Vitamin D ‘significantly reduces severe asthma attacks’ – BBC News

Dietary supplements, such as the vitamin B sup...

Dietary supplements, such as the vitamin B supplement show above, are typically sold in pill form. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The BBC News reports that taking vitamin D supplements in addition to asthma medication appears to reduce the risk of severe asthma attacks, citing a review of the evidence.

Source: Vitamin D ‘significantly reduces severe asthma attacks’ – BBC News

With no downside risk from taking vitamin D supplements, it would appear beneficial for asthma suffers, especially those that do not get regular exposure to the sun. However, the benefits are marginal and no substitute for regular medication.

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Opinion – High cholesterol ‘does not cause heart disease’ new research finds, so treating with statins a ‘waste of time’ – The Telegraph

English: 3D model of anti-cholesterol drug Ros...

English: 3D model of anti-cholesterol drug Rosuvastatin, also known as Crestor. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is a seriously irresponsible headline from the Telegraph. The article claims according to a new study that high cholesterol ‘does not cause heart disease‘ so treating it with statins a ‘waste of time’.

High cholesterol ‘does not cause heart disease’ new research finds, so treating with statins a ‘waste of time’

Within the article itself, it is cited that others experts question both the methodology and the conclusions of the new study.

Clearly other research studies are required before it is safe to change medical practice. Patients with high cholesterol should consult their doctors and be guided accordingly. But prevailing policies for mass deployment of statins for the elderly perhaps need reevaluation?

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