Disease


Aug

21

2014

Body Mass Index and Cancer

In the News – August 20, 2014 The Journal LANCET has published a very large study (Over 5 million individuals) examining the link between high body mass index (BMI) and 22 common cancers. Increased BMI appeared to be “roughly linearly associated” with increased risk of cancers of the uterus, thyroid, gallbladder, kidney, cervix and leukemia. There was also a positive association with liver, colon, ovarian...

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Aug

10

2014
Vitamin D and Dementia: A Very Close Tie

Vitamin D and Dementia: A Very Close Tie

Older patients with very low levels of vitamin D have about a 122% increased risk for dementia compared with those with higher levels, according to a large, prospective, population-based study. The study provides “robust evidence” of the link between vitamin D and cognition and adds important new information to the association, said study author David J. Llewellyn, PhD, senior research fellow in clinical epidemiology, University...

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Mar

12

2013

Reduced antioxidant levels in PAD

November 9, 2012. An article published on September 24, 2012 in the Journal of Physiology reveals a protective role for antioxidants, particularly vitamin C, against the rise in blood pressure that occurs in the legs of individuals with peripheral arterial disease (PAD) during exercise. Peripheral artery disease is characterized by poor blood flow and pain in the lower extremities due to the presence of plaque...

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Dec

11

2012
Vitamin D: ‘Surprise’ Prognostic Marker in Breast Cancer

Vitamin D: ‘Surprise’ Prognostic Marker in Breast Cancer

From Medscape News Today – Kate Johnson Dec 10, 2012 SAN ANTONIO, Texas — Breast cancer patients with insufficient vitamin D levels have a worse prognosis after standard treatment plus zoledronic acid than those with normal levels of vitamin D, according to a preliminary biomarker analysis of the AZURE trial reported here at the 35th Annual San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium. “Women who have sufficient...

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Nov

30

2012

Multiple Sclerosis Linked to Vitamin D Levels, Study Says

By JENNIFER CORBETT DOOREN Wall Street Journal People with high levels of vitamin D in their blood have shown a lower risk of developing multiple sclerosis, according to results of a Swedish study released Monday. The new study adds to a growing body of research suggesting a link between vitamin D and MS, an autoimmune disease that affects the brain and spinal cord that is...

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Nov

20

2012

Vitamin D may prevent clogged arteries in diabetics

People with diabetes are at a higher risk of developing clogged arteries, often leading to heart disease; vitamin D deficiency may play a role. The research published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry reports that blood vessels are less likely to clog in diabetic patients who have adequate vitamin D levels. In patients with vitamin D deficiency, immune cells bind to blood vessels near the...

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Nov

20

2012

Vitamin D Supplementation for Nonspecific Musculoskeletal Pain

Vitamin D Supplementation for Nonspecific Musculoskeletal Pain in Non-Western Immigrants: A Randomized Controlled Trial Ferdinand Schreuder, MD1⇓, Roos M. D. Bernsen, PhD2 and Johannes C. van der Wouden, PhD1 1Department of General Practice, Erasmus MC, Rotterdam, The Netherlands 2Department of Community Medicine, United Arab Emirates University, United Arab Emirates CORRESPONDING AUTHOR Ferdinand Schreuder, MD Handellaan 108-D 2625 SN Delft The Netherlands fschreuder01@planet.nl Abstract PURPOSE Many...

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Aug

20

2012

Vitamin D Deficiency Common in Critically Ill Children

August 6, 2012 — According to 2 recent studies, two thirds of children admitted to pediatric intensive care units (PICUs) may be deficient in vitamin D, which may make them vulnerable to more severe illness. The studies were published online August 6 in Pediatrics. The first study was conducted by Kate Madden, MD, an assistant in critical care medicine in the Division of Critical Care...

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Aug

20

2012

Vitamin D Linked to Disease Activity in MS

August 3, 2012 — Evidence suggests a role for vitamin D in the disease process of multiple sclerosis (MS). One large study reports the novel finding that treatment with beta-interferon (IFN-ß) enhances the production of vitamin D from sun exposure in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS). Two additional reports show that in people with MS, higher levels of circulating 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25[OH]D) may reduce the...

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Jul

24

2012

Vitamin D status at breast cancer diagnosis: Correlation with tumor characteristics?

Posted on July 17, 2012 by Brindusa Vanta, MD(EU) A new study confirms that healthy blood levels of vitamin D are important in women diagnosed with breast cancer and it also reveals new findings regarding the benefits of vitamin D for this condition. Hatse S et al. Vitamin D status at breast cancer diagnosis: correlation with tumor characteristics, disease outcome and genetic determinants of vitamin...

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