Tagged: vitamin D

Bone of contention: Osteoporosis supplements under scrutiny - News

Erica Mather Dec 11, 2015

Popping pills for ‘better bone health’?  Think again.  There is blind enthusiasm to take calcium and vitamin D for the treatment and prevention of osteoporosis, despite mounting evidence that contradicts their effectiveness.  You are not alone if your last family photograph left you wondering if you are shrinking, particularly if you are over 60. Read More

Osteoporosis supplements: A bone of contention - News

Erica Mather Jul 23, 2015

Calcium and vitamin D continue to be hailed as effective supplements to treat and prevent osteoporosis, despite mounting evidence to the contrary, warn two New Zealand doctors.   They contend that blind enthusiasm for supplementation is being perpetuated by the vested interests of an insidious network of groups including industry, advocacy organisations and academia. Many older adults are … Read More

And now for some science… the marvels of skin - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Jun 06, 2014

Apologies for the lack of actual science posts recently. Let’s see if we can remedy that! Last month I had the great privilege of interviewing skin cancer surgeon Dr Sharad Paul* for a session at the Auckland Writers Festival. We talked about his recent book Skin – A Biography, published in 2013 by Fourth … Read More

Vitamin D: “Silver bullet or fool’s gold?” - Kidney Punch

John Pickering Sep 21, 2012

Vitamin D has had big raps lately.  We know that low levels of it correlate with higher levels of some diseases, but does taking a supplement help?  An article in the Herald this morning by Martin Johnson nicely outlines a study  being undertaken by Professor Robert Scragg of the University of Auckland.  His is the … Continue reading » … Read More