For women who imbibe, red wine may be healthier option

Cancer, Heart Health, Nutritional Health, Woman's Health
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 cancer, with even the consumption of a very small amount of alcohol. What's a woman to do? (more…)
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Aspirin more effective at preventing cancer deaths than previously thought

Cancer
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 I've told you, "Low-dose aspirin reduces risk of developing and dying from colon cancer," and "Single Dose of Aspirin Effective in Relieving Migraine Pain." And, millions of people take 81 mg of aspirin every day for heart health. Now, a new study in The Lancet indicates that "aspirin may be much more effective than anyone knew at helping prevent cancer deaths." The stunning finding came while researchers were studying 25,000 people taking daily aspirin to prevent heart disease. It turns out aspirin was doing something else, reducing the death rate from…
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Overall survival rate for children with cancer approximately 80%

Cancer, Children's Health
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 years, the five-year survival rates for most solid tumors in children and teenagers have not changed, but overall, we're curing more childhood cancer than we ever have in the past. Nevertheless, with many newer and more effective treatments available for kids, the researchers report that "when 1975 age-specific death rates for children are used as a baseline, approximately 38,000 childhood malignant cancer deaths were averted in the United States from 1975 through 2006 as a result of more effective treatments identified and applied during this period." The blog also included…
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Increased spiritual support may be linked to higher quality of life in cancer patients

Bioethics, Cancer
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. HealthDay reports, "Addressing the spiritual needs of someone with advanced cancer could be just as important as taking care of their medical needs." This is based upon a study appearing in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. The study of 670 patients showed that 60 percent "said that their spiritual needs either hadn't been met or were minimally supported," even though patients ranked "pain control and being at peace with God" as the two most important factors "at the end of their lives." Patients who received "greater spiritual support from their…
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In Lab Tests Vitamin D Shrinks Breast Cancer Cells

Cancer, Nutritional Health
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 shows that vitamin D can kill human cancer cells. The results of this new research fall far short of an immediate cancer cure, but they are encouraging, medical professionals say in a report from ABC News. JoEllen Welsh, a researcher with the State University of New York at Albany, has studied the effects of vitamin D for 25 years. Part of her research involves taking human breast cancer cells and treating them with a potent form of vitamin D. She reports that within a few days, half the cancer cells shriveled up…
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The Ten Commandments of Preventive Medicine – Part 6 – Alcohol

General Health, Men's Health, Nutritional Health, Woman's Health
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 10 Commandments of Preventive Medicine. Here’s the sixth installment of this ten-part series. (more…)
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The Ten Commandments of Preventive Medicine – Part 2 – Obesity

General Health, Men's Health, Woman's Health
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 I call “The 10 Commandments of Preventive Medicine."  Here’s the second installment of this ten-part series. More information: (more…)
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Four lifestyle choices reduce risk of chronic disease 80 percent

Cancer, General Health, Heart Health, Medical Economics, Men's Health, Nutritional Health, Obesity, Woman's Health
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 “only” do four things. More Information: (more…)
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Routine Prostate Cancer Screenings Don’t Significantly Prevent Deaths, Research Shows

Cancer, Medical Economics, Men's Health
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 as much as it seems to be surprising the news media and some doctors? It shouldn’t. More Information: (more…)
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Research suggests wine neither increases nor reduces breast cancer risk

Cancer, Heart Health, Nutritional Health, Woman's Health
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. The study found that even relatively small amounts of alcohol appear to raise cancer risk. But, what about wine? Does it carry the same risk? More Information: (more…)
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Specific vitamins and a supplement (B vitamins, vitamin D, and calcium) may lower risk of stroke, blindness, and cancer

Alternative Medicine, Cancer, General Health, Heart Health, Men's Health, Nutritional Health, Woman's Health
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 past blogs I’ve discussed why you should consider vitamin D supplementation: Vitamin D deficiency and diseases linked; Lack of vitamin D raises death risk; and Vitamin D may protect against heart attack, just to name a few.  However, there is evidence that specific vitamins may be helpful in some people. Today I want to tell you about two studies this week backing up my contention that a specific combination of B vitamins and calcium may be worthy of your consideration.  More Information: (more…)
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Are multivitamins helpful or harmful when it comes to preventing chronic diseases?

Alternative Medicine, Cancer, Children's Health, General Health, Heart Health, Men's Health, Nutritional Health, Woman's Health
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 risk of developing heart disease, stroke, or a variety of cancers.” And, the New York Times is reporting, “In the past few years, several high-quality studies have failed to show that extra vitamins, at least in pill form, help prevent chronic disease or prolong life.” But what about multivitamins? Are they helpful or harmful More Information: (more…)
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Warning: Childhood obesity may lead to ‘explosion’ of adult cancer

Cancer, Children's Health, Marriage and Family Health, Nutritional Health, Obesity, Parenting
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 for an "explosion" of weight-related cancers. And, she warns, the said governments should act now. More Information: (more…)
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Vitamin D may protect against heart attack

General Health, Health Headlines, Heart Health, Mental Health, Nutritional Health
  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 aged 40-75 who had either died from heart disease or who were alive but had a heart attack. (more…)
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