The biliary tract consists of the gall bladder and bile ducts. The tract stores bile and releases it into the small intestine during meals to help digest fats. Biliary tract cancers are rare but deadly.
This study included 2135 patients who had a heart attack within the last one to three month period (Group 1) before the start of the study and 2735 patients who had a heart attack within 3 months to 5 years (Group 2) before the start of the study. They received either a Red Yeast Rice preparation capsule or inactive placebo. The occurrence of coronary events (either a heart attack or heart related death) was decreased by 56.7% with a 48.6% decrease in all cause mortality in Group 1 compared to patients on placebo.
In a study of 368,277 adults from nine European countries over a six-year period it was found that men with the largest waistline were 39% more likely to be diagnosed with colon cancer than those with the smallest. In women, those with the largest waistline had a 48% higher risk of developing colon cancer than those with the smallest waistlines. The study is published in the July 5th, 2006 issue of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.
In this study on colon cancer cells 5-Fluorouracil (5-FU) is a commonly used chemotherapeutic agent. It is frequently used for cancers of the breast, colon, rectum, stomach and pancreas. When compared to the effects of 5-FU on colon cancer cells (SW-626 cell line), EGCG has demonstrated an incredible chemotherapeutic response.
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