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October 3, 1985
Eating plenty of vegetables is good for you, but according to the California Dietetic Assn., you may get more nutrition from drinking the water they're cooked in. "The vitamins found in most vegetables--B-1, B-2, B-6, C and folacin--are water-soluble," registered dietitian Cheryl Loggins, president of the association, said. "If cooked for a long time in large amounts of water, they're likely to lose most of these vitamins." Potatoes are rich in Vitamin C.
February 25, 2014 | By Karen Kaplan
If you are taking vitamin supplements to reduce your risk of heart disease or cancer, a government panel of health experts wants you to know that you're probably wasting your money. In some cases, those vitamins may actually increase your risk of cancer. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force came to this conclusion Monday after reviewing dozens of studies, including many randomized clinical trials, considered the gold standard for medical research. The task force's final recommendation was published online Monday in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
May 21, 2007 | From Times wire reports
Men who pop too many vitamins in the hope of improving their health may in fact be raising their risk of the deadliest forms of prostate cancer, especially men with a family history of the disease. Researchers at the National Cancer Institute found that men who exceeded the recommended dose -- taking more than seven multivitamins a week -- increased the risk of advanced cancer by about 30%. "We didn't see any relationship with overall prostate cancer," said Dr.
February 5, 2014 | By Monte Morin
Scientists have identified a simple, inexpensive compound that made cancer drugs more effective in mice and helped human patients weather the toxic side effects of chemotherapy. But even as they touted their experimental results, they acknowledged that their remedy was unlikely to inspire the vigorous - and expensive - research necessary to win regulatory approval and join the ranks of mainstream medicine. The drug in question is vitamin C. When absorbed from foods such as oranges, strawberries, broccoli and kale, it feeds neurotransmitters and helps the body make collagen, among other important functions.
May 25, 2011 | By Thomas H. Maugh II, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
Women who reported not taking prenatal vitamins immediately before and during a pregnancy were twice as likley to have a child with autism, UC Davis researchers reported Wednesday. If the women also had a mutation in a high-risk gene, they were seven times as likely to have a child with the developmental disorder, the researchers reported in the online edition of the journal Epidemiology. The study is scheduled to appear in print in July. Epidemiologist Rebecca J. Schmidt of the UC Davis MIND Institute and her colleagues studied about 700 Northern California families with 2- to 5-year-old children with autism who were participants in the Childhood Autism Risk from Genetics and the Environment study from January 2003 to December 2009.
December 20, 2010 | By Stuart Pfeifer, Los Angeles Times
Here is a roundup of alleged cons, frauds and schemes to watch out for. ? Online shopping The Federal Trade Commission cautions consumers to use extreme care when making online purchases during the holidays. Consumers should confirm a seller's physical address and telephone number before making a purchase; read the fine print, including shipping fees; print and save records of all purchases; and use caution when making purchases using public wireless networks. The FTC recommends paying with credit cards ?
August 21, 1989 | Compiled from staff and wire reports
Vitamin supplements taken around the time of conception do not reduce the risk of having a baby with birth defects in the central nervous system, researchers said last week in a study that contradicts a number of previous findings. Previous studies in Britain and the United States showed that mothers of malformed infants were less likely to have taken vitamins prior to or just after conception than mothers of normal children or infants with other defects.
In a controversial decision, the Food and Drug Administration announced Monday that manufacturers must have scientific proof of the benefits of dietary supplements--vitamins, minerals, amino acids and other nutritional substances--before they can make health claims on product labels. The decision holds the dietary supplement industry to the same standards that the agency set for health claims about food.
April 7, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Extra vitamin supplements can reduce the risk of having an underweight or undersized baby, researchers reported Thursday in the New England Journal of Medicine. The supplements did not, however, lower the likelihood of premature birth or losing the fetus before birth. The study, conducted in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, involved 8,468 pregnant women who received iron and folic acid supplements, both proven prenatal treatments.
February 9, 2004 | Jane E. Allen
Some vitamins can lower elevated blood levels of homocysteine, considered a risk factor for heart disease and stroke. But taking high doses of the vitamins -- B-6, B-12 and folic acid -- didn't actually prevent strokes, coronary artery disease or death in a recent study. Researchers at Wake Forest University School of Medicine and their colleagues studied 3,680 survivors of non-disabling strokes being treated at 56 centers in the U.S., Canada and Scotland.
December 31, 2013 | By Melissa Healy, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
Patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease were able to care for themselves longer and needed less help performing everyday chores when they took a daily capsule containing 2,000 IUs of alpha tocopherol, or vitamin E, a study has found. Compared with subjects who took placebo pills, those who took daily supplements of the antioxidant vitamin E and were followed for an average of two years and three months delayed their loss of function by a little over six months on average, a 19% improvement.
December 17, 2013 | By Karen Kaplan
Looking for ways to save money in 2014? Here's some advice from doctors: Stop buying vitamins. Time after time, studies have shown that vitamin and mineral supplements don't prevent disease or death. And yet consumers keep buying them, lament the authors of an editorial published in Tuesday's edition of the Annals of Internal Medicine. A 2011 report from the National Center for Health Statistics estimated that 53% of American adults used some type of supplement in the years 2003 to 2006, with multivitamin/multimineral formulations being the most popular.
July 22, 2013 | By Adolfo Flores
Don't expect to get a vitamin boost from 7-Up drinks any more. The maker of the beverage, Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, agreed to stop adding vitamin E to some of its drinks and halt claims that the product has antioxidants as part of a settlement with a health advocacy group. The company had been infusing small amounts of vitamin E into some varieties of 7-Up -- regular and diet Cherry Antioxidant, Mixed Berry Antioxidant and Pomegranate Antioxidant -- when the firm was sued  in November in U.S. District Court in California on behalf of a Sherman Oaks man. The Center for Science in the Public Interest also took issue with the images of berries and pomegranates on the soda's labels, saying it gave the impression that the antioxidants came from fruit instead of the added vitamin E. “Soda is not a health food, and should not be marketed as a healthy source of antioxidants or other nutrients,” Steve Gardner, litigation director at CSPI, said in a statement.  “It's to the credit of Dr Pepper Snapple Group that it carefully considered these concerns, and worked collaboratively to resolve the dispute without further litigation.  The end result is a big plus for consumers.” Texas-based Dr Pepper Snapple Group did not immediately return calls seeking comment.
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.
October 31, 2012 | By Thomas H. Maugh II, Los Angeles Times
Low levels of vitamin D in the blood double the risk of developing bladder cancer, Spanish researchers reported Wednesday. The low levels increase the risk of the most aggressive form of the disease almost six-fold, the researchers reported in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. Spain has about 11,000 new cases of bladder cancer per year, one of the highest rates in the world. The United States has about 73,500 new cases per year, with nearly 15,000 deaths. It is primarily a disease of the elderly, with nine out of 10 victims over the age of 55. Low levels of vitamin D have previously been linked to increased risk of breast and colon cancer, but no one has studied the potential association with bladder cancer, according to Dr. Nuria Malats, a geneticist at the Spanish National Cancer Research Center.
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.
August 20, 2012 | By Thomas H. Maugh II, Los Angeles Times
For kids who get a lot of colds during the winter, a boost in vitamin D levels may be just what the doctor ordered, researchers reported Monday. Supplementing vitamin D intake for children who were deficient halved the number of colds the children contracted, a team reported in the journal Pediatrics. Observational studies have suggested that low vitamin D levels are associated with an increased risk of colds. The new study is apparently the first to show that supplementing children's intake of the vitamin can reduce their risk of colds.
June 25, 2012 | By Mary MacVean
  We mostly get our vitamin D by exposure to the sun, and these days, who just goes out in the sun? So there's been a lot of attention given to - and confusion over - vitamin D supplements, something many doctors recommend. Now there's a new study a possible vitamin D benefit: In a group of women older than 65 who had gained weight over 4½ years, those whose levels of the vitamin were low had gained a little more weight, researchers found in a study published Monday.
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