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2009-01-12 14:19:52

Loyola researchers report on benefit of vitamin D in diabetes and other chronic diseases Vitamin D is quickly becoming the "it" nutrient with health benefits for diseases, including cancer, osteoporosis, heart disease and now diabetes. A recent review article published by researchers from Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing concluded that adequate intake of vitamin D may prevent or delay the onset of diabetes and reduce complications for those who have already been...

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2008-12-31 12:48:02

A new survey conducted in young females connects high vitamin C in the bloodstream with lower blood pressure. This finding "strongly suggests that vitamin C is specifically important in maintaining a healthy blood pressure," lead author Dr. Gladys Block, of the University of California, Berkeley, said. Prior data connected high plasma levels of vitamin C with healthier blood pressure in the middle-aged and older, usually with unhealthy blood pressure, Block and colleagues stated. The new...

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2008-12-30 16:19:52

Women who took beta carotene or vitamin C or E or a combination of the supplements had a similar risk of cancer as women who did not take the supplements, according to data from a randomized controlled trial in the December 30 online issue of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. Epidemiological studies have suggested that people whose diets are high in fruits and vegetables, and thus antioxidants, may have a lower risk of cancer. Results from randomized trials that address the issue,...

2008-12-12 11:13:58

New research suggests there may be one less reason to supplement with certain vitamins. In the large-scale Physicians' Health Study II, researchers looked into the effects of vitamins E and C on prostate cancer and total cancer. The more than 14,000 male physicians who participated took vitamin E and vitamin C on a regular basis. Results gathered after an average of 8 years show vitamin E had no effect on the incidence of prostate cancer or total cancer. Researchers also found vitamin C had...

2008-12-10 18:40:59

Selenium and vitamin E taken alone or in combination for an average of 5 1/2 years did not prevent prostate cancer, U.S. researchers said. A team of researchers coordinated by the Southwest Oncology Group was led by scientists at The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and Cleveland Clinic. The Phase III trial began recruitment in August 2001 and aimed to determine whether selenium, vitamin E, or both could prevent prostate cancer and other diseases in relatively healthy men....

2008-12-04 16:38:00

MILWAUKEE, Dec. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Aurora Health Care is ramping up its efforts to promote the use of Vitamin D supplements. Aurora's Care Management Clinical Leadership Team members committed this week to educate all Aurora caregivers about the benefits of Vitamin D. The decision is in response to growing evidence that higher Vitamin D levels may improve outcomes for patients with heart disease, osteoporosis, certain muscle conditions and seasonal depression. "We are the first...

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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...


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  • A terrible or repulsive person.
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