Friday, January 26, 2007

Health Notes

The recent stories that cancer death rates have declined for the second straight year was good news for some, but what about for blacks?

Could dichloroacetate (DCA) be a cure for cancer? Here is an article.

In a recent study, women who ate 30 grams of fiber per day may have had 50 percent less chance of getting breast cancer than women who ate less than 20 grams per day. How does one eat 30 grams of fiber? The article says, “To eat 30g, a person would need to eat a high-fiber cereal for breakfast, switch from white or brown bread to wholemeal and ensure they have five portions of fruit and vegetables a day.” Looks like some people might want to make a trip to the grocery store. I already eat a lot of fiber.

Women with heavy menstrual periods don’t always need a hysterectomy. Here is another article which says “Too many women are having hysterectomies when other treatments are available.” Of course these two articles are from British sources. I don’t know what the situation is like in the US, but I present the two articles above for your information.

Having trouble identifying familiar odors may be an early sign of Alzheimer’s disease.

Here is an update on the search for an AIDS vaccine.

Can low-dose steroids prove effective against rheumatoid arthritis?

Kelly Ripa brought Regis a bowl of homemade Minestrone soup this week on their show. Regis made fun of the gesture, and was rather disparaging of the soup generally, suggesting that soup was only part of a meal, etc. Regis seems to act like such a jerk sometimes. I eat almost nothing but soup. It can be very healthy and nutritious. I certainly don’t eat meat, even in the soup. So that gives me the opportunity to get lots of vegetables. This week I have cooked red lentil soup, split pea soup, and today I am cooking mung bean soup. I used to eat burgers, meat, etc, but I have gotten used to eating soups, and I like it. Anyway, here is an article about the health benefits of eating soup.

Cluster headaches may be caused by a number of things such as: Certain medications, including nitroglycerin, Frequent smoking, Changes in sleep schedule, An abnormality in the hypothalamus, the part of the brain that controls the body's biological clock.

Is it true that statins may not prevent women from getting heart disease?

I thought this was an interesting idea: vaccinate boys as well as girls against human papillmoma virus (HPV).This approach might circumvent some of the objections that people have against making just girls get vaccinated, and vaccinating everyone also means fewer cases of cervical cancer than you would have by just vaccinating girls alone. And it’s fairer.

Here is an article on oral health, gum disease, and heart disease.

How might a bird flu pandemic be spread around the world by airline passengers?

Here’s another article about Ground Zero, health, and chronic respiratory illness.

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