Alarm Sounded on Childrens’ Lack of Vitamin D

Children's Health, Nutritional Health, Parenting
The AP (10/26, Tanner) reports that, according to a study published in Pediatrics, "at least one in five US children aged one to 11 don't get enough vitamin D and could be at risk for a variety of health problems, including weak bones." Harvard University researchers analyzed "data from a 2001-06 government health survey of nearly 3,000 children" who had undergone "blood tests measuring vitamin D levels." The investigators found that "about 20 percent of kids" under 12 had "blood levels that are too low." In addition, "applying a less strict, higher cutoff," the study authors found that "two-thirds of children that age, including 90 percent of black kids and 80 percent of Hispanics, are deficient in vitamin D." (AP)  At least one in five U.S. children aged 1 to…
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No Science to Back Actress Somers’ Potentially Harmful Menopause Advice

Alternative Medicine, Woman's Health
Miserable in menopause, Elizabeth Alsgaard pondered an awful choice: Drenching hot flashes or hormone therapies that might raise the risk of cancer. What former actress Suzanne Somers raved about held much more appeal — custom-mixed "bioidentical" hormones, just like ones the body makes. "Anything I can put into my body that's natural has to be better," said Alsgaard, a California audiologist who admitted having "no knowledge base to go on other than fear" when she took Somers' advice. Millions of women have tried custom-compounded hormones or herbal supplements like black cohosh and red clover since 2002, when a big federal study found risks from traditional hormone replacement therapy, or HRT. Alternative remedies are especially popular with upscale, educated women who like to research and find their own solutions to medical…
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