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A review of 26 clinical studies and two meta-analyses has found that certain probiotic strains can significantly reduce LDL and total cholesterol.

In a statin-eligible population with low to moderate risk of cardiovascular disease, a vitamin B5 derivative known as pantethine has been shown to reduce total cholesterol by 6 percent and LDL cholesterol by 11 percent.

Noting that few studies have investigated how a diet rich in carotenoids and isoflavones can impact adipokine-related breast cancer risk in postmenopausal women, researchers from Ohio State, Rutgers and Wake Forest universities conducted a 26-week crossover trial and determined that only one of these nutrients is protective.

There’s dissension among healthcare professionals as to whether fruit should be included in the diets of patients with type 2 diabetes. Fruit provides fiber, but it also influences glycemic control. A group of Danish researchers found no studies that directly analyzed fruit’s impact on diabetic patients, so they conducted their own trial.

In what the researchers believe is the first published study examining the association between vitamin K and cognition in older adults, it was found that seniors with the highest average blood levels of the vitamin have better episodic memory performance.

A large, long-range study of older men showed that those with lower blood levels of vitamin B12 had a significantly higher risk of fractures.

While numerous studies show that lavender aromatherapy can improve quality of sleep, there has been little research done on how the sweet-smelling herb affects hospital patients. Noting that sleep deprivation is common in this setting, a group of researchers from Johns Hopkins Hospital in Maryland analyzed the effect of lavender aromatherapy on patients in an intermediate care unit.

An Iranian study of men with prostate cancer found that curcumin supplementation significantly reduced urinary tract-related side effects of radiation therapy.

A meta-analysis shows that patients who have high blood levels of vitamin D are twice as likely to survive breast cancer as those who have the lowest levels.

Children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) who increase their levels of both the DHA and EPA found in omega-3 fatty acids may have better attention spans, literacy rates and behavior, according to an Australian study.

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