The Health News USA August 25 2017


  • According to a new study, men who took high doses of vitamin B6 and B12 supplements had a higher risk of lung cancer and the association was highest among current smokers.
  • According to News Medical, rates of infants sleeping on their back increased from 10% to  74% over the next  10 years, and the rate of sudden infant death syndrome dropped by fifty three 53%. American parents are being encouraged to put their babies to sleep on their backs to reduce the risk of SIDS.
  • Thirteen-year-old Peyton West who had a heart transplant back in March suddenly died on his first day of school. He was born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome where the left side of his heart was missing.

News on Health Professional Radio. Today is the 25th of August 2017. Read by Tabetha Moreto. Health News

Men who took high doses of vitamin B six and B twelve supplements had a higher risk of lung cancer, and the association was highest among current smokers, according to a study published Tuesday. The study found a thirty percent to forty percent increased risk of lung cancer among men taking these vitamins from individual supplements — not from multivitamins or diet alone. But the effect seemed to be driven by current smokers who far exceeded the recommended daily amounts of the vitamins, according to study author Theodore Brasky, an epidemiologist in the division of cancer prevention and control at the Ohio State University College of Medicine.

Current male smokers taking the highest levels of vitamin B six  had triple the risk of lung cancer over six years, compared with those who didn’t take supplements. For vitamin B twelve, that risk nearly quadrupled. These levels were more than eleven times the recommended daily amount of B six and twenty three times that of B twelve. The study was limited to roughly seventy seven thousand Washington state adults, ages fifty to seventy six. This included one hundred thirty nine cases of lung cancer among more than three thousand two hundred current male smokers. Over ninety three percent of participants were white.

There were too few cases of lung cancer among nonsmokers to include them in the full analysis. An increased risk of lung cancer was not seen among women or with the vitamin B nine, also known as folate. Other researchers have found different results. Some studies linked vitamin B six with lower lung cancer risk, and another found that B twelve had no impact on risk. The authors of the new study said that the discrepancy could be because some of these studies measure B vitamins in the blood and not through dietary surveys, like they did. Or it may be that lung cancer itself raises levels of these vitamins in the body. People mostly take dietary supplements because they think they will make them healthier, not because they are trying to add nutrients to their diet.

In nineteen ninety four, the “Back to Sleep” campaign launched, urging American parents to put their babies to sleep on their backs to reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome, CBS News reports. According to News Medical, rates of infants sleeping on their back increased from ten percent to seventy four percent over the next ten years, and the rate of sudden infant death syndrome or SIDS dropped by fifty three percent. The study of nearly three thousand three hundred new mothers found only forty three point seven percent both intended to put their babies to sleep on their backs every time and actually followed through on that, CNN reports.

The study also found seventy three point three percent of mothers “usually” put their babies to sleep on their backs, but not “exclusively.” Experts say sleeping on their stomachs can be more dangerous for infants who aren’t accustomed to it. People who didn’t put their babies to sleep on their backs were most often afraid the baby would choke or wouldn’t be as comfortable. Doctors say those beliefs could be due to lack of education or familial pressure. The study found that mothers who had family members advocate for stomach-sleeping were more than twelve times more likely to put their babies to bed on their tummies. There were at least one thousand six hundred deaths from SIDS in two thousand fifteen.

The parents of thirteen-year-old Peyton West would never have thought that his first day of school this year was going to be his last. He had survived a heart transplant in March and spent the past five months living a full and fun life, said his father, Corey West. He developed a passion for food, especially Mexican. Soccer became his favorite sport, and he would watch FC Cincinnati professional games with his dad. Peyton woke up on Thursday excited for his first day of eighth grade in Goshen, Ohio. He was being goofy, West said, and the family took a photo of him smiling on their front porch. But fifteen minutes later, when older brother Ethan dropped him off at school, everything changed. He told Ethan he didn’t feel well and then collapsed, West said. Ethan carried him to the school nurse’s office. An ambulance rushed the boy to the hospital before his mother, Melissa, joined them. The medics told Melissa West that they were quick to leave because Peyton’s heart had stopped and it was a sight that no mother should see, West said.Doctors tried for two and a half hours to revive him, but he died at the hospital.

Peyton was born November six two thousand three, with hypoplastic left heart syndrome. It’s a condition where someone is born missing the left side of the heart. Peyton had his third surgery at age five, West said, and nearly died. He sustained brain damage and had to relearn how to walk and talk. But over the next few years, he kept up his spirits.

It was possible that his body was rejecting the new organ, which manifested in an abnormal heart rhythm. Or any number of other things may have occurred,like a strange infection. An autopsy was performed Friday, and the results, which Peyton’s parents hope will shed some light on the case, are pending. The Wests agreed to donate his body parts in hopes of saving someone else’s life.

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