Vitamin D relieves joint pain, muscle pain from breast cancer medication

WUSTL.edu – High-dose vitamin D relieves joint pain and muscle pain for many breast cancer patients taking estrogen-lowering drugs, according to a new study from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. The medications, known as aromatase inhibitors, are commonly prescribed to shrink breast tumors fueled by the hormone estrogen and help prevent cancer […]

Vitamin D intake recommendations in new clinical practice guideline

Endo-society.org – The Endocrine Society recently released “Evaluation, Treatment, and Prevention of Vitamin D Deficiency: An Endocrine Society Clinical Practice Guideline.” The clinical practice guideline (CPG) is published in the July 2011 issue of the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (JCEM), a publication of The Endocrine Society. The major source of vitamin D for […]

Higher vitamin D levels improve bone density drug response 700 percent

HSS.edu – Vitamin D levels should be maintained above the limits recently recommended by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) in order to fully optimize a drug therapy for osteoporosis and low bone mineral density (BMD), according to a new study by researchers from Hospital for Special Surgery in New York. The findings were presented at […]

Insomnia worsens insulin resistance in diabetics

UChospitals.edu – In the largest study of it kind to establish a link between sleep and diabetes, researchers found that people with diabetes who sleep poorly have higher (worse) insulin resistance, and a harder time controlling the disease. The findings, published in the June 2011 issue of Diabetes Care, suggest that insomnia or poor sleep […]

Belly fat doubles death risk from heart disease

MayoClinic.org – One of the largest studies of its kind has found that people with coronary artery disease who have even a modest beer belly (belly fat) or muffin top are at higher risk for death than people whose fat collects elsewhere. The effect was observed even in patients with a normal Body Mass Index […]

Estrogen boosts dendritic spines, mental performance

Northwestern.edu – Estrogen is an elixir for the brain, sharpening mental performance in humans and animals and showing promise as a treatment for disorders of the brain such as Alzheimer’s disease and schizophrenia. But long-term estrogen therapy, once prescribed routinely for menopausal women, now is quite controversial because of research showing it increases the risk of cancer, heart disease […]

Vitamin C may be life-saving treatment for sepsis

Physicians caring for patients with sepsis may soon have a new safe and cost-effective, natural treatment for this life-threatening illness – Vitamin C. Research led by Dr. Karel Tyml and his colleagues at The University of Western Ontario and Lawson Health Research Institute have found that vitamin C can not only prevent the onset of sepsis, but can […]

How SAM-e, vitamin B6 boost hydrogen sulfide in body

UMich.edu – How the dietary supplement SAM-e boosts the activity of a natural protein that uses vitamin B6 to make more hydrogen sulfide in the body has been revealed by researchers at the University of Michigan. The researchers have solved the structure of this protein that is integral to processes responsible for maintaining a healthy heart and nervous system. The protein […]

Allopurinol may help prevent colorectal cancer

AACR.org – Allopurinol, a relatively inexpensive anti-gout medication that has been on the market for more than 20 years, may help fight the development of colorectal adenomas, according to data presented at the Ninth Annual AACR Frontiers in Cancer Prevention Research Conference, held November 7-10, 2010. Specifically, the presence of a colorectal tumor tissue biomarker Ki67 was markedly decreased […]