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2009-05-20 13:53:48

Vitamin D may slow the progressive decline in the ability to breathe that can occur in people with asthma as a result of human airway smooth muscle (HASM) proliferation, according to researchers at the University of Pennsylvania. The group found that calcitriol, a form of vitamin D synthesized within the body, reduced growth-factor-induced HASM proliferation in cells isolated from both persons with asthma and from persons without the disease. The proliferation is a part of process called...

2009-04-30 08:00:00

- 52-Week Data Supports Long-term Use of Vectical(TM) Ointment, Satisfying an Unmet Need Among Psoriasis Patients - FORT WORTH, Texas, April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Galderma Laboratories, L.P. today announced results from a newly published clinical trial in this month's issue of CUTIS regarding the safety, tolerability and efficacy of Vectical(TM) (calcitriol) Ointment 3 mcg/g in the long-term management of mild-to-moderate chronic plaque psoriasis. Of those patients that completed the trial,...

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2008-11-08 10:34:06

Radiological health expert Daniel Hayes, Ph.D., of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene suggests that a form of vitamin D could be one of our body's main protections against damage from low levels of radiation. Writing in the International Journal of Low Radiation, Hayes explains that calcitriol, the active form of vitamin D, may protect us from background radiation and could be used as a safe protective agent before or after a low-level nuclear incident. Biologists and...

2008-06-16 15:00:07

PARSIPPANY, N.J., June 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Fontus Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on nephrology and endocrinology, announced today that it has acquired ROCALTROL(R) (calcitriol) from Roche Laboratories Inc. ROCALTROL is a vitamin D analog prescribed by nephrologists for the management of hyperparathyroidism and resultant metabolic bone disease in patients with moderate to severe chronic renal failure (CRF) and by endocrinologists for the management of...

2005-11-01 12:15:00

The active metabolite of vitamin D, calcitriol, and other vitamin D analogs are promising chemopreventive agents that may prevent prostate cancer, according to a study presented today at the American Association for Cancer Research's 4th annual Frontiers in Cancer Prevention Research meeting in Baltimore. Researchers from Roswell Park Cancer Institute conducted both in vitro (outside the body) and in vivo (inside the body) studies to determine the effects of calcitriol and the analogs,...

2005-09-01 12:20:44

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Special, high-dose formulations of vitamin D and common, over-the-counter painkillers can greatly slow the growth of prostate cancer tumors, U.S. researchers reported on Thursday. Combining the two slowed their growth by up to 70 percent in a laboratory dish, the team at the Stanford University School of Medicine found. Dr. David Feldman and colleagues are so impressed by the results that they have started a clinical trial to see if the approach also works in...

2005-09-01 00:19:00

STANFORD, Calif. - The growth of prostate cancer cells can be halted by combining a form of vitamin D, available only by prescription, with low doses of an over-the-counter painkiller, researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine have found. The combination reduced prostate cancer cell growth in a laboratory dish by up to 70 percent, according to the findings, published in the Sept. 1 issue of Cancer Research. The study's senior author, David Feldman, MD, professor of medicine,...

2005-09-01 00:08:43

PHILADELPHIA "“ Low doses of the active form of vitamin D and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, taken in combination, have been shown to act as a powerful one-two punch that knocks down the growth of prostate cancer cells. In a study published in the journal "Cancer Research", scientists from Stanford University discovered that the amount of both -- activated vitamin D, or calcitriol, and the NSAIDs -- could be reduced by half to one-tenth the dosage to thwart prostate cancer cell...


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