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Eating fish helps ward off heart disease

Written By Betty van der Mark on Friday, May 18, 2018 | 7:50 AM

But whatever you choose, just don't fry it, the heart group warned.
Adults should strive for two 3.5-ounce servings of fatty fish each week. Oily fish is not the only source of omega-3, said Angelone, who was not involved in the AHA recommendations.

"Chia seeds, flaxseeds and walnuts are good sources of alpha linolenic acid (ALA), which is a precursor to EPA -- which is then converted to DHA," said Sonya Angelone, a registered dietitian and spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Read more on WebMD
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Herceptin cures breast cancer in half the time

Professor Helena Earl, who led the Cambridge researchers, said: “We are confident that this will mark the first steps towards a reduction in treatment duration for many women with HER2-positive breast cancer. Women with aggressive breast cancer can be effectively cured in half the time compared to current treatment, minimising harmful side effects, researchers have said.compared to current treatment, minimising harmful side effects, researchers have said. Read more: The Telegraph
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Zika vaccine, new study offers hope

Written By Betty van der Mark on Sunday, August 7, 2016 | 8:05 AM

The U.S. is the most recent country added to the list; last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed mosquito-borne transmission of the virus in Wynwood - a neighborhood of Miami, FL. Many people infected with the virus experience no symptoms at all, but for pregnant women and their babies, however, Zika can have very serious consequences. Researchers have completed a second round of preclinical trials of a Zika vaccine, and results show it offered complete protection against the virus in monkeys. Read more: Medical News Today
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Zika cases in the U.S. topped 1,800 this week

Pregnant women are now advised to stay away from Florida's so-called Zika zone. There could be a new weapon in the fight against the virus: Federal authorities have approved testing of genetically modified mosquitoes designed to stop the spread of Zika by reducing the insect populations. Mutant male mosquitoes pass on a lethal gene to the females killing their offspring. Read more: CBS
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Injecting a gene into the brain that codes for the hormone leptin may curb overeating

Written By Betty van der Mark on Monday, October 26, 2015 | 8:19 AM

While dieting and exercise are often the first port of call for people who want to lose weight, study author Dr. Urszula Iwaniec, of Oregon State University, and colleagues note that such strategies often fail to have prolonged success. Leptin is a hormone secreted by adipose cells, or fat cells, that plays a role in regulating energy balance by curbing hunger. Often referred to as the "satiety hormone," leptin works by sending signals to the brain that tell us when to stop eating.
Read more on: Medical News Today
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Inflammatory breast cancer or IBC, often goes undetected, even by mammogram

Because symptoms differ from typical breast cancer, it is harder to diagnose, according to the American Cancer Society. IBC, affects about 4,000 Americans a year and, compared to other more common breast cancers, strikes at younger ages, according to the National Cancer Institute.
Its symptoms are unique: an inverted nipple; or skin can be red and hot to the touch, or have ridges or appear pitted like orange peel because of the build up of fluid in the breast. Often there is no lump, so the cancer can be missed by a mammogram. A doctor may suspect a infection like mastitis and waste precious time prescribing antibiotics as the cancer spreads. Read more on: Today Health
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New report declaring that processed meat causes cancer

Many reports over the years have shown that people who eat more red meat and more processed meat have a higher risk of several types of cancer, especially colon cancer and breast cancer. People who eat more meat often have other unhealthy habits. They usually eat fewer fruits and vegetables and they often exercise less, also. Exercise and plant foods can lower the risk of cancer.
And of course, meat is also a source of saturated fat, which raises the risk of heart disease. Read more: NBC NEWS
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Drug side effects not told to FDA within 15 days

Written By Betty van der Mark on Monday, July 27, 2015 | 10:49 AM

Overall, 160,383 serious adverse events, or 10 percent of reports, were not disclosed by companies within 15 days – including nearly 40,500 reports involving patient deaths. Companies fail to report roughly one in 10 serious and unexpected medication side effects to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) within a 15-day window specified by federal regulations to protect patient safety, a study finds. “Timely reporting of adverse drug events is critical for ensuring patient safety,” said senior study author Pinar Karaca-Mandic, a researcher at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health in Minneapolis. Read more: Reuters
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Newlywed shuns chemotherapy for carrots

Written By Betty van der Mark on Saturday, July 25, 2015 | 10:28 AM

Alex Wynn, 33, from Thame, Oxfordshire, was diagnosed with breast cancer in April last year, three weeks before her wedding. In April last year an ultrasound and biopsy revealed that she had a primary breast cancer known as an invasive ductal carcinoma.
She decided to make her decision about treatment after her wedding, which was three weeks away. The couple got married on May 2, 2014. Each day she juices almost two large bags of carrots, a cucumber, a courgette, kale, ginger and a whole head of celery. Despite being told she needed her left breast removed, chemotherapy and radiotherapy to save her life, she refused treatment.
Read more: Daily Mail
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New Alzheimer's drugs will actually slow the disease

Written By Betty van der Mark on Sunday, July 19, 2015 | 11:55 AM

The drugs take aim at the plaque buildups in the brain that characterize Alzheimer's, known as beta amyloid. The medicines are in development at Biogen and Eli Lilly. New data will be presented Wednesday at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference in Washington, D.C.
Read more: CNBC
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