Monday, January 22, 2007

Health Notes

If you have breast cancer, carefully choosing a highly experienced surgeon may make a big difference. (Jan. 20 issue, Journal of Clinical Oncology)

Vitamin D may actually lower a person’s risk of developing some cancers. It also may help people have healthy lungs. High levels of vitamin D may also help people who have surgery for lung cancer. And now scientists have developed a vitamin D pill to treat patients with advanced prostate cancer.

There is a new pancreatic cancer vaccine that may help patients survive longer.

A non-invasive test that analyzes genes in a person’s sputum may one day be available to look for lung cancer.

I think olive oil is very good for our health. Now even the FDA seems to agree. Here’s an article that discusses some of the benefits.

We may be exposed to more toxins in our homes than we realize. (Think arsenic, lead, and mercury.) You may want to read this article before you spray those herbicides and pesticides, or before you eat that fish, or before you take those supplements.

Taking folic acid is supposed to help older adults with their memory and other cognitive functions. But you have to watch out for a B12 deficiency. I supplement B vitamins, mainly because I’m vegetarian. But you know, Silk brand soy milk and Cheerios together have a lot of Bs.

Does your baby cry a lot? You may want to talk to a doctor about that instead of ignoring it.

Besides possibly reducing inflammation, heart and vascular disease risk, decreasing insulin resistance, assisting with weight management, and helping brain function, it is now suggested that walnuts may improve bone health. Walnuts may be a kind of miracle food, aren’t they? I eat some as a mid-morning snack, but I really like pistachios.

Regarding bone health, a new form of vitamin D may stimulate bone growth.

I am dismayed but not surprised that nicotine levels in cigarettes have risen 11% in recent years.

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