Vitamins C, E ‘Don’t Protect Against Cancer’

CHICAGO ~ Vitamins C and E do not appear to reduce the risk of cancer, according to a pair of new studies that debunk earlier research suggesting supplements might provide some protection against the often deadly ailment.

Some 15,000 men aged 50 and older participated in the study, which included an eight-year follow-up period, but neither vitamin appeared to appreciably reduce their cancer risk, according to the studies appearing in the January 7 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

The findings are disappointing news for the more than half of American adults take vitamin supplements – many in the hope of warding off illness – and appear to refute earlier observational studies that linked use of vitamins E and C with reduced risk of certain forms of cancers, including cancer of the prostate.

Bird Flu Found at HK Farm

HONG KONG ~ More than 80,000 chickens will be slaughtered in Hong Kong after bird flu was found on a poultry farm, the first outbreak at a farm here in nearly six years, health authorities said on Tuesday.

“We have discovered up to 60 dead chickens in that farm. After a series of tests we have confirmed this morning that the chickens did die from the H5 virus,” health secretary York Chow told reporters.

A health department spokeswoman said further tests were needed to determine if it was the deadly H5N1 strain of the virus, which has killed about 250 people worldwide since late 2003.

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