ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Overweight Moms More Likely to Have Asthmatic Kids
Asthmatics Who Quit Smoking May Reverse Lung Damage
Combating Myths About Seasonal Allergies
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Acupuncture Eases Breast Cancer Treatment Side Effects
Soybean Chemicals May Reduce Effects of Menopause
Traditional Chinese Therapy May Help Ease Eczema
ANIMAL CARE
Safe Toys for Dogs
Rest Easy. When It Comes to Swine Flu, Your Pet Is Safe
Animals Respond to Acupuncture's Healing Touch
BONES & JOINTS
Studies Struggle to Gauge Glucosamine's Worth
Autumn Sees More Women With Bunion Problems
Gene Therapy May Ease Rheumatoid Arthritis
CANCER
Massage Therapy Helps Those With Advanced Cancer
U.S. Reported 25,000 Cases of HPV-Related Cancers Annually
Some Spices Cut Cancer Risk That Comes With Grilled Burgers
CAREGIVING
Caring for Aging Loved Ones Can Be a Catch-22
Study Links Pesticides to Birth Defects
When the Caregiver Becomes the Patient
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Salt Boosts Blood Pressure in High-Risk Patients
Night Shift Work Hard on the Heart
Years of Exposure to Traffic Pollution Raises Blood Pressure
COSMETIC
Wrinkle Fillers Need Better Label Warnings: FDA Panel
Health Tip: After Liposuction
With Psoriasis, the Internet May Offer Hope
DENTAL, ORAL
Holistic Dentistry-My View
Obesity Boosts Gum Disease Risk
Mom's Vitamin D Levels Affect Baby's Dental Health
DIABETES
Laughter May Lower Heart Attack Risk in Diabetics
'Standard' Glucose Test May Be Wrong One for Obese Children
Boosting Vitamin D Can Do a Heart Good
DIET, NUTRITION
Brown Rice Tied to Better Heart Health in Study
Milk Destroys Antioxidant Benefits in Blueberries
Adults Need To Get Thier Food Facts Straight
DISABILITIES
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
City Kids Find the Breathin' Is Easier Elsewhere
Improved Fungicides May Be Easier on Environment
Household Chemicals May Affect Cholesterol Levels
EYE CARE, VISION
Too Much Sun, Too Few Antioxidants Spell Eye Trouble
Decorative Halloween Eye Lenses May Pose Serious Risks
Americans Losing Sight of Eye Health
FITNESS
Want to Stop Cancer? You Can, Experts Say
Exercise Guards White Blood Cells Against Aging
FDA Mandates New Warnings for Botox
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Olive Oil May Protect Against Bowel Disease
HRT Use Raises Risk of Stomach Trouble
Peppermint Oil, Fiber Can Fight Irritable Bowel
GENERAL HEALTH
The Brain Comes Alive With the Sounds of Music
How Weight Loss Can Help the Heart
Simple Holistic Approach to Fight the Common Cold
HEAD & NECK
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
The Internet Is Becoming One-Stop Shopping for Health Help
Using Light Therapy to Silence Harmful Brain Activity
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
Boosting Vitamin D Can Do a Heart Good
How Weight Loss Can Help the Heart
Omega-6 Fatty Acids Can Be Good for You
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Grapefruit Compound Inhibits Hepatitis C Virus
The HPV Vaccine: Preventative Medicine or Human Sacrifice?
Viral Infection Might Trigger High Blood Pressure
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Quick Orthopedic Repair Can Save Young Shoulders
Breast-Feeding May Protect a Woman's Heart
Guard Kids' Eyes Against Long-Term Sun Damage
MEN'S HEALTH
Lots of Sex May Prevent Erectile Dysfunction
The Dark Side of Vegetarianism
Drinking Green Tea May Slow Prostate Cancer
MENTAL HEALTH
Shop 'Til You Drop: You May Feel Better
Psychotherapy Can Boost Happiness More Than Money
17 Ways to Create the Perfect Workday
PAIN
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
Alternative Treatments May Boost IVF Success
Yoga's Benefits Outweigh Risks for Pregnant Women
SENIORS
Common Antioxidant Might Slow Parkinson's
Memory Loss Help from Brain Supplement Prevagen
Tai Chi and Qigong Offer Many Health Benefits: Review
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Lose Weight, Sleep Apnea May Improve
Moderate Aerobics May Ease Insomnia Symptoms
Exercising Throat Muscles May Relieve Sleep Apnea
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Air Pollution Slows Women's Marathon Times
Active Young Women Need Calcium, Vitamin D
Health Tip: Be More Comfortable During Childbirth
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Low Vitamin D Levels May Initiate Cancer Development

FRIDAY, May 22 (HealthDay News) -- Low levels of vitamin D may contribute to cancer development, U.S. researchers have found.

"The first event in cancer is loss of communication among cells due to, among other things, low vitamin D and calcium levels," study leader Cedric Garland, an epidemiologist at the Moores Cancer Center at the University of California, San Diego, said in a university news release.

Garland and colleagues developed a scientific model that suggests "this loss may play a key role in cancer by disrupting the communication between cells that is essential to healthy cell turnover, allowing more aggressive cancer cells to take over."

This cellular disruption could account for the earliest stages of many cancers, according to the study, which was published online in the Annals of Epidemiology.

Maintaining adequate levels of vitamin D may help stop cancer development, Garland suggested.

"Vitamin D may halt the first stage of the cancer process by re-establishing intercellular junctions in malignancies having an intact vitamin D receptor," Garland said.

He noted that appropriate vitamin D levels can be restored and maintained through diet and supplements. More research into the link between vitamin D and cancer is required, but Garland recommended that people get their vitamin D levels tested during annual check-ups.

More information

The Office of Dietary Supplements at the U.S. National Institutes of Health has more about vitamin D.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: Annals of Epidemiology, news release, May 22, 2009

Last Updated: May 22, 2009

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