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U.S. Kids Not Drinking Enough Water Each Day

Posted 11 Jun 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, June 11, 2015 – Many American children and teens aren't consuming enough liquids – especially water – and that lack of hydration could affect their physical and mental health, a new study suggests. The findings "highlight a potential health issue that has not been given a whole lot of attention in the past," study author Erica Kenney, a postdoctoral research fellow in social and behavioral sciences at the Harvard School of Public Health, said in a Harvard news release. "Even though for most of these kids this is not an immediate, dramatic health threat, this is an issue that could really be reducing quality of life and well-being for many, many children and youth," she added. One expert in child health agreed. "Children – due to their slower acclimation to heat and greater surface area than adults – can be more susceptible to dehydration than adults," said Nancy ... Read more

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Health Tip: Avoiding Leg Cramps

Posted 20 May 2015 by Drugs.com

-- Painful leg cramps can happen to anyone, but tend to be common among seniors. The AARP recommends: Gently stretch and flex the leg to ease a cramp. Ask your doctor if a medication, such as a statin or diuretic, could be causing your leg cramps. Make sure your electrolyte levels are normal. Below-normal levels of potassium, magnesium or calcium could trigger leg cramps. Drink plenty of fluids. Make sure the covers aren't too tight on your bed. Choose shoes with proper arch support. Read more

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Scientists Explore How Zinc Fights Off Infection

Posted 7 Feb 2013 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Feb. 7 – Many Americans take zinc supplements to zap colds, and a new study seeks to explain how the mineral works. Zinc helps fight infections by balancing the immune system's response, according to the study led by Daren Knoell, a professor of pharmacy and internal medicine at Ohio State University. "We believe that our findings help to narrow an important gap that has existed in our understanding of how this relatively simple metal helps us defend ourselves from infection," Knoell said in a university news release. Zinc deficiency affects about 2 billion people worldwide, including roughly 40 percent of the elderly in the United States. It can have severe consequences among vulnerable people, the researchers noted. Red meat and poultry are rich in zinc, according to the U.S. National Institutes of Health. Other foods that contain zinc are beans, nuts, some shellfish, whole ... Read more

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Zinc Harder to Absorb in Old Age, Animal Study Shows

Posted 12 Oct 2012 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Oct. 11 – A study in mice has helped researchers identify how zinc deficiencies might develop in older people – even when they are consuming the recommended levels of this important mineral in their diet. Zinc deficiency in people can lead to a weakened immune system and increased inflammation associated with a wide range of health problems, including cancer, heart disease, autoimmune disease and diabetes. The researchers, from Oregon State University in Corvallis, Ore., conducted tests with mice and found that, although their diet contained adequate amounts of zinc, older mice showed signs of zinc deficiency and had a heightened inflammatory response. When the older mice were given about 10 times their normal dietary requirement for zinc, their signs of inflammation fell to those of younger mice, the researchers reported in the study published online recently in the Journal ... Read more

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Zinc Pills May Shorten Colds, Analysis Suggests

Posted 7 May 2012 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, May 7 – Those suffering from the common cold will try almost anything to relieve their symptoms, but a cure has yet to be found. A new Canadian analysis has revealed that zinc tablets may help patients suffer a little less, but side effects are common. "Although it is possible that oral zinc preparations impact symptoms of the common cold, there is currently insufficient evidence to recommend its use in children and only a weak rationale for use in otherwise healthy adults," said lead researcher Dr. Michelle Science, of the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. "The decision to use zinc should take into consideration the questionable benefits balanced against the potential adverse effects." The report was published in the May 7 edition of the Canadian medical journal CMAJ. For the study, Science's team looked at the findings of 17 randomized trials that included more than ... Read more

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Zinc May Help Ease Common Cold: Analysis

Posted 16 Feb 2011 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Feb. 15 – A review of data from 15 trials suggests that the zinc supplements so many Americans pop at the first sign of a cold may, in fact, cut the length and severity of illness. The review, conducted by a team in India and published in the Cochrane Library, found that zinc might help shorten the time people have to stay away from work or school. "This review strengthens the evidence for zinc as a treatment for the common cold," lead researcher Meenu Singh, of the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research in Chandigarh, India, said in a news release issued by the journal. "However, at the moment, it is still difficult to make a general recommendation, because we do not know very much about the optimum dose, formulation or length of treatment." Despite the popularity of zinc supplements, controversy over their effectiveness has raged since a much-publicized ... Read more

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