August 2014


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A study in mice shows that moderate alcohol consumption stimulates the growth and progression of breast cancer by fueling the development of new blood vessels -- a process called "angiogenesis." It does this by boosting expression of a key growth factor known as vascular endothelial growth factor or VEGF.

Drinking alcohol -- even moderate amounts - is a well-established risk factor for breast cancer in women. A recent study found that 60 percent of breast cancer cases in women worldwide were attributable to alcohol consumption. But the mechanism(s) of alcohol-induced breast cancer are poorly understood.

Dr. Jian-Wei Gu and colleagues from the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson examined the effects of alcohol on tumor growth and progression of breast cancer in mice.

To read the full story Why alcohol boosts breast cancer risk: study, click here.

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Sugary foods and drinks and nonfluoridated bottled water may be helping to rot the teeth of more young U.S. children, reversing four decades of progress against tooth decay, U.S. health officials said on Monday.

An estimated 28 percent of U.S. children ages 2 to 5 had a cavity in at least one baby tooth between 1999 and 2004, the National Center for Health Statistics said. This compared to a 24 percent rate from 1988 to 1994.

Fewer older children and adults had tooth decay, the report found.

 "The main finding is that tooth decay is rising in our preschool children," said Dr. Bruce Dye, a dentist and epidemiologist with the center, which is part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

To read the full story Tooth decay seen increasing for young US children, click here.

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Perfectionists are more sensitive to psychosocial stresses than their more relaxed peers, and this greater responsiveness to stress may have health consequences.

In a study of 50 middle-aged men, those who measured highest on tests of perfectionism also secreted more of the stress hormone cortisol while undergoing a stressful public speaking task, Dr. Petra H. Wirtz of the University of Zurich in Switzerland and colleagues found.

Perfectionists also showed more symptoms of vital exhaustion, defined as a sense of feeling fatigued, irritable and demoralized. This state is itself a risk factor for heart disease.

To read the full article Perfectionists more stressed by social pressure, click here.

Self-imposed behavior can have health consequences, study shows

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Study Shows High-Fat Meal May Heighten Unhealthy Effects of Stress on Heart --


Just one trip through the drive-through for a fatty, fast-food meal could put your heart at risk.

A new study shows eating a fatty meal heightens the unhealthy effects of stress on the heart, like raising blood pressure.

Researchers found that people who ate a fatty, fast-food breakfast were more prone to suffer the negative effects of stress than those who ate a healthy, low-fat breakfast.

"What's really shocking is that this is just one meal," says researcher Tavis Campbell, PhD, assistant professor of psychology at the University of Calgary, in a news release. "It's been well documented that a high-fat diet leads to atherosclerosis [hardening of the arteries] and high blood pressure, and that exaggerated and prolonged cardiovascular responses to stress are associated with high blood pressure in the future."

To read the full article Single Fatty Meal Stresses Heart, click here.

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Having a High IQ Is No Guarantee of a Healthy Bank Account --

Having a high IQ isn

Active ImageScientists Identify 7 New Diabetes Genes

Researchers said yesterday that they had identified seven new genes connected to the most common form of diabetes

Active ImageAntidepressants' benefits exceed risks: study

The benefits of antidepressants for children and teens far outweigh the risk of suicide, and U.S. regulators should revise strong warnings that may have scared off some doctors and patients, researchers said on Tuesday.

A wide-reaching review of studies on antidepressants in young patients showed the risk of suicidal behavior is smaller than previously thought and should be viewed in light of the relief these drugs can offer, the researchers said.

"The benefits seem to be much stronger than the risks," said Dr. David Brent, a researcher at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, whose study appeared in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Active Image5 fixes to help you stand up to back pain

Are you sitting up straight? Super -- because if you slump, slouch, or hunch through the day, you may join the 80 percent of Americans who will suffer from back pain at some point in their lives. Recent research confirms that what you do every day can trigger soreness or spasms. So whether you're at home Googling for a great deal on Jimmy Choos or sashaying down the street in those heels, you can save yourself some discomfort by babying your back. Here's how.

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Active ImageBreastfeeding May Cut Breast Cancer Risk

Breastfeeding can offset the increased risk of breast cancer faced by women who have their first baby after they turn 25, new research suggests.

"Breastfeeding offers protection against breast cancer for all women, even those who have their first full-term pregnancy later in life," says Giske Ursin, MD, PhD, associate professor of preventive medicine at the Keck

School of Medicine of the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.

Ursin notes that the findings come at a time when more women are choosing to delay childbirth until their late 20s, their 30s, and beyond.

To read the full story Breastfeeding May Cut Breast Cancer Risk, click here.

Study Shows Protective Effect Even In Women Who Delay Childbirth

Active ImageMarijuana May Fight Lung Tumors

Cannabis may be bad for the lungs, but the active ingredient in marijuana may help combat lung cancer, new research suggests.

In lab and mouse studies, the compound, known as THC, cut lung tumor growth in half and helped prevent the cancer from spreading, says Anju Preet, PhD, a Harvard University researcher in Boston who tested the chemical.

While a lot more work needs to be done, the results suggest THC has therapeutic potential,

To read the full story Marijuana May Fight Lung Tumors, click here.

Cannabis Compound Slows Cancer Spread In Mice, Researchers Say

Active ImageTrauma on TV: Should Kids Watch?


As the story of the Virginia Tech shooting unfolds, people across the nation will inevitably be glued to their television screens.

But while it's tempting to keep the television on 24/7, psychology experts caution that parents may want to keep an eye on how much of the violent coverage they allow their children to watch.

Of course, in this day and age, it's almost impossible to completely shield children from talk and images of violent current events. Kids will likely hear small amounts of information from friends, other parents, teachers and the media.

To read the full story Trauma on TV: Should Kids Watch?, click here.

Experts Recommend That Parents Tailor Television Watching to Child's Age

Active ImageBullying Common in Grade School

Many elementary school students report being bullied by their peers and bullying other children, a new study shows.

The study included 270 children in grades 3-6 at two schools in California and one school in Arizona.

The students completed an anonymous survey about their experience with bullying.

The survey included 22 statements about bullying, which included emotional and physical bullying.

Some survey statements focused on being bullied. Those statements included "Other students make me cry," "I want to stay home from school because students are mean to me," and "I am hit or kicked by other students."

The survey also included statements about being a bully, such as "I am mean to other students," "I push or slap other students," and "I say mean things about a student to make other kids laugh."

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Study Shows Bullying Affects Most Elementary School Students

Active ImageStress and Cancer

Here's another downside to stress. New research shows the stress hormone epinephrine causes changes in cancer cells, making them more resistant to cell death.

Researchers from Wake Forest University School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, N.C., looked at how levels of epinephrine relates to changes in cancer cells. George Kulik, D.V.M., Ph.D., from Wake Forest University reports a link between stress and cancer has been made, but studies in large groups of people have had mixed results. He writes, "We asked the question, 'If stress is linked to cancer, what is the cellular mechanism?' There had been no evidence that stress directly changes cancer cells." Previous research shows levels of epinephrine are significantly higher when someone is going through a stressful situation. Those levels can remain high during chronic stress and depression.

Dr. Kulik studied prostate and breast cancer cells in the laboratory and found some interesting results. He and colleagues found a particular protein called BAD, which causes cell death, becomes inactive when cancer cells are exposed to epinephrine.

To read the full story Stress and Cancer, click here.

Active ImageConclusions Are Reported on Teaching of Abstinence

Students who participated in sexual abstinence programs were just as likely to have sex as those who did not, according to a study ordered by Congress.

Also, those who attended one of the four abstinence classes reviewed reported having similar numbers of sexual partners as those who did not attend the classes. And they first had sex about the same age as other students

Active ImageDoes drinking your fruit and veggies count?

recommendations to make vegetables and fruits a major part of our diets. Is drinking more juice the solution?

Research supports categorizing juice as a nutritious beverage, but juice cannot provide the full benefits that come from eating solid vegetables and fruits.

Evidence continues to accumulate on the many ways that vegetables and fruits promote good health, reducing risk of major chronic disorders such as heart disease and cancer. Although for more than 20 years Americans have been told a mostly plant-based diet lowers cancer risk, American

Active ImageFruits, Veggies May Cut Cancer Risks

Sure, you've heard it a thousand times, but three new studies cement mom's advice to eat your fruits and veggies: It may help ward off a host of cancers.

One study of 183,518 men and women suggests that a diet high in flavonol-rich apples, berries, kale, and broccoli may help cut the risk of pancreatic cancer, especially in smokers.

Another study of about 500,000 people aged 50 and older shows eating an additional two servings a day of fruit and vegetables

Active ImageHealth Tip: Understanding Male Pattern Baldness

Pattern baldness in men is the most common type of hair loss, and usually involves a receding hairline and baldness on the crown of the head. The condition is usually caused by hormonal and genetic factors.

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Active ImageHot Flashes Linked to High Blood Pressure

While past research has shown a link between menopause and high blood pressure, a new study suggests there is a relationship between hot flashes and high blood pressure, independent of menopausal status. In the study, reported in the journal Menopause, ambulatory blood pressure monitors worn for 24 hours recorded awake and sleep blood pressure of 154 women, ranging in age from 18 to 65 years (with an average age of 46), no previous cardiovascular disease and either mildly elevated or normal blood pressure.

To read the full article Hot Flashes Linked to High Blood Pressure, click here.

Active ImageNo genetic link found for heart risk, study says

Genetic testing failed to find any gene mutations that predict a higher risk of heart disease, a study released on Tuesday said.

Scientists at Yale University worked up the genetic profiles of nearly 1,500 people to examine 85 genes that smaller, earlier studies suggested might confer susceptibility to heart problems.

More than half the patients had come to a hospital having suffered a heart attack or other acute symptoms, while the others had experienced no heart trouble.

Only one genetic variation showed even a modest association to heart problems in the study, which was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

To read the full article No genetic link found for heart risk, study says, click here.

Editorial:

If there is no genetic predisposition toward heart disease, still a question without complete solution then lifestyle factors become more important as a cause and predisposing factor. If this study is correct and no genetic relationship can be found to account for an individuals increased risk of heart disease then one has to be gin to look at other factors such as lifestyle, diet, stress, exercise, psychological and emotional facts as underlying causes for heart disease. Since the question is still up in the air then prevention becomes more and more important. To learn more about lifestyle and dietary factors that are known to contribute to the risk of heart disease, click here.

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A Mediterranean-style diet rich in fruits, vegetables and olive oil can help reduce childhood respiratory allergies and asthma, researchers reported Thursday.

Their study of children living on the Greek island of Crete showed that diet may explain why skin allergies are as common as anywhere else, but wheezing and sneezing are more rare.

Dr. Paul Cullinan of Britain's Royal Brompton Hospital and National Heart and Lung Institute, and colleagues in Greece and Spain, studied 690 children aged 7 to 18.

Children who ate the most fresh fruits and nuts were the least likely to suffer from breathing allergies, and those who ate the most margarine were the most likely to, they found.

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Editorial:

We have uploaded this article for your education and interest as allergies are an important problem and fining help thorough means other than medications and abstinence if a difficult problem.

With this said, however, we feel that this particular article contains some serious logic flaws. Had the writer suggested that the Mediterranean diet, because it is made up of whole fresh nutritionally dense foods which are a value to health and well-being, we would likely have stood behind the article 100%. The problem is the conflict it creates in opposing the Mediterranean diet up against margarine as a culprit in causing allergies in children. While this may well be a misstatement of the condensation of the information from the original study, it creates problems for those readers who might well think that the issue is Mediterranean diet versus use of margarine. This is not the issue. Had the writers suggested that olive oil was better for reducing allergies versus margarine even that might be questionable. In this article at least no evidence or proof is given to justify or explain this conclusion. We are proponents of the Mediterranean diet for its value as a group of foods which are low in fat and high in nutrition. We are a proponent of olive oil as a better form of oil or fat which can reduce heart disease and improve overall health. Unless these children referred to were eating a daily diet high in margarine it makes no sense to us to compare margarine use to the use of the Mediterranean diet on a daily basis. So please as you read this article do not take from it that margarine causes allergies, which may or may not be true, but is neither proved or allowably indicated as logical by the information provided in this article.

Rather consider that the Mediterranean diet is a diet of fresh fruits and vegetables, lean meats, primary reliance on olive oil and non saturated fat to lower the risk of heart disease and that it provides in its best form a highly nutritious and healthful way of eating. More proof is necessary to jump to its role in reducing allergies and no poof was demonstrated in this summary article to suggest that occasional use of margarine can be a reason for allergies in children.

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Active ImageIntense Sadness Normal After Loss

Study Questions Criteria for Depression Diagnosis After Loss

After a major setback, such as divorce or job loss, intense sadness may be normal and not warrant a depression diagnosis, researchers report.

They include Jerome C. Wakefield, PhD, DSW, University Professor and professor of social work at New York University.

"Normal grief ... is a reaction to a lot more things than just the death of a loved one, and the diagnostic criteria [for depression] have never confronted that issue," Wakefield tells WebMD.

He explains that depression diagnosis is based on having a certain number of depression symptoms such as sadness, fatigue, sleep problems, lack of appetite, lack of pleasure in usual activities, and low self-esteem for at least two weeks.

An exception is made for people grieving a loved one's recent death. That exception should be broadened to include people recovering from other major losses, Wakefield's team argues.

To read the full article Intense Sadness Normal After Loss, click here.


Editorial:

Mourning and grief are essential parts of life. They are as many scientists believe that they are part of what make us human as compared to animals who may often do not mourn or miss their dead. Some authorities believe that murning is normal for about a year or so afte the death of a loved one, other say that one never gets over such a death but can at some point we can move past it. To be human is to understand that our time in life is but a brief stay that we all die and that death is a normal part of life. The healthy individual knows that mourning is needed to allow separation to accept loss and at some point as it is often said in burieal services, "we bury our dead, and we move on." It is the and that is important here for at some point we must all move on past the deal or loss of a loved one and creat for our self a meaningful life.

Active ImageA Healthier Bowl of Pasta

Whole-grain and higher-fiber pastas are healthier. But how do they taste?

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Active ImageGo Fish, Put seafood on your plate--and heart disease on ice

If the only fish to cross your lips on a regular basis is the crunchy cheddar kind, it's time to find Nemo

Active ImageLessons of Heart Disease, Learned and Ignored 

Keith Orr thought he would surprise his doctor when he came for a checkup.

His doctor had told him to have a weight-loss operation to reduce the amount of food his stomach could hold, worried because Mr. Orr, at 6 feet 2 inches, weighed 278 pounds. He also had a blood sugar level so high he was on the verge of diabetes and a strong family history of early death from heart attacks. And Mr. Orr, who is 44, had already had a heart attack in 1998 when he was 35.

To read the full article Lessons of Heart Disease, Learned and Ignored, click here.

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Active ImageStudy Questions Exam to Detect Breast Cancer

A highly promoted and widely used computerized system for examining mammograms is leading to less accuracy, not more, a new study finds.

The system, known as computer-aided detection, or CAD, did not find more breast cancer, researchers are reporting today. But it did lead to many more false alarms that resulted in additional testing and biopsies for spots on mammograms that turned out to be harmless.

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Active ImageVitamin pills prevent low-weight babies

Extra vitamin supplements can reduce the risk of having an underweight or undersized baby, and all pregnant women in developing countries should get them, researchers said Wednesday.

But the team, reporting in the New England Journal of Medicine, said the supplements did not lower the likelihood of premature birth or losing the fetus before birth.

The study, conducted in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, involved 8,468 pregnant women who were free of the AIDS virus and who received iron and folic acid supplements, both proven prenatal treatments. Half were given supplements containing vitamins C, E and a mix of B vitamins. The rest got placebos.

The fetal death rate stayed around 5 percent and the rate of premature delivery was nearly 17 percent regardless of whether mothers got the vitamins, the team, led by Wafaie Fawzi of Harvard University's School of Public Health, reported.

But the risk of having a low birth-weight baby dropped from 9.4 percent among the placebo recipients to 7.8 percent for the babies whose mothers took the supplements.

"In light of these findings, we recommend that multivitamins be considered for all pregnant women in developing countries, regardless of their HIV status," Fawzi said in a statement.

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Active ImageHormone therapy safe for younger women

Younger women may be able to safely take hormone replacement therapy to treat menopause symptoms based on a new analysis of a big U.S. study that had raised alarms about health risks and driven down sales of treatment drugs, according to a report released on Tuesday.

A second look at the highly publicized 2002 study called the Women's Health Initiative, or WHI, suggests that women who begin hormone replacement therapy within 10 years of menopause may have less risk of heart attack than women who start hormone therapy later.

The results are "somewhat reassuring," said Dr. Jacques Rossouw, lead author of the study, which appears in this week's Journal of the American Medical Association.

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To learn more about Hormone Replacement Therapy, click here.

Active ImagePregnancy Weight May Boost Toddler Obesity

Study Shows Risk Of Obese Child 4 Times Higher For Women Who Gained Recommended Weight


The standard advice for how much weight a woman should gain during pregnancy may need to be changed, concludes a rigorous and provocative study suggesting that even accepted weight gains may raise the risk of having an overweight toddler.

Women in the study who gained the recommended amount of weight ran four times the risk of having a child who was overweight at age 3, compared to women who gained less than the advised amount.

The outcome was about the same for women who gained more than the advisable amount.

So what is a pregnant woman to do? Clearly, she should not gain more weight than recommended, said the study's lead author, Dr. Emily Oken of Harvard Medical School.

To read the full article Pregnancy Weight May Boost Toddler Obesity, click here.

Active ImageExercise May Fend Off Arthritis in Women

Get moving, Grandma! Exercise isn't just about improving your heart and fighting flab that comes with aging. It may also be the answer to preventing stiff, achy joints that can lead to debilitating arthritis.

An Australian study suggests the more time older women spend exercising, the better their chances are of staying pain-free from one of the biggest chronic conditions plaguing developed countries.

Even exercising as little as one hour and 15 minutes a week now can make a difference over the next three years, according to findings recently published in the journal Arthritis Research & Therapy.

To read the full article Exercise May Fend Off Arthritis in Women, click here.