Research suggesting Vitamin E may be beneficial for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease was covered on two of Tuesday’s national news broadcasts, in the print editions or on the websites of several major papers, and by several other major websites and wires. Most sources pointed out that while the vitamin was associated with a delay in the loss of function in Alzheimer’s patients, it had no impact on memory and has not been shown to prevent the disease. ABC World News (12/31, story 5, 1:10, Muir) reported that “a newstudy” indicated that “Vitamin E may” be beneficial for some patients with Alzheimer’s.
On the CBS Evening News (12/31, story 7, 2:15, Dubois), CBS’ Elaine Quijano reported, “Since the exact cause of Alzheimer’s is still being debated, researchers aren’t sure how the vitamin helps,” but “they believe it protects brain cells from Alzheimer’s damage.”
USA Today (1/1, Weintraub) reported, “Research a decade ago showed that vitamin E was helpful in late-stage Alzheimer’s disease.” The new research, “published Tuesday by the Journal of the American Medical Association finds the benefits extend to people with mild to moderate forms of the disease.”
— “Vitamin E may aid those with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s, “Karen Weintraub, USA Today, December 31, 2013.