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Boosting Mood Is a Walk in the Park

Friday, May 25, 2007
Dr. John Briffa Taking a walk outside is found to be healthful. I’m a great believer in the health-boosting capacity of regular activity—both for body and mind. I was therefore interested to read today the results of a study conducted by a team of researchers at the University of Essex, which looked at the effects of walking on mood.… continue reading

Are you vitamin D-ficient?

Friday, May 25, 2007
By Julie Deardorff Are you vitamin D-ficient? If 17-year-old Niyesha Martin had known that breast-fed babies need vitamin D supplementation, her infant might have been spared near-fatal complications from rickets. And if James Sipkins, an internist at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, had discovered the studies linking a vitamin D deficiency to immune-system disorders, he would have given his daughter supplemental doses in an effort to stave off Type 1 diabetes.… continue reading

Vitamin D can help reduce risk of cancer

Thursday, May 24, 2007
Timmins Daily Press Some time ago our all powerful and never-to-be-questioned health unit put out a series of posters cautioning us to stay out of tanning salons. After reading several versions of the posters the penny dropped – the posters did not say “Use Caution,” they seemed to make an effort to trump Health Canada and seemed to say “Don’t do it or you will die!”… continue reading

Childhood Vitamin D—A New Benefit?

Tuesday, May 22, 2007
Janet Raloff This is part two of a two-part series. Part I: “Childhood Vitamin D—A Dark Side?” is available at Asthma incidence has been rising among people of all ages, but especially children. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, its prevalence among youngsters rose from 3.6 percent in 1980 to 6.2 percent in 1996.… continue reading

Omega-3, Vitamin D Levels Cut Risk of Eye Disease

Friday, May 18, 2007
(HealthDay News) – Eating plenty of fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids – such as tuna and salmon – may reduce the risk of advanced age-related macular degeneration, a new study says. The study findings are published in the May issue of the journal Archives of Ophthalmology.… continue reading

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