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September 1998 Issue

Vitamin C May Cut Risk of Gallstones in Women

High blood levels of vitamin C may protect women from gallstones. That s what University of California researchers found using data from a nationwide health survey that looked at blood levels of vitamin C and gallbladder disease in over 9,000 people, ages 20 to 74. Women with the highest vitamin C levels developed half as many gallstones as women with moderate vitamin levels, a relationship not observed in men. Yet women with very

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