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Vitamin D No Panacea for Brain Diseases

Posted 9 hours ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, July 16, 2018 – Vitamin D does little to defend your brain against multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease or Alzheimer's disease, a new review shows. The finding is based on an analysis of more than 70 studies. "Our work counters an emerging belief held in some quarters suggesting that higher levels of vitamin D can impact positively on brain health," said study author Krystal ...

Could More Vitamin D Help Prevent Breast Cancer?

Posted 19 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 27, 2018 – High levels of vitamin D may reduce a woman's risk of breast cancer, a new study suggests. Researchers looked at more than 5,000 women, 55 and older, and found that those with vitamin D blood levels of 60 nanograms per milliliter (ng/mL) or more had an 80 percent lower risk for breast cancer than those with levels of 20 ng/mL or less. The researchers also found that ...

No Proof Vitamin D Lowers Blood Pressure in Pregnancy: Study

Posted 20 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 27, 2018 – Taking vitamin D supplements does not reduce the risk of pregnancy-related high blood pressure or pre-eclampsia, a new study finds. High blood pressure that develops during pregnancy is called gestational hypertension. Pre-eclampsia is the development of high blood pressure and elevated protein in urine during pregnancy. It can cause stroke, seizure, premature ...

Vitamin D Deficiency Could Be Lung Disease Risk

Posted 25 Jun 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, June 25, 2018 – Low levels of vitamin D are associated with an increased risk of a disease that causes lung inflammation and scarring, researchers say. About 200,000 cases of interstitial lung disease (ILD) are diagnosed each year in the United States. Most cases are caused by environmental toxins such as asbestos or coal dust, but ILD also can be caused by autoimmune disorders, ...

Vitamin D May Guard Against Colon Cancer

Posted 15 Jun 2018 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, June 15, 2018 – The sun you get when you mow the lawn or run errands could protect you against colon cancer, new research shows. How? Sunlight prompts the production of vitamin D, and people with sufficient levels of the vitamin had a 22 percent lower risk of colon cancer, said lead researcher Marjorie McCullough. She's senior scientific director of epidemiology research for the American ...

Vitamin D May Lower Miscarriage Risk

Posted 1 Jun 2018 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, June 1, 2018 – Women who've had a miscarriage are more likely to get pregnant and have a baby if they have adequate levels of vitamin D, new research indicates. "Our findings suggest that vitamin D may play a protective role in pregnancy," said lead investigator Sunni Mumford, from the epidemiology branch of the U.S. National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. Previous ...

Lower Vitamin D levels Linked to More Belly Fat

Posted 21 May 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, May 21, 2018 – Obese people who carry much of their excess fat around their waist are at risk of vitamin D deficiency, new research warns. The finding highlights yet another damaging health effect of obesity. Low vitamin D levels have been linked to poor bone health, as well as increased risk for respiratory infection, autoimmune disorders and heart disease. "The strong relationship ...

Vitamin D3 May Benefit Heart Surgery Patients

Posted 12 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

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 ...

Lack of Vitamin D Can Sideline College Football Players

Posted 24 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

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 ...

When Treating Infertility, Vitamin D Levels May Be Key

Posted 20 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

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 ...

Exercise, Not Vitamin D, Recommended to Prevent Falls

Posted 27 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

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 ...

FDA Announces Recall of Some Liquid Pharmaceutical Products

Posted 16 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

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 ...

High-Dose Vitamin D May Not Curb Kids' Colds

Posted 18 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, July 18, 2017 – When it comes to vitamin supplements, more is not always better, according to a new study that found even high doses of vitamin D don't protect children from colds in the winter. "We may have just busted a myth," said study leader Dr. Jonathon Maguire. "Our findings do not support the routine use of high-dose vitamin D supplementation for the prevention of wintertime ...

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