ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Childhood Food Allergies on the Rise
Using Music and Sports to Improve Kids' Asthma
Know Your Asthma Triggers
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Soybean Chemicals May Reduce Effects of Menopause
Cranberries May Help Prevent Urinary Tract Infections
Regular Yoga May Improve Eating Habits
ANIMAL CARE
Animals Respond to Acupuncture's Healing Touch
Separation Anxiety, Canine-Style
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
BONES & JOINTS
Pain More a Cause of Arthritis Than a Symptom
For All Their Plusses, Pets Pose a Risk for Falls, Too
Resistance Training Boosts Mobility in Knee Arthritis Patients
CANCER
Yoga May Bring Calm to Breast Cancer Treatment
Lifting Weights Can Ease Arm Swelling in Breast Cancer Survivors
Healthy Behaviors Slow Functional Decline After Cancer
CAREGIVING
3 Steps Might Help Stop MRSA's Spread
Baby's Sleep Position May Not Affect Severity of Head Flattening
Stressed Health Care Workers Battle 'Compassion Fatigue'
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Laughter Can Boost Heart Health
Review Confirms Links Between Diet, Heart Health
High Blood Fat Levels Common in Americans
COSMETIC
Get Sugared!.... Its a sweet choice for hair removal
Study Evaluates Laser Therapies for Hair Removal
Gum Chewing May Cut Craving for Snacks
DENTAL, ORAL
Sports Drinks May Be Tough on Teeth
Mom's Vitamin D Levels Affect Baby's Dental Health
Toothbrushing May Stave Off Heart Woes
DIABETES
Treatment for Type 2 Diabetes Updated
Drug May Not Help Diabetes-Related Eye Damage
Saliva Test Could Monitor Type 2 Diabetes
DIET, NUTRITION
Many Cancer Survivors Don't Adopt Healthy Lifestyle
Want to Stop Cancer? You Can, Experts Say
Breakfast Eggs Keep Folks on Diet
DISABILITIES
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Cats Can Trigger Eczema in Some Infants
Preparing for a Chlorine Gas Disaster
Sunken, Unexploded Bombs Pose Cancer Risk
EYE CARE, VISION
Unconscious Learning: In the Eye of the Beholder?
Florida Vision Test Law: Fewer Traffic Deaths Among Elderly
Guard Kids' Eyes Against Long-Term Sun Damage
FITNESS
Exercise Cuts Lung Cancer Risk in Ex-Smokers by 45%
Moderate Aerobic Exercise Lowers Diabetics' Liver Fat
Marathoners Go the Distance on Heart Health
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Bowel Prep Harder on Women Than Men
Traditional Nonsurgical GERD Treatments Not Impressive
Japanese Herbals May Ease Gastro Woes
GENERAL HEALTH
Sun, Smoke, Extra Weight Add Years to Skin
Why Am I So Tired? Could It Be Low Thyroid?
The Yearly Flu Shot Debate
HEAD & NECK
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
Save Your Aging Brain, Try Surfing The Web
Study Suggests Link Between Cell Phones and Brain Tumors
HEARING
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Shedding Light on Why Omega-3 Fatty Acids May Help the Heart
Vigorous Exercise Cuts Stroke Risk for Men, Not Women
After a Stroke, Light Exercise Gets Hands, Arms Working Again
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Grapefruit Compound Inhibits Hepatitis C Virus
Bacterial Infections May Succumb to Honey
Swine Flu Closes Three Schools in NYC
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Music May Temper Pain in Preemies
St. John's Wort Doesn't Work for ADHD
Breast-Feeding May Protect a Woman's Heart
MEN'S HEALTH
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
The Dark Side of Vegetarianism
Could Chinese Herb Be a Natural Viagra?
MENTAL HEALTH
Positive Brain Changes Seen After Body-Mind Meditation
Love Hormone May Ease Discussion of Painful Topics
Fear Response May Stem From Protein in Brain
PAIN
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
For Baby and Mom Alike, Breast-Feeding May Be Best
Sugary Colas Tied to Gestational Diabetes
Yoga's Benefits Outweigh Risks for Pregnant Women
SENIORS
Exercise Benefits Even the Oldest Old
Protein Deposits May Show Up Before Memory Problems Occur, Study Says
Save Your Aging Brain, Try Surfing The Web
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Exercising Throat Muscles May Relieve Sleep Apnea
Daylight Savings: Not a Bright Time for All
Pay Attention to Signs That Say You're Too Fatigued to Drive
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Bitter Melon Extract May Slow, Stop Breast Cancer
Lifting Weights Can Ease Arm Swelling in Breast Cancer Survivors
Exercise, Weight Control May Keep Fibromyalgia at Bay
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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