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Meta-analysis of vitamin D, calcium and the prevention of breast cancer. - [Breast Canc... - 0 views

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    Meta-analysis of vitamin D, calcium and the prevention of breast cancer.
    Chen P, Hu P, Xie D, Qin Y, Wang F, Wang H.
    Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2009 Oct 23. [Epub ahead of print]
    PMID: 19851861

    These results provide strong evidence that vitamin D and calcium have a chemopreventive effect against breast cancer.
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Food Choices and Coronary Heart Disease: A Population Based Cohort Study of Rural Swedi... - 1 views

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    Food Choices and Coronary Heart Disease: A Population Based Cohort Study of Rural Swedish Men with 12 Years of Follow-up.
    Sara Holmberg, Anders Thelin and Eva-Lena Stiernström.
    Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2009, 6(10), 2626-2638; doi:10.3390/ijerph6102626 - published online 12 October 2009

    Coronary heart disease is associated with diet. Nutritional recommendations are frequently provided, but few long term studies on the effect of food choices on heart disease are available. We followed coronary heart disease morbidity and mortality in a cohort of rural men (N = 1,752) participating in a prospective observational study. Dietary choices were assessed at baseline with a 15-item food questionnaire. 138 men were hospitalized or deceased owing to coronary heart disease during the 12 year follow-up. Daily intake of fruit and vegetables was associated with a lower risk of coronary heart disease when combined with a high dairy fat consumption (odds ratio 0.39, 95% CI 0.21-0.73), but not when combined with a low dairy fat consumption (odds ratio 1.70, 95% CI 0.97-2.98). Choosing wholemeal bread or eating fish at least twice a week showed no association with the outcome.
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Women With Breast Cancer Have Low Vitamin D Levels - 0 views

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    "ScienceDaily (Oct. 8, 2009) - Women with breast cancer should be given high doses of vitamin D because a majority of them are likely to have low levels of vitamin D, which could contribute to decreased bone mass and greater risk of fractures, according to scientists at the University of Rochester Medical Center."

    Scientists funded by the NCI analyzed vitamin D levels in each woman, and the average level was 27 nanograms per milliliter; more than two-thirds of the women had vitamin deficiency. Weekly supplementation with high doses of vitamin D -- 50,000 international units or more -- improved the levels, according to Peppone's study.

    The U.S. Institute of Medicine suggests that blood levels nearing 32 nanograms per milliliter are adequate.
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Experimental Drug May Work In Many Cancers - 0 views

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    "SCIENTISTS have shown that a new class of cancer drugs called PARP inhibitors, currently being tested in clinical trials to treat breast and ovarian cancer could have dramatic results when used to treat other solid tumours, according to work presented at the NCRI Cancer Conference today. "
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Vitamin D and autoimmune rheumatic diseases -- Cutolo 48 (3): 210 -- Rheumatology - 0 views

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    Vitamin D and autoimmune rheumatic diseases.
    Cutolo M.
    Rheumatology (Oxford). 2009 Mar;48(3):210-2. Epub 2008 Oct 17.
    PMID: 18930963
    doi:10.1093/rheumatology/ken394
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Ecological Studies Of Ultraviolet B, Vitamin D And Cancer Since 2000 - 0 views

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    Ecological studies of ultraviolet B, vitamin D and cancer since 2000.
    Grant WB, Mohr SB.
    Ann Epidemiol. 2009 Jul;19(7):446-54. Epub 2009 Mar 9.
    PMID: 19269856

    CONCLUSION: These findings provide strong evidence that vitamin D status plays an important role in controlling the outcome of cancer. Support for the UVB-vitamin D-cancer theory is now scientifically strong enough to warrant use of vitamin D in cancer prevention, and as a component of treatment. More research studies would help to explore whether there are benefits beyond the substantial effects that have been observed.
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Researchers who touted high vitamin D doses shut out of panel - The Globe and Mail - 0 views

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    The panel selected to analyze the health claims is being criticized for not including the medical researchers whose work prompted intense scientific interest in the nutrient in the first place.

    "If you were publicly in favour of vitamin D, you were not included, and I find that outrageous," said Reinhold Vieth, a professor in the department of nutritional sciences at the University of Toronto, and one of Canada's leading experts on the nutrient.
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Is more sun the answer to low vitamin D? | Wellcome Trust - 0 views

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    A study of Caucasian female twins prompts researchers to ask if public health advice to avoid the sun could be causing low vitamin D levels.

    Research produced by the Department of Twin Research and Genetic Epidemiology, King's College London, has shown that vitamin D levels are lower in fair-skinned Caucasian women than in Caucasian women with darker skin type.

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    "It will be very interesting to see the results of the genetic analysis that the authors propose - especially of polymorphisms [genetic variants] in D binding protein. Variants in this protein associate strongly with skin colour, and also with vitamin D status, so may end up being explanatory.
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Millions Of U.S. Children Low In Vitamin D - 0 views

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    ScienceDaily (Aug. 3, 2009) - Seven out of ten U.S. children have low levels of vitamin D, raising their risk of bone and heart disease, according to a study of over 6,000 children by researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. The striking findings suggest that vitamin D deficiency could place millions of children at risk for high blood pressure and other risk factors for heart disease.
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White Tea Could Keep You Healthy And Looking Young - 0 views

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    ScienceDaily (Aug. 10, 2009) - Next time you're making a cuppa, new research shows it might be wise to opt for a white tea if you want to reduce your risk of cancer, rheumatoid arthritis or even just age-associated wrinkles. Researchers from Kingston University teamed up with Neal's Yard Remedies to test the health properties of 21 plant and herb extracts. They discovered all of the plants tested had some potential benefits, but were intrigued to find white tea considerably outperformed all of them.
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Beneficial effects of a Paleolithic diet on cardiovascular risk factors in type 2 diabe... - 0 views

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    Beneficial effects of a Paleolithic diet on cardiovascular risk factors in type 2 diabetes: a randomized cross-over pilot study.
    onsson T, Granfeldt Y, Ahren B, Branell UC, Palsson G, Hansson A, Soderstrom M, Lindeberg S.
    Cardiovasc Diabetol. 2009 Jul 16;8(1):35. [Epub ahead of print]
    PMID: 19604407
    doi:10.1186/1475-2840-8-35
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Two eggs a day 'does not increase cholesterol levels' - MedWire News - Consumer Health - 0 views

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    MedWire News: Eating two eggs a day, as part of an energy-restricted weight-loss diet, does not increase levels of 'bad' or total cholesterol, results of a UK study show.
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Low-carbohydrate diets increase LDL: debunking the myth | The Blog of Michael R. Eades... - 0 views

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    This week sees the publication of yet another study showing the superiority of the low-carbohydrate diet as compared to the low-fat diet. This study, published in the prestigious American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, demonstrates that subjects following the low-carb diet experience a decrease in triglyceride levels and an increase in HDL-cholesterol (HDL) levels; and that these changes are accompanied by a minor increase in LDL-cholesterol (LDL), which prompts the authors to issue a caveat.

    Yes, although just about all the parameters that lipophobes worry about improved with the low-carb diet, the small increase in LDL has caused great concern and has prompted the authors to gravely announce that this small increase is troublesome and should be monitored closely in anyone who may be at risk for heart disease. Since most people who go on low-carb diets do so to deal with obesity issues, and since obesity is a risk factor for heart disease, it would appear that this small increase in LDL often seen in those following a low-carb diet could put these dieters at risk. Does it? We'll see.
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Long-term effects of a very-low-carbohydrate weight loss diet compared with an isocalor... - 0 views

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    Long-term effects of a very-low-carbohydrate weight loss diet compared with an isocaloric low-fat diet after 12 mo.
    Brinkworth GD, Noakes M, Buckley JD, Keogh JB, Clifton PM.
    Am J Clin Nutr. 2009 May 13. [Epub ahead of print]
    PMID: 19439458
    doi:10.3945/ajcn.2008.27326
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Green tea 'slows prostate cancer' - BBC NEWS | Health - 0 views

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    A chemical found in green tea appears to slow the progression of prostate cancer, a study has suggested.
    Green tea has been linked to a positive effect on a wide range of conditions, including heart disease, cancer and Alzheimer's disease.
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Coffee Intake, Smoking, and Pulmonary Function in the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communiti... - 0 views

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    Coffee intake, smoking, and pulmonary function in the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities Study.
    Nettleton JA, Follis JL, Schabath MB.
    Am J Epidemiol. 2009 Jun 15;169(12):1445-53. Epub 2009 Apr 16.
    PMID: 19372215
    doi:10.1093/aje/kwp068
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Lipoprotein(a) Linked to Heart Attacks - 0 views

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    June 9, 2009 -- Genetic testing confirms that high levels of a type of cholesterol known as lipoprotein(a) are associated with an increased risk for heart attacks, but the clinical implications of the finding are unclear.

    Lipoprotein(a) has long been suspected of contributing to cardiovascular risk. But this new research offers the strongest evidence yet identifying it as an independent risk factor for heart attack.

    The study appears in the June 10 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.
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'Eco-Atkins': Plant-based, Low-carb Diet May Promote Weight Loss And Improve Cholestero... - 0 views

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    ScienceDaily (June 9, 2009) - Overweight individuals who ate a low-calorie, low-carbohydrate diet high in plant-based proteins for four weeks lost weight and experienced improvements in blood cholesterol levels and other heart disease risk factors, according to a report in the June 8 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. A high-carbohydrate, low-fat vegetarian diet also resulted in weight loss but without the additional cardiovascular benefits.
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Arch Intern Med -- Abstract: The Effect of a Plant-Based Low-Carbohydrate ("Eco-Atkins"... - 0 views

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    Conclusion A low-carbohydrate plant-based diet has lipid-lowering advantages over a high-carbohydrate, low-fat weight-loss diet in improving heart disease risk factors not seen with conventional low-fat diets with animal products.

    The Effect of a Plant-Based Low-Carbohydrate ("Eco-Atkins") Diet on Body Weight and Blood Lipid Concentrations in Hyperlipidemic Subjects
    David J. A. Jenkins; Julia M. W. Wong; Cyril W. C. Kendall; Amin Esfahani; Vivian W. Y. Ng; Tracy C. K. Leong; Dorothea A. Faulkner; Ed Vidgen; Kathryn A. Greaves; Gregory Paul; William Singer
    Arch Intern Med. 2009;169(11):1046-1054.
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Major types of dietary fat and risk of coronary heart disease: a pooled analysis of 11 ... - 0 views

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    Conclusion: The associations suggest that replacing SFAs with PUFAs rather than MUFAs or carbohydrates prevents CHD over a wide range of intakes.

    Major types of dietary fat and risk of coronary heart disease: a pooled analysis of 11 cohort studies.
    Jakobsen MU, O'Reilly EJ, Heitmann BL, Pereira MA, Bälter K, Fraser GE, Goldbourt U, Hallmans G, Knekt P, Liu S, Pietinen P, Spiegelman D, Stevens J, Virtamo J, Willett WC, Ascherio A.
    Am J Clin Nutr. 2009 May;89(5):1425-32. Epub 2009 Feb 11.
    PMID: 19211817
    doi:10.3945/ajcn.2008.27124
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