March 12, 2012

Controversy Rages On

1 Circumcision May Lower Prostate Cancer Risk

Circumcision may lower prostate cancer risk by 15% in men who had been circumcised before they became sexually active finds a new U of Washington survey of 1754 men with the disease and 1645 healthy men. The data suggests a “plausible mechanism through which circumcision may decrease the risk of prostate cancer," says Dr. Jonathan Wright who adds that circumcision also reduces STIs that may lead to the development of the disease. Some experts fault the study saying it was based on men with prostate cancer instead of following patients forward in time. "At the end of the day, we feel there's risks and benefits and it's up to parents to decide what’s in the best interests of their child," says Dr. Andrew Freedman, a member of the Am. Academy of Pediatrics circumcision task force.

More at Www.vitals.msnbc.msn.com | Posted 6 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Dogs Can Smell Prostate Cancer

Tags: American Academy of Pediatrics, Circumcision, Prostate Cancer, Prostate Cancer Cure, Prostate Cancer Risk, University of Washington, Circumcision and Prostate Cancer, Circumcision May Lower Prostate Cancer Risk, Dr. Jonathan Wright, Dr. Andrew Freedman

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Make Mine Seitan, Please

2 Eating Red Meat May Shorten Lifespan

Eating red meat increases the risk of mortality from heart disease and certain cancers, finds a study from Harvard Schl. of Public Health, while substituting protein from fish, poultry and whole grains lowers the risk. The study observed 37,698 men and 83,644 women for 22 and 28 years respectively. At the onset, all subjects were cancer and cardiovascular disease (CVD) free. Researchers assessed diets every 4 years through questionnaires. At completion, there were 5910 deaths from CVD; 9464 from cancer. Researchers concluded that one daily serving of unprocessed red meat was linked to a 13% risk of mortality; when the meat was processed the risk rose to 20%. Substituting healthy protein was associated with as much as a 14% lower mortality risk (for poultry and whole grains.)

More at ScienceDaily.com | Posted 6 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Vitamin D Greatly Reduces Risk of Heart Disease

Tags: Cancer, Cardiovascular Disease, Harvard School of Public Health, Healthy Eating, Heart Disease, Stroke, Heart Disease and Red Meat Consumption, Reduce Heart Disease, Red Meat Substitutes, Heart Disease and Diet

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Soda May Not Be Worth It

3 Just One Soda a Day Raises Heart Attack Risk

Soda can harm your heart even if you don't gain weight from drinking it, suggest researchers who found that a daily soda raised heart attack risk. The study, reported in Circulation, found that male participants who habitually consumed one 12-ounce sweetened beverage daily were 20 percent more likely to experience a heart attack than men who had no soda. Artificially sweetened diet drinks weren't linked with heart attacks. The study followed almost 43,000 men for an average span of 22 years. CNN reports that the association between a daily soda and increased heart attack risk couldn't be explained by weight gain or obesity alone. Researchers from Harvard School of Public Health believe sugary-beverage consumption is an independent risk factor for heart disease.

More at CNN | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Diet Soda a Day Increases Heart Attack Risk

Tags: Dangers of Soda, Heart Attack Prevention, Heart Attack Risk Factors, Heart Attack Victims, Is Diet Soda Still Healthy, Daily Soda Habit

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Powdered Formula Smells Weird

4 Gerber Recalls Good Start Gentle Formula

Gerber has recalled some of their Good Start Gentle powdered infant formula due to a strange off-odor. The company is offering a replacement for the recalled Good Start Gentle formula from batch GXP1684. The recalled product comes in a 23.2-ounce plastic package with an expiration date of March 5, 2013. Gerber says that some infants who were fed the recalled Good Start Gentle formula had "spit-up and other gastrointestinal complaints." Despite the complaints, Gerber believes that the recalled infant formula poses no health or safety risk.

More at MSNBC | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Baby Formula Contaminated with Fungal Hormones

Tags: Baby Formula Recall, Good Start Gentle Formula Recall, Gerber Formula Recall, Gerber Formula Strange Odor, Powdered Infant Formula Recall

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Go Nuts!

5 Many Americans Deficient in Magnesium

Leo Galland MD, an internist practicing in New York City, states that many Americans are deficient in magnesium, a mineral needed for the regulation and activity of more than 300 enzymes in the body. A deficiency can lead to high blood pressure, hyperactivity, heart problems and other health issues. Symptoms of a lack of magnesium include leg and foot cramps, sensitivity to loud noises, muscle twitches and spasms, and irritability. Dr Galland offers three tips for correcting this nutritional lack. Eat more nuts, vegetables and seafood and limit intake of sugar. Check with your doctor about whether you need dietary supplements. And soak in Epsom salt, as magnesium can be absorbed through the skin. Dr. Galland notes that the last tip is also a great way to relieve stress.

More at PR Newswire | Posted 6 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: Magnesium Decreases Diabetes Risk

Tags: High Blood Pressure, Magnesium, Minerals, Nutrition, Nuts

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Promotes Plaque Clearance

6 Study Shows How Vitamin D Fights Alzheimer's

A new study conducted by scientists at the University of California found that vitamin D3 turns on certain genes and signals in cells that allow the immune system to clear away amyloid beta, which what primarily makes us the plaques that accumulate in the brains of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease. Experiments in which vitamin D3 was incubated with macrophages isolated from the blood of people with Alzheimer’s and healthy controls improved the white blood cells’ ability to engulf the amyloid. Previous studies demonstrated that curcumin, an ingredient isolated from the spice turmeric, induced the same activity. It is hoped that a better understanding of how the active form of vitamin D and curcumin work will open the door for new therapies against the most common form of dementia.

More at Yahoo! HealthDay | Posted 6 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Exercise and Vitamin D May Reduce Alzheimer’s

Tags: Alzheimer's Disease, Beta-Amyloid Plaques, Curcumin, Macrophages, Vitamin D3

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Higher Stress, Higher Appetite

7 Stress at Work Can Lead to Emotional Eating

A study involving 230 women in Finland found that work burnout increases the likelihood of emotional eating, which is eating triggered by anxiety, stress and feeling down. Many also experienced emotional eating in which they felt like they were never satiated or could not stop until they ate everything. Twenty-two percent of women with work burnout had more emotional and uncontrollable eating and were not able to cut down compared to women with no burnout. When aspects of people’s lives become a source of chronic stress, eating is one of the few enjoyable things left. Weight gain due to such eating habits is a serious concern but one third of those with no burnout were a normal weight compared to 50 percent in the burnout group which was correlated to a higher education level.

More at Yahoo! Reuters | Posted 6 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Mother-Toddler Bond Can Effect Teen Weight

Tags: Emotional Eating, Stressful Work Environment, Chronic Stress

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