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.
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