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New supplement designed for weight-loss surgery patients

BY Alaric DeArment

ST. LOUIS Undergoing weight-loss surgery means making sacrifices, particularly in the area of food, but this can sometimes place patients at risk for vitamin and mineral deficiencies. A company in St. Louis, however, has created a prescription nutritional supplement for patients who have undergone the surgery.

ProBarimin QT, made by Fleming Pharmaceuticals, is a fruit-flavored supplement that dissolves in the mouth.

“Although there are over-the-counter supplements for WLS patients, ProBarimin QT is specially formulated to meet the unique nutritional and intake requirements of WLS patients,” Fleming president Phill Dritsas said.

The supplement includes vitamins such as B12, C and D and minerals such as iron, selenium and zinc.

The patent for the supplement is pending.

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Study: Higher doses of Vitamin D reduce bone fractures in seniors

BY Michael Johnsen

CHICAGO A meta-analysis published Monday in the “Archives of Internal Medicine” determined that higher doses of vitamin D supplementation, of more than 400 International Units daily, could reduce the number of fractures in seniors by at least 20%.

The meta-analysis was performed on the efficacy of oral supplemental vitamin D in preventing nonvertebral and hip fractures among older individuals, and included 12 double-blind randomized controlled trials for nonvertebral fractures and 8 RCTs for hip fractures comparing oral vitamin D, with or without calcium, with calcium or placebo.

The higher dose reduced nonvertebral fractures in community-dwelling individuals by 29% and institutionalized older individuals by 15%, and its effect was independent of additional calcium supplementation.

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Influenza activity levels off as flu season nears its end

BY Michael Johnsen

ATLANTA This year’s flu and cold season is nearing its end, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Friday, as influenza activity decreased slightly in the United States for the week ended March 14.

Influenza-like illnesses decreased nationally and in 8-of-the-9 regions, compared with the previous week, the CDC reported.

A total of 30 states reported widespread influenza activity, while 18 states reported regional activity. Two states reported local influenza activity; and Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia reported sporadic influenza activity.

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