More support for Vitamin Ds ability to reduce falling in the elderly

March 06, 2007

Falling among elderly individuals occur frequently and lead to substantial morbidity and mortality.In this new study 124 nursing home residents were given various potencies of Vitamin D (the highest being 800IU) or an inactive placebo. Supplementing these adults with an average age of 89 decreased their risk of falling by 70-percent. The study was performed by scientists from the Institute of Aging and Boston-based Hebrew SeniorLife. It is published in the February 2007 issue of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

Resveratrol; Columbia University review of cancer preventing effects

The search for novel and effective cancer preventing agents has led to the identification of various naturally occurring substances one of which is Resveratrol. Resveratrol is known to have potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects and to inhibit the growth of a variety of cancer cells. Its potential cancer preventing and cancer treating activities have been demonstrated in all three stages of the creation of cancer (carcinogenesis); initiation, promotion, and progression. Evidence from various in vitro and in vivo studies has confirmed its ability to affect various targets and pathways in the cancer process. The scientists from the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University discuss current preclinical data that support Resveratrols? potential as an anticancer agent in human populations. The review is published in the January 2007 issue of the journal Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology