Multivitamins can be confusing because people mistakenly believe the more vitamins and minerals they consume, the healthier they will become, said registered dietitian Kelly Devine Rickert. Dietitians advise people to try to meet their nutrition requirements through a healthy diet, and registered dietitian Christy Berrier recommended doing a dietary assessment before taking vitamins.
Water service has been restored in most of Puerto Rico, but cellular phone service and electricity remain out of commission in some areas, many gas stations and stores remain closed, and supplies take weeks to arrive at veterinary clinics. AVMA Board of Directors member Dr. Jose Arce and Puerto Rico Veterinary Medicine College President Dr. Walter Colon described how veterinarians are working with the community and compensating for shortages to care for the animals that remain after Hurricane Maria.
A 2-year-old Amur leopard found exhibiting strange behavior in 2015 near Russia's Land of the Leopard National Park had canine distemper virus, researchers reported in the Journal of Wildlife Diseases. Only about 60 Amur leopards remain in the wild, and species whose populations are declining are vulnerable to disease outbreaks.
About 20% of survey respondents who had undergone mastectomy or breast-conserving lumpectomy for cancer said it was more important to choose a treatment option quickly than to make an informed decision, and many said they felt underinformed before their surgery. A separate study also in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons found that decision aids and access to online information can help women make educated treatment choices.
A study in Diabetes Care found that diabetes patients hospitalized with acute kidney injury were at higher risk of hypoglycemic events after discharge, with the highest incidence among insulin users. The findings were based on data for 65,151 diabetes patients.
Women with gestational diabetes were at increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes, ischemic heart disease and hypertension, but not cerebrovascular disease, according to a retrospective study in PLOS Medicine. Researchers evaluated primary care data for 46,399 women in the UK with and without gestational diabetes.
House lawmakers voted Thursday for a short-term spending bill that would keep the federal government open through Feb. 16, extend funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program for six years, and delay or suspend several health care taxes imposed by the Affordable Care Act. A funding bill needs to be approved by week's end to avert a government shutdown, but the House-backed version is unlikely to pass the Senate after Democrats vowed to block the measure because it does not address their priorities on issues such as immigration and spending.
Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., said he wants to include two bipartisan bills designed to stabilize Affordable Care Act markets in long-term spending legislation that could pass as soon as next month. The bills would provide funding for state reinsurance programs and cost-sharing reduction payments.
CDC researchers found that the percentage of US women ages 15 to 44 who received prescriptions for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder drugs rose by 344% between 2003 and 2015, with the highest increase -- 700% -- among those ages 25 to 29. The findings in the agency's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report also showed that the greatest increases occurred in Southern and Western states, and Adderall, Vyvanse and Ritalin were the most commonly prescribed medications.
Researchers found that each one-month delay in the introduction of gluten into infants' diets was associated with a 5% increased risk of developing insulin autoantibodies, indicating a higher risk of developing type 1 diabetes either later in childhood or in adulthood, compared with a 32% lower risk among children who were introduced to gluten before four months of age. The findings in Diabetes Care were based on 7,563 young children at high genetic risk of developing type 1 diabetes from the US, Finland, Germany and Sweden.
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