Vitamin D Deficiency May Increase MS Risk, Fertility Drugs Do Not Increase Ovarian Cancer Risk

VIDEO: Vitamin D Deficiency May Increase MS Risk, Fertility Drugs Do Not Increase Ovarian Cancer Risk, Resting Heart Rate Helps Predict Heart Attack Risk

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VIDEO: Vitamin D Deficiency May Increase MS Risk, Fertility Drugs Do Not Increase Ovarian Cancer Risk, Resting Heart Rate Helps Predict Heart Attack Risk

(February 6, 2009 – Insidermedicine) From Vancouver – According to research in Public Library of Science Genetics, vitamin D deficiency may be linked to the development of multiple sclerosis. Researchers studied a gene variant linked to a predisposition for MS, and found that vitamin D activates proteins which alter the function of this gene. The authors suggest that vitamin D deficiency in mothers could lead to an increased risk for MS in their offspring.

From Copenhagen – According to research in the British Medical Journal, fertility drugs do not increase the risk of ovarian cancer. In a study of over 54,000 women with infertility problems, researchers found that those treated with fertility drugs did not have an overall increased risk of ovarian cancer. With over 20,000 women diagnosed in the U.S. in 2004, ovarian cancer is the second most common gynecologic cancer.

And finally, from Washington – According to a study in the British Medical Journal, measuring heart rate can help predict the risk for heart attack. In a study of nearly 130,000 postmenopausal women, researchers found that those with resting heart rates of over 76 beats per minute were 26% more likely to have a heart attack or die from heart disease than those with heart rates of 62 beats per minute or lower.

For Insidermedicine in 60, I’m Dr. Susan Sharma.

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