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[News article] High milk intake linked with higher fractures and mortality, research suggests — ScienceDaily

High milk intake linked with higher fractures and mortality, research suggests — ScienceDaily.
A glass of milk Français : Un verre de lait

Excerpts from the 28 October 2014 article

Source:
BMJ-British Medical Journal
Summary:
A high milk intake in women and men is not accompanied by a lower risk of fracture and instead may be associated with a higher rate of death, suggests observational research. Women who drank more than three glasses of milk a day had a higher risk of death than women who drank less than one glass of milk a day.
“there may be a link between the lactose and galactose content of milk and risk, although causality needs be tested.

“Our results may question the validity of recommendations to consume high amounts of milk to prevent fragility fractures,” they write. “The results should, however, be interpreted cautiously given the observational design of our study. The findings merit independent replication before they can be used for dietary recommendations.”

Michaëlsson and colleagues raise a fascinating possibility about the potential harms of milk, says Professor Mary Schooling at City University of New York in an accompanying editorial. However, she stresses that diet is difficult to assess precisely and she reinforces the message that these findings should be interpreted cautiously.

“As milk consumption may rise globally with economic development and increasing consumption of animal source foods, the role of milk and mortality needs to be established definitively now,” she concludes.”

A glass of milk Français : Un verre de lait (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

November 4, 2014 Posted by | Medical and Health Research News, Nutrition, Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

Expert Panel Links Popular Bone Drugs to Rare Fracture

FDA should add warning label to meds such as Boniva, Fosamax, panelists say

There is conflicting evidence that bone strengthening drugs (biophosphonates) trigger a weakness which makes a particular thigh bone fracture likely in rare cases. However, an expert panel believes there is enough for a special warning on labels for biophosphonate containing drugs as Actonel, Boniva and Fosamax.

The panel is recommending that the FDA :

Change the product’s labeling to alert doctors and patients to the risk of these fractures and their warning signs.

Develop new diagnostic codes for these fractures that will improve reporting of these cases.

Establish an international registry of patients with these fractures to track cases and provide data for research.

September 16, 2010 Posted by | Consumer Health | , , | Leave a comment

   

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