A summary of important health news from the past week.
High doses of vitamin B linked to lung cancer, study says
A study recently published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology found that males consuming high levels of vitamin B6 and B12 supplements exhibited 30% to 40% increased risk of lung cancer. This association was highest among male smokers. However, other studies have had conflicting results regarding the association between vitamin B supplements and lung cancer risk.
Last week, the American Academy of Pediatrics released a new set of recommendations that would categorize more children as having abnormal blood pressure. High blood pressure can have several long-term health consequences, and can be a symptom of more serious underlying conditions. Under the new guidelines, about 3.5% of children and teens in the U.S. are estimated to have hypertension, as opposed to 1% or 2% under the former guidelines.
A recent study that included 10,000 patients from almost 40 countries who had previously had a heart attack showed a significant reduction of risk of another heart attack or stroke after regular treatment with the anti-inflammatory drug, canakinumab. This is said to be the biggest breakthrough in risk reduction since the introduction of statins.
Today on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) podcast, cardiac rehabilitation is discussed, which is a preventative approach focusing on education about heart-healthy practices. Follow the links below to listen to a short overview or a more in depth version.
A Minute of Health (1:00)
A Cup of Health (4:41)
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