Substituting white rice with brown rice decreases chance of developing diabetes

General Health, Nutritional Health
The Wall Street Journal reports that, according to a study published in the journal Archives of Internal Medicine, substituting white rice with brown rice may decrease the chances of developing type 2 diabetes. Substituting other whole grains in place of white rice may reduce the risk even further. CNN  reports that researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health estimate that if people "eat a little more than two servings of white rice (about 12 ounces) per week, switching to brown rice will lower" the "risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 16 percent." By replacing "those servings of white rice with whole grains in general, they estimate, your diabetes risk will decline ... by 36 percent." To reach those conclusions, researchers "mined data from three large, long-term trials – the…
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Fish oil may help lower risk of certain types of breast cancer

Cancer, Woman's Health
CNN/Health.com reported, "Millions of Americans already take fish oil to keep their hearts healthy and to treat ailments ranging from arthritis to depression." Now a new study appearing in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention suggests that fish oil "supplements may also help women lower their risk of breast cancer." In fact, "postmenopausal women between the ages of 50 and 76 who took fish oil were ... less likely to develop certain types of breast cancer than women who didn't," researchers at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center found. However, consider this information very preliminary. My friends at the Natural Medicines Comprehensive database say this: Cancer. There is conflicting evidence about the role of fish oil in cancer prevention. Epidemiological research suggests that intake of fish oils from dietary sources or…
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Americans spending more on back surgery, but few find relief

Men's Health, Woman's Health
The AP reports, "Even though only a fraction of people with back pain are good candidates for surgery, complicated spine operations are on the rise. So is the hunt for any relief." According to "one recent estimate, Americans are spending a staggering $86 billion a year in care for aching backs – from MRIs to pain pills to nerve blocks to acupuncture. That research found little evidence that the population got better as the bill soared over the past decade." The AP notes, "The reality is that time often is the best antidote. Most people will experience back pain at some point, but up to 90 percent will heal on their own within weeks," and "for run-of-the-mill cases, doctors aren't even supposed to do an X-ray or MRI unless the…
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