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FDA Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: May 21th, 2020

 

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)Silver Spring, MDThe U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today continued to take action in the ongoing response effort to the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic:

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the FDA announced that the agencies signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to support the U.S. food and agriculture sector so that Americans can continue to have access to a safe and robust food supply.

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American Heart Association reports Low Vitamin D at Birth raises risk of Higher Blood Pressure in Kids

 

American Heart AssociationDallas, TX – according to new research in the American Heart Association journal Hypertension, vitamin D deficiency from birth to early childhood was associated with an increased risk of elevated blood pressure in later childhood and adolescence.

Researchers followed 775 children from birth to age 18 at the Boston Medical Center. Most lived in a low-income, urban area and 68% of the children were African American. Low vitamin D levels were defined as less than 11 ng/ml (nanograms per millimeter) in cord blood at birth and less than 25 ng/ml in a child’s blood during early childhood.

The study findings suggest that vitamin D screening and supplementation in pregnancy and early childhood could prevent or reduce the risk of elevated blood pressure later in life. (American Heart Association)

The study findings suggest that vitamin D screening and supplementation in pregnancy and early childhood could prevent or reduce the risk of elevated blood pressure later in life. (American Heart Association)

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ShopSmart Reveals the Real Deal with Vitamin D

 

Debunking the “deficiency epidemic”; Plus, the best deals on D from tests

ShopSmart MagazineYonkers, NY – Vitamin D has been touted as the answer to all kinds of health problems, but many of these claims are overblown.

The April 2013 issue of ShopSmart magazine, from Consumer Reports, features answers to some of the most common questions about Vitamin D and names the best from its tests of 32 products. «Read the rest of this article»

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American Heart Association says Vitamin D supplements may help Blacks lower Blood Pressure

 

Additional studies in larger groups of African-Americans are necessary to confirm the findings.

American Heart AssociationDallas, TX – Vitamin D supplements significantly reduced blood pressure in the first large controlled study of African-Americans, researchers report in the American Heart Association journal Hypertension.

In the prospective trial, a three-month regimen of daily vitamin D increased circulating blood levels of vitamin D and resulted in a decrease in systolic blood pressure ranging from .7 to four mmHg (depending upon the dose given), compared with no change in participants who received a placebo. «Read the rest of this article»

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American Heart Association says Vitamin D supplement fails to lower cholesterol in short term

 

These results contradict the association between higher vitamin D levels and healthier cholesterol levels.

American Heart AssociationDallas, TX – Taking vitamin D supplements to compensate for vitamin D deficiency didn’t improve cholesterol — at least in the short term, according to new research in Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology, an American Heart Association journal.

Researchers studied 151 people with vitamin D deficiency who received either a mega-dose (50,000 internationals units) of vitamin D3 or placebo weekly for eight weeks. Participants’ cholesterol levels were measured before and after treatment. «Read the rest of this article»

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How Sunscreen Works

 

Kids.GovWashington, D.C. – Everyone needs some sun exposure; it’s our primary source of vitamin D, which helps us absorb calcium for stronger, healthier bones. It doesn’t take long for most people to get the vitamin D they need.

Too much exposure to the sun’s rays can cause skin damage, eye damage, and immune system suppression.

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American Heart Association reports Low Vitamin D in diet increases stroke risk in Japanese-Americans

 

American Heart AssociationDallas, TX – Japanese-American men who did not eat foods rich in vitamin D had a higher risk of stroke  later in life, according to results of a 34-year study reported in Stroke, an American Heart Association journal.

“Our study confirms that eating foods rich in vitamin D might be beneficial for stroke prevention,” said Gotaro Kojima, M.D., lead author of the study and geriatric medicine fellow at the John A. Burns School of Medicine at the University of Hawaii in Honolulu. «Read the rest of this article»

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American Heart Association states Eating low-fat dairy foods may reduce your risk of Stroke

 

American Heart AssociationDallas, TX – If you eat low-fat dairy foods, you may be reducing your risk of stroke.

In a Swedish study published in the American Heart Association’s journal Stroke, people who drank low-fat milk and ate low-fat yogurt and cheese had a lower risk of stroke compared to those who consumed full-fat dairy foods.

Among 74,961 adults 45 to 83 years old, those who ate low-fat dairy foods had a 12 percent lower risk of stroke and a 13 percent lower risk of ischemic stroke than those who ate high-fat dairy foods.

People who drank low-fat milk had a lower risk of stroke compared to those who consumed full-fat dairy foods.

People who drank low-fat milk had a lower risk of stroke compared to those who consumed full-fat dairy foods.

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Summer Sun Safety

 

Federal Citizen Information CenterPueblo, CO – With summer in full swing, everyone’s shedding layers and enjoying basking in the sun. But while absorbing some of the sun’s rays will help your body produce Vitamin D, too much of the UVA and UVB rays can cause skin damage. Use these tips from the Federal Citizen Information Center to protect yourself this summer. «Read the rest of this article»

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Easy Ways to Build Strong Bones

 

TurboChargedNew York, NY – Most of us think of our bone structure as a solid, static mass that is hard and unchanging. The fact is our skeletal structure is replaced approximately every ten years. 

Our bones are dynamic, living tissue that consists of about 25% water, 25% protein and approximately 50% mineral salts including calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, sodium and potassium. Since bone remains are regularly found that are thousands of years old, why are we witnessing a rise in bone deterioration? Osteoporosis is apparently a new disease.   «Read the rest of this article»

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