October 27, 2010

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1 Could Portable Breast Scanner Replace Mammography?

A portable breast scanner based on radio frequency technology has been developed by Prof. Zhipeng Wu, U of Manchester. Using a computer screen, the scanner can show the presence of malignant and benign tumors within seconds and because of its portability, can be used in doctor’s offices and even at home to monitor breast health. Mammography, the current gold standard for tumor detection, is up to 95 percent accurate for women over the age of 50 but can be as low as 60 percent for younger women who account for 20 percent of all breast cancer cases. "The real-time imaging minimizes the chance of missing a breast tumor during scanning,“ says Wu who adds, “Although there is still research to be done, the system has great potential to bring a new way for breast cancer diagnosis.”

More at ScienceDaily.com | Posted 7 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Whole Body MRI Best at Detecting Spread of Cancer

Tags: Benign Tumors, Breast Cancer, Mammogram, Tumor, Mammography, Breast Cancer Scan, Zhipeng Wu, University of Manchester, Malignant Tumor

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Dangers of Blackout in a Can

2 Four Loko Banned from College Campus

Central Washington University has banned alcohol energy drinks after nine students were hospitalized after a party. The drink of choice was Four Loko, also known as “blackout in a can.” University President James Gaudino stated, “We need to make sure that we're sending a strong message to students about the dangers of alcohol energy drinks and we need to know more about the way it affects health and behavior.” Washington State Attorney General Rob wants federal food regulators to ban the beverages, saying, “They're marketed to kids by using fruit flavors that mask the taste of alcohol and they have such high levels of stimulants that people have no idea how inebriated they really are. They're packaged just like non-alcoholic drinks, but include a dangerous dose of malt liquor.”

More at CNN Health | Posted 7 years ago by Marty Shaw

Tags: Four Loko, Alcohol Energy Drink, Blackout in a Can, Central Washington University, Banned

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Even Many Cups Doesn't Help

3 Green Tea Doesn't Protect Against Breast Cancer

Consuming green tea may not protect women from breast cancer, suggest researchers from the National Cancer Center in Tokyo. New research involving approximately 54,000 women found no link between consuming green tea and breast cancer risk. The study, published in BioMed Central's journal Breast Cancer Research, revealed that there was no overall association between green tea intake and the risk of breast cancer among either women who had less than one cup of green tea per week or women who consumed 10 or more cups of green tea each day. Researcher Motoki Iwasaki thinks that having green tea is "unlikely to reduce the risk of breast cancer regardless of green tea type and number of cups."

More at EureakAlert | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Breast Cancer Prevention, Breast Cancer Research, Green Tea, Green Tea Claims, Protecting Against Breast Cancer, National Cancer Center, Motoki Iwasaki

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Walk Away Breast Cancer Risk

4 Exercise Can Keep Breast Cancer Away

Brisk walking can help lower the risk of getting breast cancer, say researchers at Harvard. MSNBC reports that the study, involving 95,396 women followed for 20 years, found that brisk walking appeared to be the exercise that offers the most protection against breast cancer. Study author Dr. A. Heather Eliassen noted that walking was the most common exercise of women in the study, a fact that may have skewed the findings. The research, published in Archives of Internal Medicine, revealed that regular exercise is linked with a lower risk of breast cancer. The benefit remained even after researchers accounted for the potential influence of drinking and weight.

More at MSNBC | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Carrots, Greens Help Reduce Breast Cancer Risk

Tags: Archives of Internal Medicine, Preventing Breast Cancer, Lower Breast Cancer Risk, Walking Protects Against Breast Cancer, Lower Your Risk of Breast Cancer, Dr. A. Heather Eliassen, Brisk Walking

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