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April 20, 2011 | By Marissa Cevallos, HealthKey
Calcium supplements appear to slightly raise the risk of heart attack, a new analysis suggests. But the data, from postmenopausal women who took supplements over seven years, are far from conclusive. So don’t throw out the multivitamins just yet – or those calcium supplements that many women take for bone health. Not all doctors are convinced that this study, led by the University of Auckland, is the last word on calcium supplements. Or that it changes the debate at all. The results from previous studies of calcium and heart attack risk, including ones from the same research team, have been widely criticized.
Are calcium supplements safe? That's a tough call for consumers, considering that several prestigious health organizations and government agencies can't agree on the answer. But even the combatants in a new controversy about lead content in calcium supplements agree that Americans should continue taking the supplements, which help prevent the crippling bone disease osteoporosis. Adequate calcium intake is also crucial for pregnant women to assist in fetal development.
January 4, 1999 | JOE GRAEDON and TERESA GRAEDON
Question: I am plagued with the problem of not being able to sustain an erection, and therefore haven't been sexually active with my spouse for the past three years. My wife cries out for sex sometimes and I am quite embarrassed that I am unable to perform. I avoid trying to engage in sex for fear of failure. I have been reading about Viagra but am concerned about side effects. Are there any other options?
March 5, 1988 | JANE PATTERSON, Jane Patterson is a Glendale, Calif., gynecologist and coauthor of "Womancare: A Gynecological Guide to Your Body," Avon Books, 1981.
Calcium supplements, one of many health trends bursting onto the big-business scene, have become a popular item. With such a deluge from advertisers, it is important to separate sales pitches from sound medical advice. Don't get me wrong. I applaud efforts to inform women about preventing osteoporosis, a crippling ailment that runs up the national medical bill by billions of dollars every year. And calcium supplements do have their place.
February 5, 2013 | By Mary MacVean
There is oh, so much publicity about fish oil pills, calcium and vitamin D - let alone the many more unusual dietary supplements. Are Americans persuaded? About half of U.S. adults use dietary supplements, and less than a quarter of the people who take them do so at the advice of a healthcare professional, according to a survey of almost 12,000 people in 2007 to 2010 published in the Journal of the American Medical Assn. Americans spent more than $30 billion on supplements in 2011.
March 1, 1989 | From Times Wire Services
Vitamin, calcium and fiber supplements that Americans consume by the millions of doses are useless and potentially harmful, said a report today by the National Research Council. A massive study called "Diet and Health: Implications for Reducing Chronic Disease Risk" recommended that higher-than-needed doses of vitamins be avoided and said that neither fiber nor calcium supplements have any value to health.
January 14, 1999
Adding calcium to the diet can keep you from getting tumors in your large intestine. The effect is moderate but significant, Dr. J.A. Baron of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H., writes in today's New England Journal of Medicine. The study looked at 832 people who underwent surgery for colorectal adenomas--benign tumors--at six hospitals around the country. About half got calcium supplements and half got placebos.
May 1, 2006 | From Times wire reports
Older women who took calcium supplements twice a day reduced their risk of breaking a bone, researchers have found, but getting them to take the pills proved to be a problem. Nearly half the 1,460 healthy women older than 70 who participated in the study did not consistently take the twice-daily 600-milligram pills, which led the researchers to doubt whether supplements could be useful as preventive therapy.
January 28, 1997 | From Times Wire Services
A public-interest group said Monday that the country's largest maker of dietary calcium supplements, Carson-based Leiner Health Products Group, has agreed to reduce the amount of lead in the tablets by the start of February.
October 2, 2000 | From Associated Press
Many over-the-counter calcium supplements that millions take to keep bones strong contain small amounts of lead that could be a health risk if recommended doses are exceeded, research suggests. About 5% of the U.S. population takes the supplements, including a sizable number of menopausal women, who face an increased risk of osteoporosis as their bodies stop producing estrogen. About 10 million Americans suffer from the bone-thinning disease.
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