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College education aids in proper use of dietary supplements among young adults
Young adults who are educated about dietary supplements in college are more likely to use them appropriately, according to new research from Binghamton University, State University at New York. (2018-11-05)

Cancer patients should not hesitate to speak with their doctors about dietary supplements
Many cancer patients use dietary supplements such as vitamins, minerals and herbs or other botanicals but often don't tell their doctor. This gap in communication can happen when patients believe that their doctors are indifferent or negative toward their use of these supplements. As a result, patients may find information about dietary supplements from unreliable sources, exposing themselves to unneeded risks. University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston researchers describe a practical patient-centered approach to managing dietary supplement use in cancer care in a review article. (2014-10-22)

NIH to host conference on dietary supplement use in the elderly
The NIH Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS) and the National Institute on Aging (NIA) will host a conference January 14-15, 2003 to present current research about dietary supplement use by the elderly in U.S. with the goal of developing a focused research program in this area. The conference will be held at the Natcher Conference Center on the NIH campus in Bethesda, Maryland. (2003-01-06)

Adolescents use dietary supplements to increase sports performance and improve immunity
Adolescents in developed countries frequently use dietary supplements despite a lack of knowledge about possible harmful effects or drug interactions. Often males turn to dietary supplements in an attempt to increase their performance for sports while females are more concerned with preventing illness and disease. To understand the underlying reasons and sources of recommendation for dietary supplement use among adolescents in Slovenia, researchers at the University of Ljubljana studied both athletes and nonathletes. (2017-11-08)

Increasing calcium intake unlikely to boost bone health or prevent fractures, say experts
Increasing calcium intake through dietary sources or supplements is unlikely to improve bone health or prevent fractures in older people, conclude two studies published in The BMJ this week. Collectively, these results suggest that increasing calcium intake, through supplements or dietary sources, should not be recommended for fracture prevention. (2015-09-29)

Almost one-third of US children regularly take dietary supplements
More than 30 percent of American children age 18 and younger take some form of dietary supplement, most often multivitamins and multiminerals, according to a report in the October issue of Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. (2007-10-01)

Dietary supplements shown to increase cancer risk
While dietary supplements may be advertised to promote health, a forum at the American Association for Cancer Research Annual Meeting 2015 by University of Colorado Cancer Center investigator Tim Byers, M.D., M.P.H., describes research showing that over-the-counter supplements may actually increase cancer risk if taken in excess of the recommended dietary amount. (2015-04-20)

Study finds high percentage of recalled dietary supplements still have banned ingredients
About two-thirds of FDA recalled dietary supplements analyzed still contained banned drugs at least six months after being recalled, according to a study in the Oct. 22/29 issue of JAMA. (2014-10-21)

New standards from NIST may provide 'all-natural' benefits
Nutriceuticals -- nutritional supplements designed for specific clinical purposes -- are very popular but their quality and effectiveness are difficult to assess. At the request of the National Institutes of Health and the Food and Drug Administration, NIST has begun a program to develop standard reference materials for botanical dietary products of interest to the two health agencies. This release tells how the standards will be used to ensure that marketed nutriceuticals contain what they are supposed to contain. (2002-05-13)

Is that Ginkgo biloba supplement really what you think it is?
Dr. Damon Little, Associate Curator of Bioinformatics in the Cullman Program for Molecular Systematics at The New York Botanical Garden, has just published a new study in the journal Genome investigating the use of DNA barcoding to test the authenticity of Ginkgo biloba, an herbal dietary supplement sold to consumers that is supposed to boost cognitive capacity. (2014-12-11)

Dietary supplements increase cancer risk
Beta-carotene, selenium and folic acid -- taken up to three times their recommended daily allowance, these supplements are probably harmless. But taken at much higher levels as some supplement manufacturers suggest, these three supplements have now been proven to increase the risk of developing a host of cancers. (2012-05-15)

Supplements and cancer prevention: A cautionary tale
Government regulators and the scientific community should work to ensure that they give clear guidance to the public about dietary supplements and cancer risk, according to a commentary published April 25 in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. (2012-04-25)

Over-the-counter drugs, dietary supplements and their effect on lab test results
The study reports on the results of a survey of patients in 18 European countries which shows that those taking OTC products and dietary supplements are not aware of the potential effects on laboratory test results they may have. In addition, patients do not believe that they need to disclose this use to medical and/or laboratory staff. (2018-08-10)

States need to assume greater role in regulating dietary supplements
States need to increase their regulation of dietary supplements used for weight loss and muscle building, which often do not deliver promised results, to protect consumers, particularly adolescents. (2014-09-24)

Are dietary supplements working against you?
Do you belong to the one-half of the population that frequently uses dietary supplements with the hope that it might be good for you? (2011-04-21)

ACS to host master class on the chemistry of dietary supplements
The American Chemical Society is hosting a (2000-08-02)

Quality standards issued for testing herbal products
The National Institute of Standards and Technology has issued the first suite of Standard Reference Materials (SRMs) in a planned series of reference materials for botanical dietary supplements. Manufacturers can use these materials for quality control, and researchers can use them to ensure that their laboratory analyses of supplements are accurate. (2006-03-30)

Dietary supplement use in children, adolescents
About one-third of children and adolescents in the United States use dietary supplements. (2018-06-18)

Dietary supplements discouraged for prostate cancer patients
Prostate-specific dietary supplements should not be taken during radiation therapy treatments because they have been shown to increase the radiosensitivity of normal prostate cell lines, leading to normal tissue complications, according to a study in the March issue of the International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics, the official journal of the American Society for Radiation Oncology. (2010-03-08)

Nanotech in your vitamins
The ability of the Food and Drug Administration to regulate the safety of dietary supplements using nanomaterials is severely limited by lack of information, lack of resources and the agency's lack of statutory authority in certain critical areas, according to a new expert report released by the Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies. (2009-01-14)

New research reveals danger of combining warfarin with herbal and dietary supplements
Herbal and dietary supplements are popular. People claim they make their joints feel better, their bones stronger and their hearts healthier. But a recent study by researchers at the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute in Salt Lake City shows that many of these people may not realize their favorite supplement, mixed with prescription medications, may be putting their lives in danger, especially if they are taking warfarin -- a blood-thinning medication commonly prescribed to patients living with atrial fibrillation to lower their risk of stroke. (2010-11-15)

ADA releases updated position paper on nutrient supplementation
While supplements can help some people meet their nutrition needs, eating a wide variety of nutrient-rich foods is the best way for most people to obtain the nutrients they need to be healthy and reduce their risk of chronic disease, according to a newly updated position paper titled (2009-12-08)

Dietary supplements manufacturers gain new tool to help ensure quality products
A first-of-its kind collection of standards designed to assist dietary supplements manufacturers in providing quality products to consumers is being released today by the US Pharmacopeial Convention. The USP Dietary Supplements Compendium will also help manufacturers in complying with Food and Drug Administration-issued current Good Manufacturing Practices. Under these practices, manufacturers are responsible for the quality of the ingredients they use in manufacturing their finished dietary supplements. (2009-07-07)

Calcium supplements linked to increased risk of heart attack
Calcium supplements, commonly taken by older people for osteoporosis, are associated with an increased risk of a heart attack, finds a study published on bmj.com today. (2010-07-29)

Current evidence does not support selenium for preventing heart disease in well-nourished adults
A systematic review published today in The Cochrane Library finds that in well-nourished adults current evidence does not support selenium for preventing heart disease. The review suggests that taking selenium supplements does not reduce a person's risk of developing heart disease, although most evidence is currently limited to healthy American adults. (2013-01-30)

Some vitamin supplements don't protect against lung cancer
A study of more than 75,000 adults found that taking supplemental multivitamins, vitamin C and E and folate do not decrease the risk of lung cancer. The findings are being reported at the American Thoracic Society 2007 International Conference, on Monday, May 21. (2007-05-21)

Use of alternative medicines has doubled among kids, especially teens
Since 2003, the use of alternative medicines among children has doubled. An increased use of omega-3 fatty acids and melatonin among adolescents ages 13 to 18 as the primary driver of the change. (2018-06-18)

Study finds usage of, recommendations for supplements common within various physician specialties
For physicians within several medical specialties, including dermatology, cardiology and orthopedics, personal usage of and patient recommendations for dietary supplements are quite common, according to a study published in Nutrition Journal, a peer-reviewed, on-line journal that focuses on the field of human nutrition. (2011-03-10)

NIH Office Of Dietary Supplements Expands Research Support
The Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) today announced support for three new research grants to explore the potential role of dietary supplements in health promotion and disease prevention. (1997-09-25)

NIH funds botanical center in Iowa to study health effects of Echinacea and St. John's wort
The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) and the Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS), components of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), today announced a 5-year, $6 million grant for the establishment of a research center based in Ames, Iowa to study two botanical dietary supplement ingredients, Echinacea and Hypericum (St. John's wort). Echinacea is reputed to ward off colds and other infections, while St. John's wort is purported to combat mild depression. (2002-07-25)

Genistein-containing supplements may stop tamoxifen
Isoflavone-enhanced dietary supplements containing genistein may negate the tumor-fighting effects of tamoxifen, a commonly prescribed medication for women battling estrogen-dependent breast cancer, according to new research. (2002-04-30)

$10 million in federal grants to study botanicals for human health
The University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy has received a five-year, $9 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to continue its research into the safety and efficacy of botanical dietary supplements for women's health and another $1.2 million over five years to develop new chemical and biological approaches to the investigation of natural products. (2015-09-09)

Highlights of January Journal of the American Dietetic Association
The January 2005 issue of the Journal of the American Dietetic Association contains research articles including a study on the top dietary sources of caffeine and the use of dietary supplements for children with chronic diseases such as cystic fibrosis. (2004-12-28)

Annual Bibliography of Significant Advances in Dietary Supplement Research 2004
The Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS) at the NIH announces the release of the 2004 issue of the Annual Bibliography of Significant Advances in Dietary Supplement Research. The Bibliography includes abstracts of 25 noteworthy dietary supplement research papers published in 2004, judged by an international team of reviewers. This issue highlights research on phenolics and flavonoids, reflecting growing interest in the health effects of these substances. (2005-10-24)

Low calcium diet linked to higher risk of hormone condition in women
A low calcium diet is associated with a higher risk of developing a common hormone condition in women, known as primary hyperparathyroidism, suggests a study published on bmj.com today. (2012-10-18)

Consuming protein supplements with meals may work better for weight control
A new systematic review of available evidence appearing in Nutrition Reviews indicates that consuming protein supplements with meals may be more effective at promoting weight control than consuming supplements between meals in adults following a resistance training regimen. (2018-04-25)

New reference material can improve testing of multivitamin tablets
NIST has developed a new certified reference material that can be an important quality assurance tool for measuring the amounts of vitamins, carotenoids and trace elements in dietary supplements. (2009-02-11)

Calcium supplements linked to significantly increased heart attack risk
Calcium supplements might increase the risk of having a heart attack, and should be (2012-05-23)

Dietary supplement may carry both benefits and risks associated with statins
Red yeast rice (RYR) is contained in dietary supplements that are often used by patients with high cholesterol, and it is often proposed as an alternative therapy in those who experience side effects from statins. A new study found that it is not a good choice for statin-intolerant patients: RYR was linked with muscle and liver injury, which can also occur with statin use. (2017-01-17)

Changing trends in herbal supplement use
After a rise in the popularity of dietary supplements in the 1990s, their use seems to have plateaued, although exposure may continue to increase with the addition of herbal supplements to mainstream multivitamin products, according to an article in the February 14 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. (2005-02-14)

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