Analysis of 14 studies shows that fatty fish oils lower the risk of developing colon cancer

October 26, 2007

Animal studies show that fish oil fatty acids cut inflammation and decrease cancer incidence. In this meta-analysis of human cohort studies the effects of fish consumption or Omega-3 fatty acids on colon cancer incidence and mortality. 14 studies show that the highest level of fish consumption cuts the risk of colon cancer vs. those in the lowest level of consumption. The study is published in the current issue of the American Journal of Epidemiology.

Iron deficiency linked to persistent cough in healthy women

Scientists at the University of Turin state that women are more likely than men to suffer from unexplainable chronic coughs even when they were healthy, non-smokers. In their study of 16 women with a chronic cough but healthy lungs and no signs of GERD it was found that 100% had iron deficiency. They all had signs of swelling in the back of the mouth and red, inflamed mucous membranes. Their vocal cords were also very sensitive, making them cough and choke easily, such as after vigorous laughing. They were given iron supplements to improve their iron stores. When these had normalized - after about two months - they were checked again. After supplementing with iron, coughing and signs of inflammation in the mouth and vocal chords were improved or completely resolved. The study was presented recently at the scientific meeting of the American College of Chest Physicians in Chicago.