A new study out today on Vitamin D and pregnancy plus two more studies on how drugs and supplements given to pregnant women affect the fetus and the offspring for years to come.  Be well. Bone Density Taking higher doses of Vitamin D during pregnancy showed a correlation with higher bone density in those children six years later. The higher Vitamin D supplementation was 2800 IU/d (high-dose) vs 400 IU/d (standard-dose) from pregnancy week 24 until 1 week after birth. Of course, speak with your obstetrician before taking high doses of supplements during pregnancy or at any time.  Effect…

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Medicine that doesn’t work, or if overused cases harm, sounds like bad news, but in fact, is good news. About half of common medical practice had never been scientifically proven. Finding out that a common drug doesn’t do what it’s supposed to do saves us from possible harm and wasted money, while allowing us to move on to find a better answer.  Be well. Asthma  Inhaled steroids, the standard prescription for asthma, have been found to be no better than a placebo for those with mild asthma. It seems the steroids target a type of inflammation in the airways…

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Can giving my child steroids every day for asthma be safe? How can losing weight help my child’s asthma? Why does my child seem to have a dangerous asthma attack every September? Nearly 10% of all US children have asthma, and the number rises each year for unknown reasons. Asthma is the number 1 cause of school absenteeism. In fact, every day 36,000 children miss school because of asthma. Asthma, the most common disease in America today, is both chronic and genetic. See also: Side Effects At a Glance: Asthma Meds For a variety of reasons, asthma attacks seem to flare as…

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