Multivitamin use linked to reduced cancer risk

General Health
Research linking multivitamin use to reduced cancer risks received extensive coverage, particularly online. The large study of multivitamins found that they may slightly lower a healthy man's risk of developing cancer. For the study, "researchers gave almost 15,000 male physicians 50 years or over either a multivitamin or a placebo." (more…)
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USPSTF recommends against long-term HRT use after menopause

General Health
The Wall Street Journal reports that, in findings similar to what it arrived at in 2006, the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) issued an updated recommendation against the long-term use of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) for women who have undergone menopause. The updated clinical guidelines were published online in the Annals of Internal Medicine. (more…)
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Indoor tanning causes common skin cancers

General Health
USA Today reports, "At least 170,000 cases of skin cancer each year are linked to indoor tanning, according to an analysis published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ)." These "cancers include basal-cell carcinomas and squamous-cell carcinomas, two common types of non-melanoma skin cancers that aren't usually life-threatening, the study says. (more…)
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Vitamin D does not prevent colds

General Health
The Los Angeles Times "Booster Shots" blog reports, "If you're trying to ward off the sniffles, you can take vitamin D supplements out of your shopping cart: A new study" published in the Journal of the American Medical Association "reports that dosing with the vitamin does nothing to prevent colds or other forms of upper respiratory tract infections (URTI)." (more…)
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Physician discusses importance of eating for health, not to lose weight

General Health
In an op-ed for the New York Times, Dean Ornish, founder of the Preventive Medicine Research Institute and a clinical professor of medicine at the University of California San Francisco, writes that diet matters more than diets matter. He says, for example, that "perhaps the biggest misconception is that as long as you lose weight, it doesn't matter what you eat. But it does." (more…)
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