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Food Stamp Use Linked to Raised Early Death Risk in Study

Posted 9 hours ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Jan. 19, 2017 – Americans who use or are eligible for food stamps have a higher risk of premature death than people who aren't eligible for them, a new study finds. "Our results suggest that the millions of low-income Americans who rely on SNAP for food assistance require even greater support to improve their health than they currently receive," said study senior author Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian. He is dean of Tufts University's School of Nutrition Science and Policy in Boston. Mozaffarian's team looked at data from 2000 to 2011. There was information on nearly 500,000 adults aged 25 and older who received benefits from the federal government's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). SNAP benefits are commonly called food stamps. The investigators found that people who used food stamps had a three times higher risk of death from diabetes. The program participants also ... Read more

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Health Tip: Help Young Athletes Avoid Malnutrition

Posted 16 hours ago by Drugs.com

-- Young athletes who push themselves too hard without getting the proper nourishment risk making themselves sick. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics explains how to avoid malnutrition among young athletes: Teach children about the importance of fueling their bodies, and the risks of not getting enough nutrients. Watch for signs of malnourishment and eating disorders, including unexplained weight loss, fatigue, a spike in strains and sprains, increased temperature sensitivity and preoccupation with food. Be aware of irregular menstrual cycles, a potential sign of malnourishment among female athletes Make sure young athletes eat regular healthy meals and snacks. Read more

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Despite Pledges, No Improvement in Chain Restaurant Kids' Menus: Study

Posted 9 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 11, 2017 – U.S. chain restaurants have not followed through on promises to boost the nutritional quality of their kids' menus, a new study contends. Under a 2011 National Restaurant Association initiative, some chain restaurants pledged to reduce calories, saturated fat and salt in their children's menu items. By 2015, more than 150 chains with 42,000 locations in the United States were participating in the program, the study authors said. However, those companies made no significant improvements in those areas over three years, according to researchers at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston. The investigators also said that sugary drinks still accounted for 80 percent of children's beverage options – despite restaurant promises to lower that proportion. "Although some healthier options were available in select restaurants, there is no evidence that ... Read more

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Health Highlights: Jan. 10, 2017

Posted 10 days ago by Drugs.com

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: No Evidence Prevagen Improves Memory: Government Lawsuit There's no scientific evidence to support claims that the dietary supplement Prevagen improves memory, a government lawsuit says. The lawsuit was filed Monday by the New York Attorney General and the Federal Trade Commission against Prevagen maker Quincy Bioscience. It seeks a ban on further claims about the product's effectiveness, refunds for consumers and civil penalties, the Associated Press reported. Prevagen is marketed as being "clinically shown" to support "clearer thinking" and to "improve memory within 90 days," but those claims are based primarily on a single study that did not show a statistically significant improvement in memory, according to New New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. In a statement, Quincy ... Read more

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Health Tip: Get Enough Vitamin C

Posted 11 days ago by Drugs.com

-- To help give your immune system enough strength to protect you from the sniffles and sneezes, start with vitamin C-rich foods. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics says: Vitamin C helps the body repair and grow tissue. Vitamin C helps the body absorb a type of iron. Besides citrus fruits such as oranges and grapefruit, strawberries and kiwis also are good sources of vitamin C. Vegetables such as green and red bell peppers, broccoli, Brussels sprouts and tomatoes all contain vitamin C. To reap the greatest benefit, enjoy these fruits and veggies soon after purchasing. Avoid long cooking times. Read more

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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 through beans, soybeans, eggs, fortified cereals and dark leafy greens. Eat vitamin C-rich foods with these to boost absorption. Eat sufficient proteins through eggs, dairy products, soy products, nuts, nut butters, legumes and whole grains. Get enough vitamin B12 through eggs and dairy products. If you're vegan, take a supplement or eat iron-fortified foods. Get enough vitamin D through dairy products, eggs and cereals, juice and soy milk fortified with vitamin D. Talk to your doctor about a ... Read more

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Healthy Diet May Mean Longer Life for Kidney Patients

Posted 9 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Dec. 8, 2016 – A healthy diet may help people with kidney disease live longer, researchers report. They analyzed seven studies that included more than 15,000 people with chronic kidney disease, to assess the effects of a diet high in fruits, vegetables, fish, legumes, cereals, whole grains and fiber. In six of the studies, a healthy diet was consistently associated with a 20 percent to 30 percent lower rate of early death, and with 46 fewer deaths per 1,000 people over five years. But the study did not directly prove that a healthy diet would lengthen life. The international team of researchers found no significant association between a healthy diet and risk of kidney failure. The findings were published Dec. 8 in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. "Chronic kidney disease now affects about 10 percent to 13 percent of the adult population and ... Read more

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U.S. Doctors Still Over-Prescribing Drugs: Survey

Posted 6 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Dec. 5, 2016 – Despite evidence that certain drugs aren't always necessary, doctors are still prescribing these treatments, a new survey of doctors reveals. Antibiotics are by far the drugs most frequently used in situations where they'll provide no value for patients. The survey found that more than a quarter of doctors surveyed (27 percent) said that antibiotics are often administered to patients when the drugs will do no good. In most cases, the antibiotics are prescribed to treat upper respiratory infections even though these are most often caused by viruses unaffected by the medication, said Dr. Amir Qaseem. He's vice president of clinical policy for the American College of Physicians (ACP) and chair of the ACP's High Value Care Task Force. Other treatments that doctors use frequently despite their questionable value include aggressive treatments for terminally ill ... Read more

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Could Low Vitamin D Levels at Birth Mean Higher MS Risk?

Posted 2 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Dec. 1, 2016 – Newborns with low levels of vitamin D may have higher odds of developing multiple sclerosis (MS) later in life, new research suggests. Vitamin D deficiency is common among the general population, including pregnant women. But the researchers said it's too soon to routinely recommend "sunshine vitamin" supplements for mothers-to-be. "The study does not prove that increasing vitamin D levels reduces the risk of MS. Further studies are needed to confirm our results," said study leader Dr. Nete Munk Nielsen, a researcher at the Statens Serum Institute in Copenhagen, Denmark. About 2.5 million people worldwide have MS. It's a chronic disease of the central nervous system characterized by damage to myelin, the fatty substance coating nerve fibers. MS symptoms vary, but can include walking difficulties, fatigue, numbness and vision problems. A growing body of evidence ... Read more

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Are Vegetarian Diets Heart-Healthier?

Posted 18 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Oct. 18, 2016 – Vegetarians are assumed to be healthier than carnivores, but a new study questions that assumption. It found meat eaters had no significantly greater risk of heart disease over 10 years compared to those who favored no-meat diets. "I wouldn't say a vegetarian diet is useless for preventing cardiovascular risk," said study leader Dr. Hyunseok Kim. However, the heart benefits on a population level may be less than some believe, said Kim, an internal medicine resident at Rutgers New Jersey School of Medicine in Newark. The study findings puzzleded one nutritionist who said previous research has indicated that a vegetarian diet is good for the heart. The study used U.S. national survey data to compare adult vegetarians to thousands of meat eaters. While vegetarians were thinner, their overall heart risk wasn't actually different, according to the study. "Followers ... Read more

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Health Tip: Get Enough Dietary Iron

Posted 14 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Iron is an essential nutrient in a healthy diet. Here are some good sources, courtesy of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: Lean cuts of pork, beef, chicken, turkey and fish. Pinto and kidney beans, soybeans and lentils. Breakfast cereals fortified with iron. Rice enriched with iron. Spinach and other vegetables that are dark green and leafy. Iron-enriched breads that contain whole grains. Read more

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Calcium Supplements May Not Be Heart Healthy

Posted 12 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Oct. 11, 2016 – New research suggests that dietary calcium in the form of supplements, but not calcium-rich foods, might have a harmful impact on the heart. The study couldn't prove the supplements help cause heart trouble, but its authors believe the finding should give consumers pause for thought. "When it comes to using vitamin and mineral supplements, particularly calcium supplements being taken for bone health, many Americans think that more is always better," said study lead author Dr. Erin Michos. "But our study adds to the body of evidence that excess calcium in the form of supplements may harm the heart and vascular system," Michos said in a news release from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore. She is associate director of preventive cardiology at the school's Ciccarone Center for the Prevention of Heart Disease. About 43 percent of American ... Read more

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Americans Are Changing Their Supplements of Choice

Posted 11 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Oct. 11, 2016 – Traditional multivitamins are falling out of favor among Americans, while supplements such as vitamin D, fish oil and probiotics are gaining ground, a new study finds. Researchers found that between 1999 and 2012, Americans' overall use of supplements remained stable. Slightly more than half of adults said they took vitamins, minerals or some other type of dietary supplement. What's changed are the products of choice. Multivitamins and many individual vitamins and minerals are less popular, as are botanicals such as echinacea, ginseng and garlic extracts, the investigators found. On the other hand, more people are using vitamin D, omega-3 fatty acids and probiotics – "good" bacteria said to benefit the digestive system. Researchers said the findings make sense. "I did expect to see that vitamin D use would go up, and that fish oil would go up," said lead ... Read more

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'Glycemic Index' Too Unreliable to Manage Diabetes: Study

Posted 7 Sep 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 7, 2016 – Glycemic index values of the same foods can vary widely and may be an unreliable indicator of blood sugar response, according to a new study. The glycemic index was created to show how fast blood sugar rises after eating a specific type of food, the study authors said. It's considered a tool to help people with diabetes control their blood sugar levels. In the study, researchers checked blood sugar responses in 63 healthy adults after eating the same amount of white bread three different times over 12 weeks. The investigators found that glycemic index values varied an average of 20 percent among individuals and 25 percent between different study participants. "Glycemic index values appear to be an unreliable indicator even under highly standardized conditions, and are unlikely to be useful in guiding food choices," said lead author Nirupa Matthan. She is a ... 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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