Diesel Fumes may be connected to Ovarian Cancer Risk

August 14, 2004

A large population of Finns (all economically active Finns) was followed for 24 years to assess the possible connection between diesel fumes, gasoline fumes, and cancer. The total number of years reviewed equaled 30 million. Their cumulative exposure to diesel exhaust was estimated. Those exposed to the most diesel exhaust over the years had a 3.69 times increased risk of developing ovarian cancer. Gasoline exhaust increased the relative risk by 1.70 times. The study is published in the August 20th, 2004 issue of the International Journal of Cancer.

Wine Beats Gin for Protecting Blood Vessels and Heart Health

In a study of 40 healthy men (average age of 37.6 years), the effects of an ounce of alcohol per day, either as two glasses of red wine (merlot) or a 3.3 ounce glass of gin was compared. All the men had a similar diet and exercise regime. Both drinks consumed for 28 days had anti-inflammatory effects in blood vessels, however red wine had much stronger and broader effects. Gin decreased fibrinogen levels by 5%, and wine decreased it by 9%; fibrinogen thickens the blood and is a risk factor for blood clots and heart attack. Levels of IL-1, another inflammatory compound also dropped. Red wine decreased five additional factors that cause inflammation in blood vessel walls and contribute to cardiovascular disease that gin had no effect on. Red wine decreased hsCRP, by 21%, gin had no effect on hsCRP. Conclusion - Red wine significantly reduced 7 inflammatory markers that are linked to an artery-clogging build up of plaque and heart disease. This is a great contributor to a decreased risk of stroke and heart attack. The effects of red wine were much better than gin and likely can be attributed to wines major polyphenolic-antioxidants (e.g. Resveratrol and Grape Seed extract).