ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Climate Change Could Sting Allergy, Asthma Sufferers
Obesity May Raise Kids' Allergy Risk
Molecule in Skin May Link Eczema and Asthma
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Wristbands May Lessen Nausea After Radiation
Health Tip: Anticipating Acupuncture
Naprapathy: A Hands-On Approach to Pain Management
ANIMAL CARE
Animals Respond to Acupuncture's Healing Touch
Separation Anxiety, Canine-Style
Rest Easy. When It Comes to Swine Flu, Your Pet Is Safe
BONES & JOINTS
Health Tip: Back Pain in Children
Using a Balloon to Repair a Broken Back
Weight Loss Might Not Curb Knee Arthritis
CANCER
Study Suggests Link Between Cell Phones and Brain Tumors
Multiple Screening Strategy Boosts Cervical Cancer Detection
Seaweed May Help Treat Lymphoma
CAREGIVING
Recession Scrambling Health Spending in U.S.
Exercise During Pregnancy May Help Baby
Study of Everest Climbers Questions Oxygen Use
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
A Brisk Pace May Keep Stroke at Bay
High Blood Fat Levels Common in Americans
Drink a Little Wine, Live a Little Longer
COSMETIC
Gum Chewing May Cut Craving for Snacks
The Acne Drug Accutane More Than Doubles Depression Risk
Contact Lenses Boost Kids' Self-Image
DENTAL, ORAL
Good Oral Hygiene May Protect Against Heart Infections
Obesity Boosts Gum Disease Risk
Health Tip: At Risk for Gingivitis
DIABETES
'Standard' Glucose Test May Be Wrong One for Obese Children
Out-of-Control Blood Sugar May Affect Memory
Arthritis Hits More Than Half of Diabetics
DIET, NUTRITION
Eating Nuts May Help Cholesterol Levels
The Raw Food Diet
Mediterranean Diet Enriched With Nuts Cuts Heart Risks
DISABILITIES
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Main Ingredients in Household Dust Come From Outdoors
Most Mt. Everest Deaths Occur Near Summit During Descent
Greenhouse Gases Hazardous to Your Health
EYE CARE, VISION
'Blind' Man Navigates Obstacle Course Without Error
Kids Who Spend More Time Outdoors Have Better Vision
Thyroid Problems Boost Glaucoma Risk
FITNESS
Exercise Guards White Blood Cells Against Aging
Fitness Fades Fast After 45
Early Exercise Boosts Outcomes for ICU Patients
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Gum Chewing May Speed Colon Surgery Recovery
Japanese Herbals May Ease Gastro Woes
Traditional Nonsurgical GERD Treatments Not Impressive
GENERAL HEALTH
15-Point Test Gauges Alzheimer's Risk
Good Sleepers More Likely to Eat Right
Coffee Cuts Liver Scarring in Hepatitis C
HEAD & NECK
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Airport Full Body Scanners Pose No Health Threat: Experts
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
Using Light Therapy to Silence Harmful Brain Activity
HEARING
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Polyunsaturated Fats Really May Lower Heart Risk
After a Stroke, Light Exercise Gets Hands, Arms Working Again
Omega-6 Fatty Acids Can Be Good for You
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
The HPV Vaccine: Preventative Medicine or Human Sacrifice?
More Medicinal Uses for Pomegranate
Dry Weather Boosts Odds of Flu Outbreaks
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Standard IQ Test May Underestimate People With Autism
Mom and Baby Alike May Benefit From Exercise
Dangerous Toys Still on Store Shelves, Report Finds
MEN'S HEALTH
Vigorous Exercise Cuts Stroke Risk for Men, Not Women
Physical Activity May Prolong Survival After Colon Cancer
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
MENTAL HEALTH
Meditation, Yoga Might Switch Off Stress Genes
Keeping a Healthy Holiday Balance
Have a Goal in Life? You Might Live Longer
PAIN
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Pregnant Women Exposed To Certain Pollutants Could Lower Childs IQ
Alternative Treatments May Boost IVF Success
Sleeping Could Help Women Lose The Baby Fat
SENIORS
Video Gaming Just Might Fight Aging
Laughter Can Stimulate a Dull Appetite
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
6 to 8 Hours of Shut-Eye Is Optimal for Health
Sleeping Could Help Women Lose The Baby Fat
Daylight Savings: Not a Bright Time for All
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Broccoli May Help Battle Breast Cancer
Iodine in Prenatal Vitamins Varies Widely
Green Tea May Help Treat Uterine Fibroids
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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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