5 studies you may have missed
One expert panel says there is insufficient evidence to recommend taking vitamin or mineral supplements.
November 15th, 2013
11:05 AM ET

5 studies you may have missed

Here are five medical studies published this week that may give you new insights into your health, mind and body. Remember, correlation is not causation, so if a study finds a connection between two things, it doesn't mean that one causes the other.

Forget the vitamins - focus on food
U.S. Preventive Services Task Force

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force is an independent panel of experts that reviews current scientific evidence and makes recommendations about screenings and preventive medications. This week the USPSTF (say that five times fast) decided there is not enough evidence to support taking vitamin supplements for the prevention of cardiovascular disease and/or cancer.

The panel based its conclusion on a review of 26 studies from the last eight years. Experts say there has been relatively little research done on the link between supplements and prevention, so this recommendation could change in the future.

"In the absence of clear evidence about the impact of most vitamins and multivitamins on cardiovascular disease and cancer, health care professionals should counsel their patients to eat a healthy, well-balanced diet that is rich in nutrients," USPSTF member Dr. Wanda Nicholson said in a statement.

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