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IN BRIEF: Iron Supplementation  For  Women  Could Be Risky

IN BRIEF: Iron Supplementation For Women Could Be Risky

The titles of  the article of the Archive of Internal Medicine on older women and supplementation [1] is misleading. The main culprit  seems to be iron supplementation. Quoting: “…mortality risk…….. is strongest with supplemental iron… In contrast to the findings of many studies, calcium is associated with decreased risk.” The …Read the Rest

IN BRIEF: Study shows Kiwi fruit effective in reducing cold and flu symptoms duration

IN BRIEF: Study shows Kiwi fruit effective in reducing cold and flu symptoms duration

OK, we are nearing spring in the Norther Hemishere, but the Southern is going into winter… So we should  know that the Kiwi fruit is shown to have beneficial properties against upper respiratory infections, according to a study published in the journal of nutrition [1] Two caveats The study was done on …Read the Rest

IN BRIEF: Multiple Pregnancies Decrease Risk of Multiple Sclerosis

IN BRIEF: Multiple Pregnancies Decrease Risk of Multiple Sclerosis

      This is good news for mothers of medium to large families. Quoting [1] “..The study found that women who were pregnant two or more times had a quarter of the risk of developing MS symptoms and women who had five or more pregnancies had one-twentieth the risk …Read the Rest

IN BRIEF: Bladder Infections Antibiotic Cefpodoxime found inferior to Ciproflaxacin

IN BRIEF: Bladder Infections Antibiotic Cefpodoxime found inferior to Ciproflaxacin

Bladder Infections are common in women. They are even more common in women with medical conditions like Diabetes , Multiple Sclerosis, and/or wheelchair users.  It is serious business because of the possibility of recurrences.  The antibiotic of choice is  Ciproflaxacin (Cipro)as discussed in our previous post Status of treatments for Urinary …Read the Rest

IN BRIEF: High Dose Vitamin D Not Effective Against Multiple Sclerosis

IN BRIEF: High Dose Vitamin D Not Effective Against Multiple Sclerosis

A study from Norway shows that High Doses of Vitamin D (20,000 IU/ week ) is not effective against MS : “…Supplementation with 20,000 IU vitamin D3 weekly did not result in beneficial effects on the measured multiple sclerosis-related outcomes…” Measured outcomes were : ” Annualized relapse rate (ARR), EDSS, multiple …Read the Rest

IN BRIEF: New Probiotic Industry Lobby Launched To Pressure FDA to Loosen  Gut Bacteria Controls

IN BRIEF: New Probiotic Industry Lobby Launched To Pressure FDA to Loosen Gut Bacteria Controls

Danone launches new Probiotic Industry lobby group : Global Alliance for Probiotics (GAP) together with other Big Food names like Dupont Danisco and Hansen   In our previous posts of  Dec 2011,   Food industry and the FDA are involved in a tussle over the safety of new probiotic bacteria , and  Jan 2012 …Read the Rest

IN BRIEF: Turmeric helpful for Lupus

IN BRIEF: Turmeric helpful for Lupus

Oral Supplementation of Turmeric Decreases Proteinuria, Hematuria, and Systolic Blood Pressure in Patients Suffering From Relapsing or Refractory Lupus Nephritis From the   Journal of Renal Nutrition Warning:    Turmeric can aggravate anemia: MediNewsDigest ; “Antioxidants in Food and Supplements Part (I)    

In Brief: Vitamin D intake associated with cognitive performance in older women (Neurology)

In Brief: Vitamin D intake associated with cognitive performance in older women (Neurology)

  MediNewsDigest: Another feather in Vitamin D’s cap, see the Neurology article.  This about a study in France about women 85+.     Note that the concern is about deficiency. Supplementing beyond deficiency is not the topic here. What constitutes deficiency is debated, here is the link to the the vitamin D entry at  Linus …Read the Rest

IN BRIEF: Health implications of meat (FoodNavigator)

IN BRIEF: Health implications of meat (FoodNavigator)

MediNewsDigest: This is a link to a discussion on meat consumption posted in the FoodNavigator which has ties to the food industry. But the tone is fairly objective, and it is not a meat “whitewash”. It has interesting info particularly numbers quantifying the risk based on what looks like legitimate academia studies. …Read the Rest

Fruits and vegetables protect against the genotoxicity of amines formed duringIN BRIEF:  the cooking of meat and fish at elevated temperatures (sciencedirect)

Fruits and vegetables protect against the genotoxicity of amines formed duringIN BRIEF: the cooking of meat and fish at elevated temperatures (sciencedirect)

Good Polyphenols source: Mediterranean Fruits MediNewsDigest:     The juices of 15 fruits and 11 vegetables were investigated for their protective effect against the genotoxic effects of high temperature cooked meats  in this    German study Better eat veggies and fruits  with your barbecues….

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