ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Molecule in Skin May Link Eczema and Asthma
Know Your Asthma Triggers
Combating Myths About Seasonal Allergies
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Uncover Why Turmeric Helps You Heal
Green Tea May Help Brain Cope With Sleep Disorders
Many Cancer Patients Turn to Complementary Medicine
ANIMAL CARE
Separation Anxiety, Canine-Style
Beware of Dog Bites
Animals Respond to Acupuncture's Healing Touch
BONES & JOINTS
Active Young Women Need Calcium, Vitamin D
Rheumatoid Arthritis Hits Women Harder
Fall Sports Peak Time for Lower Leg Damage
CANCER
Multiple Screening Strategy Boosts Cervical Cancer Detection
Gene Studies Reveal Cancer's Secrets
Where You Live May Affect Your Cancer Diagnosis
CAREGIVING
Early Exercise Boosts Outcomes for ICU Patients
When the Caregiver Becomes the Patient
Transition From Home to Hospital Rarely Seamless
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Grapefruit-Heavy Diet Helped Spur Dangerous Clot
Night Shift Work Hard on the Heart
Smog Tougher on the Obese
COSMETIC
Health Tip: After Liposuction
Contact Lenses Boost Kids' Self-Image
Wrinkle Fillers Need Better Label Warnings: FDA Panel
DENTAL, ORAL
Acid Drinks Blamed for Increase in Tooth Erosion
Most Insured Adults Worry About Health Care Costs: Poll
Scientists Find Gene for Tooth Enamel
DIABETES
Patients' Photos Help Boost Radiologists' Accuracy
Exercise Protects Black Women From Type 2 Diabetes
Abnormal Heart Rhythm Boosts Death Risk for Diabetics
DIET, NUTRITION
Eating Lots Of Vegetables, Olive Oil May Extend Life
Atkins Diet Tougher on Heart After Weight Loss
Coffee Beans May Be Newest Stress-Buster
DISABILITIES
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Household Insecticides May Be Linked to Autoimmune Diseases
Short-Term Air Pollution Exposure May Damage DNA
As Earth Warms, Lyme Disease Could Flourish
EYE CARE, VISION
Vision Test for Young Children Called Unreliable
Eye Care Checkups Tied to Insurance Status
Stem Cells Repair Damaged Corneas in Mice
FITNESS
Weak Muscles May Cause 'Runner's Knee'
Walk Long, Slow and Often to Help the Heart
Have Fun This Summer, But DO Be Careful
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Intestinal Bacteria Trigger Immune Response
Japanese Herbals May Ease Gastro Woes
Bowel Prep Harder on Women Than Men
GENERAL HEALTH
FDA Bans Unapproved Prescription Cough, Cold and Allergy Meds
Household Insecticides May Be Linked to Autoimmune Diseases
Can You Talk Your Way to Happy?
HEAD & NECK
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
The Internet Is Becoming One-Stop Shopping for Health Help
Airport Full Body Scanners Pose No Health Threat: Experts
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
HEARING
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Irregular Heartbeat Tied to Alzheimer's Disease
Years of Heavy Smoking Raises Heart Risks
Arteries Age Twice as Fast in Smokers
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Swine Flu Is Now a Pandemic Says W.H.O.
Grapefruit Compound Inhibits Hepatitis C Virus
Dry Weather Boosts Odds of Flu Outbreaks
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Family Medicine Cabinet Top Source Of Kid's Poisonings
School Phys. Ed. Injuries Up 150 Percent
Daily Exercise at School Yields Rewards
MEN'S HEALTH
Could Chinese Herb Be a Natural Viagra?
Vigorous Exercise Cuts Stroke Risk for Men, Not Women
Whole Grains, Bran May Fight Hypertension in Men
MENTAL HEALTH
Using the Mind to Heal the Heart
Massage Fosters Healing in Bereaved Relatives
How to Attack Holiday Stress Head-On
PAIN
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Acupuncture May Ease Depression During Pregnancy
Alternative Treatments May Boost IVF Success
Calcium Supplements Cut Blood Lead Levels During Pregnancy
SENIORS
Tai Chi May Help Ward Off Knee Pain in Seniors
Save Your Aging Brain, Try Surfing The Web
Healthy Diet Could Cut Alzheimer's Disease Risk
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Daylight Savings: Not a Bright Time for All
Exercising Throat Muscles May Relieve Sleep Apnea
Pay Attention to Signs That Say You're Too Fatigued to Drive
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Exercise As Well As Acupuncture, May Ease Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
Iodine in Prenatal Vitamins Varies Widely
Supplements Might Reduce Breast Cancer Risk
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Vitamin D Plus Calcium Guards Against Fractures

Daily supplements of calcium and vitamin D reduce the risk of fractures in women and men of all ages, even if they've suffered previous fractures, but vitamin D supplements alone don't offer significant protection, a new study has found.

Researchers analyzed data from 68,517 people, average age 70, who took part in seven studies that looked at the effect vitamin D or vitamin D plus calcium had on reducing fractures.

The analysis revealed that vitamin D given alone in doses of 10 micrograms to 20 micrograms per day doesn't prevent fractures. However, calcium and vitamin D given together reduce the risk of hip fractures, total fractures and possibly vertebral fractures.

The study, published online Jan. 12 in BMJ, called for additional studies of vitamin D, especially vitamin D given at higher doses without calcium.

There's a growing consensus that a combination of calcium and vitamin D is more effective than vitamin D alone in preventing nonvertebral fractures, Opinder Sahota, of Queen's Medical Center in Nottingham, England, wrote in an accompanying editorial.

Further research is need to determine the most effective dose, treatment duration and method of taking the calcium/vitamin D combination, Sahota said.

SOURCES: BMJ, news release, Jan. 12, 2010 Published on: January 13, 2010