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4 Your Health: The will in a will, stronger bones and not so effective baby supplements

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Tucson- Taking DHA supplements during pregnancy does not help boost children's IQ or academic abilities.

Researchers in Australia had a group of expectant mothers take 800 milligrams of DHA daily or a placebo during the last half of pregnancy. They found no differences in cognitive, language and motor development at 18 months old. At the age of seven, both groups had similar IQ scores.

The study also found more behavior problems among children whose mothers took DHA.

Stronger bones for men

New osteoporosis research finds weight bearing exercises help increase bone density in men.

The study included a group of men with low bone mass who did resistance or jump training exercises on a regular basis.

After one year, the men had healthier levels of proteins that stimulate bone formation and increased bone density.

Be Will-ing

Drawing up a living will or medical power of attorney is important but it's critical loved ones understand these end of life wishes.

A new study shows one in five designated surrogates have not talked in depth about what their family member of friend wants when it comes to quality versus quantity of life. And only 30 percent of those who did have a conversation completely understood their loved one's desires.

Experts say doctors and other health care workers need to be more active in encouraging patients to have these difficult discussions before they have a health crisis.

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