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Vitamin D and breast cancer risk

Monday, April 21, 2008
A connection between vitamin D level and the risk of developing breast cancer has been implicated for a long time, but its clinical relevance had not yet been proven. Sascha Abbas and colleagues from the working group headed by Dr. Jenny Chang-Claude at the German Cancer Research Center (Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum, DKFZ), collaborating with researchers of the University Hospitals in Hamburg-Eppendorf, have now obtained clear results: While previous studies had concentrated chiefly on nutritional vitamin D, the researchers have now investigated the complete vitamin D status.… continue reading

Fake Bake Debate

Thursday, April 17, 2008
Barbara Kantrowitz and Pat Wingert, Newsweek At this year’s Oscars actress Anne Hathaway stood out not just because of her gorgeous red Marchesa gown but because of the creamy pale skin she wore under it. If her decision to appear sans tan was an attempt to send a signal that tanning is losing its glamorous glow, her timing couldn’t be better, dermatologists say.… continue reading

CDC Study Reveals Toxic Chemical in Sunscreens Contaminate 97% of Americans

Thursday, April 17, 2008
Norwalk, CT – A new study released by the Center for Disease Control shows that nearly all Americans are contaminated with the toxic chemical oxybenzone. The chemical is used primarily in sunscreens to absorb UV-ultraviolet rays. In Europe, sunscreen products that contain 0.5%… continue reading

Variants of vitamin D receptor linked to increased risk of breast cancer

Thursday, April 17, 2008
Genetic variations in the body’s receptor for vitamin D could increase the risk of breast cancer in postmenopausal women, according to a study published today in the open access journal Breast Cancer Research. Jenny Chang-Claude of the Division of Cancer Epidemiology, at the German Cancer Research Center, in Heidelberg, and colleagues there and at the Institute for Medical Biometrics and Epidemiology, University Clinic Hamburg-Eppendorf, Germany, undertook a population-based case-control study involving 1,408 patients and 2,612 control individuals.… continue reading

Vitamin D found to guard against artery disease

Thursday, April 17, 2008
By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Vitamin D may protect against an artery disease in which fatty deposits restrict blood flow to the limbs, researchers said on Wednesday. Scientists at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University in New York found that people with low levels of vitamin D in their blood experience an increased risk for a condition known as peripheral artery disease, or PAD.… continue reading

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