ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Folic Acid Might Offer Allergy Relief
Asthmatics Who Quit Smoking May Reverse Lung Damage
Herbal Remedy Could Halt Peanut Allergy
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Soybean Chemicals May Reduce Effects of Menopause
Bitter Melon Extract May Slow, Stop Breast Cancer
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
ANIMAL CARE
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
Beware of Dog Bites
Safe Toys for Dogs
BONES & JOINTS
Arthritis Hits More Than Half of Diabetics
Vitamin K Doesn't Slow Bone Loss
Fractures in Older Adults Up Death Risk
CANCER
Method for Treating Cervical Lesions May Pose Pregnancy Risks
Steady Weight Gain Boosts Late-Life Breast Cancer Risk
Seaweed May Help Treat Lymphoma
CAREGIVING
Tainted China Formula Caused High Rate of Kidney Stones in Kids
Study Links Pesticides to Birth Defects
Rapid Infant Weight Gain Linked to Childhood Obesity
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Secondhand Smoke Quickly Affects Blood Vessels
Common Antioxidant Might Slow Parkinson's
Migraines in Pregnancy Boost Vascular Risks
COSMETIC
The Acne Drug Accutane More Than Doubles Depression Risk
Gum Chewing May Cut Craving for Snacks
Science May Banish Bad Hair Days
DENTAL, ORAL
Gum Disease Treatment Doesn't Cut Preterm Birth Risk
Gum Care Helps Control Type 2 Diabetes and Its Complications
Dental Implants Need More Work Than Root Canals
DIABETES
Poor Blood Sugar Control After Heart Surgery Impacts Outcomes
Patients' Photos Help Boost Radiologists' Accuracy
Americans Consuming More Sugary Beverages
DIET, NUTRITION
Healthy Eating While On Vacation
Common Antioxidant Might Slow Parkinson's
6 Million U.S. Kids Lack Enough Vitamin D
DISABILITIES
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Accumulated Lead May Affect Older Women's Brains
Childhood Food Allergies on the Rise
Climate Change Linked to Longer Pollen Seasons
EYE CARE, VISION
Gene-Transfer Proves Safe for Vision Problem
Stem Cells Repair Damaged Corneas in Mice
Drinking Green Tea May Protect Eyes
FITNESS
Living With Less TV, More Sweat Boosts Weight Loss
Resistance Training Boosts Mobility in Knee Arthritis Patients
Research Confirms How Valuable A Healthy Lifestyle Can Be
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Peppermint Oil, Fiber Can Fight Irritable Bowel
New Guidelines Issued for Management of IBS
Traditional Nonsurgical GERD Treatments Not Impressive
GENERAL HEALTH
Swine Flu Is Now a Pandemic Says W.H.O.
Healthy Eating While On Vacation
How Weight Loss Can Help the Heart
HEAD & NECK
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Subway Defibrillators Save Lives
Combating Myths About Seasonal Allergies
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
HEARING
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Fatty Fish May Cut Heart Failure Risk in Men
Small Cuts in Salt Intake Spur Big Drops in Heart Trouble
Boosting Vitamin D Can Do a Heart Good
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Grapefruit Compound Inhibits Hepatitis C Virus
Swine Flu Closes Three Schools in NYC
Older Adults May Have Some Immunity to Swine Flu
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Babies Who Eat Fish Lower Eczema Risk
Older People at Greater Risk of Swine Flu Death
Pregnant Women Exposed To Certain Pollutants Could Lower Childs IQ
MEN'S HEALTH
Drinking Green Tea May Slow Prostate Cancer
Exercise May Prevent Prostate Cancer: Study Shows
Sunlight May Help Protect Men From Kidney Cancer
MENTAL HEALTH
Psychotherapy Can Boost Happiness More Than Money
Meaningful Conversations Boost Kids' Language Skills
How to Attack Holiday Stress Head-On
PAIN
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Pregnant Women Exposed To Certain Pollutants Could Lower Childs IQ
Breast-Feeding Benefits Moms and Babies
Heart Defects in Newborns Linked to Antidepressants
SENIORS
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
Community Exercise Programs Boost Seniors' Strength
More Whole Grains May Mean Less Fat
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Exercising Throat Muscles May Relieve Sleep Apnea
Better Sleep, Grades Seem to Go Up
Moderate Aerobics May Ease Insomnia Symptoms
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Smoking Ups Risk of Second Breast Cancer
Women Who Run May Benefit From Extra Folic Acid
Vitamin D Deficiency Puts 40% of U.S. Infants and Toddlers At 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