Tag Archives: Cancer

Exercise improves mood for those with chronic illnesses

Reuters reports patients with chronic illnesses such as cancer, heart disease, and back pain improve their mood by working out on a regular basis, according to a study published in Archives of Internal Medicine.

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For women who imbibe, red wine may be healthier option

When it comes to the consumption of alcohol, the message has been decidedly mixed. Some studies show that moderate consumption might offer some health benefits, especially for the heart; other studies show an increased risk for certain cancers, especially breast … Continue reading

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Three lifestyle changes significantly reduce cancer rates

In two previous blogs (“Thirty percent of breast cancers could be prevented by lifestyle changes” and “Three Healthy Habits Cut Breast Cancer Risk, Study Finds“) I’ve discussed the association between cancer risk and lifestyle choices.

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Aspirin more effective at preventing cancer deaths than previously thought

In the advertisements for aspirin you see every day on TV and in magazines, they have for years called it a wonder drug. Now, more and more of us doctors are finding that is truly the case. In past blogs … Continue reading

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Overall survival rate for children with cancer approximately 80%

The Wall Street Journal “Health Blog” reported that research published online in the Journal of Clinical Oncology indicates that the overall survival rate for children with cancer is now approximately 80%. This is GREAT news. However, during the past 10-20 … Continue reading

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Increased spiritual support may be linked to higher quality of life in cancer patients

This headline is likely not news to most of the readers of this blog — or likely to most people. We all seem to know intuitively that terminal diagnoses cause people to begin to think about spiritaul and eternal issues. … Continue reading

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In Lab Tests Vitamin D Shrinks Breast Cancer Cells

I’ve posted a number of blogs about the fact that vitamin D deficiency or insufficiency (low levels of serum vitamin D) is associated with a number of types of cancer, as well as diabetes and asthma, but now new research also … Continue reading

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The Ten Commandments of Preventive Medicine – Part 6 – Alcohol

In my latest book, 10 Essentials of Happy, Healthy People, I teach people how to utilize these ten essentials that are necessary to live a happy and highly healthy life. Under The Essential of Self-Care, teach what I call “The … Continue reading

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The Ten Commandments of Preventive Medicine – Part 2 – Obesity

In my newest book, 10 Essentials of Happy, Healthy People, I teach people how to utilize the ten essentials that are necessary to live a happy and highly healthy life. Under The Essential of Self-Care, I’ve developed a list of what … Continue reading

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Chewing Tobacco No Safer Than Smoking

Tobacco users who think it’s safer to dip snuff or chew tobacco than smoke are dead wrong, researchers say. A study has found that taking one pinch of smokeless tobacco delivers the same amount of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) as smoking … Continue reading

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Four lifestyle choices reduce risk of chronic disease 80 percent

What an interesting new study. It concludes that to dramatically reduce your healthcare costs, to lengthen your life, to improve the quality of your life, and, in short, to have a happier and more highly healthy life, you need to … Continue reading

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Researchers say tanning beds cause cancer and are as risky as tobacco or asbestos

The CBS Evening News reported, on July 28, that, according to a paper published online July 29 in The Lancet Oncology, tanning beds may “pose as big a risk as tobacco and asbestos.” Whoa!!! That’s a statement that got my … Continue reading

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Routine Prostate Cancer Screenings Don’t Significantly Prevent Deaths, Research Shows

Two large, long-awaited studies have failed to produce convincing evidence that routine prostate cancer screening significantly reduces the chances of dying from the disease without putting men at risk for potentially dangerous and unnecessary treatment. Does this information surprise you … Continue reading

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Ironically, the most devout are the most likely to utilize death-to-the-end treatment

The New York Times reports, “Terminally ill cancer patients who drew comfort from religion were far more likely to seek aggressive, life-prolonging care in the week before they died than were less religious patients.” What does this story mean? More … Continue reading

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Research suggests wine neither increases nor reduces breast cancer risk

In a recent blog I told you about a study of more than 1.2 million women in the UK that concluded that alcohol consumption may account for nearly 13% of all breast, liver, rectal, and upper digestive tract cancers in women. … Continue reading

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Study indicates moderate alcohol consumption increases women’s risk of cancer

A study on more than 1.2 million women in the UK finds that alcohol consumption may account for nearly 13% of all breast, liver, rectal, and upper digestive tract cancers in women.  Even relatively small amounts of alcohol appear to … Continue reading

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Specific vitamins and a supplement (B vitamins, vitamin D, and calcium) may lower risk of stroke, blindness, and cancer

In recent blogs I have discussed studies showing that multivitamins may not to be helpful for preventing chronic diseases: Are multivitamins helpful or harmful when it comes to preventing chronic diseases? and Report Casts Doubt On Routine Vitamin Supplements. Also, in … Continue reading

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Are multivitamins helpful or harmful when it comes to preventing chronic diseases?

According to the LA Times, “a spate of high-profile studies published in the last few years shows that a variety of popular supplements — including calcium, selenium, and vitamins A, C and E — don’t do anything to reduce the … Continue reading

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Warning: Childhood obesity may lead to ‘explosion’ of adult cancer

According to the new president of the European Society for Paediatric Oncology, the current generation of children faces a far higher risk of cancer later in life due to their unhealthy habits. Professor Kathy Pritchard-Jones said western countries should prepare … Continue reading

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Vitamin D recommendations for teens may be too low

  Reuters Health is reporting a small study showing adolescents can safely take, and may need, vitamin D doses that are up to 10 times what is generally recommended. They found that the high vitamin dose caused no toxic effects.

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Vitamin D may protect against heart attack

  In yet another study of vitamin D, Reuters is reporting a study where scientists found that low vitamin D levels are associated with a higher risk for heart attack.  Researchers studied medical records and blood samples from 454 men … Continue reading

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CBS Report Casts Doubt On Routine Vitamin Supplements

Vitamin and mineral supplements are, of course, a staple of a lot of people’s lives. But a report from CBS News suggests that some are not only unnecessary, but could be dangerous.

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