Heart and Bone Damage from Low Vitamin D Tied to Declines in Sex Hormones

Researchers at Johns Hopkins are reporting what is believed to be the first conclusive evidence in men that the long-term ill effects of vitamin D deficiency are amplified by lower levels of the key sex hormone estrogen, but not testosterone. In a national study in 1010 men, to be presented Nov. 15 at the American […]

Broccoli compound may aid survival for high-risk prostate cancer patients

Scientists at Oregon State University and Linus Pauling Institute propose in an article published October 7 that sulforaphane, a compound found in cruciferous vegetables notably broccoli, may be useful as a chemopreventive agent for high-risk prostate cancer patients. Sulforaphane, Emily Ho and colleagues write, acts as a histone deacetylase inhibitor on prostate cancer (and colorectal […]

Tainted Food and the Food Industry

“Tainted Meat: The Sickening of Stephanie Smith” in today’s New York Times health section looks at how the meat industry is allowed to police itself while feeding untested meat scraps, or “trim,” into supposedly tested ground beef supplies before selling to the customer. Unfortunately, the US House of Representatives has already voted to pass a […]

Looking Back at the Peanut Products Recall

On March 23, 2009, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration asked Irvington, N.J.-based Westco Fruit and Nut Co., Inc. (Westco/Westcott) to voluntarily recall all of its products containing peanuts from Peanut Company of America (PCA) because of the contamination threat. Incredibly, Westco/Westcott refused. On April 8, 2009, the FDA served Westco/Westcott with an inspection warrant […]

Fish Diet Beats Vegetarianism for Cancer Prevention

A large, long-term study in the U.K. has found that people who eat fish or who are vegetarians are less likely to develop cancer than people who describe themselves as meat-eaters. Surprisingly, for some types of cancer, risk was lower for those who ate fish than for strict vegetarians. Led by a team at Oxford […]