ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Obesity May Raise Kids' Allergy Risk
Climate Change Could Sting Allergy, Asthma Sufferers
Traffic, Dust Linked to Asthma in Kids
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Could Chinese Herb Be a Natural Viagra?
Wristbands May Lessen Nausea After Radiation
Pain-Relieving Powers of Acupuncture Unclear
ANIMAL CARE
Beware of Dog Bites
Rest Easy. When It Comes to Swine Flu, Your Pet Is Safe
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
BONES & JOINTS
Osteoporosis May Raise Risk for Vertigo
Using a Balloon to Repair a Broken Back
Soccer's a Winner for Building Bone Health in Girls
CANCER
Strenuous Daily Workout May Keep Cancer at Bay
Gene Studies Reveal Cancer's Secrets
Scams and Shams That Prey on Cancer Patients
CAREGIVING
Medication Errors Could Be Cut: Experts
Caring for Aging Loved Ones Can Be a Catch-22
Many Alzheimer's Caregivers Admit to Abusive Behavior
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
A Brisk Pace May Keep Stroke at Bay
Firefighters Have Narrower-Than-Normal Arteries, Study Finds
Laughter Can Boost Heart Health
COSMETIC
Health Tip: After Liposuction
New Genetic Links to Baldness Discovered
Study Evaluates Laser Therapies for Hair Removal
DENTAL, ORAL
Gum Disease Might Boost Cancer Risk
Rheumatoid Arthritis May Harm Gums
An Oral Approach to Heart Disease
DIABETES
Insulin Resistance Tied to Peripheral Artery Disease
Abnormal Heart Rhythm Boosts Death Risk for Diabetics
'Standard' Glucose Test May Be Wrong One for Obese Children
DIET, NUTRITION
Milk Destroys Antioxidant Benefits in Blueberries
Cinnamon Breaks Up Brain Plaques, May Hold Key to Fighting Alzheimer’s
Eating Less May Slow Aging Process
DISABILITIES
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Showerheads Harbor a Bounty of Germs
Green Areas Lower Health Inequities Between Rich, Poor
Former Inmates at Increased Risk for High Blood Pressure
EYE CARE, VISION
Contact Lens Cases Often Contaminated
Eye Problems, Hearing Loss May Be Linked
Stem Cells Repair Damaged Corneas in Mice
FITNESS
Exercise May Prevent Prostate Cancer: Study Shows
Bursts of Vigorous Activity Appear to Be a 'Stress-Buffer'
Walking Golf Course Affects Swing, Performance
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Japanese Herbals May Ease Gastro Woes
Bowel Prep Harder on Women Than Men
Traditional Nonsurgical GERD Treatments Not Impressive
GENERAL HEALTH
Bacterial Infections May Succumb to Honey
Standard IQ Test May Underestimate People With Autism
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
Imaging Sheds Light on How Acupuncture Works
The Internet Is Becoming One-Stop Shopping for Health Help
Save Your Aging Brain, Try Surfing The Web
HEARING
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
How Weight Loss Can Help the Heart
Fish Oil Supplements Help With Heart Failure
Polyunsaturated Fats Really May Lower Heart Risk
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Swine Flu Closes Three Schools in NYC
Grapefruit Compound Inhibits Hepatitis C Virus
Swine Flu Loves a Crowd
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Even Young Kids Can Learn CPR
Daily Exercise at School Yields Rewards
Mom's Extra Pregnancy Pounds May Raise Child's Heart Risks
MEN'S HEALTH
Sunlight May Help Protect Men From Kidney Cancer
Low Iron Levels Cut Cancer Risk in Men With PAD
Lots of Sex May Prevent Erectile Dysfunction
MENTAL HEALTH
Keeping a Healthy Holiday Balance
Chocolate a Sweet Pick-Me-Up for the Depressed
Meditation May Boost College Students' Learning
PAIN
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Music of Mozart Soothes the Preemie Baby
Before Conceiving, Take Folic Acid for One Full Year
Calcium Supplements Cut Blood Lead Levels During Pregnancy
SENIORS
Keeping Mentally Active Seems To Keep The Brain Active
Daily dose of beet juice promotes brain health in older adults
Exercise Benefits Even the Oldest Old
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Lose Weight, Sleep Apnea May Improve
Moderate Aerobics May Ease Insomnia Symptoms
Meditation May Help Put Primary Insomnia to Bed
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Calcium Helps Ward Off Colon Cancer
Varicose Veins May Mask Larger Problem
Rheumatoid Arthritis Rising Among U.S. Women
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Vitamin D Best Taken With Largest Meal of Day, Study Finds

Your body may make better use of a vitamin D supplement if you take it with your largest meal, new research suggests.

Researchers at the Cleveland Clinic examined 17 patients with vitamin D deficiency who weren't getting better under treatment. Over a period of two to three months, the patients were told to take vitamin D supplements with the biggest meal they ate each day.

This boosted the level of vitamin D in their blood by an average of 56 percent, the researchers said.

"This is an important finding for patients being treated for vitamin D deficiency," study senior author Dr. Angelo Licata said in a news release from the Cleveland Clinic. "By doing something as simple as changing when you take your vitamin D supplement, you can improve the level in your blood by over 50 percent."

SOURCES: Cleveland Clinic, news release, May 5, 2010