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SCIENCE
August 1, 2009 | Shari Roan
Vitamin supplements have been both heralded and hyped over the years, only to ultimately fall from grace once research proves them to be little more than placebos in our quest for longer life or better health. But at least one substance may have true merit -- vitamin D. Long considered just a supplement consumed with calcium for bone health, this humble vitamin may have untapped potential in fighting or preventing disease, suggests an explosion of new research.
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NEWS
October 2, 2012 | By Jon Bardin
If you're trying to ward off the sniffles, you can take vitamin D supplements out of your shopping cart: A new study reports that dosing with the vitamin does nothing to prevent colds or other forms of upper respiratory tract infections (URTI). The effect of vitamin D on the immune system has been debated for a long time. Controlled laboratory research has shown that vitamin D has several beneficial effects on the immune system, and some studies conducted in the past have suggested that people with low levels of the vitamin are at higher risk for URTIs.
NEWS
February 27, 2013 | By Karen Kaplan
More than half of American women over the age of 60 take vitamin D and calcium supplements, but the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force said this week that they're probably wasting their money. In a new recommendations from the federal government's expert panel on preventive medicine, the task force says that most postmenopausal women should not take vitamin D and calcium to reduce their risk of bone fractures. The dosages assessed were 400 international units (IUs) of vitamin D3 and 1,000 milligrams of calcium per day. The conclusions are based on an analysis of six randomized trials designed to study the health effects of vitamin D and calcium supplements.
HEALTH
December 13, 2010
I was deeply saddened with the Institute of Medicine report that we are a healthy nation in regard to our calcium and vitamin D intakes ["Sweeping Away the Hype About Vitamin D," Dec. 6]. As a physician keenly interested in my patients' nutrition status and needs, I find the report flawed. By arbitrarily setting the lower limit of normal vitamin D blood level at 20 nanograms per milliliter, they are missing the borderline deficiency between 20 and 40 ng/ml. I recommend 2,000 international units of vitamin D per day to my adult patients.
SCIENCE
March 15, 2010 | By Shari Roan
Raising the amount of vitamin D in the blood appears to help some people -- at least those deficient in the vitamin -- reduce their risk of heart disease by about 30%, researchers announced Monday. The findings, though preliminary, support further investigation of the interplay between vitamin D and heart health. Observational studies have linked heart disease with low vitamin D levels in the blood. In recent years, studies have shown that as many as three-quarters of Americans have a concentration in their blood that is under the normal level of 30 nanograms per milliliter.
NATIONAL
April 7, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
The American Academy of Pediatrics says all exclusively breast-fed infants should receive vitamin D supplements to prevent rickets, a bone-weakening disease doctors fear may be becoming more common. Breast-fed infants should receive vitamin supplements beginning at 2 months of age and until they begin taking at least 17 ounces daily of vitamin D-fortified milk, the academy says.
FOOD
May 1, 1986 | ROSE DOSTI, Times Staff Writer
Epidemiologists from UC San Diego recently revealed that Vitamin D and the mineral calcium may have more to do with cancer of the colon than does fiber or any other elements. And eating foods rich in calcium and Vitamin D may be the best step to prevent colorectal cancer, the second most deadly cancer in the United States.
NEWS
December 13, 1989 | GREG JOHNSON, GREG JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Maintaining high blood levels of a certain Vitamin D compound might reduce the risk of developing colorectal cancer by as much as 80%, according to results of a joint study conducted by UC San Diego's School of Medicine and Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health. Colorectal, or colon, cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States, with more than 150,000 new cases and 61,000 deaths reported each year.
HEALTH
June 21, 1999 | SHELDON MARGEN and DALE A. OGAR, Dr. Sheldon Margen is professor of public health at UC Berkeley; Dale A. Ogar is managing editor of the UC Berkeley Wellness Letter. They are the authors of several books, including "The Wellness Encyclopedia of Food and Nutrition."
It is simply not possible anymore to pick up a newspaper or turn on the television or especially to prowl the Internet without being confronted with incredible hype for this supplement or that dietary miracle. The magic bullet theory of health promotion is very seductive, and no one can be faulted for wanting it to be true.
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