Vitamins And Supplements

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The truth about health supplements

Bottles with diet supplements containing the dietary supplement

Dessart Photo credit: AP | Bottles with diet supplements containing the dietary supplement ephedra sit on shelves at a health product store in Watertown, Mass. (Dec. 31, 2003) Lining drugstore shelves across the country, nutritional and dietary supplements can be found in any number of varieties. Boasting promises of slimmer waistlines, bulked-up muscle mass and increased performance, these products are both widely used and largely unregulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Recently, both NBC News and USA Today published reports with disturbing facts about the dietary supplement industry, including the news that items currently on the shelves diet supplements Fat Zero, Fruit & Plant Slimming and Extreme Body Slim contain sibutramine, a prescription diet drug that was previously yanked from the U.S. market in 2010 because of its potential to damage the heart. How did that fact go unnoticed?
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Hormone Replacement Therapy Not Linked To Memory Woes In Postmenopausal Women

Can hormone therapy help protect the brain?

The researchers did, however, find some minor speech disturbances in some of the women taking CEEs longer-term, but said that finding was not statistically significant and may just be due to chance. The findings were published June 23 in JAMA Internal Medicine . DHEA hormone eases menopausal hot flashes, boosts sex life: Is it safe? Menopause refers to the twelve months after a women’s last menstrual period, representing the end of menstruation and fertility. The average age of menopause is 51, but it can occur in a woman’s 40s or 50s, according to the Mayo Clinic . In an accompanying commentary published in the same journal issue, Dr.
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Just as a man’s sex organs have lifelong functions, so do a woman’s. October 26, 2012 at 11:59 | Report abuse | Reply Julie Labrouste Though I am a scientist (technically) I find it very difficult to take scientists seriously when they keep flip-flopping on their assessments, conclustions, etc. Their squishiness reminds me of Woody Allen’s, “Sleeper”, where, in the future, it is discovered that wheat germ is actually bad for you and smoking cigarettes is the best thing you can do for your health. I’m clearly not the only one who is fed-up with this “scientific” spinning bottle; as Lewis Black asked an entire audience, “Is milk good for you or not”? After several moments of complete silence he responded definatively, “I rest my case.” October 26, 2012 at 12:18 | Report abuse | Reply JR This study proves nothing…except that there is a continued effort to discredit legitimate clinical trial results that people may not like. Since this was an observational study, as pointed out in the article, it is not as reliable as a clinical trial. And there are only a few small clinical trials of estrogen therapy in midlife women looking at cognitive effects and they are not encouraging.
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New Incentive Challenge Offers Prize For Ideas To Increase Awareness And Utilization Of Mental Health Services

For more than a decade, leading commercial, government, and nonprofit organizations have partnered with InnoCentive to rapidly generate innovative new ideas and solve pressing problems. For more information, visit http://www.innocentive.com/ [1] The Global Burden of Disease: 2004 Update. World Health Organization. (WHO 2008) [2] MENTAL HEALTH GAP ACTION PROGRAMME (mhGAP),”Special Focus on the draft Global Mental Health Action Plan” http://www.who.int/mental_health/mhgap/mhGAP_forum_2012.pdf , World Health Organization. (WHO 2012). [3]Unipolar depression is a mood disorder in which overwhelming feelings of sadness, loss, anger, or frustration interfere with everyday life (including personal relationships, professional or educational routines, sleep, hygiene, and dietary patterns) for two weeks or longer. For the purposes of this Challenge, the term “depression” refers to unipolar depression. [4] Barbee, J.
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Mental Health, Autism Spectrum Patients Struggle To Get Health Care Coverage

Mental Health, Autism Spectrum Patients Struggle To Get Health Care Coverage

Its definitely impacted my time. I feel like I have a child now. I have to tell someone what to do tell him when to shower, when to get dressed. I have somebody asking me whats for lunch? Whats for dinner? Now I am taking care of someone else. I am a graduate student in psychology, that is already like a full-time job in itself. Mental health Its been a similarly difficult path for many who have tried to obtain assistance for mental health disorders, which up until recently have been ignored by many health insurance companies that have simply refused coverage to those suffering from a range of diseases, including depression, schizophrenia and substance abuse issues. Our best understanding is that about 1 in 5 people will have behavioral disorder in any given year, including substance abuse disorders.
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Launch of new overnight mental health service in Manchester

Activity for all as centre opens up for outdoor fun

Developed by Self Help Services a Mental Health charity which operates across the North West The Sanctuary will be an important alternative to people who, in the past, have had to resort to using Accident and Emergency services when experiencing a mental health crisis. Operating all night, every night, The Sanctuary will be a place of safety and support, welcoming people experiencing anxiety, panic attacks, depression and / or suicidal thoughts outside of usual office hours. Coronation Street star, and well known supporter of mental health campaigns, Jennie McAlpine will cut the ribbon at the launch event, which will take place at the Kath Locke Centre, Moss Side, between 5-7pm. Jennie said, I am delighted to attend the launch of this innovative and much needed service. I think it will make a great difference to those in and around Manchester who are experiencing a mental health crisis and need somewhere to turn during the night. Manchester residents, or those registered with a GP in Manchester, can access the service by first calling The Sanctuary on 0161 637 0808. Following a conversation with trained Sanctuary staff, people will then either be offered telephone support or they will be invited to come to The Sanctuary.
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Healthday – Eye Care Vision

Vision for pediatric eye care in O.C. getting clearer

Quote from Eric Spitz, Owner & President of OC Register

Sleep Apnea May Be Linked to Glaucoma, Study Says Posted 12:00 PM 8/16/2013 by Robert Preidt FRIDAY, Aug. 16 (HealthDay News) — People with sleep apnea are at increased risk for glaucoma and should be screened for the eye disease, a new study suggests. Researchers examined the medical records of more than 1,000 people 40 and older who were diagnosed with sleep apnea between 2001 (More) 8/15/2013 Eye Study Results May Offer New Therapy for Some Vision Loss Posted 12:00 PM 8/15/2013 by Robert Preidt THURSDAY, Aug. 15 (HealthDay News) — The system that controls eye movements in humans is highly adaptable and can make changes within a few hours when something interferes with a person’s ability to see, according to a new study.
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Dr. Bharti says, “One should not read in low light but should read in a good light. Watching TV lying down and in a dark room should be avoided.” “Most common mistake which people make is splashing water in their eyes without knowing the cleanliness of that water. This is the most common cause of infections,” explains the doctor. But he also gives you another option. If you have to splash water in your eyes, “The nature has provided a system where the eyes are cleaned by itself so we don’t need to clean it by washing it.
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Vision eye care: How to improve vision

Halos may appear during the progression of glaucoma, a disease caused by damage to optic nerve, as well as in diseases that affect the cornea (the clear, round dome that covers the iris and pupil). Vision change: Shadow or curtain across vision “I see a shadow or dark curtain moving across my vision.” If you feel as though a curtain or shadow is being pulled over your field of vision, you may be experiencing a detached or torn retina. The retina lines the back of your eye and may be damaged over time as we age or by swelling or nearsightedness. In addition to the curtain or shadow effect, a torn or detached retina may also cause floaters and flashes and a sudden decrease in vision. Vision change: Tunnel vision “I have tunnel vision.” Has it ever felt as though you were losing your peripheral (side) vision? This feeling of “tunnel vision” may be caused when there is damage to the optic nerve, such as in glaucoma. Tunnel vision can also be a symptom of the visual “aura” that precedes some migraines, as well as a sign of the progression of the inherited eye disorder retinitis pigmentosa.
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Vision changes

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Jessica Simpson On Baby Weight, Kim Kardashian, Duchess’ Pregnancy

Jessica Simpson ‘felt for’ Kim Kardashian during pregnancy, envied Kate Middleton

Critics slammed Kardashian for her fashion choices while she was pregnant.

“It’s OK to gain weight, and it will always come off.” That nonchalance was supported by a wardrobe decision she made earlier this week. The former pop diva took a shopping stroll in a pair of Daisy Duke shorts reminiscent of her “Dukes of Hazzard” days. Well, Los Angeles is currently dealing with a heat wave. PHOTOS: Kim Kardashian and Kanye West “I will never understand why people give pregnant women such a hard time,” Simpson said. “We are creating a human life: I think we get every excuse in the world to eat a doughnut!” Like Simpson, Kardashian, 32, put on a few pounds while she was with child and described her pregnancy as “painful.” On top of it all, Kim’s every move, including her daily maternity garb, was documented by paparazzi and critiqued by many.
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Asthma Control Vital During Pregnancy, Study

Zebrafish Used to Discover Epilepsy Drug

By Chiderah Monde / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Friday, September 6, 2013, 1:25 PM Comment NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images During her second pregnancy with son Ace Knute, who was born on June 30, Simpson said she adopted a healthier eating habit. From one new celebrity mom to another – Jessica Simpson is sticking up for recently pregnant pal Kim Kardashian. The fashion mogul said that she “felt for” Kardashian, 32, amidst all of the scrutiny about her pregnancy weight gain. “I knew exactly what she was going through,” Simpson, 33, said in an interview with Us Weekly.
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The Hollywood baby boom

National guidelines recommend the management and treatment for asthma in pregnant women should be generally the same as for non-pregnant women and men, with the intensity of antenatal maternal and fetal surveillance to be based on the severity of their condition. The authors also note that poor asthma control can lead to adverse effects on maternal and fetal outcomes, with previous studies suggesting poor asthma control is associated with hypertension in pregnancy, a higher frequency of caesarean section and low birth weight. However, the authors emphasise that in most women with well-controlled asthma there are no or minimal additional risks. The review states the concerns held by mothers and healthcare providers on the potential adverse effects that asthma drugs can have on both the women and their babies, but concludes that it is still safer for women to use asthma therapy in pregnancy to avoid uncontrolled asthma. Furthermore, asthma does not usually affect labour or delivery with less than a fifth of women experiencing an exacerbation during labour. Additionally, in the postpartum period there is no increased risk of asthma exacerbations and within a few months after delivery a woman’s asthma severity typically reverts to its pre-pregnancy level.
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Karel Homrig: Alcohol use during pregnancy comes with costs

There is also a high rate of microcephaly (small brain growth), change in the facial features, and malformation of the heart, kidneys, genitals and other organ systems. Given the tendency of those born with an FASD to have difficulty with learning consequences to behaviors, poor impulse control, poor judgment and poor-problem solving skills, it is no wonder that many of them end up in trouble with the law. Sept. 9 is International Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Awareness Day. Each year, roughly 40,000 children are born in this country with some form of birth defect as a result of alcohol use during pregnancy. Fetal alcohol exposure is regarded by researchers as the leading diagnosable cause of mental retardation in the Western world, surpassing both spina bifida and Down syndrome.
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The Truth About Health Supplements

Bottles with diet supplements containing the dietary supplement

Anti-Doping Agencys Special Advisor on Drugs and Supplements, said that should be a red flag for consumers. Because of the way they are regulated, there is no FDA oversight or quality control prior to supplement products reaching the shelves, she said. Although adverse events are grossly underreported, there are reports of very serious adverse events and deaths from the use of supplements in the performance, weight loss, sexual enhancement and body building categories. Eichner added that it is impossible for consumers to be sure of a supplements safety and that hundreds, if not thousands of sport supplements are contaminated or spiked with synthetic steroids, stimulants and experimental chemicals that have no place in food. In an interview with USA Today on Tuesday, Dr. Paul Offit, chief of the division of infectious diseases at the Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia and author of the book, Do You Believe in Magic? The Sense and Nonsense of Alternative Medicine, touched on more of the gray matter surrounding the multibillion dollar dietary supplements industry its politics. He said it uses lawsuits, lobbyists and legislation to protect their market. What does he mean by that? This could be a part of it: According to the Center for Responsive Politics , since 1990, federal candidates and political parties have received more than $11 million in contributions from the manufacturers of nutritional and dietary supplements and those directly linked to the industry.
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Saw Palmetto Supplements Provide Many Health Benefits

Prenatal vitamins must be taken only after consulting a physician. There are several health supplement manufacturers who claim their products are beneficial for women. Often, the composition of the ingredients is imbalanced and some manufactures even use fillers that can cause allergies. It is important to do thorough research on the manufacturer, consult a physician, check the product compliance, read the label to ensure the all the essential nutrients have been provided, and read reviews about the supplements. Opting for cheap alternatives may lead to various side effects.
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UCare Introduces UCare Choices Products on MNsure for the Consumer Health Insurance Market

To help consumers learn about MNsure, UCare is conducting free information meetings across the UCare Choices service area. UCare also is conducting an advertising campaign and has launched an innovative website, http://www.ucarechoices.org , where the public can turn for MNsure and product information. Two Fairview UCare Choices plans among mix of six products for Twin Cities area UCare is partnering with Fairview Health Services to offer Fairview UCare Choices Bronze and Silver health coverage products in eight metro counties : Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Sherburne, Dakota, and Washington. Consumers in this service area can choose among the two Fairview UCare Choices plans and the UCare Choices Core, Bronze, Silver, and Gold plans that also will be available in the metropolitan area. Fairview UCare Choices members will obtain their health care exclusively from Fairviews broad provider networks and wide range of physicians, specialists, and hospitals.
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Supplements for Women’s Health

These are the more common uses for the supplement, while other health experts link saw palmetto to promoting a healthy prostate in men, commented a Nutrients Best representative familiar with the saw palmetto supplements. The health industry is booming now with more and more people becoming health conscious every single day. The popularity of natural supplements and vitamins draws many consumers to Nutrients Best because of the line of products from Mason natural that they carry exclusively. We carry the Mason natural line of vitamins and supplements and our customers love them because they are natural and also because they are priced affordably.
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