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The Checkup Archive: Dietary supplements

Got a cold? Think zinc, report concludes

Suffering through another miserable bout of sneezing, coughing, and nose-blowing? Could zinc help? Apparently yes, according to an authoritative group that specializes in separating myth from fact when it comes to medical treatments. Evidence has been accumulating that zinc could reduce the severity and duration of the common cold, which...

By Rob Stein  | February 15, 2011; 7:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Dietary supplements, Infectious Disease, colds  
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Study warns against energy drinks for kids, teens

A study in Monday's edition of the journal Pediatrics spells out everything you need to know about energy drinks, particularly the risks they pose to the young people who are most inclined to use them. Read it, and you'll never look at those drinks as benign products again.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | February 15, 2011; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Cardiovascular Health, Dietary supplements, Family Health, Kids' health, Nutrition and Fitness, Sleep, Teens, heart failure  
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FDA to raise awareness of tainted supplements

The FDA on Wednesday launched an effort to better protect the public from dietary supplements that may contain potentially dangerous ingredients.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | December 16, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Dietary supplements, FDA  
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Keeping caffeine from kids

'm not recommending that youngsters be encouraged to take up drinking energy drinks to boost their brains; nor do I think it's a good idea for anyone to overindulge in, well, much of anything. But I'm really not in favor of legislative action regarding food and beverage consumption based on incomplete information. And shouldn't parents have some say in what their children are allowed to drink?

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | December 9, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Alcohol and Drugs, Cardiovascular Health, Dietary supplements, FDA, Food Safety and Recalls, Kids' health, Nutrition and Fitness, Parenting, Prevention, Psychology, Teens  
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New vitamin D recommendations

Despite mounting pressure to urge many Americans to sharply boost their vitamin D levels, new official recommendations are not advocating a huge increase in the amount of the "sunshine vitamin" that people get. The United States and Canada asked the Institute of Medicine, which is part of the National Academy...

By Rob Stein  | November 30, 2010; 12:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (48)
Categories:  Aging, Alternative and Complementary Medicine, Cancer, Cardiovascular Health, Chronic Conditions, Dietary Guidelines, Dietary supplements, Nutrition and Fitness, Prevention, Vitamins, osteoporosis  
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Half of Americans fighting flu with supplements

Nearly half of Americans plan to use dietary supplements or homeopathic treatments to help ward off influenza this season. But only about a third of those people plan to also get a flu shot.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | November 24, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Dietary supplements, General Health, Infectious Disease, Influenza  
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