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Antioxidants including vitamin E can promote lung cancer: study

ID-100162283Vitamin E and beta carotene consumption have been associated to the progression of premature lung tumors in high-risk patients. A study published Science Translational Medicine may uncover some of the mystery. Researchers found that mice with early lung cancer given vitamin E and N-acetylcysteine had a 2.8 times increase in lung tumors compared to mice with early lung cancer not given antioxidants. The mice supplemented with antioxidants also experienced more invasive and aggressive tumors, and expired twice as rapidly. What investigators found is that although antioxidants decrease DNA damage, the damage becomes so trivial that the cell doesn’t deploy its cancer-defense system, based on the p53 protein. Normally, when the p53 system identifies significant DNA damage, it kills the cell before it can become malignant. Antioxidants allow cancer cells to remain undetected, preventing their destruction. The scientists stressed that the results only apply to supplements, not antioxidant-rich foods.

How often do you encourage your patients to increase consumption of antioxidant rich foods? What are your thoughts on supplementation with food-based antioxidant products?

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Multiple sclerosis ‘linked to food bug’

ID-10015738A research team from Weill Cornell Medical College linked a toxin made by a rare species of Clostridium perfringens to MS-like damage in the brain of mice. This same team discovered the toxin-generating strain of C. perfringens in a young woman with MS. C. perfringens is anaerobic, spore-forming bacteria found in soil, the intestinal tract of humans and animals and contaminated meat. The Weill researchers isolated epsilon, a toxin produced by Type B of C. perfringens, with the ability to cross the blood-brain barrier and kill myelin-producing cells. Myelin is a substance that surrounds and protects nerve fibers, and is damaged in individuals with MS.

What types of questions do patients ask about food borne illnesses?

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Music Therapy May Help Teens With Cancer Cope

ID-100131039Investigators from Indiana University observed that adolescents and young adults who participated in music therapy were more able to cope with their cancer treatment than those who did not participate. Music therapy included writing song lyrics, producing sound recordings, assembling video images and completing an interactive multimedia story. The patient population tested had to undergo stem-cell transplantation, and 100 days after the procedure the music group continued to report significantly better social integration.

What natural coping strategies do you recommend to patients?

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List of Smoking-Related Illnesses Grows Significantly in U.S. Report

ID-10075526Dr. Boris D. Lushniak, the current surgeon general and leading spokesperson on issues of public health, is releasing a report today declaring that cigarette smoking causes diabetes, colorectal and liver cancers, erectile dysfunction, ectopic pregnancy, vision loss, tuberculosis, rheumatoid arthritis, weakened immune function and cleft palates in offspring of women who smoke. Smoking has been recognized to be connected with these diseases and illnesses in the past, but the report is the first time the federal government established that smoking causes them.

Other than nicotine replacement therapy, what are your recommendations to patients to aid in smoking cessation?

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Organic food and farm groups ask Obama to require GMO food labels

ID-10013392Obama allegedly vowed to fight for GMO mandatory labeling when campaigning in Iowa in 2007 and U.S. legislators along with more than 200 organic businesses/farmers and health environment agencies have not forgotten about it. Today, they delivered a letter to the President urging him to make it mandatory to label any food products containing genetically modified organisms. Many large food manufacturers are against the mandated labeling, arguing that GMO products pose no health risk, and that labeling would misguide the public.

How often are your patients asking you about organic and/or genetically modified foods? What type of labeling, if any, do you feel would be beneficial for public health?

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Seeking Clues to Obesity in Rare Hunger Disorder

ID-100188779Researchers hope that Prader-Willi syndrome, a genetic condition that causes unremitting hunger, could help in the development of future treatment for obesity. Experts do not yet understand the mechanism behind the syndrome except that incessant appetite stems from impaired function of the hypothalamus, the part of the brain that controls appetite. If the mechanisms behind this disease are discovered it could shed light on appetite and hopefully obesity as a whole.

What are your recommendations to patients for maintaining a healthy weight and lifestyle?

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Green tea ‘can impede nadolol blood pressure medicine’

ID-100153192In a study published in the journal of Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics, researchers discovered that patients taking the blood pressure lowering medication, nadolol, who also drank green tea, had lower blood levels of the drug. Follow-up tests were executed and exposed that green tea can block a transporter in the lining of the stomach that aids in pumping the drug into cells. Investigators theorize that a few cups of the tea would be enough to cause this inhibition of blood pressure lowering effect.

How often do you explore interactions between foods, beverages, herbal products and medications with your patients?

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Brain training helped older adults stay sharp for years: study

ID-100122308The results of the largest study ever completed on cognitive exercise were published today in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, revealing encouraging effects for the elderly population. The study included approximately 3,000 adults and analyzed results based on three brain training programs—processing speed, memory and reasoning capacity. The patients were divided into four groups, three training groups who received 10 to 12 sessions lasting 60–75 minutes plus a control group who came in for regular cognitive testing. Five years after the sessions were completed the training groups exhibited improved cognitive results compared to the control group. Even ten years after training the results persisted, although gains in memory did seem to decline. The training groups didn’t just test better based on particular study results; they also reported having an easier time with daily activities when compared to the control group.

What activities do you perform to keep your brain sharp? How much time would you be willing to set aside to dedicate to brain training?

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World Watches as Colorado Marijuana Law Takes Effect

 

ID-10050138Just over a week has passed since the law to legalize recreational use of marijuana came in to effect in Colorado. Although January 1st, 2014 anticpated by many, the long lines and hype seem to have dissapated from the variousmarijuana stores that have popped up recently throughout the state. This is most likely due to the fact that the Marijuana Law has many retrictions, including no public smoking, no indoor smoking where cigarettes are banned, cannot be taken out of state, must be 21 or older, Colorado residents can purchase no more than 1 ounce at a time and non-state residents can purchase no more than a quarter ounce.Legislators are still concerned about use in younger population, safety while driving and safety of ingredients. What are your thoughts on current restrictions?What do you think the restrictions on recreational marijuana use should be?

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