Tuesday, 2 December 2008

And more...

Wow - it looks worse and worse for antioxidants as each day passes, and the same goes for some vitamin supplements too. Two well-designed trials, reported in the prestigious Lancet journal, are unambiguous:
  • The first one concludes, "In this large, long-term trial of male physicians, neither vitamin E nor vitamin C supplementation reduced the risk of major cardiovascular events. These data provide no support for the use of these supplements for the prevention of cardiovascular disease in middle-aged and older men."

  • And then another one from the same issue ends off by stating, "Combined folic acid, vitamin B6, and vitamin B12 treatment had no significant effect on overall risk of total invasive cancer or breast cancer among women during the folic acid fortification era."

Anyway, on a more positive note, the Lancet has an excellent single page "patient information" section, covering a wide variety of diseases. Some of you may find it helpful to give to patients following a new diagnosis - I know I've been on the lookout for professionally done ones for some time now. Click here if you're interested!

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