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June 2009 - Volume 3, Issue 06

 

In this issue...

- Multivitamins linked to younger 'biological' age

- Folate status affects telomere length

- Vitamin B6 may slash colorectal cancer risk

- Vitamin D and folic acid deficiency linked to asthma

- Causal link confirmed between Lp(a) and heart attack

- Shorter telomeres associated with higher risk of breast cancer

 

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CLINICAL UPDATE - Multivitamins linked to younger 'biological' age

The cells of multivitamin users may have a younger biological age than cells from non-users, according to new research from the US

(American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, June 2009)

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Link to ABSTRACT: Multivitamin use and telomere length in women.

 

 

 

 

CLINICAL UPDATE - Folate status affects telomere length

Study shows that because folate affects DNA synthesis, a person's folate status can influence telomere length by affecting DNA integrity

(Journal of Nutrition, May 2009)

Link to ABSTRACT: Telomere Length in Peripheral Blood Mononuclear Cells is Associated with Folate Status in Men

 

 

 

 

CLINICAL UPDATE - vitamin B6 may slash colorectal cancer risk

Increased intake of vitamin B6 from diet and supplements may reduce the risk of colorectal cancer by over 50%, suggests a new study from Harvard

(Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention, April 2009)

(Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention, January 2008)

Link to NEWS SUMMARY

Link to ABSTRACT: Prospective study of plasma vitamin B6 and risk of colorectal cancer in men.

Link to ABSTRACT: Dietary vitamin B6 intake and the risk of colorectal cancer.

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CLINICAL UPDATE - Vitamin D and folic acid deficiency linked to asthma

Chilren with insufficient vitamin D levels may be at higher risk of developing asthma and higher levels of folate may reduce the risk of asthma by 16%

(American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, May 2009)

(Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, April 2009)

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Link to ABSTRACT: Serum vitamin D levels and markers of severity of childhood asthma in Costa Rica.

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Link to ABSTRACT: Higher serum folate levels are associated with a lower risk of atopy and wheeze.

 

 

 

 

CLINICAL UPDATE - causal link confirmed between lp(a) and heart attack

Over 40,000 people were evaluated, of which more than 2800 had at least one myocardial infarction.  The data showed a consistent causal association between Lp(a) and increased risk of heart attack.

(Journal of the American Medical Association, June 2009)

Link to ABSTRACT: Genetically elevated lipoprotein(a) and increased risk of myocardial infarction.

 

 

 

 

CLINICAL UPDATE - Shorter telomeres associated with higher risk of breast cancer

Study assessed telomere length of 1067 breast cancer patients and compared to 1100 controls.  It found that telomere length did affect breast cancer risk among women with low antioxidant intake.  Another study linked telomere length of a specific chromosome to breast cancer risk as well.

(International Journal of Cancer, April 2009)

(Carcinogenesis, June 2009)

Link to ABSTRACT: Telomere length, oxidative damage, antioxidants and breast cancer risk.

Link to ABSTRACT: Chromosome 9 Arm-Specific Telomere Length and Breast Cancer Risk.