vitamin d

Antidepressant Use During Pregnancy Increases Risk of Hypertension

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Photo Credit: Ken Hammond (USDA)

A study published online (March 22) in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology says that new research indicates that women who use antidepressants while pregnant have an increased risk of developing pregnancy-induced hypertension.

One would presume that this increased risk is merely caused by the actual depression and anxiety that caused these women to seek the medication in the first place, but the study’s authors (Mary A. De Vera, PhD, from the University of Montreal, and Anick Bérard, PhD, from Sainte Justine Research […]

Is there a Vitamin D & Uterine Fibroid Connection?

Earlier this week, the US Department of Health and Human Services announced that a study funded by their own National Institute of Health (NIH) suggests that vitamin D may be a possible treatment for a common gynecological condition. The human equivalent of a mere 1400 IUs of vitamin D shrunk uterine fibroid tumors in rats that were genetically predisposed to this non-life threatening, but still life altering, condition.

Uterine fibroid tumors, which grow around the wall of the uterus, are the most common noncancerous tumor in women. This condition plagues around 30% of women aged 25 […]

The flu vaccine is super-duper effective… I guess.

Merck makes the flu vaccine Afluria and and it’s like the greatest thing under the sun. (Yeah… but not greater than the sun!)

When everybody talks about how effective the flu vaccine is, it’s so interesting because people just assume that they will automatically get the flu without the vaccine. I know I’ve fallen victim to this idea for no good reason except  media hype, though I’ve never gotten a flu vaccine.  But check this out. When you actually look at the numbers, a person’s chances of getting the influenza in one flu […]

It’s called Vitamin D, for Vitamin Deficient

Vitamin D the sun sunscreen supplements recommended RDAThe general population is finally understanding the connection between vitamin D and the flu season, but it’s more than just the flu we need to think about. Vitamin D deficiency has been linked to many diseases, such as breast cancer, prostate cancer, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and multiple sclerosis. Recently there has been much talk in the research world about this crucial vitamin.  The IOM [Institute of Medicine’s] recommended raising the recommended dietary allowance from 400 to […]

Summer Sun.

I love to go out in the sun.  When the sun comes out after a long Maine winter, all I want to do is bask in the rays.  We stop putting on snowsuits and start covering up with sunscreen.  With three kids I go through a lot of sunscreen.  We all know the sun can be damaging to the skin.  But not all sunscreens are that great for you either.  And now Vitamin D deficiency is a concern due to lack of exposure to […]