April 21, 2010

Institute of Medicine Report

1 FDA Denies It Will Regulate Sodium in Foods

The FDA denied this afternoon that it has begun the process of regulating the amount of sodium in American foods. According to a news release, "The FDA is not currently working on regulations nor has it made a decision to regulate sodium content in foods at this time." Earlier today the Washington Post reported that the FDA "is planning an unprecedented effort to gradually reduce the salt consumed each day by Americans." Nevertheless, the FDA says it will review a new report from the prestigious Institute of Medicine and determine if there is anything that the FDA should be doing. Among other findings, the IOM concluded that new government standards are required to effectively reduce American's sodium consumption.

More at FDA | Hat tip to Washington Post | Posted 7 years ago by Mark

Previously: PepsiCo to Cut Sodium on Lay's Chips

Tags: FDA, Food and Drug Administration, Sodium, Salt, Washington Post, IOM, Institute of Medicine

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Processed Cancer. Meats to Avoid

2 Processed Meat Linked to Ovarian Cancer Risks

A recent study conducted at the Queensland Institute of Medical Research in Brisbane, Australia has found a possible link between processed meats such as hot dogs and salami and ovarian cancer. The report, in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition observed 2,000 women with Ovarian cancer and 2,200 without the disease. Woman who ate four or more servings of processed meat per week increased their chances of Ovarian cancer by 18 percent. The study also found that women who ate four or more fish servings per week were 24 percent less likely to contract Ovarian cancer, poultry also reduced risk of the disease. One theory for a processed meats link is that nitrites and nitrates can form nitrosamines, known causes of cancer in animals. Nitrosamines have yet to be linked to Ovarian cancer.

More at MSNBC | Posted 7 years ago by James Johnson

Tags: Processed Meats, Cancer Risks, Ovarian Cancer, Ovarian Cancer Risks, Women Cancer Risks

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17 Months Before Diagnosis

3 Blood Test for Early Detection of Breast Cancer

Breast cancer may be detected with a blood test up to 17 months before a diagnosis. The blood test measures levels of epidermal growth factor receptor(EGFR). Patients with higher levels of this receptor were 2.9 times more likely to develop breast cancer. Dr. Christopher Li, with the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, says that no prior studies have validated an early detection biomarker to this degree, although the results do require confirmation because EGFR can’t be used as a single marker. Dr. Li also states that these results may indicate noticeable changes of proteins in the blood within 2 years of making a clinical breast cancer diagnosis. This could allow breast cancer to be detected early, when it’s most treatable.

More at Health.com | Posted 7 years ago by Marty Shaw

Previously: Two Good Choices to Prevent Breast Cancer

Tags: Breast Cancer, Early Detection, Blood Test

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Colon Cancer May Have New Enemy

4 New Form of Painkiller May Fight Colon Cancer

Researchers report that a form of the drug naproxen blocks a process that leads to colon cancer. Naproxen is more commonly known by the brand names Aleve, Anaprox & Naprosyn. The drug has only been tested in the lab at this time, but Dr. Margie Clapper, of the Cancer Prevention & Control Program, reported, “it appears that the investigational form of naproxen we studied may be more effective than standard naproxen in inhibiting colorectal tumor development.” Researchers found that this new type of naproxen, NO-naproxen, appeared to block a signaling pathway that plays a role in colon cancer formation. Dr. Clapper stated that NO-naproxen is much better than naproxen in “nipping this whole process in the bud.” More testing is being done but there are no results to report at this time.

More at Health.com | Posted 7 years ago by Marty Shaw

Tags: Colon Cancer, Naproxen

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You Can Tune a Piano...

5 Sushi Tuna Differs in Mercury Content

Tuna that is served as sushi in restaurants was found to be higher in mercury than that found in a supermarket seafood counter, but all species had greater concentrations of the toxic contaminant than is recommended by the US Environmental Protection Agency. The new study used DNA barcoding to find that Bluefin akami and bigeye tunas, chosen by restaurants because of their firm flesh and appealing look, have higher levels of mercury. Blue fin toro tuna and the smaller yellowfin species contain less mercury. Mercury accumulates more in the muscle of the fish, so the fattier tuna has a lesser concentration of the metal. The research could help lead to better labeling to assist those who need to monitor mercury intake, such as children and pregnant women.

More at LiveScience | Hat tip to Wall Street Journal | Posted 7 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: Bluefin Tuna Ban Fails, PETA Targets Live Seafood Restaurants

Tags: Fish, Pregnancy, Sushi, Tuna, Mercury

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