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  • Vitamin E, Selenium Supplements Won't Curb Men's Dementia Risk

    Posted: 03/27/2017

    Vitamin E, Selenium Supplements Won't Curb Men's Dementia Risk MONDAY, March 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A daily dose of vitamin E or selenium supplements won't keep dementia at bay in older men, new research reveals. "After an average of five years of supplementation, and up to 11 years of follow-up, we did not observe fewer new cases of dementia among men who took any of the supplements compared to neither supplement," said study co-author Frederick Schmitt. He's a professor with the Sanders-Brown Ce...

  • Violent Video Games May Not 'Desensitize' Players, Brain Scans Suggest

    Posted: 03/16/2017

    Violent Video Games May Not 'Desensitize' Players, Brain Scans Suggest WEDNESDAY, March 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Young men who play violent video games the most -- at least two hours a day -- don't appear to become desensitized to violence or to lose the ability to feel empathy, a small German study suggests. "This doesn't mean everyone has to buy 'Grand Theft Auto 5' for their toddler, but it's part of an increasing flood of studies of various sorts that indicate that previous fears of violent video...

  • Valium May Be Useless for Acute Lower Back Pain

    Posted: 03/06/2017

    Valium May Be Useless for Acute Lower Back Pain MONDAY, Feb. 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For decades, emergency room staff often gave Valium to patients for an acute bout of bad lower back pain. But a new head-to-head trial in an ER environment casts doubt on the notion that Valium or potent painkillers can really help. As reported Feb. 22 in the Annals of Emergency Medicine , the trial found that Aleve (naproxen) and a "dummy" placebo pill were as effective as naproxen plus Valium (diazepam) in treati...

  • Vitamin D Linked to Lower Risk of Respiratory Infections

    Posted: 02/24/2017

    Vitamin D Linked to Lower Risk of Respiratory Infections THURSDAY, Feb. 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- There's preliminary evidence that adequate amounts of vitamin D might help lower rates of respiratory infections. These infections include colds, bronchitis and pneumonia, the researchers said. In a review of past trials of people taking vitamin D supplements, researchers from Queen Mary University in London found that supplementation was linked to a 12 percent reduction in the proportion of people havin...

  • Vitamin D Pumps Up Muscles

    Posted: 02/23/2017

    Vitamin D Pumps Up Muscles THURSDAY, Feb. 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- High blood levels of "active" vitamin D may boost muscle strength, a new study suggests. British investigators measured both inactive and active vitamin D levels, fat levels and muscle mass in 116 healthy adult volunteers, aged 20 to 74. People with higher levels of active vitamin D in the blood had more lean muscle mass and bulk, the investigators found. "By looking at multiple forms [of vitamin D] in the same study, we can say that...

  • Vomiting Disorder on Rise in Weed-Friendly Colorado

    Posted: 01/15/2017

    Vomiting Disorder on Rise in Weed-Friendly Colorado THURSDAY, Jan. 5, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Long-term heavy marijuana use can cause chronic vomiting and abdominal pain in some people, new research suggests. And the syndrome could become more frequent and pervasive as more states legalize use of the drug, according to health experts. Cases of the disorder, which is called cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome (CHS), doubled in Colorado as access to legal marijuana became widespread, said Dr. Kennon Heard. ...

  • Vitamin E, Selenium Don't Cut Colon Cancer Risk: Study

    Posted: 01/02/2017

    Vitamin E, Selenium Don't Cut Colon Cancer Risk: Study WEDNESDAY, Dec. 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Taking vitamin E and selenium does not appear to reduce the risk of polyps that can lead to colon cancer, a new study finds. Researchers analyzed data from more than 6,500 men in the United States and Canada and found that those who took the two antioxidants did not have a lower risk of colon polyps than those who took placebos. "The message to the public is this: Vitamin E and selenium will not prevent c...

  • Vegetarian Diets Called Good for People and the Planet

    Posted: 12/08/2016

    Vegetarian Diets Called Good for People and the Planet THURSDAY, Dec. 1, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Vegetarian diets are healthy for people of all ages, as well as the environment, according to a new update of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' (AND) position on vegetarian diets. Studies show that vegetarians generally have lower risks of obesity and chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease and certain cancers, according to the AND. That includes vegans -- who eschew not only meat and ...

  • Violent Media Often Give Rise to Nightmares

    Posted: 12/01/2016

    Violent Media Often Give Rise to Nightmares TUESDAY, Nov. 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Watching violent movies before bed might drag some dark images into your dreams, giving you nightmares, a new study suggests. The study found that those who viewed violent media before bed were 13 times more likely to have violent dreams that night compared to people who didn't watch violence before bed. "That's a big effect," said study co-author Brad Bushman. He's a professor of communication and psychology at Ohio ...

  • Vitamin D May Affect Breast Cancer Survival

    Posted: 11/17/2016

    Vitamin D May Affect Breast Cancer Survival THURSDAY, Nov. 10, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Vitamin D levels may affect breast cancer patients' chances of survival, a new study suggests. Researchers analyzed data from nearly 1,700 breast cancer patients in California and found that higher vitamin D levels at diagnosis were associated with better overall survival. This link was strongest in premenopausal women. Researchers found lower vitamin D levels in patients with advanced-stage tumors and the lowest lev...