ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
New Spray Could Benefit Cystic Fibrosis Patients
Know Your Asthma Triggers
Folic Acid Might Offer Allergy Relief
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Meditation May Boost Short-Term Visual Memory
Imaging Sheds Light on How Acupuncture Works
Ginger Can Ease Nausea From Chemotherapy Treatments
ANIMAL CARE
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
Separation Anxiety, Canine-Style
Rest Easy. When It Comes to Swine Flu, Your Pet Is Safe
BONES & JOINTS
Fall Sports Peak Time for Lower Leg Damage
Get in Step With Summer Foot Care
Drinking Cuts Rheumatoid Arthritis Risk
CANCER
Get to Know the Pap Test
Occaisonal Dieting May Cut Breast Cancer, Study Says
Smoking Exposure Now Linked to Colon, Breast Cancers
CAREGIVING
Many Alzheimer's Caregivers Admit to Abusive Behavior
Caring for Aging Loved Ones Can Be a Catch-22
Hispanic Children More Likely to Have Hearing Loss
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Obesity Linked to Heart Failure Risk
Exercise Extends Life of Kidney Patients
Smog Tougher on the Obese
COSMETIC
What to Do If You Have Unsightly Veins
Contact Lenses Boost Kids' Self-Image
Mouse Study Finds Molecule That Tells Hair to Grow
DENTAL, ORAL
Study Links Osteoporosis Drugs to Jaw Trouble
Biological Product Shows Promise Against Gum Disease
An Oral Approach to Heart Disease
DIABETES
Fructose-Sweetened Drinks Up Metabolic Syndrome Risk
Americans Consuming More Sugary Beverages
Abnormal Heart Rhythm Boosts Death Risk for Diabetics
DIET, NUTRITION
Fatty Acid in Olive Oil Wards Off Hunger
Coffee Drinkers Might Live Longer
TV Food Ads Promote Bad Diets
DISABILITIES
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Preparing for a Chlorine Gas Disaster
Chemicals in Carpets, Non-Stick Pans Tied to Thyroid Disease
Are Medical Meetings Environmentally Unfriendly?
EYE CARE, VISION
Kids Who Spend More Time Outdoors Have Better Vision
Glaucoma Associated With Reading Impairments in Elderly
Time Teaches Brain to Recognize Objects
FITNESS
Strenuous Daily Workout May Keep Cancer at Bay
Run for Your Life
Fitness Fades Fast After 45
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Olive Oil May Protect Against Bowel Disease
New Yogurt May Ease Stomach Ulcers
Gum Chewing May Speed Colon Surgery Recovery
GENERAL HEALTH
Brisk Walk Can Help Leave Common Cold Behind
Eating Healthy : You Can Live Longer
A Little Alcohol May Stave Off Alzheimer's
HEAD & NECK
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Save Your Aging Brain, Try Surfing The Web
E-Mailing Your Way to Healthier Habits
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
Omega-6 Fatty Acids Can Be Good for You
Low Vitamin D Levels Linked to Heart Disease
Quitting Smoking Doubles Survival in Early Stage Lung Cancer
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Swine Flu Loves a Crowd
Bacterial Infections May Succumb to Honey
Older Adults May Have Some Immunity to Swine Flu
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Scary Toxins Make Halloween Face Paints Questionable
Obese Children More Likely to Suffer Lower Body Injuries
Folic Acid Reduces Infant Heart Defects
MEN'S HEALTH
Vigorous Exercise Cuts Stroke Risk for Men, Not Women
Strenuous Daily Workout May Keep Cancer at Bay
Low Iron Levels Cut Cancer Risk in Men With PAD
MENTAL HEALTH
Living Alone Increases Odds of Developing Dementia
Meaningful Conversations Boost Kids' Language Skills
Keeping Mentally Active Seems To Keep The Brain Active
PAIN
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
For Baby and Mom Alike, Breast-Feeding May Be Best
Exercise As Well As Acupuncture, May Ease Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
Pre-Pregnancy Weight Linked to Babies' Heart Problems
SENIORS
Martial Arts Training May Save Seniors' Hips
Living Alone Increases Odds of Developing Dementia
Many Cancer Survivors Don't Adopt Healthy Lifestyle
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
6 to 8 Hours of Shut-Eye Is Optimal for Health
Exercising Throat Muscles May Relieve Sleep Apnea
Lose Weight, Sleep Apnea May Improve
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Sleeping Could Help Women Lose The Baby Fat
Prenatal Stress May Boost Baby's Asthma Risk
Exercise During Pregnancy Keeps Newborn Size Normal
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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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