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Vitamin D supplements won't lower older adults' fracture rates. Seniors who take the nutrient to improve their bone health and ward off fractures are just wasting their time and money, a major new study has found. Read more

DEAR DR. ROACH: Your recent article on electrolytes reminded me of my mother's experience. At 89, she was dizzy, fainting and falling. I took her to her doctor. Her blood tests showed dangerously low levels of electrolytes, and I was told to get her to the emergency room quickly. The doctor there determined that her problem was caused by drugs — essentially, the blood pressure medicine prescribed by her doctor. She was hospitalized, put on appropriate IVs and recovered fully after four days. A doctor told me a person of advanced age who is on a diuretic has to be monitored as carefully as a baby. Needless to say, she hadn't been.

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While cinnamon is not contraindicated with most medicines or other supplements, always check with your health care provider before taking a new supplement.

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Research shows that, for adults, taking a daily vitamin D supplement of 400 to 2,000 IU can help prevent respiratory infections like the common cold, says Amy Gorin, MS, RDN, a registered dietitian nutritionist in the NYC area.

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Nearly one-third of persons over the age of one in the U.S. are at risk of inadequate vitamin D intake or vitamin D deficiency, per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This is concerning, given insufficient vitamin D can lead to brittle, soft, thin bones, resulting in rickets in children and...

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My love affair with spicy food came to a sad end a few years ago. Age-- and I'm guessing too many jalapenos-- have left me prone to heartburn if I eat meals with a fiery flare. My doctor says there's no underlying condition causing the problem, and advises me to avoid the foods that seem to trigger symptoms.

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As I opened the Dec. 3 issue of the Gazette-Times, the advertising supplement fell out. At the top: “CHRISTMAS WITH CABELA’S." Farther down: "…

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