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The Five-minute Health Research Update

Have only a mid-morning or afternoon break to catch up on the latest in health news?
Then use that precious time to its best advantage and scan these latest headlines:


A Difference a Decade Makes

• Americans were shown to have lower blood levels of vitamin D between the years of 2000 – 2004 as compared to those of1988 – 1994. Why? Research asks us to consider it is because we are avoiding sunshine and have higher rates of obesity. Obesity affects vitamin D by lowering its status, because the fat soluble vitamin gets stored in the fat cells. Therefore, heavier people need more vitamin D.

To view the research abstract in its entirety, click here.

o Am J Clin Nutr.2008; 88: 1519-1527


Caffeine Fix behind Lower Bone Density in Youth?

• A German study demonstrated that long-term consumption of caffeinated and un-caffeinated soft drinks correlated with lower bone mineral density in children and adolescents. This is critical information, because a person's bone density is built, solidifies, and reaches its peak during youth, only to decline with age.

To view the research abstract in its entirety, click here.

o Am J Clin Nutr.2008; 88: 1670-1677


High Meat-Fat Diets Raise Ovarian Cancer Risks

Diets high in meat and fats have been shown to increase a woman's risk of ovarian cancer. Diets rich in fruits and vegetables were not associated with reduced risk of ovarian cancer.

To view the research abstract in its entirety, click here .

o Am J Clin Nutr.2008; 0: ajcn.2008.26575v1-ajcn.26575


Needle to Relieve those Needling Headache

• A review of multiple research studies showed that needling acupuncture is more effective in relieving headaches than drug therapy. Acupuncture helps lessen headache intensity and decreases the frequency of headaches.

To view the research abstract in its entirety, click here .

o Anesth Analg 2008; 107:2038-2047



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