Cancer

Mesothelioma - Genetic Mutation increases Cancer Risk

(Best Syndication News) - Researchers believe they have found a genetic link between developing mesothelioma and Melanoma of the eye. Mutations in the BAP1 gene is associated with an increased risk for developing these two cancers. The study is in the online August 28, 2011 edition of Nature Genetics.

The study was funded by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and was conducted by researchers from the University of Hawaii Cancer Center, Honolulu, and Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia.

Flaxseed protects Lungs from Radiation Exposure

lung diagram - credit: National Cancer Institute/Unknown artist - PD

(Best Syndication News) - Researchers from Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania found that mice fed flaxseed in their diet had their lung tissue protected from radiation exposure and had a higher survival rate than the control group. Additionally, flaxseed also prevented lung fibrosis and helped to protect the lungs after radiation damage has started. The study was published in the most recent issue of BMC Cancer.

The principal investigator Melpo Christofidou-Solomidou, PhD, research associate professor of Medicine, Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Division, investigated the effects of radiation with mice that were supplemented with 10 percent flaxseed in their diet. The control group did not receive any flaxseed. The flaxseed group received the supplement either three weeks before the thorax was exposed to X-ray radiation. The researchers also gave flaxseed supplements two, four, and six weeks after being exposed to radiation.

UV Sunscreen protection from Grape Flavonoid Polyphenolic Extracts

Grapes - Credit: USDA/Patrick Tregenza(photographer)

(Best Syndication News) - Spanish researchers found that compounds in grapes can help protect the skin from the sun’s ultraviolet rays. Polyphenolic substances that come from the flavonoids found in grapes can reduce the UVA and UVB rays ability to cause damaging 'reactive oxygen species' (ROS) from developing. The study was published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.

Marta Cascante, a biochemist at the University of Barcelona (Spain) and director of the research project, said that the grape extracted compounds activated the JNK and p38 enzymes, which offered the sun protection.

Ultraviolet rays are shown to contribute to skin cancer, sunburn, and premature aging. Polyphenolic extracts could be used to make new UV sunscreen protection skin products.

Disease Prevention tips on ‘The Dr. Oz Show’

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(Best Syndication News) - Dr. Oz hosted a special ‘Prevention Power Hour’ on his TV show today and said it is never too late to prevent disease. By changing how you do things you can reduce your risk of developing heart disease by up to 80 percent, cancer up to 60 percent, and type 2 diabetes up to 90 percent, he explained. Two doctors join him on the show to explain simple lifestyle changes that can prevent diseases. Later on, Dr. Oz had Health Magazine editor, Frances Largeman-Roth, RD, shared some unique household products that can offer health prevention - all for under $10.

Donald Hensrund, Md, chair Preventive Medicine at the Mayo Clinic and said that preventive medicine, helps people make lifestyle changes to feel better now and live longer.

Cancer Prevention information presented on ‘The Dr. Oz Show’

Cruciferous vegetables - Credit: National Cancer Institute PD

(Best Syndication News) - Doctor Mehmet Oz had an informative show about cancer prevention on todays ‘The Dr. Oz Show.’ The first segment of the TV show was called ‘Ask Dr. Oz: Cancer Edition.’ After this question and answer session, he shared about the benefits of vitamin D for preventing cancer.

Doctor Oz explained that 94 percent of the people surveyed either knew someone who had cancer or had cancer themselves. The television show had assembled an expert panel of three people, Doctor Steven Standiford, MD, Doctor Deborah Axelrod, MD, and Registered Dietician, Rachel Beller, who all are involved with treating and consulting with cancer patients.

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