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Ask the Doctor: Longer life without vitamin D?

I take vitamin D to help with Seasonal Affective Disorder, but I also heard that people with low vitamin D live longer. Should I be taking vitamin D?

The study you’re referring to was a Dutch study published this past November. The researchers looked at 380 families with 2 siblings who lived into their 90s. […]

Sun Screening

Ultraviolet A (UVA) rays are the most abundant form of ultraviolet radiation in sunlight. These rays are the longest and lowest energy form of ultraviolet radiation. UVA rays pass through the atmosphere relatively easy. Regardless of season or time of day, sunlight contains roughly the same amount of UVA rays. These rays are also capable […]

Prostate Cancer Screening

Prostate-specific antigen (PSA) is a protein that is produced by the prostate of adult men. A simple blood test is able to measure the small amounts of PSA that circulates through a man’s body. The level of PSA measure in the blood, loosely correlates with the size of the prostate. Bigger prostates produce more PSA, […]

HPV: Genital Warts and Cancer Risk

HPV, the Human Papilloma Virus, was first identified in the late 70s. Over the last 40 years, HPV has been identified as the cause of the most common sexually transmitted disease, genital warts. Current estimates suggest that 1 in 5 people carry an active HPV infection, and that every person is exposed to HPV at […]

Estrogens and Breast Cancer

The American Cancer Society has a detailed description of factors that are known to increase a woman’s risk of breast cancer. Many of them relate to estrogen:

Being a woman Beginning menses before age 12 Going through menopause after age 55 Using oral contraceptives Using hormone replacement therapy Being overweight

There are additional factors that […]