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Pregnant women in Scotland to be offered free vitamins

Every pregnant woman in Scotland is to be offered free vitamin supplements from next year as part of a drive to improve the health of mothers and babies. It will make Scotland the only part of the United Kingdom where such support is universally available.  
feeds.bmj.com
over 4 years ago
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Low Adherence to All Oral Anticoagulants the Norm in Atrial Fib

That includes the new oral agents, suggest claims data, at odds with some expectations, as the new oral anticoagulants have been touted as more patient-friendly than vitamin-K antagonists.  
medscape.com
over 4 years ago
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Clinical Guidelines (Nursing) : Wound care

The skin is the largest organ of the body, making up 16% of body weight. It has several vital functions, which include; immune function, temperature regulation, sensation and vitamin production. Skin is a dynamic organ in a constant state of change; cells of the outer layers continuously shed and are replaced by inner cells moving to the surface. These guidelines have been developed by a range of clinicians who treat children with skin disorders, breakdowns and wounds; they reflect current research and evidence based expert opinion.  
rch.org.au
almost 5 years ago
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Healthy Aging 5 Years After Daily Antioxidant Supplements

Can long-term supplementation with antioxidant vitamins and minerals keep older people healthier?  
medscape.com
almost 5 years ago
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Multiple-micronutrient supplementation for women during pregnancy | Cochrane

In low- and middle-income countries, many women have poor diets and are deficient in nutrients and micronutrients which are required for good health. Micronutrients are vitamins and minerals that are needed by the body in very small quantities but are important for normal functioning, growth and development. During pregnancy, these women often become more deficient, with the need to provide nutrition for the baby too, and this can impact on their health and that of their babies. Combining multiple micronutrients has been suggested as a cost-effective way to achieve multiple benefits for women during pregnancy. Micronutrient deficiencies are known to interact and a greater effect may be achieved by multiple supplementation rather than single-nutrient supplementation, although interactions may also lead to poor absorption of some of the nutrients. High doses of some nutrients may also cause harm to the mother or her baby. This systematic review included 19 trials involving 138,538 women, but only 17 trials involving 137,791 women contributed data. The included trials compared pregnant women who supplemented their diets with multiple micronutrients with pregnant women who received a placebo or supplementation with iron, with or without folic acid. Overall, pregnant women who received multiple-micronutrient supplementation had fewer low birthweight babies, small-for-gestational-age babies, and stillbirths than pregnant women who received only iron, with or without folic acid. The evidence for the main outcomes was found to be of high quality. These findings, consistently observed in several other systematic reviews of evidence, provide a strong basis to guide the replacement of iron and folic acid with multiple-micronutrient supplements for pregnant women in low- and middle-income countries countries where multiple-micronutrient deficiencies are prevalent among women.  
cochrane.org
almost 5 years ago
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Vitamin A supplementation during pregnancy for maternal and newborn health outcomes | Cochrane

Vitamin A is a fat-soluble vitamin found in liver, kidney, eggs, and dairy produce. Low dietary fat intake or intestinal infections may interfere with the absorption of vitamin A. Natural retinoids are required for a wide range of biological processes including vision, immune function, bone metabolism and blood production. In pregnancy, extra vitamin A may be required. Currently, the World Health Organization (WHO) and other international agencies recommend routine vitamin A supplementation during pregnancy or at any time during lactation in areas with endemic vitamin A deficiency (where night blindness occurs).  
cochrane.org
almost 5 years ago
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Vitamin D: increasing supplement use in at-risk groups | Guidance and guidelines | NICE

Vitamin D is essential for skeletal growth and bone health. Severe deficiency can result in rickets (among children) and osteomalacia (among children and adults). Dietary sources are limited. National surveys suggest that around a fifth of adults and 8 to 24% of children may have low vitamin D status.  
nice.org.uk
almost 5 years ago
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Active B12 assay for diagnosing vitamin B12 deficiency | Advice | NICE

The Abbott ARCHITECT Active‑B12 assay is a test for detecting levels of serum holotranscobalamin, which is the metabolically available component of vitamin B12, and can be used as a marker of vitamin B12 deficiency. Four diagnostic test accuracy studies, using different reference standards, reported greater diagnostic accuracy for the Active‑B12 assay compared with assays measuring other markers of vitamin B12 deficiency. The assay needs less sample preparation than a total vitamin B12 test and the expected cost is about £3.50 per test including VAT, depending on sample throughput.  
nice.org.uk
almost 5 years ago
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Vitamin Prevents Skin Cancer: Only in Australia?

A phase 3 trial indicates that daily vitamin B3 prevents nonmelanoma skin cancer in high-risk patients. But experts wonder if it applies to other lands with different people.  
medscape.com
almost 5 years ago
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Vitamins and Supplements for Athletes? Only in Special Cases

Many athletes, seeking a performance edge, turn to vitamins and supplements--without realizing their risks for adverse events. Sports medicine doctors--and all physicians--should set them straight.  
medscape.com
almost 5 years ago
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Vitamin D supplements may be needed when calcium supplements are not

Please do not throw the baby out with the bathwater: I agree with Michaëlsson that calcium supplements are not needed in people with a healthy diet,1 but vitamin …  
feeds.bmj.com
almost 5 years ago
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Intermittent regimens of iron supplementation during pregnancy | Cochrane

Anaemia is a frequent condition during pregnancy, particularly among women from low- and middle-income countries who have insufficient iron intake to meet increased iron needs. Traditionally, pregnancy anaemia has been prevented with the provision of daily iron supplements, however, it has recently been proposed that if women take supplements less often, such as once or twice weekly rather than daily, this might reduce side effects and increase acceptance and adherence to supplementation. In this review we assess the benefits and harms of intermittent (i.e. two or three times a week on non-consecutive days) oral supplementation with iron or iron + folic acid or iron + vitamins and minerals for pregnant women.  
cochrane.org
almost 5 years ago
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Vitamin E supplementation in pregnancy | Cochrane

Does giving vitamin E supplementation, alone or in combination with other vitamins, given to women during pregnancy improve outcomes for their babies by reducing the incidence of pre-eclampsia and the number of babies born too early? Or does it cause harm?  
cochrane.org
about 5 years ago
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Low vitamin-D genes linked to MS - BBC News

People genetically prone to low vitamin-D levels are at increased risk of multiple sclerosis, a large study suggests.  
bbc.co.uk
about 5 years ago
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Interventions for leg cramps during pregnancy | Cochrane

Leg cramps are experienced as sudden, intense involuntary contractions of the leg muscles. They are a common problem in pregnancy, especially in the third trimester. They are painful and can interfere with daily activities, disrupt sleep, and reduce quality of life. Various interventions have been used during pregnancy to treat leg cramps, including drug, electrolyte (magnesium, calcium, sodium) and vitamin therapies, and non-drug therapies such as muscle stretching. The goal of this review was to find out what is effective and safe for treating leg cramps during pregnancy.  
cochrane.org
about 5 years ago
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The Importance of Calcium: Way Beyond the Bones - Dr. Eric Berg DC

https://shop.drberg.com/vitamin-k2-regular Dr. Eric Berg DC talks about the other functions of calcium as it relates to soft tissue calcium build up. Excess ...  
youtube.com
about 5 years ago
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Role of Antioxidants in Disease Prevention and Complementary Foods

Antioxidants refer to compounds that naturally occur in plants which help in the fight against free radicals in the body that are responsible for cell damage. Antioxidants can be found in various complementary food sources like whole grains, vegetables and fruits. Although scientific studies have not clearly shown how antioxidants are effective in disease prevention, they form a part of a healthy diet. Common antioxidants include vitamins C and E, carotenoids, and selenium. Here are some roles of antioxidants in disease prevention and complementary foods.  
updatednews.ca
about 5 years ago
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Powders of iron plus other micronutrients for home (point-of-use) fortification of foods consumed by pregnant women | Cochrane

Pregnant women are particularly vulnerable to nutrient deficiencies due to the requirements of the growing baby during the pregnancy. In low-income countries, many women have diets with low content of vitamins and minerals, and they participate in long hours of physical labour. They are also exposed to recurrent infections, which make nutritional deficiencies worse. Thus, lack of adequate nutrition can contribute to the poor health of these women their babies.  
cochrane.org
over 5 years ago
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Vitamins D,E,K PART 2 - Everything You Need To Know - Dr. Nabil Ebraheim

Educational video describing vitamins and orthopaedics - PART2. Become a friend on facebook: http://www.facebook.com/drebraheim Follow me on twitter: https:/...  
youtube.com
over 5 years ago
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Vitamins A, B, C Part 1 - Everything You Need To Know - Dr. Nabil Ebraheim

Educational video describing vitamins and orthopaedics. Become a friend on facebook: http://www.facebook.com/drebraheim Follow me on twitter: https://twitter...  
youtube.com
over 5 years ago