Vitamins/minerals/supplements

Higher Vitamin D Levels May Lower Breast Cancer Risk

July 13, 2018

When adjusting for age, body mass index, smoking status, calcium supplement intake, and study of origin, women with 25(OH)D concentrations ≥60ng/mL had an 80% lower risk of breast cancer than women with concentrations <20ng/mL (hazard ratio, 0.20; P=.03).

Multivitamin/Mineral Supplementation and CVD Outcomes: Is There a Link?

July 12, 2018

The researchers found that there was no correlation between MVM supplementation and CVD mortality, CHD mortality, stroke mortality, or stoke incidence 1.02, 0.95, and 0.98.

Dietary Supplement Use Examined Among US Children and Adolescents

By June 21, 2018

The authors reviewed 6 recent 2-year cycles (2003-2004 through 2013-2014) of NHANES data and restricted the sample to children and adolescents (aged 0-19 years) who responded to the dietary supplement questionnaire.

No Causal Effect of 25(OH)D on Gestational HTN, Preeclampsia

June 21, 2018

"No strong evidence was found to support a causal effect of vitamin D status on gestational hypertension or preeclampsia," the authors write.

Higher Vitamin D Levels Tied to Lower Risk of Colorectal Cancer

June 15, 2018

"Optimal 25(OH)D concentrations for colorectal cancer risk reduction, 75 to 100nmol/L, appear higher than current Institute of Medicine recommendations," the authors write.

Infant Omega-3 Supplementation Tied to Decreased Waist Size

June 08, 2018

The researchers found that infants who received n-3 LCPUFA had a smaller waist circumference at 5 years (coefficient, 1.1cm), which remained significant after adjusting for confounders (coefficient, 0.8cm).

Case Shows Biotin Can Interfere With Multiple Endocrine Tests

June 04, 2018

The patient disclosed that she had been taking a biotin supplement, and after comprehensive workup, including a scheduled surgical procedure, abnormalities were attributed to biotin interference.

No Consistent Cardiovascular Benefit Seen for Supplements

June 01, 2018

The researchers found that the evidence for preventive benefits (folic acid for cardiovascular disease, folic acid and B-vitamins for stroke), no effect (multivitamins, vitamins C and D, β-carotene, calcium, and selenium), or elevated risk (antioxidant mixtures and niacin [with a statin] for all-cause mortality) was generally moderate- or low-quality.

Homeopathic Products for Teething, Nausea, Colic, Cough Recalled

By May 18, 2018

Recalled products include Teething Drops, Nausea Drops, Intestinal Colic Drops, Stomach Calm, Expectorant Cough Syrup, Silver-Zinc Throat Spray, and Argentum Elixir.

First Generic Alternative for Mephyton Now Available

By May 15, 2018

Amneal's generic product is available in a 5mg strength tablet supplied in 100-count bottles.

Folic Acid May Cut Stroke Risk in High-Risk Hypertensive Patients

May 08, 2018

The lowest rate of first stroke (3.3%) in the enalapril-alone group was seen among patients with high platelet count (PLT; quartiles 2 to 4) and low total homocysteine (tHcy) levels (<15µmol/L), whereas the highest rate of first stroke (5.6%) in this group was in patients with low PLT (quartile 1) and high tHcy (≥15µmol/L) levels.

Reforms Suggested for Improving Medical Nutrition Education

April 30, 2018

Enhancing physician training will up engagement in diet counseling for patients with ASCVD

FDA Cracks Down on Concentrated Caffeine Products

By April 13, 2018

The FDA is prepared to take steps right away to begin removing illegal products from the market.

Iron Formulation and Cancer Risk: Is There a Link?

By April 12, 2018

In the U.S., ferric citrate is commonly found in dietary supplements and ferric EDTA is often used as a food additive.

Vitamin A Appears Helpful in Pediatric Retinitis Pigmentosa

April 02, 2018

The researchers found that in the unadjusted model, the estimated mean rates of change were −0.0713 loge unit/year for the vitamin A cohort and −0.1419 loge unit per year for the control cohort.

Impact of Mediterranean Diet on Aging Examined

By March 30, 2018

In general, researchers highlight 5 key adaptations seen with adhering to the Mediterranean diet pattern: Lipid lowering, protection from oxidative stress and inflammation, modification of growth factors that can promote cancer, Inhibition of nutrient sensing pathways by amino acid restriction, and gut microbiota-mediated production of metabolites.

Unique Vit B3 Formulation May Improve Blood Pressure, CV Health

By March 29, 2018

NR supplementation showed reductions in mean systolic blood pressure (SBP; mean change -3.9mmHg) and diastolic blood pressure (DBP; mean change -2.0mmHg) for all patients; these findings were not statistically significant after adjusting for multiple comparisons.

Tiny Tooth Sensor Monitors Dietary Intake, Sends Info to a Mobile Device

By March 22, 2018

When the central layer of the sensor comes in contact with 1 of the pre-defined nutrients (in the current case salt, glucose or alcohol), it's electrical properties change and the sensor absorbs and transmits a different spectrum of radio waves with varying intensity.

Can Omega-6 Fatty Acids Protect Against Premature Death, CV Disease?

By March 19, 2018

After classifying patients into 5 groups based on their blood linoleic level, the researchers found a 43% reduced risk of premature death among those with the highest level when compared with the group with the lowest level (adjusted hazard ratio [HR] 0.57, 95% CI: 0.46, 0.71; P<0.00).

Oral vs. Intramuscular Vitamin B<sub>12</sub>: Efficacy, Safety Compared

By March 16, 2018

Researchers from Beijing University of Chinese Medicine and the Catalan Health Institute, Spain sought to investigate the effects of oral vitamin B12 vs. IM vitamin B12 to determine whether outcomes for vitamin B12 deficient patients would differ based on the formulation.

Pre-Diagnostic Circulating Vit D Concentration and Cancer Risk: Is There a Link?

March 13, 2018

The researchers found that there was an inverse correlation for plasma 25-hydroxyvitamin D concentration with the risk of total cancer, with multivariable adjusted hazard ratios of 0.81 (95% confidence interval [CI], 0.7 to 0.94), 0.75 (95% CI, 0.65 to 0.87), and 0.78 (95% CI, 0.67 to 0.91) for the second to fourth quarters versus the lowest quarter, respectively (P=0.001).

First Herbal Supplement and Topical Duo Launched for Skin Conditions

By March 08, 2018

Both Calm topical and Calm + Detox supplements do not contain any steroids, parabens, sulfates, preservatives, petroleum, tree nuts, and gluten.

Pharmacists Encouraged to Learn More About Herbal Supplements

March 08, 2018

Pharmacists should steer patients toward brands of herbal products that are reliable and unadulterated

Calcium, Vit. D Supplementation Linked to Increased Risk of Serrated Polyps

March 02, 2018

Late effect findings of sessile serrated adenomas, polyps in those taking calcium with/without vitamin D

Low-Carb Diets Linked to Increased Risk of Neural Tube Defects

February 06, 2018

First study to assess the effect of carb intake on neural tube defects, postfortification with folic acid

Nutritional Differences, Health Benefits of Milk Alternatives Examined

February 02, 2018

Nutrient content and health benefits of four most popular milk alternatives help consumers decide

Does Omega-3 FA Supplementation Reduce Cardiovascular Disease Risk?

February 01, 2018

The researchers found that there was no correlation for randomization to omega-3 fatty acid supplementation with coronary heart disease death, nonfatal myocardial infarction, or any coronary heart disease events.

Medical Food Used for Managing Osteoarthritis Recalled at FDA's Request

By January 29, 2018

There have been no deaths reported with the use of Limbrel.

Significant Memory, Attention Benefits Associated With Curcumin Supplement

By January 23, 2018

Significant changes in mean FDDNP were found at 18 months in the amygdala and hypothalamus regions of the brain, which control several memory and emotional functions.

Proinflammatory Diets May Up the Risk of Colorectal Cancer

January 19, 2018

Higher empirical dietary inflammatory pattern score linked to increased risk of CRC for men and women