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Birch bark compound may fight metabolic diseases: Study

Betulin, an ingredient found in abundance in birch bark, may have a wide range of metabolic benefits by blocking a pathway important in production of cholesterol and fatty acids, according to new research.

Vitamin supplements could save children from measles and diarrhea deaths

According to UNICEF, about two million children die each year from diarrhea. And according to the World Health Organization (WHO), around 200,000 people -- mostly children -- also die annually from measles.

The "Calcium Lie" Every Woman Should Know About

Osteoporosis is a disease characterized by porous and fragile bones. It affects 44 million Americans, striking 1 in 3 women, and 1 in 5 men. Those with osteoporosis are at increased risk of height loss, fractures of the hips, wrists and vertebrae, and chronic pain.

Dietary alpha-linolenic acid intake and risk of sudden cardiac death and coronary heart disease

Alpha-linolenic acid, an intermediate-chain n-3 fatty acid found primarily in plants, may decrease the risk of fatal coronary heart disease (CHD) through a reduction in fatal ventricular arrhythmias and sudden cardiac death (SCD).