Vitamin D tests soar as deficiency, diseases linked

Cancer, Children's Health, Health Headlines, Heart Health, Men's Health, Nutritional Health, Woman's Health
USA Today is reporting that testing for vitamin D levels, once uncommon, has skyrocketed as medical studies raise awareness about vitamin D deficiencies. Physicians agree that they're increasingly using the blood test to find out whether their patients are low on the vital vitamin. My Take? (more…)
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Pomegranate Ranked Healthiest Fruit Juice

Alternative Medicine, Cancer, General Health, Health Headlines, Nutritional Health
CBS News is featuring a report from Health magazine reporting on a UCLA study which lists the ten healthiest fruit juices. The study took into account the antioxidant levels of the juices. Pomegranate was judged the healthiest of the fruit juices because it contains the most of every type of antioxidant. It wins in all categories. And it's thought that it might do some very good things; it may protect against some cancers, such as prostate cancer. It might also modify heart disease risk factors, and it could be healthy for your heart. So pomegranate was the clear winner. My Take? (more…)
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FDA Cracks Down On Unproved Cancer Cures

Alternative Medicine, Bioethics, Cancer, Health Headlines
The AP is reporting that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is cracking down on teas, supplements, creams, and other products that falsely claim to cure, treat, or prevent cancer, even though they are not agency-approved drugs. All are available for sale on the Internet.  The agency has sent 25 warning letters to companies and individuals marketing these products, FDA officials said Tuesday. Twenty-three of the letters went to domestic companies and two to foreign individuals. (more…)
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Accuracy of mammography varies by facility

Cancer, Health Headlines, Woman's Health
  Reuters is reporting new research suggesting that the correct interpretation of mammography results varies between facilities. Moreover, there are characteristics that predict which facilities are likely to provide more accurate readings. "The most surprising finding," according to one of the researchers, "was that there were characteristics that did explain some of the differences" in the facilities. "This is good news because it means that facilities could begin to consider adopting characteristics associated with better performance." (more…)
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The IUD is much more likely to have an abortifacient effect than to prevent cancer

Bioethics, Cancer, Woman's Health
A news story out today contends that when a woman uses an Intrauterine Device (IUD) for birth control this “is associated with a 40% reduction in the risk of endometrial cancer.” Yet, do not be deceived by this alluring headline. The news stories (and the physician quoted) fail to tell you two very important facts: 1) This 40% “relative risk reduction” means that the absolute risk of this very rare cancer will fall from 1 case per 13,333 women to 0.6 cases per 13,333 women per year. In other words, it would take 22,222 women to use the IUD to result in 1 less case of this cancer per year. Whopee! 2) However, there would be many more unborn children lost (or killed) by the IUD. My bet is that…
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