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August 18, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Vitamin E supplements ward off colds in the elderly and may help some seniors avoid upper-respiratory infections that can prove deadly, researchers reported in the Journal of the American Medical Assn. In a study of 617 nursing home patients aged 65 or older, those who swallowed a vitamin E supplement daily had significantly fewer common colds and a 20% overall lower risk of catching a cold, the researchers found.
March 23, 1986
Concern about a lack of nutrients in supermarket foods grown in poor-quality soil may be leading the consumer to the supplement shelves for vitamins and minerals--a dangerous and unnecessary tack, according to an expert on trace minerals and vitamins. "Supplements don't supply the fiber and carbohydrates that are found in raw vegetables and fruits," said Lucille Hurley, a Ph.D. with the University of California at Davis and with the Dairy Council of California.
September 15, 1993 | From Associated Press
Daily doses of beta carotene, Vitamin E and selenium reduced cancer deaths by 13% in a study conducted in rural China by U.S. researchers, who caution that the results may not apply to the United States, where people eat a more well-balanced diet. The five-year study, involving 29,584 people in an area where cancer rates are among the highest in the world, showed that some vitamins and minerals can be of benefit against cancer, according to the National Cancer Institute researchers.
In a surprising study that casts doubt on the health benefits of antioxidant vitamins, a team of Finnish and American researchers has found that supplements of Vitamin E and beta carotene do not protect smokers against lung cancer--as previous studies have shown--and that beta carotene may in fact raise the risk of cancer among smokers.
September 10, 1999 | Associated Press
Three Japanese companies have agreed to plead guilty and pay $137 million in fines for taking part in a worldwide conspiracy to control the prices of vitamins, the U.S. Justice Department said. "This conspiracy artificially inflated the cost to virtually every American of such everyday necessities as milk, bread, orange juice and cereal, which were fortified with vitamins produced by these companies," said Joel Klein, assistant attorney general in charge of antitrust activities.
Michele Adams was strolling through a vitamin company's display booth at a tradeshow in Anaheim last week, searching for products to boost sales at her co-op food market in Corvallis, Ore. Vitamin sales have skyrocketed in the past year at First Alternative Co-Op, which plans to open its second store soon with an expanded vitamin section. "Customers generally want what fights illness," said Adams, a buyer for the market. "And people with heart problems want the antioxidants."
June 23, 2007 | Daniel Costello, Times Staff Writer
Starting this summer, the makers of vitamins and dietary supplements will have to do something they've never done before: verify that what they sell is real. On Friday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced that starting in late August, manufacturers in the $22-billon-a-year industry must conduct tests to show that their products contain all the ingredients on the label -- nothing more and nothing less. Companies must also keep records of consumer complaints.
November 14, 1987 | LANIE JONES, Times Staff Writer
Rekindling an old debate, researchers at the University of Wisconsin have concluded that large doses of Vitamin C may reduce the severity of the common cold. Elliot Dick, a professor of preventive medicine, presented his team's findings this week at an international symposium on medical virology in Anaheim.
November 5, 1988 | Associated Press
The Food and Drug Administration warned physicians Friday that three patients receiving intravenous feedings have died recently due to a lack of Vitamin B1, and the agency urged doctors to make sure such liquid diets are supplemented with the essential vitamin. A multivitamin preparation usually added to intravenous feedings is in short supply because a Chicago manufacturer, Lyphomed Inc., had to cut production after the FDA ordered a recall in July of some of the company's product.
July 11, 1988 | Associated Press
At the Energy Pool bar in the heart of Tokyo's business district, office workers worn out by the daily grind are seeking a solution at the bottom of a bottle--a tonic bottle. A fixture at drugstores and kiosks in commuter stations, tonics are the kick that refreshes the hard-working Japanese, famous for toiling long hours and shunning paid holidays. Taking a tonic here is not like popping open a cola for breakfast or sneaking a nip at lunch in the United States.
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