Monday, November 15, 2010

NOV 15th HealthyLife.Net Health News Super Segment

If you couldn't listen to last Tuesday's health super segment at 7am and 7pm PT (and all day on archives)here's some of what you missed...

A recent study investigated the relationship between vitamin D status and breast cancer. The study included 636 women who had been diagnosed with incident breast cancer and 1,272 matched controls. The results revealed a decreased risk of breast cancer with increased levels of vitamin D. Researchers also found a significant inverse relationship in women under 53 years of age. Premenopausal women with high serum vitamin D levels had a reduced risk of breast cancer, although not significantly. These findings suggest that high vitamin D levels reduce the risk of developing breast cancer especially in younger women, although further studies are necessary to confirm these results.

A study conducted at the University of California-Davis investigated whether the use of commercial vegetable juice was an effective way to increase daily intake of vegetables in adults. Consumption of vegetable juice helped the participants reach the recommended daily intake. The results also revealed that the subjects who were pre-hypertensive at the start of the study showed significant decreases in blood pressure over the course of the study. These findings suggest that drinking one to two cups of vegetable juice per day is an effective way to fill the daily vegetable dietary gap for healthy adults and it may also reduce blood pressure in pre-hypertensive adults.

Researchers decided to investigate the effectiveness of ginger as an additional antiemetic therapy in patients receiving chemotherapy. The scientists of this double-blind study randomly assigned patients with bone cancer to either ginger root powder capsules or placebo capsules. The study published in Pediatrics and Cancer found that ginger root powder was effective in reducing severity of nausea and vomiting in patients receiving chemotherapy.

A study published in the the British Journal of Dermatology has found that lycopene may help prevent UltraViolet Ray skin damage by consumption of lycopene-rich tomatoes.

Parents and caregivers can take steps to reduce the risks of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) during the colder months, when infants are at higher risk. These include avoiding overheating an infant during nap or sleep time; placing the infant on his or her back to sleep; placing infants to sleep on a firm, safety approved mattress; keeping toys, blankets, and other loose objects out of the crib, and never smoking around an infant. In cold weather, parents and caregivers often place extra blankets or clothes on infants, to keep them warm. But over bundling may cause infants to overheat, increasing their risk for SIDS.

Tune in to and listen to Linda Mackenzie fresh health news Tuesdays at 7am and 7pm Pacific Time and all day after 9am PT on the archive page.

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