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Increased risk of breast cancer from hormone therapy continues over time PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 20 October 2010 11:20
Estrogen-plus-progestin hormone replacement therapy increases the risk of breast cancer in postmenopausal women. Now a longer-term study of the problem shows the higher risk of breast cancer continues among women who took hormones but stopped, that the cancer in these women may be more advanced and that the likelihood of dying of breast cancer is increased.

The link between hormone therapy and breast cancer was confirmed with the conclusion of the Women's Health Initiative study in 2005, based on about 5 1/2 years of data. However, researchers at the Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute obtained consent from more than 12,000 of the women enrolled in the study to continue to follow them for breast cancer incidence.

Cancer survivors have greater risk of memory loss PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 19 October 2010 11:08
Cancer survivors have a 40 percent greater chance of suffering memory loss than people who have not had cancer, according to a new national study presented by a University of Miami Miller School of Medicine assistant professor. It's severe enough to interfere with daily functioning, the study said.

The findings were presented in early October at a Miami conference on the science of cancer health disparities.

Pascal Jean-Pierre, the UM assistant professor, said the findings show that ``memory impairment in cancer patients is a national problem that we must pay special attention to.''

Vigilance Against Skin Cancer May Lead to Lack of Vitamin D PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 19 October 2010 11:02
People with a genetic predisposition to basal cell carcinoma -- the most common form of skin cancer -- may trade one health risk for another, a new study suggests.

Because people with basal cell nevus syndrome (BCNS) tend to develop multiple basal cell skin cancers in early adulthood and so take more precautions against sun exposure, they may also run a higher risk of being deficient in vitamin D, report researchers in the October issue of Archives of Dermatology.

"We found that patients with skin cancer who practice very good photoprotection [sun protection] have lower vitamin D levels," said Dr. Jean Tang, lead author of the study. "This makes sense because they're avoiding sunlight and sun is required to synthesize vitamin D."

Coconut Oil and Alzheimer’s Disease PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 05 October 2010 00:00
How worried should drug companies be about supplements eating into their monopoly profits? A lot-as this story will show. Please share it with anyone you know who is suffering from Alzheimer's or is worried about it.

Of course, just about everyone worries about Alzheimer's. It currently afflicts 5.2 million people in the US and is the seventh leading cause of death. The cost of treating it is estimated at $148 billion.

Mary Newport, MD, has been medical director of the neonatal intensive care unit at Spring Hill Regional Hospital in Florida since it opened in 2003. About the same time the unit opened, her husband Steve, then 53, began showing signs of progressive dementia, later diagnosed as Alzheimer's Disease. "Many days, often for several days in a row, he was in a fog; couldn't find a spoon or remember how to get water out of the refrigerator," she said.

Probiotics show potential against common cold: Study PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 21 September 2010 00:00
Daily supplements with probiotic Lactobacillus strains may reduce the incidence of acquiring the common cold by 12 percent, according to new research from probiotic player Probi.

Results of a randomised, parallel, double-blind placebo-controlled study with 272 subjects showed that daily consumption of Lactobacillus plantarum HEAL 9 (DSM 15312) and Lactobacillus paracasei 8700:2 (DSM 13434) reduced the incidence of one or more episodes of the common cold from 67 percent in the placebo group to 55 percent, according to findings published in the European Journal of Nutrition.

Acupuncture helps prevent suicides PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 10 September 2010 00:00
Medical experts in China have claimed traditional Chinese medicine, popularly known as TCM, especially acupuncture, can help prevent suicides.

Du Wendong, of the Institute of Psychology of Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine, said there were no suicide cases in his university since 1985 when authorities began using TCM to tackle students' mental issues.

According to TCM psychological theories, mental disorders can be cured through "treatment of both mind and body", Xinhua reports.

Neurotoxicity Results from Chronic Drinking, Which Increases Levels of Stress Hormones PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 10 September 2010 00:00
It is generally known that alcohol consumption, withdrawal, and abstinence can all raise stress hormones in humans and animals.

A review has described how stress hormones called glucocorticoids are associated with neurotoxicity during abstinence after withdrawal from alcohol dependence.Glucocorticoid receptor antagonism may therefore represent a pharmacological option for recovery.

Up to 95 percent of infants are vitamin D deficient but only 1 percent get vitamin D supplements PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 03 August 2010 00:00
Two studies published in the journal Pediatrics highlight that although vitamin D deficiency is widespread among infants in the United States, most pediatricians remain unaware of the problem.

The first study, conducted by researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), found that only 5 to 13 percent of breast-fed infants were receiving at least 400 IU of vitamin D per day, the amount currently recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Human breast milk is actually relatively low in vitamin D, probably because during our evolutionary history most babies got plenty of exposure to sunlight.

Gulf of Mexico Has Long Been a Sink of Pollution PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 30 July 2010 10:45
Loulan Pitre Sr. was born on the Gulf Coast in 1921, the son of an oysterman. Nearly all his life, he worked on the water, abiding by the widely shared faith that the resources of the Gulf of Mexico were limitless.

As a young Marine staff sergeant, back home after fighting in the South Pacific, he stood on barges in the gulf and watched as surplus mines, bombs and ammunition were pushed over the side.

He helped build the gulf's very first offshore oil drilling platforms in the late 1940s, installing bolts on perilously high perches over the water. He worked on a shrimp boat, and later as the captain of a service boat for drilling platforms.

The gulf has changed, Mr. Pitre said: "I think it's too far gone to salvage."

Excessive Intake of Omega 6 and Deficiencies in Omega 3 Induce Obesity Down the Generations PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 29 July 2010 12:19
Chronic excess of linoleic acid (omega 6), coupled with a deficiency in alpha-linoleic acid (omega 3), can increase obesity down the generations. This has been demonstrated for the first time by Gérard Ailhaud (Université de Nice-Sophia Antipolis) working in collaboration with three CNRS laboratories and one INRA laboratory. The researchers exposed several generations of male and female adult and young mice to a "Western-like" diet of this type, and then assessed the consequences of such a lipid environment in the human diet.

These findings are published on the website of the Journal of Lipid Research.

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