Vitamin D and Cancer in Postmenopausal Women

Researchers divided 2300 postmenopausal, healthy women aged 65 or older, into two groups. One group received 2000 IU/day of vitamin D3 and 1500 mg/day of calcium; the other a placebo. After 4 years, the difference in any new cancer incidence between groups was insignificant--including breast cancer. While more research is needed, this study indicates supplementation later in life may not make significant differences.…

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Women Reaching Equality with Men in Drinking

Researchers have found women have all but caught up with men in their alcohol drinking habits. During earlier decades men were far more likely to drink so much that it affected their health than women. That gap has closed. Women around the world are now nearly as likely as men to drink excessively and suffer…

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How Old Do You Look?

Using a complex set of algorithms calculated by a computer, researchers found the length of the grooves that run from the side of the nose to the corners of the mouth (nasolabial grooves) best predicted a person's perceived age. Interestingly, in this study of 120 females in their 40s, the wrinkles (crow's feet) around the…

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Inactivity Tops Women’s Cardiovascular Risk

A study of 32,154 women found physical inactivity had the greatest impact on lifetime risk of heart disease after age 30 when compared to excess weight, high blood pressure, and smoking. For those under the age of 30, smoking was the biggest contributor to heart disease. The authors estimated 2000 lives could be saved every year…

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Eat to Prevent Atherosclerosis

The American College of Cardiology reports that high consumption of fruits and vegetables as young adults predicts healthier arteries 20 years later. Females who ate 8-9 daily servings of fruits and vegetables for a 2000 calorie diet were 40% less likely to have calcified plaque in their arteries compared to those who only ate 3-4…

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Second Hand Smoke and Pregnancy

New research looking at 81,000 women confirms the risks of second hand smoke for pregnant women. The study's large size and comprehensive approach helped demonstrate that non-smoking women with the highest level of second hand smoke exposure (10+ years in childhood or 20+ years in adulthood) were at a risk of miscarriage, stillbirth or tubal ectopic…

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Exercise Reduces Risk of Kidney Stones

Choosing the minor discomfort of regular exercise may reduce the excruciating pain of kidney stones in women. Researchers studied the exercise and eating habits 84,225 postmenopausal women for a median of 8 years. They found that women who exercised more reduced their kidney stone risk by 31%. The equivalent of 4 hours of gardening per…

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Simple Way to Reduce Risk For Bladder Cancer

Researchers in Hawaii have identified one more reason to eat lots of fruit and veggies. In their 12 year study of almost 186,000 multi-ethnic older adults, researchers found that bladder cancer risk was 65% lower amongst women who ate the most fruits and vegetables. Those with the highest intake of vitamins, A, C and E…

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Cancer and the Taller Woman

Analysis of 145,000 participants in the Women's Health Initiative over 12 years found that taller postmenopausal women face higher risks for 10 types of cancer. For each 4-inch increase in height a 13% increase in risk for all cancers was observed. Height may not be the cause, but rather a marker for one or more factors…

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Women Have Caught Men in Smoking Deaths

"Most people in the U.S. assume that smoking is on its way out. But the grim reality is that smoking still exerts an enormous toll on the health of Americans," wrote Steven A. Schroeder, MD of UCSFO. Smoking killed about 100 million people in the 20th century, and is predicted to kill about 1 billion…

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