USPSTF recommendation against vitamin D, calcium supplementation draws criticism
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force on Monday issued a trio of controversial recommendations regarding supplementing with vitamin D and calcium. Specifically, the Task Force determined that the current evidence was insufficient to support vitamin D and calcium supplementation for the primary prevention of fractures in premenopausal women, in men or in postmenopausal women and recommended against daily supplementation of vitamin D or calcium toward that end.
“These recommendations fail to recognize the well-established role of calcium and vitamin D in maintaining bone health," countered Taylor Wallace, senior director of scientific and regulatory affairs for the Council for Responsible Nutrition. "If these recommendations are taken to heart, or misconstrued as general recommendations against calcium and vitamin D, consumers could be compromising their bone health and missing out on important other benefits from these nutrients. The bottom line: calcium and vitamin D are vital to staying healthy.”
These recommendations are not the first controversial conclusions to come out of USPSTF. Previously, the same organization recommended against both routine mammography screenings in women under 50 years and breast self-examinations, as well as prostate cancer screenings for men, putting them at odds with many in the medical community, CRN noted. “These kinds of preventive measures help save lives, and similarly, taking calcium and vitamin D are valuable preventative measures that provide a variety of health benefits, despite the outcome of one meta-analysis," Wallace said.
"The statement by the task force is contradicted by current research and may prove harmful to women at risk of fractures," added Cara Welch, SVP scientific and regulatory affairs for the Natural Products Association. "Studies continue to show the beneficial effects of calcium and vitamin D supplements."
Product of the Year USA names top products for 2013
NEW YORK — Sun Products’ All Mighty Pacs laundry packs, Aquafresh Extreme Clean Pure Breath Action Paste, M&M’s Brand Snack Mix, Reckitt Benckiser’s Resolve All-Stains, Sun Products’ Surf Liquid Laundry Detergent and GlaxoSmithKline’s Tums Freshers were among the winners of Product of the Year USA’s recently announced top products for 2013, the group said.
The named products were the result of a vote among 50,000 consumers.
Other products included Dole Frozen Fruit single-serve cups, Vlasic Farmer’s Garden by Pinnacle Foods, Kimberly Clark’s Goodnights Disposable Bed Mats, Dole Fruit Smoothie Shakers and the SodaStream Revolution Home Soda Maker.
Carex Health Brands launches pair of new DME products
NORWELL, Mass. — Carex Health Brands on Monday introduced two new items to its mobility lineup — the new Classic Wheelchair from Carex Health Brands and Carex’s Two Wheeled Walker with Seat and Backrest.
The new wheelchair comes equipped with a large 20” seating area, fold-down back with storage pouch and adjustable swing away footrests. The wheelchair’s desk-height arms allow users to conveniently pull up to a table without disruption. The arms can be easily removed for side transfer and the entire wheelchair folds flat for convenient, compact storage and transport. Suggested retail price is $199.
Carex’s new walker features oversized six-inch wheels and auto glide rear tips that double as an easy-to-use brake when pressed down for added safety. Height adjustable and with a lightweight frame that can support up to 300 pounds, the walker can be folded by lifting up on the seat for compact storage and transport. Suggested retail is $85.
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