April 26, 2019
Vitamin D and fish oil (aka omega-3 fatty acids) were the most widely used vitamin and nutritional supplement in 2011-2012. Both have been commonly touted for their potential benefits in reducing cancer and cardiovascular disease. While vitamin D and omega-3 fatty acid supplements are wildly popular, the evidence supporting their health benefits is inconclusive and inconsistent. The VITAL study sought to determine whether vitamin D and/or marine omega-3 fatty acids can prevent cardiovascular disease (CVD) and cancer when used by the general population.
Guest Authors: Anthony M Todd, PharmD; Sean E Smithgall, PharmD, BCACP; and Nicole A Slater, PharmD, BCACP
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June 26, 2017
Observational studies and systematic reviews have shown an association between low vitamin D concentrations and acute respiratory tract infections (ARTIs). An association is one thing, but can vitamin D supplementation reduce the risk of ARTIs? That’s what a recent systematic review and meta-analysis attempted to determine.
Guest Author: Amanda Schartel, Pharm.D., BCACP
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July 24, 2015
Stroke is responsible for 1 in 19 deaths in the United States and is the leading cause of long-term disability. Could something as simple and cheap as folic acid substantially reduce the risk of stroke? The China Stroke Primary Prevention Trial examined this important question.