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Study: Vitamin-pregnancy risk

A Norwegian study has sparked off worries that women taking both B vitamins and folic acid may be increasing their risk of having heart attacks and strokes. The study, which made the front page of the Daily Mail, said treating heart patients with vitamin B6 could do more harm than good. The study found that while patients who had been taking either folic acid or vitamin B6 alone had only a small increase in the risk of cardiovascular disease, those who had taken both had a 20 per cent increased risk. Norwegian Vitamin Trial (NORVIT) researchers from the University of Troms¯ looked at 4,749 heart attack survivors in the research.

Fit as a psychiatrist

Psychiatrists in the US are gaining qualifications as fitness trainers in order to incorporate exercise into their treatment programmes. A study this year by Dr Andrea Dunn, director of behavioural research at the Cooper Institute in Denver published in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine, found that three hours of exercise a week ìled to a substantial decrease in symptomsî. In the UK, the Mental Health Foundation is currently running a campaign to raise awareness of the benefits of exercise as a treatment for mild to moderate depression.

30th September 2008

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