ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Using Music and Sports to Improve Kids' Asthma
'Safe' Ozone Levels May Not Be for Some
Herbal Remedy Could Halt Peanut Allergy
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Health Tip: Anticipating Acupuncture
Higher Vitamin D Intake Could Cut Cancer Risk
Needling Away Your Headaches With Acupuncture
ANIMAL CARE
Separation Anxiety, Canine-Style
Rest Easy. When It Comes to Swine Flu, Your Pet Is Safe
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
BONES & JOINTS
Heart Failure Raises Risk of Fractures
Using a Balloon to Repair a Broken Back
New Clues to How Fish Oils Help Arthritis Patients
CANCER
Want to Stop Cancer? You Can, Experts Say
Steady Weight Gain Boosts Late-Life Breast Cancer Risk
Strenuous Daily Workout May Keep Cancer at Bay
CAREGIVING
Mom's Smoking May Lead to SIDS
Many Hospital Patients Can't ID Their Doctors
Baby's Sleep Position May Not Affect Severity of Head Flattening
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Exercise May Blunt Salt's Effect on Hypertension
Migraines in Pregnancy Boost Vascular Risks
Review Confirms Links Between Diet, Heart Health
COSMETIC
Health Tip: After Liposuction
What to Do If You Have Unsightly Veins
The Acne Drug Accutane More Than Doubles Depression Risk
DENTAL, ORAL
Dental Implants Need More Work Than Root Canals
Amino Acid May Be Key to Strong Teeth
Biological Product Shows Promise Against Gum Disease
DIABETES
Chamomile Tea May Ward Off Diabetes Damage
Strict Blood Sugar Lowering Won't Ease Diabetes Heart Risk
Insulin Resistance Tied to Peripheral Artery Disease
DIET, NUTRITION
Many Kids Don't Need the Vitamins They're Taking
Olive Oil May Be Key to Mediterranean Diet's Benefits
HELP TO LOSE WEIGHT ON A LOW CAL BUDGET
DISABILITIES
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Restaurant Sushi May Have More Mercury Than Store-Bought Fare
Golf Course Insecticides Pose Little Danger to Players
Small Doses of Carbon Monoxide Might Help Stroke Victims
EYE CARE, VISION
Eye Test Could Spot Diabetes Vision Trouble Early
Poor Night Vision May Predict Age-Related Eye Disease
Eye Disease, Cognitive Decline Linked in Study
FITNESS
Vigorous Exercise Can Cut Breast Cancer Risk
Tai Chi: An Ideal Exercise for Many People with Diabetes
School Phys. Ed. Injuries Up 150 Percent
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Olive Oil May Protect Against Bowel Disease
Gum Chewing May Speed Colon Surgery Recovery
Japanese Herbals May Ease Gastro Woes
GENERAL HEALTH
Household Insecticides May Be Linked to Autoimmune Diseases
Cocaine Spurs Long-Term Change in Brain Chemistry
Imaging Sheds Light on How Acupuncture Works
HEAD & NECK
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
The Internet Is Becoming One-Stop Shopping for Health Help
Save Your Aging Brain, Try Surfing The Web
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
HEARING
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Man's Best Friend Helps Mend Broken Hearts
More Steps a Day Lead to Better Health
Whole Grains Lower Risk of Heart Failure
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
More Medicinal Uses for Pomegranate
Grapefruit Compound Inhibits Hepatitis C Virus
Viral Infection Might Trigger High Blood Pressure
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Traffic, Dust Linked to Asthma in Kids
Pregnant Women Exposed To Certain Pollutants Could Lower Childs IQ
Mom's Extra Pregnancy Pounds May Raise Child's Heart Risks
MEN'S HEALTH
Exercise May Prevent Prostate Cancer: Study Shows
Strenuous Daily Workout May Keep Cancer at Bay
Low Vitamin D Levels May Boost Men's Heart Attack Risk
MENTAL HEALTH
Keeping a Healthy Holiday Balance
The Acne Drug Accutane More Than Doubles Depression Risk
Using the Mind to Heal the Heart
PAIN
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Calcium Supplements Cut Blood Lead Levels During Pregnancy
Heart Defects in Newborns Linked to Antidepressants
Breast-Feeding May Protect a Woman's Heart
SENIORS
Tai Chi and Qigong Offer Many Health Benefits: Review
Tai Chi May Help Ward Off Knee Pain in Seniors
Laughter Can Stimulate a Dull Appetite
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Lose Weight, Sleep Apnea May Improve
Daylight Savings: Not a Bright Time for All
Meditation May Help Put Primary Insomnia to Bed
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Steady Weight Gain Boosts Late-Life Breast Cancer Risk
Caffeine in Pregnancy Associated With Low Birth Weight Risk
Heart Defects in Newborns Linked to Antidepressants
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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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