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Study: Supplements send thousands of Americans to ER every year

from NBC News

Weight-loss, bodybuilding and energy supplements send thousands of teens and young adults to emergency rooms each year — more than prescription stimulants, government researchers reported. They calculate that 23,000 people have to go to the ER every year after something goes wrong with a supplement or vitamin pill. While many of the cases involve children who mistakenly took a supplement or older adults choking on big pills, many involved young adults looking to lose weight or stay awake, Dr. Andrew Geller of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and colleagues found. more

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