January 4, 2012

7th Most Common Women's Cancer

1 Ovarian Cancer Diagnosis Aided by New Tool

Academics from the U of Nottingham and ClinRisk Ltd. have developed a QCancer algorithm to help doctors identify women most at risk of having ovarian cancer at an early stage of the disease. Ovarian cancer is the 7th most common women’s cancer worldwide. The range of symptoms is non-specific making early diagnosis difficult. Fewer than 1/3 of women are diagnosed early. Of those, 90% will survive for 5 years. For the majority who are diagnosed in later stages, there is a 6% chance of surviving for five years. Tests of the algorithm have shown it to be highly effective in diagnosing the disease in its early stages. The web-based calculator is designed for physicians, but a simpler version may be made available to the general public to raise awareness of the disease.

More at Eurekalert.org | Posted 6 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Chemo Combo Kills Ovarian Cancer Cells

Tags: Ovarian Cancer, University of Nottingham, Early Diagnosis of Ovarian Cancer, ClinRisk Ltd., Ovarian Cancer Survival Rate, Women's Cancers

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Blood Pressure Diet Lands on Top

2 DASH Named Best Overall Diet for 2012

The best overall diet for 2012 is DASH, Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension, says U.S. News & World Report in their annual Best Diet rankings. While DASH was developed to fight high blood pressure, it also received praise for safety, supporting heart health, preventing or controlling diabetes and for nutritional completeness. A panel of experts named the more obscure DASH diet as best overall of 25 diets. The Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes Diet, also known as the TLC Diet, took second for best overall diet, and the Mayo Clinic Diet came in third. Other winners in the rankings include: Weight Watchers for being the most easy diet to follow, the Biggest Loser Diet as best for diabetics, and the Ornish diet for being most heart healthy.

More at U.S. News & World Report | Hat tip to CNN | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Best Diets: Weight Watchers and DASH

Tags: DASH Diet, Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension, Mayo Clinic Diet, Best Diets 2012, Easiest Diet to Follow, BIggest Loser Diet, Ornish Diet, Best Heart Diets, Best Diet Rankings

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Healthy Cells Remain Healthy

3 Liver Compound Has Anticancer Properties

New research has shown that a compound produced by the liver has very potent anticancer properties against various cancers. The compound, lithocholic acid (LCA) specifically destroys cancer cells, inhibits tumor growth and prevents tumors from sending chemical growth signals to other cancer cells. Normal cells are not targeted and continue to grow and divide. The ability of LCA to stop metastasis is particularly promising. It sends strong signals to the mitochondria, organelles that generate energy the cell needs to function, which self-destruct and cause the cell to dies. It is hypothesized that cancer cells have more LCA censors which increases their sensitivity to the compound. The next step for researchers is developing experiments with mouse models of different human cancers.

More at Science Daily | Posted 6 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Resveratrol Slows Breast Cancer Growth

Tags: Cancer Treatment, Lithocholic Acid, LCA, Anticancer Compounds

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