Here's to your health
Study: Vitamin tablets offer cancer benefits
Women diagnosed with invasive breast cancer were less likely to die of the disease if they regularly consumed a vitamin and mineral tablet, compared with women who didn't take supplements, scientists have found in one of the largest studies of its kind. Studying the fates of older women participating in two massive studies researchers uncovered a 30 percent lower mortality rate among those who regularly consumed vitamin and mineral tablets. All told, 161,608 women participated in the research.
Treatment could hinge on location
Where seniors live makes a difference not only in how much health care they receive but also the medications they're prescribed, new research shows. More than 1 in 4 patients on Medicare's prescription drug plan filled at least one prescription for medications long deemed high-risk for seniors, according to the study released Tuesday by the Dartmouth Atlas Project. Seniors in Louisiana were more than three times as likely as those in Minnesota to receive potentially harmful drugs like muscle relaxants and anxiety relievers that can cause excessive sedation, falls and other problems in older adults. On the flip side, far more seniors who survived a heart attack were filling prescriptions for cholesterol-lowering statin drugs in Utah than in Texas, the study found.