Many men choose drug therapy that blocks male androgen-hormones to treat their prostate cancer. New research shows that blocking androgens increases the risk of developing diabetes and this effect is increased in obese men. Androgen-deprivation therapy is known to cause body changes that could decrease sensitivity to insulin; the hormone that reduces the level of sugar in your blood.
In the first study Japanese researchers gave 39 healthy men either a dark chocolate bar rich in Cocoa polyphenols or a white chocolate bar devoid of polyphenols for two weeks. In the Cocoa polyphenol group blood flow in the heart and there was no improvement in the white chocolate group. Sidney Smith, MD, a past president of the American Heart Association and professor of medicine at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill states "You have to balance the fats and calories of the candy bar against the benefits of flavonoids" and Yumi Shiina, PhD, an author of the study says that in the future, development of a cocoa polyphenol supplement could overcome the problem (We have already achieved this Dr.
Scientists at the Division of Cancer Epidemiology, German Cancer Research Center in Heidelberg recruited 1394 women with breast cancer and 1365 without in a case-control study. All of the women ranged in age from 50 to 74. They were matched for year of birth and timing of blood collection.
Head and neck cancers (squamous cell carcinoma) affect more than 45,000 Americans annually. Patients who are successfully treated for this cancer have a high risk of developing a second primary cancer (the cancer initiating in a similar site). Newer preventive strategies include mixing retinoids (vitamin A analogs) with interferon and vitamin E, cancer killing viruses, and molecularly targeted agents in specific combinations.
Ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease are the two most common forms of inflammatory bowel disease. Emerging evidence is linking the pathology cause of inflammatory bowel disease to a deficiency of Vitamin D. In this study researchers from the University of Chicago compared mice who normally use Vitamin D with mice who have a genetic disturbance in their ability to use vitamin D.
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