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Vitamins & Supplements

FTC's Crackdown Blows Chilly Wind Down Memory Lane

By Kristen Schepker, Assistant Editor

The Federal Trade Commission's (FTC's) recent crackdown on a popular product marketed for memory improvement has supplement companies thinking twice before making claims that nutrients or herbs can enhance cognitive function. Was the move really about consumer protection or is it evidence of regulatory over-reach?

Red Yeast Rice: A Regulatory Quagmire for Clinicians

By Erik Goldman, Editor in Chief

If you’re recommending Red Yeast Rice supplements to patients as a natural alternative for cutting CVD risk, you may be unwittingly putting them at risk, and compromising your clinical credibility.

Fish Beats Wolf: Omega-3s Reduce Fatigue in Lupus Patients

By Kristen Schepker, Assistant Editor

A daily dose of omega-3 fatty acids may improve quality of life for patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), according to a study published recently in Nutrition Journal.

Citicoline Reduces Cocaine Use In Bipolar Patients

By Kristen Schepker, Assistant Editor

Citicoline, a readily available over-the-counter nutritional supplement may help reduce illicit drug dependency in patients with psychiatric illness, according to researchers at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.

High-Dose Calcium May Raise Macular Degeneration Risk

By Kristen Schepker, Assistant Editor

Daily high-dose calcium supplementation may increase seniors risk of developing age-related macular degeneration (AMD), according to a study published last month in JAMA Ophthalmology.

B Vitamin Reduces Skin Cancer Risk

By Kristen Schepker

A widely available and inexpensive form of vitamin B can reduce the risk of some types of skin cancer, according to new research from Australia. 

Glucosamine/Chondroitin Equals Celecoxib for Knee Arthritis

By Kristen Schepker

The combination of chondroitin and glucosamine may be as effective as a commonly prescribed NSAID in treating painful knee osteoarthritis, according to data from a large multicenter trial headed by investigators at the University of Maryland.

Vitamin D May Improve Colon Cancer Survival

By Kristen Schepker

Among its many other known benefits, vitamin D may improve survival among colon cancer patients, according to new research presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology's 2015 Gastrointestinal Cancers Symposium.

Vitamin B12 Improves Homocysteine Levels, But Not Cognitive Outcomes

By Kristen Schepker, Assistant Editor

B vitamins are widely promoted for the treatment and prevention of many forms of dementia. But new research raises questions about the efficacy of B vitamins for slowing cognitive decline.

Carotenoids May Prevent Macular Degeneration & Dementia

By Erik Goldman | Editor in Chief

Daily supplementation with plant-derived carotenoids can reduce the risk of age-associated macular degeneration, and may also have a role in prevention of Alzheimer's disease, according to James Stringham, PhD, of the Nutritional Neuroscience Laboratory at the University of Georgia, Atlanta.

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