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2008-11-17 11:24:55

Although some research has suggested that diets that are rich in vitamins E and C may prevent the onset of cancer, U.S. researchers on Sunday reported new findings to indicate that these vitamins had no preventative effect. The large study consisted of 14,641 male physicians who were at least 50 years old at enrollment. Each of the doctors were given either 400 IU supplements of vitamin E or 500 milligrams of vitamin C, or placebo each day. Researchers studied the effects of these...

2008-11-13 03:00:05

Synvista Therapeutics, a biopharmaceutical company, has announced new data demonstrating that discontinuation of vitamin E in patients with the Hp2-2 diabetes may result in an increased risk of heart attack and rapid deterioration of HDL function. In a prospective study called Icare, 2,241 individuals with diabetes mellitus age 55 or over from 47 primary-care clinics in Israel underwent haptoglobin (Hp) genotype testing and were randomized to receive either vitamin E or placebo. The...

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2008-11-10 08:05:00

Taking vitamins C and E to stay healthy actually does nothing to prevent heart disease in men, according to a mega study on the topic. An earlier study found Vitamin E even appeared to raise the risk of bleeding strokes in male smokers. "We have to worry about potential harm," said Barbara Howard, a nutrition scientist at MedStar Research Institute of Hyattsville, Md. Howard has no role in the research but reviewed and discussed it during an American Heart Association conference on Sunday....

2008-11-05 06:00:06

By Liz Szabo Researchers have more disappointing news for people who hope to protect their health with vitamins. In the longest-running trial of its kind, doctors found that folic acid and other B vitamins didn't prevent breast cancer or cancer in general, according to a seven-year study of 5,442 women in today's Journal of the American Medical Association. Researchers randomly assigned some of the women to take the supplements -- folic acid, vitamin B-6 and vitamin B-12 -- and...

2008-11-05 03:00:17

People should have their vitamin D levels checked annually, just as they get a flu shot every year, a Canadian non-profit group official said. Joseph Levy, executive director of the The Vitamin D Society, said vitamin D has long been known as the body's catalyst for proper calcium absorption, but vitamin D also plays a role in the prevention of more than 30 forms of cancer as well as heart disease, multiple sclerosis, osteoporosis and several other disorders. "What's clear -- but still...

2008-10-28 18:00:12

Health Canada is warning Canadians, especially expectant mothers, not to use two vitamin C products sold under the brand names New Roots and Vitazan. Officials said New Roots Herbal Vitamin C8 and Vitazan Professional Vitamin C Advanced Ascorbate were improperly manufactured using vitamin A instead of vitamin C, posing a potential health risk. And the products might also contain excessively high doses of vitamin A. Symptoms of vitamin A overdose include headaches, fatigue, appetite loss,...

2008-10-17 03:00:05

A high daily dose of a vitamin K supplement did not protect against age-related bone mineral density decline, Canadian researchers said. However, it may help with preventing fractures or cancers, study leader Angela Cheung said. In a randomized controlled trial, Cheung and colleagues at the University of Toronto had 440 postmenopausal women with osteopenia -- bone mineral density lower than normal -- to receive either 5 mg of vitamin K or a placebo daily for two years. Two hundred and...

2008-10-14 03:00:08

PARKINSON'S disease could be linked to low levels of vitamin D, a study shows. Scientists in Atlanta, Georgia, found people with the nervous system disorder had lower levels of the vitamin than healthy individuals. It's recently been discovered Vitamin D plays an important part in the immune system. (c) 2008 Daily Record; Glasgow (UK). Provided by ProQuest LLC. All rights Reserved.

2008-10-08 00:00:17

Vitamin D deficiency is common in patients with inflammatory bowel disease and chronic liver disease, U.S. researchers say. Researchers at the Medical College of Wisconsin investigated whether Vitamin D deficiency in patients with inflammatory bowel disease is associated with a lower quality of life or higher disease activity independent of other known risk factors and medication use. This study conducted by Dr. Alex Ulitsky and his colleagues analyzed Vitamin D levels of 504...

2008-10-02 18:00:06

In studies of cancer cells and mice, vitamin C appears to substantially reduce the effectiveness of anti-cancer drugs, U.S. researchers said. Dr. Mark L. Heaney of the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York said the same mechanism may affect patient outcomes, although this premise needs to be tested. Heaney and colleagues found that every chemotherapy drug tested did not work as well if cells were pretreated with vitamin C, as they did on untreated cancer cells. In the cell...