Breast cancer study shows soy reduces the risk of mortality

LOS ANGELES, March 7 — A new study published in the journal of the American Cancer Society, Cancer, encourages breast cancer patients to increase their chances of survival by eating soy foods.

According to an American study conducted by Tufts University, Massachusetts, isoflavones contained in soy, which have the capacity to mimic the action of estrogen, can improve the prognosis for women affected by an aggressive form of breast cancer.

In the wake of of several controversial studies on this topic, which affirmed that these phytoestrogen compounds reduced the efficacy of hormone therapy and contributed to the growth of cancer cells, researchers at Tufts sought to evaluate the impact of dietary soy on the risk of mortality among breast cancer patients.

Of the 6,235 American and Canadian women who were monitored by the study for a period of nine years, those who had a high intake of dietary soy benefited from a 21 per cent lower risk of dying when compared with participants who consumed smaller quantities.

This protective effect of soy was largely confined to patients suffering from hormone receptor-negative tumors and to a lesser extent, patients who were not treated with anti-estrogen therapy.

In contrast to previous studies, a high intake of soy was not associated with higher levels of mortality among hormone therapy patients, point out the researchers.

Approximately 20 per cent of breast cancers are of the hormone receptor-negative (HR-) variety, which is more aggressive and has a lower survival rate than hormone receptor-positive (HR+) cancer.

To increase their chances of survival, the researchers recommend that women consume soy-rich foods as part of a balanced diet, take regular exercise, reduce their alcohol intake, avoid smoking and take steps to manage their levels of stress.

Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women. — AFP-Relaxnews

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Burgers aren’t the only fast-food products that could harm you

http://www.todayonline.com/daily-focus/health/burgers-arent-only-fast-food-products-could-harm-you

NEW YORK — The risky chemicals that keep cooking grease from leaking out of fast-food containers are widespread, according to a peer-reviewed study released on Wednesday (Feb 1).

Researchers said they detected fluorine in nearly half the 400 container samples from 27 fast-food chains, including the four largest in the US, McDonald’s, Starbucks, Chipotle Mexican Grill and Yum! Brands. That’s an indication that potentially dangerous chemicals, called PFAS, were present in wrappers for popular items like burgers, burritos and pastries, the authors said.

WAX PAPER

“We have things we do know are not problematic,” such as wax paper, said Ms Linda Birnbaum, director of National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, part of the National Institutes of Health. “Why not use them?” Ms Birnbaum said that the industry adopted new non-stick and grease-proof coatings before gathering enough facts, and that the data on health risks are limited.

Six ailments, including testicular cancer, ulcerative colitis and high cholesterol, have been linked to the older generation of compounds, and the study says there isn’t enough evidence that the new generation doesn’t have similar risks.

 

 

 

Passive smoking causes irreversible damage to kids’ arteries

LONDON – Exposure to second-hand smoke in childhood causes irreversible damage to children’s arteries – increasing their risk of heart attacks or strokes when they grow up, according to a large international study published on Wednesday.The research, which lends weight to campaigns for smoking to be banned in private cars and homes, found passive smoking leads to a thickening of children’s artery walls, adding some 3.3 years to the age of blood vessels by adulthood.”Exposure to passive smoke in childhood causes direct and irreversible damage to the structure of the arteries,” said Seana Gall, a researcher in cardiovascular epidemiology who led the study at the University of Tasmania.

Smoking causes lung cancer, which is often fatal, and is the world’s biggest cause of premature death from chronic conditions like heart disease, stroke and high blood pressure. On top of the 6 million people a year killed by their own smoking, the World Health Organisation (WHO) says another 600,000 die a year as a result of exposure to other peoples’ smoke – so-called second-hand or passive smoking. Of the more than 4,000 chemicals in tobacco smoke, at least 250 are known to be harmful and more than 50 are known to cause cancer, the WHO says – and creating 100 per cent smoke-free environments is the only way to protect people fully.

Read more: http://news.asiaone.com/news/yourhealth/passive-smoking-causes-irreversible-damage-kids-arteries

Nearly 10,000 die yearly due to smoking

About 10,000 people in Malaysia lose their lives due to tobacco smoking each year, said Dr Amer Siddiq Amer Nordin, a coordinator of the Nicotine Addiction Research & Collaborating Centre (NARCC), the nicotine addiction research group of the University Malaya Centre of Addiction Sciences (UMCAS).

Describing it as alarming, he said the figure might only be the tip of the iceberg.

http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2013/10/07/nearly-10000-die-yearly-due-to-smoking/

FDA Finally Admits Chicken Meat Contains Cancer-Causing Arsenic

After years of sweeping the issue under the rug and hoping no one would notice, the FDA has now finally admitted that chicken meat sold in the USA contains arsenic, a cancer-causing toxic chemical that’s fatal in high doses. But the real story is where this arsenic comes from: It’s added to the chicken feed on purpose!

Even worse, the FDA says its own research shows that the arsenic added to the chicken feed ends up in the chicken meat where it is consumed by humans. So for the last sixty years, American  consumers  who eat conventional chicken  have been swallowing arsenic, a known cancer-causing chemical. (http://www.phillyburbs.com/news/loc…)

Until this new study, both the  poultry industry  and the FDA denied that arsenic fed to  chickensended up in their  meat.  The fairy-tale excuse story we’ve all been fed for sixty years is that “the arsenic is excreted in the chicken feces.” There’s no scientific basis for making such a claim… it’s just what the poultry industry wanted everybody to believe.

But now the evidence is so undeniable that the manufacturer of the chicken feed product known as Roxarsone has decided to pull the product off the shelves (http://www.grist.org/food-safety/20…). And what’s the name of this manufacturer that has been putting arsenic in the chicken feed for all these years? Pfizer, of course — the very same company that makes vaccines containing chemical adjuvants that are injected into children.

Read more:  http://intellihub.com/2013/07/21/fda-finally-admits-chicken-meat-contains-cancer-causing-arsenic/