My niece loves taking her vitamins every morning... they are gummy bears after all. Who can blame her? I love my calcium chews, too. Whether you love or hate taking your daily vitamins, the question remains- are they essential for health? Or are they just icing on the cake? Although most studies show vitamin and mineral intake is below recommendations for most Americans, the effects on health are still controversial.
Perhaps mirroring the fact that we're heading into cold and flu season, this week's most popular articles centered on the common cold and the flu vaccine. In obstetrics and gynecology news, this week's Must Read articles cover research on choline supplements in pregnancy for preventing schizophrenia, breastfeeding and blood pressure, and UTIs. Finally, an annual report on mental healthcare in America reveals some serious deficits.
"Urinary tract infection? You're not drinking enough cranberry juice!" At least that would be my mother's analysis. Urinary tract infections, or UTIs, affect eight million people in the United States each year. Research has shown that cranberry juice is effective in preventing recurrent UTIs in certain populations. Should we all go out and stock up on cranberry supplements? Not so fast! A new study on commercially available cranberry supplements will make you think twice.