Supplement Findings: Research published in the Archives of Internal Medicine finds older women who took multivitamins and most other dietary supplements were slightly more likely to die than those who didn’t, the WSJ reports. Calcium supplements, however, were linked to a slightly lower risk of death among the nearly 39,000 women who participated in the study, the paper says. One outside expert notes that the study didn’t look at debilitating conditions that supplements might ameliorate, and that if a physician recommends specific vitamins or minerals for a medical reason it’s a good idea to listen.
Cancer Rehab Needed: There’s an increased need for specialized rehabilitation services following cancer treatment in order to help patients regain control over their bodily functions and daily activities, but rehab remains underutilized, Kaiser Health News reports, in conjunction with the Washington Post. Oncologists often don’t ask patients if they’re experiencing difficulties with fatigue, swallowing, edema, cognitive ability and other functions, and insurers may not fully cover rehab or occupational therapy services, KHN says.
Studying Altruism in Kids: A study published online recently in the journal PLoS One finds that three- and four-year-olds who weren’t willing to share stickers with an unknown recipient were more likely to have a variation in a specific gene called AVPR1A, the WSJ reports. Research is showing that while genetics may influence altruism among young kids, outside influences from “home, school and the world at large may play a larger role,” the paper says.
A Sweet Finish: A woman who was 39 weeks pregnant ran half the Chicago Marathon Sunday, walked the other half, and after having a quick recovery meal headed to the hospital, where she gave birth to her second child, the Chicago Tribune reports. Amber Miller, who ran throughout her pregnancy, had her doctor’s approval to run/walk the race. She finished in 6:25:50.
Reported by Katherine Hobson