LivingFuel HealthAlerts - 2012 Archive 7


 

November 28, 2012

Effect of Three Decades of Screening Mammography on Breast-Cancer Incidence

The New England Journal of Medicine

"Despite substantial increases in the number of cases of early-stage breast cancer detected, screening mammography has only marginally reduced the rate at which women present with advanced cancer. Although it is not certain which women have been affected, the imbalance suggests that there is substantial overdiagnosis, accounting for nearly a third of all newly diagnosed breast cancers, and that screening is having, at best, only a small effect on the rate of death from breast cancer."

Click here to read how researchers reached this conclusion.

 

November 28, 2012

Telltale Visible Signs Of Aging May Predict Heart Disease

NewsRx.com

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Heart Disease Weekly

If you look old, your heart may feel old, according to research presented at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions 2012.

In a new study, those who had three to four aging signs - receding hairline at the temples, baldness at the head's crown, earlobe crease, or yellow fatty deposits around the eyelid (xanthelasmata) - had a 57 percent increased risk for heart attack and a 39 percent increased risk for heart disease.

Read more about the study here.

 

November 28, 2012

Study Finds No Association Between Calcium Intake And Arterial Calcification

Research described in a report published online on in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition failed to establish a relationship between greater calcium intake and increased calcification of the coronary artery, a condition that characterizes heart disease. The finding contradicts the conclusions of a recent, widely publicized study, which suggested that calcium supplements might increase heart attack risk.

Read more about the research here.

 

November 28, 2012

A Soft Drink A Day Raises Prostate Cancer Risk: Study

Agence France-Presse

Men who drink one normal-sized soft drink per day are at greater risk of getting more aggressive forms of prostate cancer, according to a Swedish study released Monday.

"Among the men who drank a lot of soft drinks or other drinks with added sugar, we saw an increased risk of prostate cancer of around 40 percent," said Isabel Drake, a PhD student at Lund University.

The study, to be published in the upcoming edition of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, followed over 8,000 men aged 45 to 73 for an average of 15 years.

Those who drank one 330-millilitre (11-fluid-ounce) soft drink a day were 40 percent more likely to develop more serious forms of prostate cancer that required treatment.

Read more about the study here.

 

November 27, 2012

Airplanes Found To Be Full Of Filth; Passengers Flying In 'Tube Of Human Feces'

by David Gutierrez

(NaturalNews) The interiors of airplanes are awash in bacteria, including fecal bacteria, according to random tests conducted by Dallas-Fort Worth's local CBS affiliate.

Read more about the report here.

 

November 27, 2012

Insufficient Vitamin D Levels Associated With Knee Arthritis Pain

Findings from the University of Florida reported in the journal Arthritis & Rheumatism suggest a protective effect for increased vitamin D levels against knee osteoarthritis pain, which is greater in African Americans compared to those of European ancestry. African Americans have, on average, lower vitamin D levels compared to Caucasians, which may help explain some of the health disparities observed between these populations.

Read more about the study here.

 

November 27, 2012

Green Tea Compound May Help Reduce Blood Sugar

By Nathan Gray

Consumption of green tea could help to dull the spikes in blood sugar associated with starchy food consumption, say researchers.

Read more about the research here.

 

November 27, 2012

Resveratrol-Calcium Fructoborate Combination May Benefit Angina Patients

By Stephen Daniells

A combination of resveratrol and calcium fructoborate may improve markers of inflammation and heart muscle function in angina benefits, says a new study from Romania.

Read more about the study here.

 

November 26, 2012

Vaccines Not Responsible for Halting Infectious Diseases of 20th Century?

by Jonathan Benson

(NaturalNews) A common misconception about vaccines purports that they are the primary reason why infectious disease rates saw a rapid and steady decline throughout the early-to-mid 20th century. But an honest look at the figures reveals that diseases like polio, typhoid, measles, and tuberculosis were already in significant decline long before vaccines were ever even invented, this being the result of improved hygiene and diet.

Read more about the report here.

 

November 26, 2012

Milk Protein Halts Cancer Cells

Rich in magnesium, milk helps to reduce a person’s odds of developing metabolic syndrome, diabetes, and certain cancers. Previously, Stina Oredsson, from University of Lund (Sweden), and colleagues studied a milk protein, lactoferricin4-14 (Lfcin4-14), significantly reduces the growth rate of colon cancer cells over time by prolonging the period of the cell cycle before chromosomes are replicated.

The team has now published findings from an investigation in which they exposed colon cancer cells to ultraviolet (UV) light that caused DNA damage and then grew the cells in the absence or presence of Lfcin4-14.

Read more about the study here.

 

November 26, 2012

Magnesium Reduces The Risk Of Colon And Pancreatic Cancers In Latest Studies

by Ethan Evers

(NaturalNews) The role of magnesium in cancer is quickly gaining interest among researchers because of recent studies showing protective effects against multiple cancers. The most recent studies have shown that every additional 100 mg of magnesium daily may reduce the risk of colorectal cancer by 12 percent, and of pancreatic cancer by 21 percent.

Read more about the studies here.

 

November 21, 2012

Eating Mindfully Is A Key Tool In Treating Type II Diabetes Naturally

by: J. D. Heyes

(NaturalNews) A new study from Ohio State University found that eating mindfully - consuming food in response to physical cues of hunger and fullness - is as effective as sticking to nutrition-based guidelines to reduce both weight and blood sugar levels in adults with Type II diabetes.

Learn more about the study here.

 

November 19, 2012

Liver Spots Should Be Checked For Cancer

Britta Schmeis, dpaDeutsche Presse-Agentur (dpa)

For most people liver spots are largely a cosmetic issue, but the unsightly marks, frequently associated with ageing, can on occasion be an indicator of skin cancer and for this reason should be checked by a doctor.

Liver spots occur on parts of the skin that have had greater and more frequent exposure to sunlight, such as the face, hands and arms. While more common in the elderly, they can occur in those as young as 40.

Read more about the report here.

 

November 19, 2012

Study Finds Exercise Improves Life Expectancy, Even For Obese

Melissa Healy

Los Angeles Times

washingtonpost.com

So, what's it worth to lace up those sneakers and break a sweat for about 30 minutes a day? About 3.5 extra years of life, on average - and about 4.2 additional years for those willing to step up the intensity or put in closer to an hour a day of brisk walking or its equivalent, according to a new study.

Read more about the study here.

 

November 19, 2012

Peanut Skins: Boosting The Nutritional Profile Of Peanut Butter

FoodNavigator-USA

The nutritional profile of peanut butter may be enhanced by the addition of peanut skins to the mix, an approach which does not affect the sensory profile of the product, says new research.

Read more about the research here.

 

November 19, 2012

Plantar Fasciitis: What It Is And How To Get Rid Of It On Your Own

(NaturalNews) Plantar fasciitis is a common condition experienced by over two million people in the U.S. Pain and inflammation at the inside/bottom of the heel cannot only prevent someone from enjoying mobility, but may indicate a problem elsewhere in the kinetic chain of the body. Although there are several medical treatments available for plantar fasciitis including medications, injections, and splinting, they may only provide temporary relief. There are several conservative approaches that people can do at home to prevent and treat a case of plantar fasciitis comfortably and effectively to avoid unnecessary medical expenses.

Read more about the report here.

 

November 16, 2012

Exercise Intensity Trumps Duration to Combat Metabolic Syndrome

Characterized by central obesity, hypertension, and adverse glucose and insulin metabolism, Metabolic Syndrome is a condition associated with increased risk of type-2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Eva Prescott, from Bispebjerg University (Denmark), and colleagues conducted a study that included both cross-sectional and longitudinal analyses, using data from the Copenhagen City Heart Study.

Read more about the study here.

 

November 16, 2012

Rebuttal To Study That Says Fish Oil Isn't Helpful In Preventing Heart Attacks

Pharmacist Suzy Cohen answers questions about the recent JAMA study that says fish oil supplements don't prevent heart attacks and may not help people.

Read Cohen's answer here.

 

November 15, 2012

Green Tea Extract Shows Blood Sugar Management Potential

Supplementing the diet of lab animals with EGCG from green tea may suppress the digestion of starch and offer a means of controlling blood sugar levels, says a new study from Penn State.

Read more about the study here.

 

November 15, 2012

Probiotics May Help Cut Body Fat Levels: RCT Data

By Stephen Daniells

Daily probiotic yogurt consumption may improve energy metabolism and reduce body fat levels by up to 4%, say results of a placebo-controlled, double-blind cross-over clinical trial in Canada.

Read more about the research here.

 

November 14, 2012

Plant-Based Diet Helps Prevent More Than 60 Percent Of Chronic Disease Deaths

(NaturalNews) Chronic illnesses including cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, and obesity account for nearly 65 percent of all deaths annually, according to the World Health Organization. Over the course of modern human history, forward thinking scientists have known that a diet largely consisting of plants, fruits, nuts and seeds promote optimal health, and when coupled with a healthy lifestyle, can prevent, and in many cases treat a wide variety of chronic diseases that kill millions every year.

Read more about the report here.

 

November 14, 2012

Legume Consumption Helps Glycemic Control And Lowers Heart Risk: Study

Higher consumption of legumes may help to improve glycemic control and reduce the risk of heart disease, according to new research.

Read more about the study here.

 

November 14, 2012

Some Athletes Should Watch For Heart Conditions

Lori Nickel

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Many assume only those who are aging or overweight must be concerned about the health of their hearts. But in a few unique cases, even competitive, elite athletes need to pay close attention.

Read more about the report here.

 

November 13, 2012

Get Moving - Small Changes Can Drastically Improve Type 2 Diabetes

Chicago Tribune

Those poor polar bears, they can't catch a break.

Not only do they have to contend with melting ice caps, but the constant Coke guzzling puts them at increased risk for developing Type 2 diabetes, which can lead to problems like erectile dysfunction and limb amputation. Of course, bears don't really drink soda, but a scathing video satire of the portly polar dwellers by the Center for Science in the Public Interest called "The Real Bears" has recently gone viral, cautioning against the dangers of excess sugar consumption and poking fun at Coke's marketing tactics at the same time.

But what if you already have Type 2 diabetes? The first step is to optimize medications to jump-start treatment quickly, said Dr. Tim Church, a professor at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Louisiana. And it's never too late to cut back on sugar intake, but it turns out that exercise is a much more critical component of fighting this life-threatening condition.

Read more about the report here.

 

November 13, 2012

Curcumin May Match Exercise For Heart Health Benefits

Daily supplements of curcumin may benefit cardiovascular health to the same extent as exercise for postmenopausal women, says new data from a clinical trial from Japan.

Read more about the research here.

 

November 12, 2012

Curry Compound Improves Cardiovascular Markers

Emerging evidence, including an extensive review by the European Food Safety Authority, suggests a wide range of health effects of curcumin, the pigment that gives the curry spice turmeric its yellow color.

Read more about the report here.

 

November 12, 2012

Green Tea May Help Prostate Cancer Cases

United Press International

Men with prostate cancer who consumed green tea prior to undergoing prostate removal had less inflammation, U.S. researchers say.

Susanne M. Henning, an adjunct professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles, said research she and her colleagues conducted offers new insights into the mechanisms by which green tea consumption may chance of getting prostate cancer by opposing processes such as inflammation, which are associated with prostate cancer growth.

Read more about the research here.

 

November 12, 2012

Multivitamin Supplements May Cut Cancer Risk: JAMA Paper

Daily supplements of multivitamins may reduce the risk of cancer by a modest 8%, says a new study published in JAMA.

Read more about the report here.

 

November 9, 2012

DHA Omega-3 May Lower Anxiety Risk

Increased intakes of the omega-3 DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) are associated with a reduced risk of anxiety, a study from Australia has reported for the first time.

Read more about the study here.

 

November 9, 2012

Apple a Day Lowers Cholesterol

Apples are rich in polyphenols, a potent type of antioxidant for which a number of published studies suggest confer cardiovascular benefits. Richard DiSilvestro, from Ohio State University, and colleagues enrolled nonsmoking healthy adults, ages 40 to 60 years, who had a history of eating apples less than twice a month and who didn't take supplements containing polyphenols or other plant-based concentrates, in a month-long study, Sixteen participants ate a grocery-store large Red or Golden Delicious apple daily for four weeks; 17 took capsules containing 194 milligrams of polyphenols a day for four weeks; and 18 took a placebo (containing no polyphenols.

Read more about the research here.

 

November 9, 2012

Compounds Found In Black Tea Can Neutralize Bioterrorism Microorganisms

(NaturalNews) Could the natural compounds found in black tea be powerful enough to successfully counter the deadly effects of a biological terrorist attack? New research out of the U.K. seems to suggest so, having found that a specific compound abundant in tea effectively deactivates and neutralizes ricin, a highly-toxic chemical byproduct of castor beans that is often used in attempted acts of biological terrorism.

Read more about the report here.

 

November 9, 2012

3 Ways To Improve Memory And Boost Brain Power

(NaturalNews) Perhaps the greatest threat to brain function is chronic stress. Challenged by fear and anxiety, the body will produce excessive amounts of cortisol, the "stress hormone", which eventually damages the brain's memory center. And, although cortisol is a necessary hormone for survival purposes, excessive amounts destroy our adrenals, immune system plus much more.

Read more about the report here.

 

November 8, 2012

Heart Disease Danger - Vast Majority Of Patients Given Wrong Drug Doses

(NaturalNews) Cardiology researchers at the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute say they've found startling evidence that millions of Americans with coronary artery disease are at increased risk for serious problems like uncontrolled bleeding or developing blood clots. The reason? The drugs they are taking as prescribed by their doctors are the wrong dose for their bodies.

Read more about the research here.

 

November 8, 2012

Omega-3 Supplementation Backed For Depression In Elderly

Supplementation with omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) could help to reduce the symptoms of depression in elderly people, according to new research.

Read more about the research here.

 

November 8, 2012

Is Obesity Irreversible? Timing Is Key In Weight Loss, U-M Research Shows

NewsRx.com

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Genomics & Genetics Weekly

A novel animal model showed that the longer mice remained overweight, the more "irreversible" obesity became, according to the new study that appeared online in the Journal of Clinical Investigation.

Read more about the research here.

 

November 8, 2012

Understanding Insulin Resistance - Precursor To Diabetes Can Be Reversed

Chicago Tribune

Though you may not be living with diabetes, your body could be battling against the hormone insulin. The condition, called insulin resistance, occurs when insulin can't effectively do its job.

"People often don't realize that insulin resistance can develop into diabetes," said Dawn Sherr, a diabetes educator for the American Association of Diabetes Educators. "And if they're not aware they're insulin resistant, they don't know what steps they can take to prevent it."

Insulin resistance is a fuzzy, often misunderstood concept. Here, we answer five common questions.

 

November 7, 2012

Plant-Based Diet Helps Prevent More Than 60 Percent Of Chronic Disease Deaths

(NaturalNews) Chronic illnesses including cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, and obesity account for nearly 65 percent of all deaths annually, according to the World Health Organization. Over the course of modern human history, forward thinking scientists have known that a diet largely consisting of plants, fruits, nuts and seeds promote optimal health, and when coupled with a healthy lifestyle, can prevent, and in many cases treat a wide variety of chronic diseases that kill millions every year.

Read more about the report here.

 

November 7, 2012

Groundbreaking Federal Study Proves Chelation Therapy Helps Cardiac Patients

Chelation has long been favored by many integrative doctors. Now conventional cardiologists with vested interests in surgery and drugs are trying (and failing) to trash the study. What a surprise.

Read more about the report here.

 

November 7, 2012

Probiotics Aid Recovery From Cold

Probiotic supplementation in strawberry candy helped students recover more quickly from upper respiratory illnesses, including the common cold, according to a recent study to be published in the British Journal of Nutrition.

Read more about the study here.

 

November 6, 2012

Vitamin D's Immune Benefits - Cold, Flu and Beyond

A recent study that dismissed the potential of the sunshine vitamin to reduce the incidence of the common cold should not dissuade consumers from seeking out the immune health benefits of the vitamin.

Read more about the report here.

 

November 6, 2012

N-acetylcysteine Could Make Lung Cancer Screening Safer

The results of a study reported in the journal Carcinogenesis suggest that administration of the antioxidant amino acid N-acetylcysteine (NAC) could help protect men and women at risk of lung cancer from the cancer-promoting effects of computed tomography (CT) screening. Annual CT screening of heavy current and former smokers who are at high risk of developing lung cancer was found to reduce lung cancer mortality by 20 percent in comparison with screening with chest x-rays in a recent trial. However, a concern has been raised regarding the risks associated with the relatively high amount of radiation delivered by CT scans, which could induce cancer in normal cells or promote the growth of precancerous cells.

Read more about the study here.

 

November 6, 2012

World's Top Alternative Cancer Treatment Experts Unleashed In Free Online Audio Event

It all begins on the evening of November 7th and continues with two interviews each evening, for several evenings. Listen to the entire Healing Cancer summit for FREE.

Read more about how to register for this special event here.

 

November 6, 2012

Meat-Rich Diet Linked To Asthma And Hayfever

High consumption of mean in a Western style diet may increase the risk of developing asthma and hayfever, according to new research.

Read more about the researcher here.

 

November 6, 2012

Plant-Based Food Lowers Prostate Risk

United Press International

Men who chow down on flavonoids -- in fruits, vegetables, herbs and tea -- are less likely to get aggressive prostate cancer, U.S. researchers say.

Susan E. Steck, an associate professor at the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina, and colleagues used data from 920 African-American men and 977 European-American men in the North Carolina-Louisiana Prostate Cancer Project who were newly diagnosed with prostate cancer.

Read more about the research here.

 

November 5, 2012

Single Sat Fat Meal Has Immediate Impact On Artery Functions, Warn Researchers

A single meal composed of high levels of saturated fats can cause damage to arteries, according to new research.

Read about the research here.

 

November 5, 2012

Could You Have Hidden Heart Disease? Dr. Farzan Filsoufi Advises Women to Beware

PRNewswire

Hard-to-spot Form of Heart Disease Called Coronary Microvascular Dysfunction (MVD)

New research shows that many women have undiagnosed heart disease even after getting tested for it--3 million women in the United States have a hard-to-spot form of heart disease called coronary microvascular dysfunction (MVD) that isn't detected by standard diagnostic tests.

Dr. Farzan Filsoufi, leading cardiothoracic surgeon at Mount Sinai Medical Center advises, "Women who have an angiogram (which is designed to pick up blockages in large arteries) is likely to show their arteries to be normal. If you receive a 'normal' angiogram but still have other heart symptoms, ask your doctor whether you might have a problem with your small arteries and request a functional vascular imaging test."

Read more about the report here.

 

November 2, 2012

Male And Lost Your Libido? Here Are Three Ways To Find It Again

(NaturalNews) For many women, it may be hard to believe a man would ever lose his interest in sex. In fact, if a man does lose his libido, it is a sign that something is wrong. Barring physical illness, injury, or prescription medications, the primary reasons a man may no longer be interested in sex are clinical depression and stress. Listed below are three ways for a man to regain his libido.

Read more about this report here.

 

November 2, 2012

Breast Cancer: Ultrasound Better For Some

United Press International

For women ages 30-39 with symptoms of possible breast cancer, ultrasound is a superior diagnostic tool to mammography, U.S. researchers say.

Dr. Constance Lehman, director of radiology at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance and professor and vice chair of radiology at the University of Washington, said the use of ultrasound in women ages 30-39 who have overt breast symptoms -- palpable lumps, localized pain and tissue thickening -- is common practice in Europe, where guidelines typically recommend ultrasound as the primary diagnostic imaging tool.

Read more about the research here.

 

November 2, 2012

Omega-3 May Boost Working Memory In Healthy Young Adults: Study

Increasing intakes of omega-3 may improve the working memory of young adults who are at the peak of their cognitive abilities, according to new data.

Read more about the study here.

 

November 2, 2012

Pomegranate May Inhibit Metastatic Breast Cancer

(NaturalNews) Pomegranate juice is already known to be active against several cancers, but a new study out of California has just shown for the first time that it potently inhibits three key processes involved in breast cancer metastasis. The researchers were so impressed, they remarked that pomegranate juice is "potentially a very effective treatment to prevent cancer progression in general."

Learn more about the new study here.

 

November 1, 2012

How Do Whooping Cough Vaccines Affect Pregnant Women And Their Babies?

(NaturalNews) The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), which makes formal recommendations to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about vaccine guidelines, recently decided that all pregnant women should be vaccinated for whooping cough (pertussis). Defying up-to-date science showing that the vaccine does not even work, ACIP voted 14-0, with one abstention, to make it official U.S. government policy that pregnant women receive the jab, in order to supposedly pass on immunity to their babies.

 

Learn more about the health impact on women and babies here.

 

November 1, 2012

Cure Eczema The Natural Way

(NaturalNews) A painful and often debilitating disease, eczema is a skin disorder that is suffered by millions. Frequently treated with steroids, the immune system is further compromised -- inflaming the dermis and creating a vicious cycle that is difficult to break. Toxic vaccinations also aggravate this distressing malady. Mercifully, natural remedies provide an intelligent option -- curing eczema gently without the side effects of conventional treatments.

Read more about the report.

 

November 1, 2012

Lycopene-Rich Tomato Juice May Slash Inflammation Levels

A glass of tomato juice may decrease levels of inflammatory compounds in overweight and obese women, says a new study with 106 participants.

Read more about the study here.

 

November 1, 2012

University Study: Flu Vaccine Effectiveness Claims Are Wildly Exaggerated

(NaturalNews) It is once again the season of influenza, and the push is on to "get your flu shot." But does this hallmark of Western medicine really provide the protection health experts claim it does? A recent study out of the University of Minnesota (UM) suggests not, having found that the two groups most at risk from developing serious complications from the flu, seniors and children, derive little or no benefit from getting flu shots.

Read more about the study here.

 

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