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4 Your Health: who is more likely to donate a kidney; vitamin D preventing cancer; overusing acetaminophen

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A warning about taking too much acetaminophen.

A new study found about six percent of people who used acetaminophen for a week exceeded the maximum dose on at least one day. The risk was even higher during the winter months because many over the counter cold medicines also contain the pain killer.

Past research has shown the overuse of acetaminophen can damage the liver.

More Vitamin D less cancer 

Higher levels of vitamin D may be linked to a lower risk of cancer.

That's according to a new study of 30,000 Japanese adults. It showed people with the highest vitamin D levels were 20 percent less*likely to develop cancer than those with the lowest.

High vitamin D was especially linked to a lower risk of liver cancer but had no impact on lung or prostate cancer risk.

Woman most likely to be a donor

Women are much more likely to donate a kidney than men.

Data from Europe shows more than one-third of women who are medically suitable donate a kidney to their husbands. But only 7 percent of such men donate a kidney to their wives.

Experts suggest women tend to be more empathetic and have a deep desire to help their family survive.

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