July 4, 2011

May Help Offset Disease

1 New Blood Test Detects Sources of Vitamin D

Vitamin D deficiencies weaken the immune system and raise the risk of disease. Prof. Declan Naughton, Kingston U, has developed an accurate blood test which detects deficiencies and the different forms of the vitamin which is absorbed either through diet (D2) or sunlight (D3). The main source of vitamin D is from sunlight but, says Professor Naughton, “another type of the vitamin can be found in foods such as salmon, mackerel, sardines and egg yolks.” The new test measures the two forms of vitamin D to help physicians understand what is causing any deficiency. “Perhaps people just need more sun, or maybe they should be looking more closely at their diet too,” says Naughton whose test may be used, in the future, to regulate vitamin D levels and offset a broad range of illnesses.

More at ScienceDaily.com | Posted 6 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Vitamin D Deficiency Is Widespread

Tags: Disease, Vitamin D, Vitamin D Deficiency, Professor Declan Naughton, Kingston University, Vitamin D Sources

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Is Risk Worth It?

2 Chantix Increases Heart Risk by 72 Percent

Chantix, Pfizer's drug to help smokers kick the habit, has been linked with a 72 percent higher risk of heart attacks and other cardiovascular events, reports CBS News. The new review, published in Canadian Medical Association Journal, combines 14 Chantix studies, including more than 8,000 patients. An editorial that accompanies the review points out that cardiovascular problems like heart attack and stroke occur in only 1 percent of patients who take Chantix. According to CBS News, the FDA plans to evaluate expanding Chantix warnings to cover all smokers who may take the drug. In June, the FDA warned that Chantix could be linked with a small increased risk of heart problems among smokers with heart disease.

More at CBS News | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Chantix Risks, Heart Risks Chantix, Stop Smoking Drugs, Quit Smoking Drugs, Chantix Studies, Increased Heart Disease, Canadian Medical Association Journal

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Fraternal ASD Rates a Surprise

3 Twin Studies Show Womb May Affect Autism Risk

Results from a study looking at autism spectrum disorders (ASD) in twins suggest that non-genetic factors before birth may play a larger role than previously thought. Several genes have been linked to autism but their presence does not always lead to it. A cohort of 192 pairs of twin, at least one of whom has autism, was determined to be identical or fraternal by DNA testing. ASD in both twins was seen in 77 percent of male pairs and 50 percent of female pairs in identical twins and in 31 and 36 percent of male and female fraternal twin pairs, respectively. Because of the rates of ASD seen in both fraternal twins, researchers believe that factors such as maternal age, stress, infections and diet may affect the risk of developing the disorder that affects one out of 100 kids.

More at Yahoo! AP | Posted 6 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Winter Conception Linked to Autism in Kids

Tags: ASDs, Autism, Autism Risk Factors, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Autism Risk Factors in the Womb, Autism in Identical Twins, Autism in Fraternal Twins, Autism Twin Studies, Twin Pregnancy, Identical Twins, Fraternal Twins

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