• Ginkgo may slow memory decline in 'oldest old'

    May 22, 2008
         The popular herb ginkgo biloba may help slow memory loss in even the oldest elderly, provided they take the supplement regularly, a new study shows. In the study of 118 adults age 85 and older, researchers found that those who were randomly assigned to take Ginkgo extract -- and stuck with the regimen -- showed less memory loss over three years.      The findings suggest that "ginkgo biloba supplements may protect against a decline in memory function among individuals 85 years and older," lead researcher Dr.
  • Vitamin K1 intake is associated with higher bone mineral density and reduced bone resorption in early postmenopausal Scottish women

    May 21, 2008
        Researchers measured bone mineral density (BMD) at the lumbarspine (LS) and femoral neck (FN) in a cohort of Scottish womenaged 49–54 y in 1990–1994 (baseline) and in 1997–2000(visit 2). Womenwith the lowest quartile or lowest 25% of Vitamin K intake had lower BMD especially at the FN after adjustmentfor age, weight, height, menopausal status or use of hormonereplacement therapy, socioeconomic status, and physical activity. The study is published in the May 2008 issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
  • Both fish and Fish Oils reduce the risk of both colon cancer and rectal cancer

    May 20, 2008
    Over an impressive 22 year study, both Fish Oil Omega-3 Fatty Acids and fish intake were associated with cancer risk reduction for both the colon and rectum. According to the study by researchers from Harvard and Columbia University regular long-term consumption of Omega-3 Fatty Acids and oily fish may slash the risk of developing colorectal cancer by up to 40 %. The study is published in the May 1st 2008 issue of the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention.
  • Low level of vitamin D increases the risk of breast cancer metastasis and death

    May 19, 2008
    Breast cancer patients with lower levels of vitamin D were far more likely to die and far more likely to have their cancer spread than women with normal levels, Canadian researchers reported on Thursday. In fact the women deficient in Vitamin D when they were diagnosed with breast cancer were 94 % more likely to have their cancer spread and were 73 % more likely to die than women with adequate vitamin D levels, and More than three-quarters of the women with breast cancer had a vitamin D deficiency the researchers said. “The women with the lowest vitamin D levels had the highest risk of death from breast cancer," Dr.
  • In patients with kidney disease, Vitamin D cuts the risk of death and kidney failure

    May 16, 2008
         A new study shows that giving an oral form of activated vitamin D known as calcitriol to chronic kidney disease patients was associated with a 25 percent reduction in mortality over a 1.9 year period. Calcitriol has been previously associated with improved survival when given intravenously to kidney dialysis patients to treat hyperparathyroidism; however, its effect in non-dialysis kidney disease patients was unknown.      In a study funded by the National Institutes of Health, Dr.