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The next time you think about popping that vitamin pill, think again. Wasting money on vitamin supplements that don't work is one thing; but, according to a recent meta-analysis of more than 68 clinical trials, such supplements may actually harm you (JAMA 2007;297:842). People who took vitamin A supplements were 16% more likely to die than people who didn't. The risks from b carotene and vitamin E supplements were less, at 7% and 4%. The manufacturers instantly cried foul, but then this booming industry has a lot to protect.
Forget the physical dimensions of semiclad muscle gods fighting it out in the ring for a moment. It seems that sweat can carry the hepatitis B virus, alerting doctors to the possibility that the virus may be transmitted among wrestlers through cuts and wounds. Researchers screened 70 Olympic wrestlers