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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 pregnancy. The British researchers found that women with correct levels of vitamin D were 34 percent more likely to have a positive pregnancy test, 46 percent more likely to achieve a clinical pregnancy and a third more likely to have a live birth than women with low levels of vitamin D. There was no link between vitamin D levels and miscarriage, according to the study, published Nov. 14 in the journal Human Reproduction. The researchers, from the University of Birmingham, noted that just 26 percent ... Read more

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FDA Warns of Herbal Supplement Kratom's Opioid-Like Harms

Posted 14 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 14, 2017 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday issued an advisory about harms tied to kratom – an imported herbal supplement with opioid-like effects that is increasing in popularity. People are taking the unapproved supplement to treat conditions like pain, anxiety and depression – without medical supervision, FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb said in a statement. Others use kratom for its euphoric effects, or to wean addicts off opioids such as prescription painkillers or heroin, also without medical say-so. "Importantly, evidence shows that kratom has similar effects to narcotics like opioids, and carries similar risks of abuse, addiction and, in some cases, death," Gottlieb said. "At a time when we have hit a critical point in the opioid epidemic, the increasing use of kratom as an alternative or adjunct to opioid use is extremely concerning." The ... Read more

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Can You Trust the Labels on Your Supplements?

Posted 2 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Nov. 2, 2017 – Think you know what's in your favorite supplement? Think again. More than half of the herbal and dietary supplements analyzed by researchers contained ingredients that differed from the list on their labels. Some had hidden ingredients that might actually harm health, researchers said. Bodybuilding and weight-loss supplements, in particular, tended to contain ingredients not listed on their packaging, said lead researcher Dr. Victor Navarro, chair of hepatology for Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia. Chemical analyses found that product labels did not reflect ingredients for 80 percent of bodybuilding and performance enhancement supplements, and 72 percent of weight-loss products, the researchers reported. "We found that half of the bodybuilding supplements in our analysis contained undeclared anabolic steroids," Navarro said. The researchers and health ... Read more

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Fiber-Rich Diet Boosts Survival From Colon Cancer

Posted 2 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Nov. 2, 2017 – A diet rich in fiber may lessen the chances of dying from colon cancer, a new study suggests. Among people treated for non-metastatic colon cancer, every 5 grams of fiber added to their diet reduced their odds of dying by nearly 25 percent, said lead researcher Dr. Andrew Chan. He is an associate professor in the department of medicine at Harvard Medical School. "What you eat after you've been diagnosed may make a difference," Chan said. "There is a possibility that increasing your intake of fiber may actually lower the rate of dying from colon cancer and maybe even other causes." Chan cautioned, however, that the study does not prove that the additional fiber caused people to live longer, only that the two were associated. Fiber has been linked to better insulin control and less inflammation, which may account for better survival, he suggested. In addition, a ... Read more

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Want to Avoid Salt? Turn Up the Spice

Posted 31 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Oct. 31, 2017 – If your taste buds lean toward spicy, you might be doing your heart a favor, new research suggests. Spicy foods may increase salt sensitivity, thereby dampening the desire to consume heart-harming salty food, researchers in China say. "High salt intake increases blood pressure and contributes to cardiovascular disease," said study author Dr. Zhiming Zhu. "Thus, reducing salt intake is very important for health. "We find that the enjoyment of spicy foods significantly reduced individual salt preference, daily salt intake and blood pressure," he added. Zhu is director of Daping Hospital's Center for Hypertension and Metabolic Diseases at Third Military Medical University in Chongqing. The research team conducted a mouse study alongside a human trial of more than 600 Chinese adults. Both correlated blood pressure levels with intake of spicy and salty dishes. Foods ... Read more

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Gung Ho for Green Tea

Posted 19 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Oct. 19, 2017 – Whether to relax, warm up or even curb your appetite, there's nothing quite like sipping a soothing cup of tea. And while there's no shortage of brews available, green tea in particular has many potential advantages. There are actually three types of tea leaves: green tea, black tea and oolong. The difference is all in the processing. Green tea is made from unfermented leaves. Like the others, it's naturally caffeinated, though it has far less caffeine than coffee and even the other teas. It makes a great afternoon pick-me-up alternative and can improve your focus, energy and alertness. It also has the highest concentration of the antioxidants polyphenols of all teas. Antioxidants help keep your cells healthy. Based on studies done in the lab, researchers from Penn State University believe green tea has the potential to lower the risk for heart disease and ... Read more

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Health Tip: Myths Debunked About Dietary Supplements

Posted 6 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

-- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration does not regulate dietary supplements to the same degree as prescription drugs. So, the American Cancer Society says you should talk with your doctor before taking any supplement, including vitamins. The society debunks these popular myths about supplements: Megadosing: More is better – There is no scientific evidence that using large doses effectively fights disease. In fact, large doses of certain vitamins can be toxic or inhibit the absorption of other vitamins and minerals. "All natural" is better – Supplements that claim to be "all natural" are not always safer than refined or manufactured substances. It's been used for thousands of years, so it must work – Folk or traditional medicines are not automatically guaranteed safe or effective. It can't hurt to take supplements along with my regular meds – Some supplements can affect the ... Read more

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Prenatal Multivitamins Linked to Lower Autism Risk

Posted 5 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Oct. 5, 2017 – Taking a multivitamin during pregnancy may reduce a child's risk of developing autism, a new study suggests. Analyzing more than a quarter-million mother-child pairs in Sweden, researchers found a link – but not cause and effect proof – between multivitamin use and risk of the neurological disorder. "Multivitamin use with or without added iron or folic acid was associated with a lower likelihood of child autism with intellectual disability, compared with mothers who did not use supplements," said lead researcher Elizabeth DeVilbiss. The odds of autism in the multivitamin group were 30 percent lower, added DeVilbiss, a graduate student in epidemiology and biostatistics at Drexel University's Dornsife School of Public Health in Philadelphia. Since mothers-to-be are already advised to take prenatal vitamins to prevent some birth defects, this may be an added ... Read more

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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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Drink Coffee, Live Longer?

Posted 28 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Aug. 28, 2017 – That morning cup of coffee may be doing more than serving up a needed caffeine jolt – it may be adding years to your life. At least that's the conclusion of a preliminary study that suggests – but doesn't prove – that coffee is associated with a lower risk of death in the next 10 years. "Our findings suggest that drinking four cups of coffee each day can be part of a healthy diet in healthy people," said researcher Dr. Adela Navarro, a cardiologist at Hospital de Navarra in Pamplona, Spain. The findings were presented Sunday at the European Society of Cardiology Congress, in Barcelona. For the study, researchers investigated the association between coffee consumption and risk of death. The observational study involved about 20,000 middle-aged people from the Mediterranean region. The participants were 37 years old, on average, at the start of the study and ... Read more

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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 for infants and children, the agency said in a news release. Reports of the discovery of Burkholderia cepacia bacteria in both Diocto Liquid and Diocto Syrup prompted the voluntary recall by three companies that label PharmaTech products, the FDA said. The three companies are Rugby Laboratories, Major Pharmaceuticals and Leader Brands. "B. cepacia poses a serious threat to vulnerable patients, including infants and young children who still have developing immune systems," FDA Commissioner Dr. ... Read more

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U.S. Kids Overdosing on Dietary Supplements

Posted 25 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, July 25, 2017 – A curious toddler opens a bottle of melatonin he finds on the kitchen counter, and accidentally overdoses on a supplement typically used by adults to help with sleep. In that case, the doctor who treated the child only had to deal with a very tired 3-year-old, but it might have been a far more serious scenario if a different dietary supplement, such as the energy product ephedra or the male enhancement herb yohimbe, had been swallowed. "We see it all the time," said Dr. Barbara Pena, research director of the emergency medicine department at Nicklaus Children's Hospital in Miami. Indeed, a new report from researchers bears out Pena's observations: From 2005 through 2012, the annual rate of accidental exposures to dietary supplements rose in the United States by nearly 50 percent, and 70 percent of those exposures involved young children. "The biggest increase ... Read more

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Health Tip: Are My Toddler's Eating Habits Normal?

Posted 3 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Parents may be worried that toddlers aren't getting enough calories or nutrients. According to the American Academy of Family Physicians, these picky eating habits are common in toddlers and are usually not cause for worry: Avoiding certain foods because of their texture or color. Eating only a couple of foods offered. Avoiding new foods. Refusing to eat a food that was once favored. Insisting on eating only by feeding themselves. Read more

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Getting Kids in the Habit of Healthy Eating

Posted 28 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 28, 2017 – Want to help your kids make healthy food choices when you're not with them? Make every meal at home a lesson in good nutrition. Start by showing them what goes into a healthy meal, ChooseMyPlate.gov from the U.S. Department of Agriculture suggests. Fill half their plate with fruits and veggies, one quarter with grains – preferably whole grains – and a quarter with protein, like lean meat, seafood, beans or tofu. Then let them practice making smart choices by serving themselves. Keep portions small. A spoonful of fruits and veggies, a few bites of meat, and a quarter of a slice of bread is enough for young children. Don't force them to clear their plate, but if they do, let them ask for seconds. Resist offering more on your own. Teach kids to eat slowly and with focus – not in front of the TV. They'll eat the right amount for their body and reduce their ... Read more

Related support groups: Obesity, Weight Loss, Vitamin/Mineral Supplementation and Deficiency

Could Your Office Job Rob You of Vitamin D?

Posted 22 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, June 22, 2017 – Spending your days cooped up inside an office might mean you're not getting enough vital vitamin D – know as the "sunshine vitamin," researchers report. Canadian researchers found that vitamin D deficiency levels differ by occupation, with people who are closeted indoors faring worse than others. "We know that vitamin D deficiency and insufficiency is prevalent in the population at large. We can now say that occupation is a factor that is important in determining if someone may be vitamin D-deficient or not," said lead researcher Dr. Sebastian Straube. He's an associate professor of preventive medicine at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. Vitamin D is found naturally in a few foods, and often added to milk and other products. Skin exposure to sunlight also produces vitamin D, which is why it's called the sunshine vitamin. In the new research, Straube and ... Read more

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