• Prostate cancer therapy increases the risk of diabetes and Vitamin D decreases this risk

    Nov 08, 2007
    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.
  • Two new Cocoa studies demonstrate an ability to improve blood flow to the heart and a reduction in the number of people with high blood pressure

    Nov 07, 2007
    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.
  • Vitamin D powerfully suppresses the risk of breast cancer in postmenopausal women

    Nov 06, 2007
    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.
  • Analogs of Green Tea and Curcumin touted as possibly having a robust role in preventing head and neck cancer relapse

    Nov 05, 2007
    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.
  • More evidence that a lack of Vitamin D allows the occurrence of inflammatory bowel disease

    Nov 02, 2007
    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.