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Need for vitamin D no excuse for excess sun exposure, skin cancer experts say

Tuesday, June 26, 2007
SHERYL UBELACKER TORONTO (CP) – When Virginia Disimino hears people talk about soaking up some sun to produce vitamin D – or worse, that tanning beds are the optimal way to acquire the nutrient – she despairs that years of warnings about skin cancer still aren’t sinking in.… continue reading

Vitamin D important part of cancer prevention lifestyle

Tuesday, June 26, 2007
By DR. RICHARD BELIVEAU On top of its essential role in the absorption of calcium and the integrity of the bone mass, vitamin D is a vitamin with high prevention potential for several types of cancers. This is why the Canadian Cancer Society now recommends vitamin D supplements as a preventive measure.… continue reading

Inuits live in very cold climates, why do they have dark skin?

Thursday, June 21, 2007
By Emily V. Driscoll Despite the frigid, ice covered landscape of Northern Canada and Alaska, the Inuits remain warm beneath parkas of animal hide. Warm and…tan. Despite barely seeing the light of day, the native people’s skin retains a bronze glow.… continue reading

Vitamin D boost for heart health

Thursday, June 21, 2007
The lack of winter sunlight for Scots – and other northern European nationalities – could be a factor in the country’s high rates of heart disease, new research at the University of Dundee has found. A research team led by Professor Allan Struthers, head of the Division of Medicine and Therapeutics at the University of Dundee Medical School, found that a dose of vitamin D in wintertime improved blood vessel function, which should in turn decrease the incidence of new heart attacks The findings will be presented to delegates at the British Cardiovascular Society annual scientific conference in Glasgow (Thursday June 7th).… continue reading

Vitamin D primer: there’s no one recommendation for all

Thursday, June 21, 2007
ANDY RIGA The Gazette It has long been known vitamin D helps our bodies form and maintain strong, healthy bones and prevents fractures in the elderly. But a growing body of research indicates it may also help cut the risk of cancer.… continue reading

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