• Intravenous bisphosphonates increase the risk of bone surgery in cancer patients

    Jul 13, 2007
    Zometa and Aredia are bisphosphonate drugs given by injection to people with cancer who develop osteoporosis due to use of the chemotherapeutic drugs or if they develop metastasis to the bone. In examining the records of 16073 cancer patients treated with these drugs and comparing them with 28698 bisphosphonate nonusers it was found that using these drugs by injection increased the risk of needing surgery for the jaw or facial bone by 315%. Having a diagnosis of inflammation or osteomyelitis (inflammation of the bone) of the jaw jumped to 1148% compared with nonusers.
  • Higher intake of Fish oil fatty acids significantly reduce the risk of colon cancer

    Jul 12, 2007
    Researchers from the University of Edinburgh and the University of Aberdeen recruited 1,455 colon cancer patients and compared them with 1,455 cancer free individuals. When comparing the highest vs. the lowest intake of omega-3 fatty acids (a.k.a.
  • Persistent Pollutants caused by combustion strongly tied to learning disability and ADD

    Jul 11, 2007
    Persistent Organic Pollutants or POPs are chemical substances that persist in the environment, cycle through the food chain and eventually enter and accumulate in us. They have a risk of causing serious adverse effects to human health and the environment. POPs include certain pesticides such as DDT and chlordane, PCBs used in hundreds of commercial applications including in electrical, heat conduction, paint, and rubber products, and dioxins and furans that are created as by products from most forms of combustion such as when a municipality incinerates waste or even when open burning trash at home.
  • Vitamin C supplements increase the amount of weight lost when dieting

    Jul 10, 2007
    Adiponectin is a hormone secreted by fat cells. Adiponectin is very important for maintaining good health because it increases our sensitivity to insulin thus decreasing the risk of diabetes. It also plays a part in preventing cardiovascular disease.
  • Green Tea protects women from developing oral cancers

    Jul 09, 2007
    In a study of over fifty-thousand Japanese adults aged 40-79 who were followed for an average of ten-plus years it was found that drinking Green Tea greatly reduced the risk of developing oral cancer. Women who drank one or two cups each day had a 49% decreased risk, those that consumed three to four cups a day had a 40% decrease whereas those who consumed five or more cups a day had a whopping 69% drop in the risk of developing cancer of the mouth ort pharynx all compared with women who drank less than one cup per day. The study is published in the June 30th, 2007 issue of the journal Annals of Epidemiology, the journal of the American College of Epidemiology.