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Medical Minute: A Blueberry Supplement May Help Postpartum Blues

** ADVANCE FOR SUNDAY, NOV. 21 **Leo Barrile, a satisfied customer of Berkeley Premium Nutraceuticals, displays a handful of Rogisen and Altovis pills at his home Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2004, in New York.  Barrile, a 72 year-old diabetic, swears that Rogisen, which contains generous quantities of zinc, selenium, copper and vitamins A, C, and E, has dramatically improved his night vision. Barrile used to avoid night driving because the glare of headlights blinded him, but now he regularly ventures out after dark. He also takes Altovis, the orange caplets, to help boot his energy level. He paid $200 for a six months' supply of the two supplements. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
** ADVANCE FOR SUNDAY, NOV. 21 **Leo Barrile, a satisfied customer of Berkeley Premium Nutraceuticals, displays a handful of Rogisen and Altovis pills at his home Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2004, in New York. Barrile, a 72 year-old diabetic, swears that Rogisen, which contains generous quantities of zinc, selenium, copper and vitamins A, C, and E, has dramatically improved his night vision. Barrile used to avoid night driving because the glare of headlights blinded him, but now he regularly ventures out after dark. He also takes Altovis, the orange caplets, to help boot his energy level. He paid $200 for a six months' supply of the two supplements. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
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Supplements, or the fancier term, “nutraceuticals,” have gotten a well-deserved bad reputation in evidence-based medicine circles. But a new strategy is afoot in this multi-billion dollar industry: gathering evidence first before marketing a product. 

In this “Medical Minute” segment we highlight one such effort surrounding a treatment for the postpartum blues, which can be a precursor to postpartum depression.

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