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Having Sufficient Vitamin D Improves Breast Cancer Outcomes, Study Finds

Women with healthy levels of vitamin D at the time of breast cancer diagnosis have better survival outcomes, researchers say.

Vitamins A, E and D May Help You Complain Less About Coughs, Colds and Other Respiratory Issues

But is it best to get these vitamins from your diet or supplements?

Vitamin D Deficiency May Increase The Risk Of Getting COVID-19

Will vitamin D supplementation change the likelihood of infection?

Vitamin D Does Not Reduce The Risk Of Depression In Adults, New Study Finds.

Researchers say D3 supplementation does not elevate mood, either

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28 Jul
Vitamin D May Lower Black Women's Odds for COVID-19

Vitamin D May Lower Black Women's Odds for COVID-19

Unlocking a clue to why Black women might be more susceptible to COVID-19, a new study shows that low levels of vitamin D may increase their risk of infection.

That doesn't mean that people should rely on vitamin D supplements to protect themselves against COVID-19, howe...

05 Jul
Too Little Sunlight, Vitamin D May Raise Colon Cancer Risk

Too Little Sunlight, Vitamin D May Raise Colon Cancer Risk

New research finds that countries with more cloudy days tend to have higher colon cancer rates. Lower levels of vitamin D, the "sunshine vitamin," may be to blame.

So, boosting your vitamin D levels through exposure to sunlight could help reduce your risk of colon cancer...

17 Jun
How Healthy Are the New Plant-Based 'Fake Meats'?

How Healthy Are the New Plant-Based 'Fake Meats'?

More and more Americans are seeking out healthier, greener and more ethical alternatives to meat, but are plant-based alternatives like the Impossible Burger and Beyond Meat truly nutritious substitutes?

The answer is yes, according to new research funded by the U.S. Nat...

10 Jun
Healthy Levels of Vitamin D May Boost Breast Cancer Outcomes

Healthy Levels of Vitamin D May Boost Breast Cancer Outcomes

Breast cancer patients who have adequate levels of vitamin D - the "sunshine vitamin" - at the time of their diagnosis have better long-term outcomes, a new study finds.

Combined with the results of prior research, the new findings suggest "an ongoing benefit for patient...

05 May
A Vitamin Could Be Key to Women's Pain After Knee Replacement

A Vitamin Could Be Key to Women's Pain After Knee Replacement

Older women with low levels of vitamin D may have more pain after total knee replacement than those with adequate levels of the nutrient, a new study suggests.

Vitamin D is an important part of a healthy diet, and its benefits include protecting against bone disease and ...

19 Mar
High Vitamin D Levels May Help Prevent COVID-19, Especially in Black Patients

High Vitamin D Levels May Help Prevent COVID-19, Especially in Black Patients

Vitamin D -- better known as the "sunshine vitamin" -- might protect you from COVID-19, a new study suggests.

Researchers said that the protection is particularly potent among Black people.

While vitamin D levels of 30 nanograms per milliliter (ng/ml) or more are t...

18 Mar
Fish Oil, Vitamin D Won't Prevent A-Fib: Study

Fish Oil, Vitamin D Won't Prevent A-Fib: Study

For people hoping to prevent the heart rhythm disorder known as "a-fib," new research shows that taking vitamin D or fish oil supplements won't help.

A-fib, also known as atrial fibrillation, affects more than 33 million people worldwide and is the most common type of ab...

22 Feb
New Hope for Better Treatments Against Macular Degeneration

New Hope for Better Treatments Against Macular Degeneration

A number of new treatments for age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a progressive eye disease, are under development. AMD is a leading cause of vision loss in older people.

About 11 million Americans have AMD, which affects part of the eye that allows you to see fine ...

15 Feb
Zinc, Vitamin C Won't Help Against COVID-19

Zinc, Vitamin C Won't Help Against COVID-19

Despite their reputation for boosting the powers of your immune system, a new study reports that vitamin C and zinc supplements don't help COVID-19 patients recover from their illness.

Giving one or the other, or a combination of both, to patients didn't significantly re...

10 Feb
Bleeding Gums? You Might Be Lacking Vitamin C

Bleeding Gums? You Might Be Lacking Vitamin C

If you have bleeding gums, you may need to increase the amount of vitamin C in your diet, a new study suggests.

The American Dental Association says bleeding could be a sign of gingivitis, an early stage of gum disease. These new findings from University of Washington (U...

02 Feb
Could Working Outside Help Prevent Breast Cancer?

Could Working Outside Help Prevent Breast Cancer?

The great outdoors can soothe the soul, but new research suggests that working outside might also guard against breast cancer.

The study wasn't designed to say how working outside affects chances of developing breast cancer, but vitamin D exposure may be the driving forc...

28 Jan
Vitamin D: Good for Your Health, It Might Even Fight COVID-19

Vitamin D: Good for Your Health, It Might Even Fight COVID-19

Vitamin D is an essential nutrient, and recent research has suggested it may also help guard against severe COVID-19.

But how much is enough, and how hard is it to get the right amount of vitamin D?

"We know that a large percentage of the population has suboptimal ...

07 Jan
Can 2 Nutrients Lower Your Risk for Parkinson's?

Can 2 Nutrients Lower Your Risk for Parkinson's?

People who consume high levels of dietary vitamin C and E may lower their risk for Parkinson's disease by almost a third, a new study suggests.

Foods high in vitamin C include oranges, strawberries, broccoli and Brussels sprouts. Foods high in vitamin E include spinach, ...

11 Dec
High-Dose Vitamin D Won't Prevent Seniors' Falls: Study

High-Dose Vitamin D Won't Prevent Seniors' Falls: Study

High doses of vitamin D may increase seniors' risk of falls, rather than reduce it, according to a new study.

Preliminary studies suggested vitamin D may increase muscle strength and improve balance, so Johns Hopkins researchers investigated whether high doses of vitamin...

08 Dec
More Clues to Why Kids Have Much Milder COVID-19

More Clues to Why Kids Have Much Milder COVID-19

A stronger immune system and healthier blood vessels are among reasons kids are less likely than adults to have severe COVID-19, according to experts who reviewed research from around the world.

"Most children with COVID-19 have no or only mild symptoms, most commonly fe...

07 Dec
Your Microbiome & Vitamin D Levels May Be Linked: Study

Your Microbiome & Vitamin D Levels May Be Linked: Study

The diversity, and therefore the health, of the microbes in your gut is linked to your levels of vitamin D, a new study suggests.

The gut microbiome is composed of bacteria, viruses and other microbes that live in our digestive tracts and are important factors in our hea...

23 Nov
Vegan Diets Tied to Higher Bone Fracture Risk

Vegan Diets Tied to Higher Bone Fracture Risk

Chew on this: Vegans face a 43% higher risk for bone fractures than meat eaters, a large British study warns.

The rise in risk was not confined to vegans, who eat no meat, fish, dairy or eggs. The researchers also identified a notably higher risk for hip fractures among ...

13 Nov
Fish Oil, Vitamin D Supplements Won't Prevent A-Fib: Study

Fish Oil, Vitamin D Supplements Won't Prevent A-Fib: Study

Millions of people take a fish oil or vitamin D supplement in hopes of warding off a host of ills. But a new study finds the nutrients won't shield against the common and potential heart rhythm disorder known as atrial fibrillation.

"A-fib" affects about 2.7 million Amer...

12 Nov
Fish Oil, Vitamin D and Exercise: How Helpful Are They If You're Over 70?

Fish Oil, Vitamin D and Exercise: How Helpful Are They If You're Over 70?

THURSDAY, Nov. 12, 2020 (HealthDay) -- Vitamin D, fish oil supplements and weight training have long been touted for their health benefits, but for healthy seniors, none of them -- either in combination or alone -- boosts physical or mental performance or prevents broken bones...

10 Nov
Multivitamins' 'Benefits' Are All in Your Head: Study

Multivitamins' 'Benefits' Are All in Your Head: Study

Multivitamins really are magic pills for your health, a new study contends -- but just not the way you might think.

The health 'benefits' of multivitamins might just all be a trick of the mind, researchers say.

U.S. adults who regularly take multivitamins self-repo...

28 Oct
Ample Vitamins May Shield You From Colds

Ample Vitamins May Shield You From Colds

People who get enough vitamin A, D and E may be less likely to complain of coughs and sore throat, though it's not clear the nutrients are the reason why, new research suggests.

The study, of over 6,100 U.K. adults, found that those who consumed more of the vitamins were...

30 Sep
What Foods, Medicines Can Lower Your Colon Cancer Risk?

What Foods, Medicines Can Lower Your Colon Cancer Risk?

Certain nutrients, foods and medicines may help protect you against colon cancer, a large research review suggests.

A team of international researchers led by Dr. Marc Bardou, of Dijon Bourgogne University Hospital in France, reviewed about 80 studies that examined h...

25 Sep
Low Vitamin D Levels Tied to Higher Odds for Severe COVID

Low Vitamin D Levels Tied to Higher Odds for Severe COVID

Low blood levels of vitamin D might heighten people's odds for severe or even fatal COVID-19, new research shows.

Taking in a healthy level of vitamin D may therefore "reduce the complications, including the cytokine storm [release of too many proteins into the blood...

23 Sep
Could Zinc Help Fight COVID-19?

Could Zinc Help Fight COVID-19?

Millions of Americans pop zinc supplements at the first sign of the common cold. Now, new research suggests the nutrient might play a role in COVID-19 outcomes, too.

Researchers from Spain reporting at a European coronavirus conference found that hospitalized COVID-1...

04 Sep
Too Little Vitamin D Might Raise Odds of Coronavirus Infection

Too Little Vitamin D Might Raise Odds of Coronavirus Infection

There's evidence that low blood levels of the "sunshine vitamin" -- vitamin D -- may increase a person's risk of infection with the new coronavirus, researchers say.

"Vitamin D is important to the function of the immune system and vitamin D supplements have previousl...

25 Aug
Don't Count on Vitamin D to Ease Childhood Asthma

Don't Count on Vitamin D to Ease Childhood Asthma

Vitamin D supplements don't prevent severe asthma attacks in at-risk children, according to a study that challenges previous research.

"The reason that's important is there are colleagues around this country and worldwide who are testing vitamin D levels for kids wit...

11 Aug
At High Doses, Popular Biotin Supplement Could Mask Heart Trouble

At High Doses, Popular Biotin Supplement Could Mask Heart Trouble

A growing number of older people are turning to the vitamin biotin to fortify their aging skin, hair and nails.

But a new study shows how large doses of it can interfere with some vital medical tests.

Biotin, or vitamin B7, is an essential nutrient. And the...

05 Aug
Two Common Nutrients Might Keep Vertigo at Bay

Two Common Nutrients Might Keep Vertigo at Bay

Taking in extra vitamin D plus calcium might cut your odds of getting a debilitating form of vertigo, new research shows.

The Korean study focused on benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), a sudden spinning sensation that's commonly triggered by changing your h...

04 Aug
Vitamin D Won't Reduce Risk of Depression

Vitamin D Won't Reduce Risk of Depression

For those battling debilitating depression, a new study delivers some bad news: Vitamin D supplements won't make a dent in improving mood.

While the "sunshine vitamin" is often touted as an alternative way to protect against depression, vitamin D's efficacy has remai...

30 Jun
Brain's Iron Stores May Be Key to Alzheimer's

Brain's Iron Stores May Be Key to Alzheimer's

The progression of Alzheimer's disease may accelerate as iron deposits build up in the brain, a new study finds, hinting at a possible role for the mineral in mental decline.

Using MRI scans of 200 older adults with and without Alzheimer's, researchers found that tho...

05 Jun
Teens Can Donate Blood, But May Need Iron Supplements After

Teens Can Donate Blood, But May Need Iron Supplements After

Teens who donate blood are at significant risk for long-term iron deficiency, a new study warns.

The concern comes as 16- to 18-year-olds have emerged as one of the fastest-growing groups of blood donors nationwide. But this study of nearly 31,000 teens who gave blo...

08 May
Healthy Vitamin D Levels Could Be Linked to COVID-19 Survival

Healthy Vitamin D Levels Could Be Linked to COVID-19 Survival

There's been much speculation about whether vitamin D might prevent or help survival with COVID-19, and two new studies appear to underscore the link.

In the first study -- published in the journal Aging Clinical and Experimental Research -- British researche...

13 Apr
Don't Believe the Hype: Bogus Products, Coronavirus Scams Abound

Don't Believe the Hype: Bogus Products, Coronavirus Scams Abound

Can zinc help shorten a COVID-19 infection? Will vitamin C or other supplements prevent it?

These claims and plenty more can be found on social media and internet sites, but be advised: There is no pill or treatment that can prevent or cure COVID right now.

...

02 Apr
Vitamin D Might Aid Seniors' Recovery From Hip Fracture: Study

Vitamin D Might Aid Seniors' Recovery From Hip Fracture: Study

After a broken hip, seniors who have sufficient vitamin D have better odds of walking, a new study finds.

The study suggests that low levels of vitamin D could limit walking, according to researcher Sue Shapses, a professor of nutritional sciences at Rutgers Univers...

24 Mar
Indoor Athletes Often Lacking in Vitamin D

Indoor Athletes Often Lacking in Vitamin D

Indoor athletes may be vitamin D-deficient, putting themselves at risk of injury and poor performance, a small study finds.

Researchers assessed vitamin D levels in players on George Mason University's men's and women's basketball teams. For the 2018-2019 season, pla...

02 Mar
Rheumatoid Arthritis, Low Folate Levels Raise Heart Risks

Rheumatoid Arthritis, Low Folate Levels Raise Heart Risks

Low folate levels are associated with an increased risk of heart disease death in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), a new study suggests.

People with RA have a 60% increased risk of dying from heart disease, but the reasons have been unclear.

"Ou...

05 Feb
Vitamin D in Pregnancy Doesn't Curb Kids' Asthma

Vitamin D in Pregnancy Doesn't Curb Kids' Asthma

Taking higher doses of vitamin D during pregnancy doesn't appear to offer any protection against asthma in children, a new study finds.

The study, a follow-up to one done three years ago, looked at 6-year-old children whose mothers had taken extra vitamin D while th...

20 Dec
Vitamin D Alone Doesn't Prevent Fractures, New Study Finds

Vitamin D Alone Doesn't Prevent Fractures, New Study Finds

Taking calcium and vitamin D might help older adults curb the risk of a bone fracture, but vitamin D alone does not do the job, a new research review concludes.

The analysis of 28 past studies found that older adults with higher blood levels of vitamin D were less li...

12 Dec
AHA News: Could Fish Oil Fight Inflammation?

AHA News: Could Fish Oil Fight Inflammation?

Plentiful in foods like fish and flaxseed, omega-3 fatty acids have long been linked with cardiovascular health, and new research is looking at the biology behind how it might work.

A study published Thursday in the American Heart Association journal Circulation ...

15 Nov
Almost Half of Older Americans Fear Dementia, Try Untested Ways to Fight It

Almost Half of Older Americans Fear Dementia, Try Untested Ways to Fight It

Many Americans believe they are likely to develop dementia -- and they often turn to unproven ways to try to better their odds, a new study suggests.

In a survey, researchers found that almost half of Americans in their 50s and 60s believed they were at least "somewh...

14 Nov
Fish Oil Is Good Medicine for Heart Failure

Fish Oil Is Good Medicine for Heart Failure

Fish oil might help people with heart failure avoid repeat trips to the hospital, a new study suggests.

The findings come from an analysis of a clinical trial first published last year, where researchers tested the effects of fish oil and vitamin D on people's risk o...

12 Nov
AHA News: Omega-3 May Boost Brain Health in People With a Common Heart Disease

AHA News: Omega-3 May Boost Brain Health in People With a Common Heart Disease

Omega-3 fatty acids have drawn attention for their potential to keep people's thinking sharp as they age, and new research appears to support that notion for some heart patients.

The study found taking omega-3 fatty acid supplements was associated with better brain ...

08 Nov
Supplements Don't Prevent Kidney Disease in Type 2 Diabetics

Supplements Don't Prevent Kidney Disease in Type 2 Diabetics

Taking vitamin D and fish oil supplements won't prevent kidney disease in people with type 2 diabetes, a new study finds.

Many diabetics use the supplements, hoping they will have a positive effect on their kidneys and heart, the researchers said.

"We wa...

05 Nov
Vitamin D is Key to Muscle Strength in Older Adults

Vitamin D is Key to Muscle Strength in Older Adults

Vitamin D deficiency is linked with poor muscle health in older adults, a new study finds.

Maintaining muscle health helps seniors maintain their independence, mobility and quality of life. It also lowers their risk of falls and frailty.

Researchers looked ...

01 Oct
Could Vitamin C Infusions Save Patients With Sepsis?

Could Vitamin C Infusions Save Patients With Sepsis?

Massive vitamin C infusions could be a life-saver for patients with sepsis, an inflammatory condition run amok, new research suggests.

Sepsis is a leading cause of death in U.S. hospitals, claiming as many as 300,000 lives a year, according to the U.S. National Insti...

20 Sep
Low Vitamin D Levels, Shorter Life?

Low Vitamin D Levels, Shorter Life?

Young and middle-aged adults with low vitamin D levels may live shorter lives, a large study suggests.

The findings come from a 20-year follow-up of more than 78,000 Austrian adults. Researchers found that those with low vitamin D levels in their blood were nearly th...

17 Sep
AHA News: Vitamin D Is Good for the Bones, But What About the Heart?

AHA News: Vitamin D Is Good for the Bones, But What About the Heart?

Vitamin D plays an important role in overall health, but if you've been taking supplements to strengthen your heart, recent research may disappoint you.

Although vitamin D is best known for its role in developing strong bones, low blood levels have been linked to an...

13 Sep
For This Mom, Rare Bone Disease Is a Family Affair

For This Mom, Rare Bone Disease Is a Family Affair

Most people expect some risk in activities like mountain biking or rollerblading, but few would expect to end up in the emergency room with a broken thigh bone from doing a squat.

That's exactly what happened to Rachael Jones, 39, who was just trying to stay in shap...

03 Sep
Teen's Fussy 'Junk Food' Diet Leaves Him Blind

Teen's Fussy 'Junk Food' Diet Leaves Him Blind

Can a steady diet of junk food rob you of your vision?

A new case report suggests it's possible: After years of eating only potato chips, French fries, cold cuts and white bread, a 17-year-old British boy went blind.

Despite his bad eating habits, his body ...

08 Aug
AHA News: Stroke May Lead to Lower Vitamin D

AHA News: Stroke May Lead to Lower Vitamin D

Low vitamin D levels do not lead to strokes but can result from them, according to the latest study that looks at the relationship between the two.

Vitamin D is mostly known for helping the body absorb calcium and contributing to bone health. But research in recent ...

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