ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Using Music and Sports to Improve Kids' Asthma
Molecule in Skin May Link Eczema and Asthma
Air Quality Better in Northeast, Midwest
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Fish Oil's Benefits Remain Elusive
Grapefruit Compound Inhibits Hepatitis C Virus
Licorice May Block Absorption of Organ Transplant Drug
ANIMAL CARE
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
Safe Toys for Dogs
Separation Anxiety, Canine-Style
BONES & JOINTS
B Cells Can Act Alone in Autoimmune Diseases
Breast-feeding Might Shield Women From Rheumatoid Arthritis
Backpack Safety Should Be on Back-to-School Lists
CANCER
Green Tea Compound Slowed Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia
Steady Weight Gain Boosts Late-Life Breast Cancer Risk
Ginger Can Ease Nausea From Chemotherapy Treatments
CAREGIVING
New Guidelines for Treating Heart Failure
Tainted China Formula Caused High Rate of Kidney Stones in Kids
Undoing the 'Big Baby' Trend
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Bad Marriages Harder on Women's Health
High Blood Fat Levels Common in Americans
Common Antioxidant Might Slow Parkinson's
COSMETIC
With Psoriasis, the Internet May Offer Hope
What to Do If You Have Unsightly Veins
Get Sugared!.... Its a sweet choice for hair removal
DENTAL, ORAL
Obesity Boosts Gum Disease Risk
Holistic Dentistry-My View
An Oral Approach to Heart Disease
DIABETES
Poor Blood Sugar Control After Heart Surgery Impacts Outcomes
Spices, Herbs Boost Health for Diabetics
Laughter May Lower Heart Attack Risk in Diabetics
DIET, NUTRITION
Coffee Drinkers Might Live Longer
Many Kids Don't Need the Vitamins They're Taking
The Raw Food Diet
DISABILITIES
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Fish in U.S. Rivers Tainted With Common Medications
Chemicals in Carpets, Non-Stick Pans Tied to Thyroid Disease
Main Ingredients in Household Dust Come From Outdoors
EYE CARE, VISION
Music Can Help Restore Stroke Patients' Sight
Kids Think Glasses Make Others Look Smart, Honest
Clues Found to Brain Mechanism Behind Migraines
FITNESS
Super Bowl Loss Can 'Kill' Some Fans
Exercise Guards White Blood Cells Against Aging
Go To Work But Skip The Car
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Bowel Prep Harder on Women Than Men
HRT Use Raises Risk of Stomach Trouble
New Yogurt May Ease Stomach Ulcers
GENERAL HEALTH
Sun, Smoke, Extra Weight Add Years to Skin
Lose Weight, Sleep Apnea May Improve
Have a Goal in Life? You Might Live Longer
HEAD & NECK
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Airport Full Body Scanners Pose No Health Threat: Experts
Imaging Sheds Light on How Acupuncture Works
Subway Defibrillators Save Lives
HEARING
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Whole Grains Lower Risk of Heart Failure
How Weight Loss Can Help the Heart
After a Stroke, Light Exercise Gets Hands, Arms Working Again
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
More Medicinal Uses for Pomegranate
Swine Flu Now Reported in All 50 States
Older Adults May Have Some Immunity to Swine Flu
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Quick Orthopedic Repair Can Save Young Shoulders
Folic Acid Reduces Infant Heart Defects
Better Sleep, Grades Seem to Go Up
MEN'S HEALTH
Eating Fast Until Full Triples Overweight Risk
Low Vitamin D Levels May Boost Men's Heart Attack Risk
Physical Activity May Prolong Survival After Colon Cancer
MENTAL HEALTH
Daily dose of beet juice promotes brain health in older adults
Memory Loss Help from Brain Supplement Prevagen
Mind Exercise Might Help Stroke Patients
PAIN
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Prenatal Stress May Boost Baby's Asthma Risk
Placebo Acupuncture Tied to Higher IVF Pregnancies
Acupuncture May Relieve Acid Indigestation In Pregnancy
SENIORS
More Whole Grains May Mean Less Fat
For Older Walkers, Faster Is Better
Daily dose of beet juice promotes brain health in older adults
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Daylight Savings: Not a Bright Time for All
Exercising Throat Muscles May Relieve Sleep Apnea
Moderate Aerobics May Ease Insomnia Symptoms
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Women Who Run May Benefit From Extra Folic Acid
Vitamin D Good for Breast Cancer Patients
For Women, Moderate Midlife Drinking Linked to Healthier Old Age
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Low Iron Levels Cut Cancer Risk in Men With PAD

By Kevin McKeever
HealthDay Reporter

TUESDAY, July 8 (HealthDay News) -- Blood letting to reduce levels of iron in men with peripheral arterial disease may reduce their chance of developing cancer, according to a new study.

Lower levels of iron in the blood have previously been linked with a lower cancer incidence in observational studies.

The results were based on a randomized controlled trial of men with peripheral arterial disease lead by the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in White River Junction, Vt. According to the findings, published in the July 8 issue of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, participants who underwent phlebotomy were 37 percent less likely to develop cancer over four-plus years of follow-up than those who didn't have their blood drawn for iron removal.

The findings were consistent with previous studies done on animals.

The researchers suspect that iron kick starts the production of free radicals that damage cellular components, including DNA, leading to cancer development.

"Findings from this study support the hypothesis that ambient levels of body iron stores represented by the serum ferritin level are associated with cancer risk and that lowering iron levels reduces cancer risk," the authors wrote.

An accompanying editorial in the journal noted, however, that the trial was not designed to investigate cancer incidence, and the results should "be interpreted with caution."

More information

The Iron Disorders Institute has more about adequate iron levels.



-- Kevin McKeever



SOURCE: Journal of the National Cancer Institute, news release, July 8, 2008

Last Updated: July 08, 2008

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