe" and need no tighter regulation. "This is the most important study done on dietary supplements since DSHEA was passed," said Dr. Pieter Cohen, an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School who studies supplement safety. Cohen was referring to the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act, a 1994 law that defined supplements as food rather than drugs. The upshot is that manufacturers do not have to prove their products have benefits, or are even safe. Over the years, there have been recalls of certain supplements found to cause harm, ... Read more

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