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BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 19 November 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:E138

From BMJ USA 2002;September:478

Vitamin E does not help macular degeneration

A randomized trial in 1000 healthy volunteers by Taylor and colleagues (BMJ USA p 491) shows that daily supplementation with vitamin E for four years does not alter the incidence or progression of macular degeneration. A positive family history and cigarette smoking are the known risk factors, but oxidative stress has been suspected. The authors suggest that vitamin E to protect against macular degeneration may be effective only in selected subgroups of patients.

Exercise can prevent falls in older people

A weekly exercise program focusing on balance can prevent falls among older people living at home. …

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