ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Know Your Asthma Triggers
Herbal Remedy Could Halt Peanut Allergy
New Spray Could Benefit Cystic Fibrosis Patients
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Acupuncture May Trigger Natural Painkiller
Acupuncture May Help Restore Lost Sense of Smell
Higher Vitamin D Intake Could Cut Cancer Risk
ANIMAL CARE
Rest Easy. When It Comes to Swine Flu, Your Pet Is Safe
Beware of Dog Bites
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
BONES & JOINTS
Exercise Key Player in Knee Replacement Recovery
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
Bone Loss Stable on Restricted Calorie Diet
CANCER
Vitamin D May Improve Melanoma Survival
Breast Self-Exam Rates Go Up With Counseling
Spice Compounds May Stem Tumor Growth
CAREGIVING
Early Exercise Boosts Outcomes for ICU Patients
Bariatric Surgery Centers Don't Deliver Better Outcomes
Reduce Suffering, Urge Heart Failure Patients and Caregivers
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Bye, Bye Back Fat?
Vitamins Do Older Women Little Good
Obesity Linked to Heart Failure Risk
COSMETIC
New Genetic Links to Baldness Discovered
What to Do If You Have Unsightly Veins
Study Evaluates Laser Therapies for Hair Removal
DENTAL, ORAL
Rheumatoid Arthritis May Harm Gums
Periodontal Disease Impacts Whole Health
Hormones May Be to Blame for Women's Cavity Rates
DIABETES
Chamomile Tea May Ward Off Diabetes Damage
Insulin Resistance Tied to Peripheral Artery Disease
24 Million Americans Had Diabetes in 2007
DIET, NUTRITION
Soluble Fiber, But Not Bran, Soothes Irritable Bowel
Decline of Underweight Children in U.S. Continue to Fall
Heart Disease May Be Prevented By Taking Fish Oils, Study Shows
DISABILITIES
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Agent Orange Exposure Tied to Prostate Cancer Return
Ozone Pollution Taking Toll on American Lives
Short-Term Air Pollution Exposure May Damage DNA
EYE CARE, VISION
Antioxidant-Rich Diet May Protect Against Eye Disease
Impotence Drugs Don't Harm Vision: Study
Florida Vision Test Law: Fewer Traffic Deaths Among Elderly
FITNESS
Exercise Extends Life of Kidney Patients
School Phys. Ed. Injuries Up 150 Percent
Walk Long, Slow and Often to Help the Heart
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Peppermint Oil, Fiber Can Fight Irritable Bowel
HRT Use Raises Risk of Stomach Trouble
Intestinal Bacteria Trigger Immune Response
GENERAL HEALTH
Have a Goal in Life? You Might Live Longer
U.S. Prepares for Possible Return of Swine Flu in Fall
Eat Light - Live Longer
HEAD & NECK
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Using Light Therapy to Silence Harmful Brain Activity
Airport Full Body Scanners Pose No Health Threat: Experts
E-Mailing Your Way to Healthier Habits
HEARING
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Vitamin B3 May Help Repair Brain After a Stroke
Potassium-Rich Foods May Cut Stroke, Heart Disease Risk
Shedding Light on Why Omega-3 Fatty Acids May Help the Heart
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Swine Flu Is Now a Pandemic Says W.H.O.
Viral Infection Might Trigger High Blood Pressure
Older Adults May Have Some Immunity to Swine Flu
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Mom and Baby Alike May Benefit From Exercise
Wood Fires Can Harm the Youngest Lungs
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
MEN'S HEALTH
Sunlight May Help Protect Men From Kidney Cancer
Lots of Sex May Prevent Erectile Dysfunction
Could Chinese Herb Be a Natural Viagra?
MENTAL HEALTH
17 Ways to Create the Perfect Workday
Meditation May Boost College Students' Learning
The Acne Drug Accutane More Than Doubles Depression Risk
PAIN
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
Before Conceiving, Take Folic Acid for One Full Year
Heart Defects in Newborns Linked to Antidepressants
SENIORS
Money May Matter, Health-Wise, in Old Age
Healthy Diet Could Cut Alzheimer's Disease Risk
Tai Chi May Help Ward Off Knee Pain in Seniors
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
6 to 8 Hours of Shut-Eye Is Optimal for Health
Better Sleep, Grades Seem to Go Up
Pay Attention to Signs That Say You're Too Fatigued to Drive
WOMEN'S HEALTH
A Brisk Pace May Keep Stroke at Bay
Active Young Women Need Calcium, Vitamin D
Acupuncture May Help Relieve Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
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Low Vitamin D Levels May Boost Men's Heart Attack Risk

MONDAY, June 9 (HealthDay News) -- Vitamin D deficiency may increase the risk of heart attack in men, says a U.S. study.

Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health and Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, analyzed medical records and blood samples from 454 men, aged 40 to 75, who had a nonfatal heart attack or fatal heart disease, and compared them to 900 men who had no history of cardiovascular disease.

Men with a vitamin D deficiency (15 nanograms or less per milliliter of blood) had a higher risk of heart attack than those with a sufficient amount of vitamin D (30 nanograms per milliliter of blood or more).

"After additional adjustment for family history of myocardial infarction, body-mass index, alcohol consumption, physical activity, history of diabetes mellitus and hypertension, ethnicity, region, marine omega-3 intake, low- and high-density lipoprotein cholesterol levels and triglyceride levels, this relationship remained significant," the study authors wrote.

The findings appear in the June 9 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine.

"Vitamin D deficiency has been related to an increasing number of conditions and to total mortality. These results further support an important role for vitamin D in myocardial infarction risk," the researchers concluded.

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SOURCE: JAMA/Archives journals, news release, June 9, 2008

Last Updated: June 09, 2008

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