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Vitamin Infusion: The New Hollywood Fad and How It Works

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Taking vitamins orally might soon fall out of favor as more Americans opt to drip them straight into their veins.

More exhausted people are heading to private clinics and getting hooked up to a vitamin I.V. for their energy-boosting cocktail infusion.

The technique was fueled, in part, by a photo that pop star Rihanna tweeted last month with her arm hooked up to an intravenous drip. Turns out she was enjoying the so-called "party-girl drip."

Other A-list celebrities that have reportedly jumped on the liquid vitamin bandwagon include Simon Cowell, Cindy Crawford and Madonna.

It's not just stars who are following Rihanna's lead. Music executive Carmen Key gets her 45-minute session once a week at a clinic in Los Angeles. Everything from vitamins C and B to minerals like zinc and chromium are pumped straight into her arm: "Instead of feeling energized, you feel alive," Key said.

Eating a salad, taking a nap and traditional vitamins don't compare, Key said. "That would probably do four percent of what this does," she said.

The session is pricey and can run $175 to $275. Critics call it extreme and wonder whether it actually offers anything nutritious that food or traditional vitamins can't.

Doctors and patients at Patient's Medical, a holistic wellness center in New York City, swear by it.

"I.V. is pretty much instant gratification," Dr. Kamau Kokayi said.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


For Trauma Patients, Less May Be More

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- One of the standard steps in most trauma care situations has long been to give the patient fluids by IV.  But new research published in The Annals of Surgery calls that into question.

The research involved analyzing complete records of more than 11,000 patients in a national database, dating from 2001 - 2005.  With nearly every type of traumatic injury or condition, researchers said the risk of death increases when intravenous fluids are administered.  Those with severe head injuries were 34 percent more likely to die if they had been given fluids, for example.

Among the theories behind such numbers is the possibility that taking time to set up the IV delays transport to the hospital and that giving fluids may cause the release of a blood clot or may increase blood loss.

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