Health and Nutrition

August 22, 2008

Low Vitamin D Raises Women’s Hip Fracture Risk

Filed under: General Health,Supplements,Vitamin D — Doc Joe @ 6:23 pm

Too many Americans aren’t getting enough of the sun-sourced nutrient, researchers say

By Steven Reinberg
HealthDay Reporter

(HealthDay News) — Low levels of vitamin D can boost older women’s risk for hip fracture by more than 70 percent, University of Pittsburgh researchers report.

The finding adds weight to the recommendation that people maintain adequate intake of vitamin D, which is primarily made by the skin when it is exposed to sunlight.

The fracture-vitamin D link “has been observed for 15 years,” noted Dr. Michael F. Holick, director of the Vitamin D Skin and Bone Research Laboratory at Boston University. “The good news is it’s consistent, the higher your vitamin D status, the lower the risk of your developing a hip fracture.”

The new report appears in the Aug. 19 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine.
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August 18, 2008

Does Flu Vaccination Lower Risk for Pneumonia in Elders?

Filed under: General Health — Doc Joe @ 6:21 pm

In contrast to results of previous studies, flu vaccine did not lower risk in this study

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Previous observational studies have shown that influenza vaccination lowers risk for pneumonia in older patients. In a population-based case-control study, conducted during the preinfluenza and influenza seasons of 2000, 2001, and 2002, Seattle investigators studied managed-care records for 1173 older patients (age range, 65–94) with community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) and for 2346 age- and sex-matched controls without CAP. Both groups were equally likely to have been vaccinated (roughly 60% before the CAP index date and 77% by the end of each influenza season).

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August 14, 2008

Tired of tossing out your brown and wilted lettuce?

Filed under: Nutrition — Doc Joe @ 6:25 pm

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Here is a product that I have found that will save your salads. Its called a Salad-Sac.

  • Keeps your veggies fresh for days!
  • Great for making extra salad ahead of time!
  • Eliminates lettuce spinning and costly paper towels!

Made of a special grade of super absorbent 100% cotton, it preserves the freshness of your salad by allowing excess moisture to escape into the Salad Sac. Use it for other vegetables and herbs too!

The Salad Sac is durable and reusable. Great price here

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