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Should you be concerned about vitamin D deficiency?

Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Vitamin D deficiency, is it a hidden epidemic? “A growing body of scientific evidence suggests that the widespread deficiency of vitamin D among Americans is more harmful than once believed, increasing their risk of fractures, muscle weakness, and even cancer as they age” Vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin that performs in the same way as a hormone, it regulates the formation of bone and assists in the absorption of calcium and phosphorus in the intestines.… continue reading

Melanoma on scalp, neck most deadly, study finds

Tuesday, April 22, 2008
By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer, is much deadlier when it appears on the scalp or neck than somewhere else on the body, according to a study published on Monday. People with scalp or neck melanomas died at nearly twice the rate of those with melanoma elsewhere on the body, the researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill found.… continue reading

Tanning Bed Research Funded by Industry Group

Monday, April 21, 2008
In a climate where taking money from the medical device industry is being met with increased rancor and where questions over potential conflicts have been growing at medical journals, a Boston University researcher who wrote a piece in the New England Journal of Medicine is under fire.… continue reading

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

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