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Vitamin D Helps Lower the Risk of Prostate Cancer

Feb 22, 2005

Researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital and at Harvard University School of Public Health have found that having the highest blood levels of vitamin D decrease a mans risk of developing prostate cancer by about 45% and also decrease the risk of developing more aggressive-dangerous prostate cancer. The lucky men who genetically use vitamin D better than other men had a 55% lower risk of prostate cancer and a 77% decreased risk of developing more aggressive prostate cancer. The study was presented at the 2005 Multidisciplinary Prostate Cancer Symposium this February in Orlando, Florida which was cosponsored by the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the Prostate Cancer Foundation and other Societies.

Migraines Tied to Heart Risk

In this study, researchers at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda Maryland compared over 600 patients who suffer from migraines to over 5,000 people whom are migraine headache free. They found that people who get migraines were more likely to have a parent who suffered a heart attack at a young age, and were more likely to have cholesterol issues, elevated blood pressure, and to develop heart disease or a stroke at a younger age. The migraine sufferers were about twice as likely to have a risk of heart disease. A previous study from the University of Baltimore found that in young women who suffered a migraine with aura and an accompanying loss of vision (e.g. light flashes, spots, or lines), there was an increased risk of stroke. The current study is published in the February 22, 2005 issue of the journal Neurology.