Today in Research: Supplements Could Harm Older Women; More

Today in research: reasons to like chocolate, Vitamins get scrutinized again, the many false things to learn from TV, and another reason why people are risk-averse about investing.

  • Another salvo fired in the endless 'vitamins are(n't) good for you' war. Print out a copy of this ABC News report on new research finding that vitamins "supplements may not be helpful, and in some cases, could even be harmful for older women" and wave it at your multivitamin-peddling friend. He/she will probably point you to another mound of research telling you the exact opposite is true. ABC News, does, however, cite a Mayo Clinic doctor noting the inconsistencies in the media with this takeaway: "It can be confusing for the public when something isn't entirely black and white ... but based on this new study, people should be even a little more cautious now about taking these supplements." [ABC News]
  • Bill Gates Foundation's HIV prevention project is making progress in India. Along with the encouraging news that, as the AP relays, "An estimated 100,000 people in India may have escaped HIV infection over five years thanks to one of the world's biggest prevention programs," a disclaimer should be noted that the study touting this success -- published in the medical journal The Lancet -- was funded by the Gates Foundation, which has invested millions in the prevention project. As the AP notes, the program -- named Avahan -- "has been criticized by some for throwing large sums of money at the problem and creating more waste than results." [Associated Press]

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