New Method for Prostate Cancer Detection Can Save Millions of Men Painful Examination

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The use of the new method, which has been patented by TU/e, can avoid the need for biopsies to be taken from millions of men around the world. The procedure will no longer be necessary for a large part of the 70% of men from whom biopsies are currently taken unnecessarily.

Originally posted on Cooking with Kathy Man:

A prostate image generated with the new technique. The red area indicates the tumor.

Each year prostate tissue samples are taken from over a million men – in most cases using 12 large biopsy needles – to check whether they have prostate cancer. This procedure, which was recently described by an American urology professor as ‘barbaric’1, shows that 70% of the subjects do not have cancer. A patient-friendly examination, which drastically reduces the need for biopsies has been developed at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e), together with AMC Amsterdam.

Hundreds of thousands of men die each year from prostate cancer. The standard procedure used worldwide for prostate cancer examinations starts with measurement of the PSA (prostate specific antigen) value in the blood. If this is high, physicians will usually remove samples of prostate tissue through the anus at six to sixteen points for pathological examination. However, 70% of the subjects…

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Walmart to Carry Wild Oats Organic Food Products

Walmart announced that it will be taking a further step to offer healthy food at affordable prices to consumers when it announced that it will carry Wild Oats organic food items. They plan to offer a wide variety of categories “from salsa and pasta sauce to quinoa and chicken broth. Customers will save 25 percent or more when comparing Wild Oats to national brand organic products.”

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Wild Oats, a proven provider of organic groceries, will feature the following lines at Walmart:
•    Wild Oats Marketplace Organic™, which adheres to USDA guidelines for organic certification and includes everything from canned vegetables (15 oz) at $.88 to a full range of spices such as paprika, curry powder and ground cinnamon (2 oz) starting at $2.48. Organic items represent nearly 90 percent of the Wild Oats offering.
•    Wild Oats Marketplace™, which includes products with simple and real ingredients such as ready-to-prepare skillet meals (5.8 oz) at $1.50.
•    Wild Oats Marketplace Originals™, offering new and uniquely formulated items, will be available later this year.

“We know our customers are interested in purchasing organic products and, traditionally, those customers have had to pay more,” said Jack Sinclair, executive vice president of grocery at Walmart U.S. “We are changing that and creating a new price position for organic groceries that increases access. This is part of our ongoing effort to use our scale to deliver quality, affordable groceries to our customers.”WildOats-tansparent-logo-2014

The ongoing project extends Walmart’s actions begun in 2011 when it unveiled a comprehensive effort to provide customers with healthier and more affordable choices. It’s five part plan included: 1.    Reformulating thousands of everyday packaged food items by 2015 by reducing sodium 25 percent and added sugars 10 percent, and by removing all remaining industrially produced trans fats.     2.    Making healthier choices more affordable, saving customers approximately $1 billion per year on fresh fruits and vegetables through a variety of sourcing, pricing, and transportation and logistics initiatives that will drive unnecessary costs out of the supply chain. You can read about the entire program here.

If anyone can possibly make a difference in the nation’s consumption habits, I would think Walmart would be a good starting point. As the nation’s largest food grocer it certainly has the market position. I hope the Walmart customers take advantage of the opportunity to buy pesticide-free and herbicide-free foods going forward.

Tony

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Green Tea Boosts Your Brain

Tony:

I have been singing the praises of green tea for some time now. You can read further on this wonderful drink in the following posts:
Green Tea for St. Patrick’s Day and Every Day

Dr. Oz on Chia Seeds and Green Tea

Green Tea Helps to Fight the Flu
How Healthy is Tea Drinking?

Tony

Originally posted on Cooking with Kathy Man:

Green tea is said to have many putative positive effects on health. Now, researchers at the University of Basel are reporting first evidence that green tea extract enhances the cognitive functions, in particular the working memory. The Swiss findings suggest promising clinical implications for the treatment of cognitive impairments in psychiatric disorders such as dementia. The academic journal Psychopharmacology has published their results.

In the past the main ingredients of green tea have been thoroughly studied in cancer research. Recently, scientists have also been inquiring into the beverage’s positive impact on the human brain. Different studies were able to link green tea to beneficial effects on the cognitive performance. However, the neural mechanisms underlying this cognitive enhancing effect of green tea remained unknown.

Better memory

In a new study, the researcher teams of Prof. Christoph Beglinger from the University Hospital of Basel and Prof. Stefan Borgwardt from the Psychiatric University…

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The Easiest Way to Stay in Shape

Tony:

You’ll be amazed at how quickly the steps add up. Just push yourself to increase your number each day you’ll get there, one step at a time!

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I am a big supporter of walking. To learn more benefits from this simple activity,  checkout my Page Why You Should Walk More.

Tony

Originally posted on PositiveBoomer:

One of my favorite ways to stay in shape is also one of the easiest ones out there — walking!

It’s a healthful habit to adopt, and because you can do it anywhere, it’s also one of the cheapest ways to get in shape. No need for a gym membership or a trainer; we all know how to walk! The challenge is to find ways to take more steps each day.

Why is walking so great for your body?

Well, you’re burning calories, but you’re also improving your cardiovascular health. The simple act of moving is great for your heart and legs and for relieving stress. Focus on breathing deeply and walking with good posture and you’ll also be working your core muscles.

It’s easy to sneak in more walking during the day!

Get off the train a few stops earlier, park farther from the mall, and walk instead of…

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Leading Health Indicators Show Improvement – HHS

Must confess that I have heard of the leading economic indicators, but never the leading health ones. The Dept of HHS is a good source, however. This seems a pleasant surprise in terms of results.

Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released the Leading Health Indicators: Progress Update, which shows that we are making progress in more than half of the 26 Healthy People 2020 Leading Health Indicators (LHIs).

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There are 14 health indicators that have either been met or are improving in this first third of the decade, including:
• Fewer adults smoking cigarettes
• Fewer children exposed to secondhand smoke
• More adults meeting physical activity targets
• Fewer adolescents using alcohol or drugs
(My emphasis: I consider smoking to be a horrible killer and crippler of humans. The fact that fewer adults are doing it and fewer children are exposed to second hand smoke is wonderful positive news. You can read my Page -  How Bad is Smoking? for more info.)

As of March 2014, progress generally has been positive toward achieving the HP2020 targets for the 26 LHIs, with 14 indicators (53.9%) having either met their target or shown improvement:

• 4 indicators (15.4%) have met or exceeded their HP2020 targets.
• 10 indicators (38.5%) are improving.
• 8 indicators (30.8%) show little or no detectable change.
• 3 indicators (11.5%) are getting worse.
• 1 indicator (3.8%) has only baseline data.

The LHIs are a subset of Healthy People 2020 objectives, which communicate high-priority health issues known to have a major influence in reducing preventable disease and death. These indicators are used to assess the health of the Nation, facilitate collaboration across sectors, and motivate action at the national, State, and community levels to improve the health of the U.S. population.

While progress has been made across several indicators, the LHI Progress Update highlights areas where further work is needed to improve the health of all Americans.

You can see the progress made within each of the 26 leading health indicators.

Tony

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Older Women Who Consume Too Many Diet Drinks Increase Risk of Heart Trouble

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Women reporting at least two 12-oz. diet drinks a day were 29% more likely to have a fatal or nonfatal cardiac event than those in the lowest intake group, reporting no more than three diet drinks a month, Ankur Vyas, MD, of the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City.

Check out my Page What’s Wrong with Soft Drinks for more details on diet and sugary drinks.

Tony

Originally posted on Cooking with Kathy Man:

A daily habit of two or more diet drinks was linked to modestly elevated risk of cardiovascular events and death from any cause in women, an observational analysis showed.

But Jeffrey Kuvin, MD, vice-chair of the program committee for the American College of Cardiology meeting here, called the results provocative but not yet convincing enough to drive change.

“We know pretty well that nondiet drinks, or sweetened beverages, are associated with weight gain, diabetes, and coronary heart disease,” Kuvin, of Tufts Medical Center in Boston, told reporters at a press telebriefing he chaired.

“I’m not ready just yet to give up my diet soft drinks,” he added. “But if the data continue to be as compelling, I think all of us should take a close look and see why this might be. Is it the caffeine? Is it the sweetener? Is it what goes along with it? Perhaps it heightens…

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Can Early Morning Sunlight Help You Lose Weight?

This blog originates in Chicago, Midwest U.S. Regular readers know that Chicago like much of the country has been suffering through one hellacious winter. As recently as last week we had temps here in the 20sF. As a lifelong Chicagoan with only a few breaks from here, I have always weathered winter with my layers and long johns, but this year was the worst. I felt beaten by is as did so many of us. So, I was thrilled to see that we have some 60sF temps forecast this week. Wow! I can ride my bike in shorts for the first time this year. Great news.

I was also excited to learn that while I am out riding in the morning sun, I will be enjoying some other very healthy benefits.

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Dr. Phyllis Zee and other researchers from Northwestern Memorial’s Feinberg School of Medicine recently published a study showing in effect that morning sunlight makes you healthier.

According to the study “Light exposure can influence sleep and circadian timing, both of which have been shown to influence weight regulation.”

The early morning sun affects hormones that regulate appetite, hormones and neurotransmitters that regulate the sleep/wake cycle.

The early morning bright lights also wake us and lift our mood which may prompt us to make healthier decisions through the rest of the day.

The study included 54 people for an entire week. Those who spent more time in early morning sunlight were leaner than the ones who got their light exposure later in the day.

Dr. Zee said that the early morning light has more blue which is a more powerful stimulus for your brain. This compares with the red and orange light that we tend to get later in the afternoon.

In case you didn’t know, blue light is melatonin-suppressant. Melatonin is the hormone that starts to put us to sleep. If it is suppressed, we don’t feel as tired and will not fall asleep very easily.

So get out there and get some of those early morning rays. You will start your day on a positive note and feel better the rest of the day.

On the other end of the time spectrum, I have recently learned that TV screens, iPads and computers emit a lot of blue light. That is why working on your computer just before going to bed can make it more difficult to fall asleep. I wear blue blocker sunglasses when I work on my computer late to keep it from interfering with my falling asleep. They seem to work.

Tony

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