June 4, 2012

High Radiation's Low BLow

1 Girls' Cancer Treatments Raise Cancer Risk

For children and teenagers facing treatment for pediatric cancer, the "cure" may be less than a blessing. New research reported by the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center finds that young females who receive radiation treatments for cancer are nearly seven times more likely to develop breast cancer by age 50 than the norm. Compared to the average woman's risk of 4 percent, 24 percent of those treated with chest radiation for any cancer as girls go on to become breast cancer victims, as do 30 percent of those treated for Hodgkin lymphoma. More than 12,000 children and adolescents are diagnosed with some cancer every year, and the Children’s Oncology Group recommends that women treated with high radiation doses as girls begin undergoing breast cancer screening at age 25.

More at Usatoday.com | Posted 5 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Tags: Childhood Cancer, Pediatric Cancer, Radiation Therapy, Drawbacks to Radiation Therapy, Dangers from Radiation Therapy, Girls Harmed by Radiation Treatment, Radiation Treatments and Breast Cancer

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Kitty Is on Restricted Diet

2 Garfield Is Fattest Shelter Cat at 40 Pounds

Garfield, a 40-pound cat currently residing with the North Shore Animal League, is believed to be the fattest cat in a shelter in the U.S. According to BuzzFeed, Garfield is now on a restricted diet of dry food. He was taken to the shelter by neighbors after his elderly owner died. The shelter is trying to locate relatives, but Garfield may become available for adoption. BuzzFeed also confirms that Garfield has a "great personality." If fat cats aren't your thing, there are plenty of regular-sized kitties up for adoption, and June just so happens to be Adopt a Shelter Cat Month!

More at BuzzFeed | Posted 5 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Half of All U.S. Pets Dangerously Overweight

Tags: Fat Cats, Fattest Shelter Cat, Garfield Cat, North Shore Animal League, Weight Loss Pets, Dry Food Diet, Adopt a Shelter Cat Month

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WHen Marathons Go Bad

3 Excessive Training May Damage Heart

Excessive training and extreme endurance events may cause heart damage and irregular heart beating, suggest researchers. Reported in Mayo Clinic Proceedings, the survey of more than 50 studies that followed athletes found that excessive training and extreme endurance events like marathons can cause scarring and enlargement of the heart and blood vessels. Professional cyclists and veteran marathon runners were five times more likely to develop irregular heart beats. Despite these findings, the authors insist that people shouldn't be discouraged from participating in regular exercise. CNN reports that lead author Dr. James O'Keefe said that physically active people are happier, and they can live up to seven years longer than their more sedentary counterparts.

More at CNN | Posted 5 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Small Trial Shows Stem Cells Repair Heart Damage

Tags: Mayo Clinic Proceedings, Extreme Endurance Event, Marathons, Ultramarathons, Ironman Triathlons, Long-Distance Bicycle Races, Dangers of Excessive Training

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Holistic Counselor Shares Tips

4 Best and Worst Foods for Kids with Autism

The most recent statistics indicate that one in 88 children in the United States is affected by autism. Although there is no one single cause for the condition, certain biological pathways are known to be affected, including those involved in digestion and gut integrity. Jacqueline Silvestri Banks, a certified holistic health counselor with experience in helping children with disabilities, shares some of the best and worst foods for children on the spectrum. The most common culprits of food sensitivities are gluten, casein and soy so avoiding wheat-based, dairy and soy foods is essential. Foods to include are those rich in omega-3 fatty acids (salmon and sardines) and foods that contain pre- and pro-biotics such as kefir, non-dairy yogurt, bananas, asparagus, beans and peas.

More at Fox News | Posted 5 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: US Autism Rate Soars

Tags: Autism, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Gluten-Free, Nutrition, Omega-3 Fatty Acids

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Shrinkage Comes in Threes

5 Experimental Cancer Drug Shrinks Tumors

Results from a clinical trial have shown that an experimental drug developed by Bristol-Myers Squibb shrank tumors in individuals with lung cancer, kidney cancer and melanoma. Of the 76 lung cancer patients, 18 percent on the drug had tumors shrink and almost 30 percent of those with kidney cancer and melanoma saw shrinkage of their tumors. The drug is called BMS-936558 and works by inhibiting the programmed death 1 (PD-1) pathway which prevents cell death when activated and goes awry in cancer cells. Researchers are very excited about these results, especially against lung cancer. Part of the study included screening tumor samples for PD-L1 which interacts with PD-1 and found that the presence of this molecule was necessary for tumor shrinkage.

More at Yahoo! Reuters | Posted 5 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Drug Shrinks Tumors in Metastatic Melanoma

Tags: Bristol Myers-Squibb, Kidney Cancer, Lung Cancer, Melanoma, PD-1, Programmed Death 1, BMS-936558

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