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Sushi Lovers, Beware: Tapeworm Now Found in U.S. Salmon

Posted 12 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Jan. 12, 2017 – In bad news for sushi lovers, scientists have confirmed that a tapeworm known to infect salmon from the Asian Pacific is also present in fish from U.S. waters. The parasite, known as the Japanese broad tapeworm, can grow up to 30 feet long in the human body, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Most people who become infected have no ...

Health Tip: Get the Nutrients You Need

Posted 16 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Getting all of the dietary nutrients your body needs is critically important, especially if your diet is vegan or vegetarian. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics recommends: Get plenty of calcium through dairy products, plant-based milks fortified with calcium (such as almond or soy), almonds, almond butter, leafy green vegetables, broccoli, beans and fortified foods. Get enough iron ...

Be Wary of Imported Supplements: FDA

Posted 9 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, March 9, 2016 – You could be putting your health at risk if you buy imported dietary supplements and nonprescription drug products, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns. Health fraud scammers often sell such products at ethnic or international stores, flea markets, swap meets or online, Cariny Nunez, a public health adviser in the FDA's Office of Minority Health, said in an ...

Screen Nursing Home Residents for B12 Deficiency: Researchers

Posted 19 Jan 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 19, 2016 – Vitamin B12 deficiency is common among seniors in long-term care, but easily remedied with screening, according to a new Canadian study. Too little vitamin B12 is linked with depression, dementia and anemia, a condition marked by too few red blood cells. Often, older adults become B12 deficient as a result of medications that interfere with the vitamin's absorption, the ...

Vitamin B12 Supplements May Not Help Some Seniors

Posted 16 Jul 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, July 16, 2015 – Vitamin B12 supplements are known to benefit seniors with severe B12 deficiency, but they may not help those who are just moderately deficient, a new study suggests. "Many people may be taking vitamin B12 supplements on a regular basis, and it has been thought they would enhance function in older people," said study author Dr. Alan Dangour, of the London School of ...

Many Hospital Patients Not Asked About Supplements: Study

Posted 23 Jun 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, June 23, 2015 – Most hospitalized Americans aren't asked if they take dietary supplements, such as multivitamins, a new study suggests. "If clinicians are unaware of possible drug-[dietary supplement] reactions, they may unknowingly provide a treatment plan or prescribe medications that could have an adverse reaction or interactions with the dietary supplement," said study author Dr. ...

Acid-Reflux Drugs Tied to Lower Levels of Vitamin B-12

Posted 10 Dec 2013 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Dec. 10, 2013 – People who take certain acid-reflux medications might have an increased risk of vitamin B-12 deficiency, according to new research. Taking proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) to ease the symptoms of excess stomach acid for more than two years was linked to a 65 percent increase in the risk of vitamin B-12 deficiency. Commonly used PPI brands include Prilosec, Nexium and ...

Could Too Little Vitamin B-12 Shrink the Aging Brain?

Posted 26 Sep 2011 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Sept. 26 – Too little vitamin B-12 may be associated with smaller brain size and more problems with thinking skills as people age, new research suggests. And the number of people who suffer from B-12 deficiencies may be greater than thought because current methods for measuring levels of the vitamin may not be accurate, said Christine C. Tangney, lead author of the study published in the ...

Can Vitamin B12 Reduce Alzheimer's Risk?

Posted 18 Oct 2010 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Oct. 18 – People who eat a diet rich in vitamin B12 may be protecting themselves from Alzheimer's disease, a small, preliminary study suggests. The findings add to the debate about whether vitamins can reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease. While this new study appears to support the role of vitamins, other studies have yielded mixed results, the researchers said. "Previous ...

B12 Deficit May Boost Risk of Birth Defects

Posted 2 Mar 2009 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March 2 – Women who do not have enough vitamin B12 in their blood before and after conception have a greater chance of having a baby with brain or spinal cord defects, a new study says. Most at risk may be vegans and vegetarians, since B12 is far more common in meat and animal-based foods, noted an American and Irish research team whose findings were published in the March issue of ...

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