ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
New Spray Could Benefit Cystic Fibrosis Patients
Climate Change Could Sting Allergy, Asthma Sufferers
'Safe' Ozone Levels May Not Be for Some
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Acupuncture May Ease Depression During Pregnancy
Many Cancer Patients Turn to Complementary Medicine
U.S. Spends Billions On Alternative Medicine
ANIMAL CARE
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
Rest Easy. When It Comes to Swine Flu, Your Pet Is Safe
Animals Respond to Acupuncture's Healing Touch
BONES & JOINTS
B Cells Can Act Alone in Autoimmune Diseases
Rheumatoid Arthritis a Threat to the Heart
Bone Loss Stable on Restricted Calorie Diet
CANCER
Wristbands May Lessen Nausea After Radiation
Where You Live May Affect Your Cancer Diagnosis
Vitamin D May Lower Colon Cancer Risk
CAREGIVING
Children's Bath Products Contain Contaminants
MRSA Infections Spreading to Kids in Community
Few Hospitals Embracing Electronic Health Record Systems
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Anemia Rates Down for U.S. Women and Children
Firefighters Have Narrower-Than-Normal Arteries, Study Finds
Bad Marriages Harder on Women's Health
COSMETIC
What to Do If You Have Unsightly Veins
Gum Chewing May Cut Craving for Snacks
The Acne Drug Accutane More Than Doubles Depression Risk
DENTAL, ORAL
Laser Technology Spots Cavities Before They Start
Amino Acid May Be Key to Strong Teeth
Study Links Osteoporosis Drugs to Jaw Trouble
DIABETES
Brown Rice Bests White for Diabetes Prevention
Findings Challenge Tight Glucose Control for Critically Ill Patients
Exercise Protects Black Women From Type 2 Diabetes
DIET, NUTRITION
Weight Loss Might Not Curb Knee Arthritis
HELP TO LOSE WEIGHT ON A LOW CAL BUDGET
Drinking Your Way to Health? Perhaps Not
DISABILITIES
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Population-Based Strategy Urged to Cut U.S. Obesity Rate
Household Chemicals May Affect Cholesterol Levels
Common Pesticide Tied to Development Delays in Kids
EYE CARE, VISION
Green Tea May Ward Off Eye Disease
Certain Diabetes Drugs May Pose Eye Risk
Hybrid Cars Pose Risk to Blind, Visually Impaired
FITNESS
Avoiding a Holiday Season of Discontent
Bursts of Vigorous Activity Appear to Be a 'Stress-Buffer'
Walk Long, Slow and Often to Help the Heart
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Gum Chewing May Speed Colon Surgery Recovery
New Yogurt May Ease Stomach Ulcers
Bowel Prep Harder on Women Than Men
GENERAL HEALTH
Asparagus May Ease Hangover
Quit Smoking the Holistic Way
Food and Water Supply Poisoned by Perchlorate
HEAD & NECK
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Airport Full Body Scanners Pose No Health Threat: Experts
Study Suggests Link Between Cell Phones and Brain Tumors
Save Your Aging Brain, Try Surfing The Web
HEARING
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
How Weight Loss Can Help the Heart
Omega-3, Some Omega-6 Fatty Acids Boost Cardiovascular Health
Too-Low Blood Pressure Can Also Bring Danger
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Surgical Masks Could Prevent Flu, Maybe
More Medicinal Uses for Pomegranate
Swine Flu Loves a Crowd
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Decline of Underweight Children in U.S. Continue to Fall
Most Depressed Teens Don't Get Treatment
Teens Lose More Weight Using Healthy Strategies
MEN'S HEALTH
Low Iron Levels Cut Cancer Risk in Men With PAD
More Vitamin C May Mean Less Chance of Gout
Lots of Sex May Prevent Erectile Dysfunction
MENTAL HEALTH
Meditation May Boost College Students' Learning
Most Depressed Teens Don't Get Treatment
Cinnamon Breaks Up Brain Plaques, May Hold Key to Fighting Alzheimer’s
PAIN
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
Sugary Colas Tied to Gestational Diabetes
For Baby and Mom Alike, Breast-Feeding May Be Best
SENIORS
As You Age, Better Health Means Better Sex
Video Gaming Just Might Fight Aging
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Exercising Throat Muscles May Relieve Sleep Apnea
6 to 8 Hours of Shut-Eye Is Optimal for Health
Sleeping Could Help Women Lose The Baby Fat
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Exercise Boosts Bone Density in Breast-Feeding Moms
Exercise During Pregnancy Keeps Newborn Size Normal
Most Women With Osteoporosis Unaware of Raised Fracture Risk
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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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