April 2023

Supplement Use Increased During COVID-19
In a recent publication, researchers aimed to gain deeper insight into consumers’ opinions, knowledge, and usage of supplements during the first 2 years of the COVID-19 pandemic. The most frequent reason cited for using dietary supplements and natural/herbal products was to strengthen the immune system and thwart the risk of COVID-19 infection. Learn more about the results of this study.


Most Commonly Used OTC Drugs and Consumer Impact
Researchers recently conducted a cross-sectional, survey-based study to assess the most commonly utilized OTC medications and their influence on the individuals who utilize them. The study was conducted between June 2021 and November 2021 and involved 442 participants who routinely used OTC drugs. Learn more about the impact OTC drugs have on consumers.

Long-term GI Issues in Individuals Post-COVID-19 Infection
In a recent study in Nature Communications, researchers comprehensively evaluated the risks and 1-year burden of gastrointestinal (GI) disorders in the postacute phase of a COVID-19 infection. The study explored the impact of post-COVID-19 infection on various organ systems, including the effects on the brain, cardiovascular system, and kidneys. Learn more about the results of this study.

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