Vitamins, herpes, and Parkinson's disease

April 13, 2011 3:00:09 PM PDT
There are three things that are on the rise, the amount of people who take daily vitamins, the spread of genital herpes, and an exercise routine for Parkinson's patients.

A study by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed that nearly four out of ten people claim they take a multivitamin.

This amount has increased over the last twenty years.

The intake of calcium pills doubled, with six out of ten people using them.

Vitamin D deficiency is common but 56 percent of individuals are now using supplements compared to a previous 30 percent or less.

Experts warn that vitamins do not substitute for a healthy diet and should not be solely relied on to receive all proper nutrients.

Genital herpes

Genital herpes remains the most common STD with one in six people affected.

Some people who have contracted the disease are unaware that they are contagious.

"Many people think with genital herpes infections that they can only spread the virus when they have symptoms," says Dr. Christine Johnston of the UW Medicine/Hutchinson Center.

One can expect to experience painful sores and light rashes if diagnosed with herpes.

A simple blood test can detect the disease and the severity varies.

"These findings provide evidence that clinicians can use in counseling patients who've just been diagnosed with having HSV-2 infection using a blood test as opposed to because they came in with genital sores," says Dr. Anna Wald of the UW Medicine/Hutchinson Center.

Treadmill workouts and Parkinson's disease

A study shows that those suffering from Parkinson's disease may benefit from a low intensity treadmill workout compared to high intensity exercise.

Difficulty walking is common among people with Parkinson's and the treadmill can improve mobility and gait.