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- Current Research and Thoughts
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Eating berries may fight cancer and heart disease by increasing
levels of flavonoids in the blood. Flavonoids, which are found
in certain fruits and vegetables, help fight the cell-damaging effects
of oxidation. Ideally, berries should be eaten raw, as heating
and freezing destroy many antioxidants (although some antioxidants
will remain). Juices contain less of the beneficial compounds.
Scientists have found that spending more than an hour on
a mobile phone per day increases the risk of acoustic neuroma, a rare
type of brain tumor, by some 30%. Most frequently, the cancers
are found on the side of the head that the user holds the phone to.
The association was found with digital mobile phones, old-style analogue
mobile phones and digital enhanced cordless phones. Researchers
also found that the more often mobile phones are used, and the more
years they are used, the higher the risk of brain tumors.
A study of 900,000 people conducted for 16 years found that
excess weight may account for 14% of all cancer deaths in men and
20% in women. This study found that excess weight is linked
to cancers of the cervix, ovary, liver, pancreas, prostate, breast,
uterus, colon, rectum, kidney, esophagus and gall bladder, as well
as multiple myeloma and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Obesity also makes
it harder to diagnose and treat cancer. (Weight is assessed
using body-mass index, height-to-weight ratio. People with a
BMI of 30 or above are considered obese; those between 25 and 30 are
considered overweight. Someone who is 5 feet, 5 inches tall
who weighs 150 pounds would have a BMI of 25. At a weight of 180 pounds,
this person's BMI would be 30.) Researchers speculate that obesity
prevention could help avert over 90,000 cancer deaths each year in
the United States. ($93 billion per year goes to treat
health problems of people who are overweight. About half
that tab is picked up by the government through Medicare and Medicaid.
The average increase in spending over a person of normal weight was
$732 per year - 37.4% more. Medical spending attributable to
extra weight totaled $78.5 billion in 1998, or $92.6 billion 2002.
The financial burden now rivals that attributable to smoking.)
Engl J Med, 2003; 348(17):1625-38.)
A new study has found that taking a combination of gamma-linolenic
acid (GLA) with the fish oil-derived omega-3 fatty acids eicosapentaenoic
acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) improves blood lipid and
fatty acid profiles in healthy women. This resulted in a 43%
reduction in the 10-year risk of heart attack. (Am
J Clin Nutr, 2003; 77(1):37-42.)
Elderly people fall victim to a large number of medication-related
mistakes, more than a quarter of which are preventable. If these
findings are extended to the total Medicare population of about 38
million people, researchers hypothesize that more than 1.9 million
adverse drug events are occurring each year, including 180,000 that
are life-threatening or fatal. More than 90% of people 65 years
and older take at least one medication per week, more than 40% take
five or more each week, and 12% take 10 or more. (And this was
among people who were not living in nursing homes or other institutions,
who presumably would be taking even more.) (J Am Med Assoc,
A recent study found that pregnant and breast-feeding women
who add cod liver oil to their diets may improve their children's
intelligence. Children with mothers who took cod liver oil scored
higher than the other children on intelligence tests that looked at
problem solving and information processing ability. Cod liver
oil is rich in docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and arachidonic acid (AA),
which are important for the development of the central nervous system.
Online, 2003; 111(1):e39-e44.)
A new study reports that obesity is the leading health problem
for dogs. Dogs are often overfed at mealtimes and fed snacks
throughout the day. As is the case with humans, this, along with too
little exercise, causes dogs to become obese. The study noted
that good health and fitness are essential for the long life of companion
animals. (The primary culprit in pet obesity, as it is with
humans, is the predominance of carbohydrates in the diet.)
- PUBLIC SAFETY:
Refueling fires can be caused by a discharge of static electricity.
Most fires occur when the driver starts the gas pump and then reenters
the car while the gas tank is being filled. It is recommended that
you never reenter your vehicle while refueling. If it is necessary
to get back in the vehicle, be sure sure to touch a metal object,
such as a car door, once you have gotten out of the car to discharge
any static electricity buildup before touching the gas nozzle.
(Petroleum Equipment Institute, 2003.)
International experts say people should limit their sugar
intake to no more than 10% of calories in order to halt the global
epidemic of obesity-related disease. Two U.N. agencies, the
World Health Organization (WHO) and the Food and Agriculture Organization
commissioned the report, which was compiled by 30 international experts.
The U.S. National Soft Drink Association disapproved of the recommendation,
saying that scientific literature does not show an association between
sugar intake and obesity. (Sounds kind of like the defense used
by the tobacco industry for years.) An average 12-ounce can
of cola contains 10 teaspoons of sugar.
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