ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Using Music and Sports to Improve Kids' Asthma
Traffic, Dust Linked to Asthma in Kids
Climate Change Could Sting Allergy, Asthma Sufferers
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Many Cancer Patients Turn to Complementary Medicine
Traditional Chinese Therapy May Help Ease Eczema
Bitter Melon Extract May Slow, Stop Breast Cancer
ANIMAL CARE
Beware of Dog Bites
Animals Respond to Acupuncture's Healing Touch
Safe Toys for Dogs
BONES & JOINTS
Tequila Plant May Help Fight Bone Loss
Alcohol Abuse Can Damage Bones
Pain More a Cause of Arthritis Than a Symptom
CANCER
Antioxidants Pose No Melanoma Threat
Study Cites Gains in Gall Bladder Cancer Treatment
To Quit Smoking, Try Logging On
CAREGIVING
With Age Comes Greater Risk of Hypothermia
Children's Bath Products Contain Contaminants
Hispanic Children More Likely to Have Hearing Loss
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Exercise May Blunt Salt's Effect on Hypertension
Drink a Little Wine, Live a Little Longer
Smog Tougher on the Obese
COSMETIC
New Genetic Links to Baldness Discovered
Mouse Study Finds Molecule That Tells Hair to Grow
What to Do If You Have Unsightly Veins
DENTAL, ORAL
Gum Disease Treatment Doesn't Cut Preterm Birth Risk
Hormones May Be to Blame for Women's Cavity Rates
Acupuncture May Ease Anxiety Over Dental Work
DIABETES
Vitamin K Slows Insulin Resistance in Older Men
Study Shows Turmeric May Prevent Type 2 Diabetes
Drug May Not Help Diabetes-Related Eye Damage
DIET, NUTRITION
Antioxidant-Rich Foods Lose Nutritional Luster Over Time
Common Antioxidant Might Slow Parkinson's
Trans-Fat Ban In New York City Is Proving successful
DISABILITIES
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Smog Tougher on the Obese
Disinfectants Can Boost Bacteria's Resistance to Treatment
Think You Are Lead-Free? Check Your Soil
EYE CARE, VISION
When Corks Fly, Watch the Eyes
Hybrid Cars Pose Risk to Blind, Visually Impaired
Magnetic Pulses to Brain Improve Lazy Eye in Adults
FITNESS
Have Fun This Summer, But DO Be Careful
Women Who Run May Benefit From Extra Folic Acid
Basketball Star Details His Struggle With Gout
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Soothing Imagery May Help Rid Some Kids of Stomach Pain
Bowel Prep Harder on Women Than Men
Intestinal Bacteria Trigger Immune Response
GENERAL HEALTH
Family Medicine Cabinet Top Source Of Kid's Poisonings
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
Surgical Masks Could Prevent Flu, Maybe
HEAD & NECK
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
Study Suggests Link Between Cell Phones and Brain Tumors
Imaging Sheds Light on How Acupuncture Works
HEARING
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Man's Best Friend Helps Mend Broken Hearts
Ingredient in Dark Chocolate Could Guard Against Stroke
Fish Oil Supplements Help With Heart Failure
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Grapefruit Compound Inhibits Hepatitis C Virus
Bacterial Infections May Succumb to Honey
Swine Flu Loves a Crowd
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Don't Leave Your Kids In The Car !
Backpack Safety Should Be on Back-to-School Lists
Winter's Bitter Cold Poses Health Dangers
MEN'S HEALTH
Whole Grains, Bran May Fight Hypertension in Men
Varicose Veins May Mask Larger Problem
Soy Linked to Low Sperm Count
MENTAL HEALTH
Drink Away Dementia?
Green Spaces Boost the Body and the Mind
Memory Loss Help from Brain Supplement Prevagen
PAIN
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Sugary Colas Tied to Gestational Diabetes
For Baby and Mom Alike, Breast-Feeding May Be Best
Exercise As Well As Acupuncture, May Ease Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
SENIORS
Community Exercise Programs Boost Seniors' Strength
Older Adults May Have Some Immunity to Swine Flu
The Juice From Beetroots May Boost Stamina
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Meditation May Help Put Primary Insomnia to Bed
6 to 8 Hours of Shut-Eye Is Optimal for Health
Moderate Aerobics May Ease Insomnia Symptoms
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Women Smokers Lose 14.5 Years Off Life Span
Caffeine in Pregnancy Associated With Low Birth Weight Risk
Prenatal Stress May Boost Baby's Asthma Risk
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B-Vitamins Help Protect Against Stroke, Heart Disease

- People who eat a diet high in B-vitamins are less likely to die from cardiovascular disease, say Japanese researchers.

They analyzed dietary questionnaires completed by more than 23,000 men and almost 36,000 women who were part of the Japan Collaborative Cohort Study. During a median 14 years of follow-up, 986 of the people died from stroke, 424 from heart disease, and 2,087 from all diseases related to the cardiovascular system.

The study found that women who ate more foods with the B-vitamins folate and B-6 were less likely to die from stroke and heart disease, while men who ate a diet high in these B-vitamins were less likely to die of heart failure.

Vitamin B-12 intake was not associated with reduced risk of death from cardiovascular disease.

The researchers believe that folate and vitamin B-6 may help protect against cardiovascular disease by lowering levels of homocysteine, an amino acid in the blood that's affected by diet and heredity. Previous research suggests that too much homocysteine may damage the inner lining of arteries and promote the formation of blood clots.

Fish, liver, meats, whole grains and fortified cereals are sources of vitamin B-6, while vegetables and fruits, whole or enriched grains, fortified cereals, beans and legumes are sources of folate.

American Heart Association, news release, April 15, 2010 Published on: April 15, 2010