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How Are You Protecting Yourself From Cancer?
How Are You Protecting Yourself From Cancer?
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Article Author : edebruin (March 27, 2013)

Cancer is often portrayed as an unstoppable, unavoidable disease. People feel scared and helpless at the idea that this devastating illness may strike at any time, and they are powerless to fight against it. The truth is, there are actually 10 things that you can do which will not only protect your immediate wellness and wellbeing, but will also reduce your chances of getting cancer.

  1. Don’t smoke. It may seem like an obvious one, but smoking (and being exposed to cigarette smoke) significantly increases your chances of getting cancer, and not just lung cancer but other forms of cancer, too. Quitting smoking can be the best possible thing you can do for your health. Avoid others who smoke, too, as this second-hand smoke also contains up to 60 cancer causing agents.
  2. Stay safe in the sun. Skin cancer can be prevented by reducing your exposure to the harmful rays of the sun. This can be done either through using a high SPF sun cream or avoiding being in the sun altogether. Stay out of the mid-day sun in particular, as this is when it is hottest.
  3. Eat lots of fruit and vegetables. These types of food are packed full of antioxidants, which help to repair damaged cells in the body. Look out for green, yellow or orange fruits and vegetables as these are highest in antioxidants. Some fruits such as grapes and blueberries may also help to protect you against cancer.
  4. Limit red meat. Some studies have shown that red meat increases your risk of certain types of cancer, such as colon cancer. Due to the fat content of these meats, they can also lead to obesity which increases your chance of contracting various cancers.
  5. Limit your alcohol consumption. Studies have shown that people who drink regularly are at greater risk of getting some types of cancer. Limit your intake of alcohol to protect your health and reduce your risk of cancer.
  6. Exercise. Keeping fit increases your general health and reduces your chance of getting cancer. In order to benefit, you must exercise for 30 minutes, five times per week.
  7. Know your family history. Some types of cancer have a hereditary element. If you are aware of cancers within your family, such as ovarian, colon and breast, you can then be vigilant about screenings for these types of cancer.
  8. Know your workplace risks: If you work with chemicals, dust, fumes or similar, make sure you read up on the risks of exposure, as some types can lead to an increased risk of cancer. Talk to your doctor and manager about how you can stay safe at work.
  9. Have safe sex. Some types of cervical cancer are caused by sexual contact. Safe sex should always be practised for your health, but can also reduce your risk of cancer.
  10. See your doctor regularly. Report any worries to your GP and go for any regular screenings that you are due such as prostate exams and mammograms. Cancer is always most easily treated when caught early.

Allergies And Asthma

Could Colds During Pregnancy Lead To Child As...
Studies suggest that mothers who catch a cold during pregnancy could be more likely to have children who develop asthma, as the bacteria and viruses affect the in-utero environment. Babies who are exposed to the allergens are more likely to become sensitive to them and this could affect them later in life, according to researchers. The new study, which examined the risk of the common cold to unborn children, shows that women who are pregnant should take extra precautions around people who have colds and are sneezing, as it could lead to problems for their children later in life. The mothers infections and bacterial exposure during the pregnancy leads to the environment in the womb being altered. Allergist Dr Mitch Grayson stated that in addition to this, the same children in the study who had early exposure to allergens, including house dust and pet hair, also had increased odds of becoming sensitive by the age of five. When dust mites from the mother and the child’s mattresses were analysed, children with high dust mite exposure yet low bacteria exposure were more likely to develop allergies to dust mites than those with low dust mite exposure and high bacteria exposure.   Researchers looked at 513 pregnant women in Germany, and their 526 children. The women completed questionnaires during the pregnancy, when the children were 3 and 12 months old, and then every year up until the children reached five years old. Of the families, 61 per cent of them had a parent with asthma, hay fever or atopic dermatitis. According to the ACAAI, asthma and allergies can be hereditary; if both parents have allergies, the child is as much as 75 per cent more likely to be allergic. If just one parent is allergic, or if a close relative has allergies, then the child has a 30 to 40 per cent chance of developing some form of allergy. This drops to just 10 to 15 per cent if neither parent has an allergy. Researchers claim that they now know for certain that allergies and asthma can develop in the womb, as genetics play an important factor in both diseases. However, this study sheds light on how the environment a mother creates during pregnancy can begin to affect the child before it’s even been born. Asthma is the most common potentially serious medical condition to complicate pregnancy, according to the ACAAI.   Asthma affects around 1 in 12 women during their childbearing years, and when women with asthma become pregnant, one third of the patients improve, one third get worse, and one third remain unchanged. Asthma is a serious condition which affects a number of people and has numerous triggers, including house mites, dust, pollen and pollution. As pollution and toxins in the air have increased over the years, the risk of developing respiratory diseases has also increased. There are ways to treat asthma and, depending on the severity of the condition, your child may require medication to maintain it. If you're concerned about the risk colds and asthma have to your baby, or think your child is developing symptoms of asthma, you should seek advice from your GP as soon as possible. As with any pregnancy, it's important to stay as healthy as possible, maintain a balanced diet which includes all the nutrients both you and your baby need, and get enough exercise; you should also avoid alcohol and smoking, to maintain good health for both you and your baby.
Could Second-Hand Smoke Be Damaging Your Chil...
A new study has found that the health concerns associated with the wellness and wellbeing of children who live with smokers could be more serious than previously thought. A shocking report shows that children who are exposed to cigarette smoke at home do not respond as well to asthma treatment as those who live with non-smoking parents in a non-smoking household.   Children who are regularly exposed to cigarette smoke had lower levels of an enzyme that helps them to respond to the main asthma treatments. This report was published in a journal called Chest recently.   This is bad news, as the number of children in the UK who have asthma is on the increase. Over a million children in this country are believed to be suffering from asthma, and they are most commonly treated by steroids and inhalers. For some patients, however, these treatments are not totally effective, leaving them unprotected from harm in the event of an attack.   It is now known that passive smoke can not only worsen the symptoms of asthma in children, but can actually impair their response to treatments in the form of inhaled steroids. It is not yet known how or why this effect occurs.   Researchers into the subject have found that children who have severe asthma, and parents who smoke at home, have a lower level of an enzyme called HDAC2, especially when compared like for like with children who do not have smoking parents.   This enzyme – HDAC2 – is required in the human body to help it benefit from steroids, and to allow them to exert their anti-inflammatory type effects over the symptoms of asthma.   To come to this conclusion, researchers looked at a group of 19 children who were suffering from severe asthma. Nine of the children in the group had a parent who smoked whilst ten of the children had parents who were non smokers.


Quest win 'a shock'...
By Jessica Aquilina     Carlingford resident Yolandi Franken was crowned Mrs Australia at the Mrs Australia Quest in the Hunter Valley on Saturday.
  The actor, producer and model beat 10 others after scoring highly in a number of categories including health and fitness, swimwear and a Q & A to take the crown in the pageant which raises awareness and funds for ovarian cancer.   The local beauty queen said she was in complete shock when she was named as this year's winner.   "It feels weird," Mrs Franken said.   "We were doing rehearsals the day before and we were learning about how to accept the crown. I wasn't really listening and I was distracted by other things because I didn't think I was going to win.   "When my name was called as the winner, I stood there for a few seconds before it actually clicked that I had won."   But winning the crown was never the top priority for Mrs Franken.   For past three months of the competition, the 32-year-old has been on a mission to promote early diagnosis and screening of cancers.   Mrs Franken knows what it's like when a check-up at becomes life-changing — her own cervical cancer diagnosis has made sure of that.   She has made a video which promotes early detection of cancers.   "I want people to listen to their bodies and if they have any concerns to get checked out," she said.   She will compete in Mrs Multiverse in the Dominican Republic later this year.
Byetta Lawsuit News: Federal Incretin Mimetic...
      More than 30 federal cases have joined a federal diabetes drug litigation that includes an increasing number of Byetta lawsuit ( filings, as well as claims over similarly-designed medications, Bernstein Liebhard LLP reports.   Court documents updated on April 15th indicate that 354 lawsuits have now been filed in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of California on behalf of individuals who allege injuries caused by a class of Type 2 diabetes drugs referred to as incretin mimetics. According to claims filed in this proceeding, the use of such medications as Byetta, Januvia and Victoza can allegedly lead to pancreatitis, pancreatic cancer and even thyroid cancer. When the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) issued its most recent Case List update on March 13th, a total of 320 claims had been centralized in the California proceeding. (In Re: Incretins Products Liability, Sales and Marketing Litigation, MDL 2452)   "As our Firm continues to hear from diabetics who allegedly experienced serious pancreatic side effects after their use of incretin mimetics, we look forward to further updates in the federal litigation that includes dozens of Byetta lawsuits," says Bernstein Liebhard LLP, a nationwide law firm representing victims of defective medical devices and drugs including Byetta and Januvia. The Firm is currently offering free and confidential case evaluations to potential Januvia and Byetta lawsuit claimants who were allegedly injured by either of these medications.   Byetta Lawsuits According to claims filed in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of California, diabetics taking Byetta, Januvia and other incretin mimetics may develop pancreatic cancer, pancreatitis and thyroid cancer; side effects that certain manufacturers failed to adequately warn about in their marketing of the medications.   This class of Type 2 diabetes drugs work by mimicking the functions of incretin, a hormone that normally stimulates the release of insulin, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which includes the GLP-1 agonists Byetta and Victoza, and the DPP-IV inhibitors Januvia, Onglyza and Tradjenta in its list of approved incretin mimetics.   On March 14, 2013, the FDA acknowledged a possible association between the use of incretin mimetics and the risk for serious pancreatic injury in a public health alert that announced its investigation of Byetta and other drugs. According to the warning, a previously unpublished study found that the use of incretin mimetics may lead to cellular changes in the pancreas referred to as pancreatic metaplasia, a condition that often precedes cancer. The agency maintained in its 2013 alert that a confirmed connection between the two had not been reached, but that its safety review was ongoing.   Patients who took Byetta, Januvia, Victoza or another incretin mimetic may be eligible of file a case against its manufacturer that seeks compensation for out-of-pocket medical expenses, lost wages and other damages allegedly caused by their injuries. To learn more about a federal litigation that now includes dozens of lawsuits alleging Byetta pancreatic cancer injuries, as well as complications caused by similar medications, visit the Firm's website, or call the following number for a free and confidential case evaluation: 800-511-5092.   About Bernstein Liebhard LLP Bernstein Liebhard LLP is a New York-based law firm exclusively representing injured persons in complex individual and class action lawsuits nationwide since 1993, including those who have been harmed by dangerous drugs, defective medical devices and consumer products. The firm has been named by The National Law Journal to the Plaintiffs' Hot List, recognizing the top plaintiffs firms in the country, for the past 12 consecutive years. Bernstein Liebhard LLP is the only firm in the country to be named to this prestigious list every year since the list was first published in 2003.  


Can Yoghurt Be Connected To Lower Diabetes Ri...
The media is always claiming that certain ingredients can help us to maintain a healthy lifestyle and improve our wellbeing. The latest headlines state that yoghurt is key to beating diabetes; a claim based on a study which associates dairy with the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. The study found that the risk of diabetes was significantly lowered by as much as 28 per cent in people who ate large amounts of low-fat yoghurt, compared to people who ate none at all. The results were similar in people who ate more of all low-fat fermented products, including cottage cheese and fromage frais. The study was based on people using food diaries to report their dairy intake around the time of eating, which is one of the best ways to gauge the success of a trial rather than asking people to recall what they’ve eaten throughout the day - it tends to be more accurate. The diaries were only used over a seven-day period (which isn’t a long enough to provide an accurate assessment of whether yoghurt can help with diabetes risks). It’s not currently clear whether fermented low-fat dairy products can help to prevent diabetes, but it is a theory researchers are keen to investigate. There are a number of steps you can take to lower your risk of developing diabetes though, such as regular exercise, eating a balanced healthy diet, quitting smoking and lowering your alcohol intake. It’s also important to note the sugar levels in the foods you eat, as these can contribute towards developing not just diabetes but also obesity. If you're concerned about your diet or weight, it's important to seek advice as this can contribute to a number of health concerns, in addition to diabetes, such as heart problems and certain cancers.   The study was carried out by the University of Cambridge, as part of a larger study funded by the Medical Research Council and Cancer Research UK. Researchers discovered that people who ate the most low-fat fermented products were 24 per cent less likely to develop type 2 diabetes than those who ate the least. The total dairy, high fat dairy, milk and cheese were not associated to the development of diabetes, nor was low-fat dairy. There are several limitations to this study which have led researchers to question whether or not yoghurt can actually help lower the risk of diabetes. Firstly, people’s reported dairy intake was only collected once, at baseline, over a seven-day period, so it’s possible that people’s diets didn’t stay the same during the 11 year follow-up period. Furthermore, the information was self-reported which could affect the reliability. Lastly, researchers didn’t take into account the dairy products included in cooking composite dishes. While there were attempts to take account of other factors, it is always possible that measured and unmeasured factors had an influence on the results. Further studies need to take place in order to know for certain whether fermented products can help to lower the risk of diabetes. The results do suggest that switching sugary snacks and meals for low-fat dairy products could help your overall health, as well as improving your diabetes prospects. Just be sure to choose low sugar varieties and to balance your diet with plenty of fruit and vegetables, grains and lean protein to ensure your body is getting all the nutrients it needs to stay healthy.
The Foot Problems Associated With Diabetes...
Diabetes is a well-known health concern. It’s growing too – type 2 diabetes is one of the fastest growing conditions in the western world, and that’s thought to be due to increasingly bad diets that people have. The increased levels of fat and sugar are very bad for our blood and diabetes is the end result of this. Diabetes famously causes a number of serious health problems and many people worry a lot about it. It is common knowledge that diabetes puts you at risk of having other serious problems, but you may not know that it can be a real burden for your feet. Here is a breakdown of why diabetes can be bad for your feet.   One of the major problems with your feet when you have diabetes is called diabetic neuropathy. What happens when you have this is that you’ll begin to feel a lack of sensation in your feet and your legs. This is often accompanied by a tingling or burning sensation as well as pain and completely numbness in the affected area. The cause of this problem is actually nerve damage that has come about due to the effects of uncontrolled diabetes. The problem is that it leads to a whole range of other issues with your feet such as the inability to move it properly and this can clearly lead to problems walking or doing anything that involves your feet.   There is also another serious condition of the feet that manifests itself due to diabetes. It is called peripheral vascular disease, and it causes poor blood flow that affects the ability of sores or cuts on your feet to heal themselves. Your feet are actually very prone to this kind of problem due to the general wear and tear that daily life places upon them – and unfortunately the lack of ability to heal puts you at very serious risk of gangrene and ulcers.   Apart from these very serious issues with your feet, it’s true that diabetes can be a tertiary cause of other problems with your feet. While these will not be a very dangerous problem on their own, with the threats of diabetes that can develop, these less serious issues become something that could potentially cause you to require surgery or even amputation.   One major issue that you may not think to worry about is athlete’s foot. Athlete’s foot is a fungal infection that can cause itchiness and the break of skin, as we have already seen that diabetic neuropathy is a huge problem with regards to broken skin, it’s easy to see how athlete’s foot can become a very problematic condition.   Aside from conditions like athlete’s foot there are many other smaller problems that we usually wouldn’t worry about that can be a serious issue if you have diabetes and the foot conditions associated with it. Even things as seemingly meaningless as corns, hard skin, dry skin, bunions and blisters can develop into quite horrible concerns for your health.   So how can you avoid these problems and retain a healthy and happy lifestyle despite your diabetes? The first point is that you should always remember to take care of your healthy generally and stay in control of your diabetes. Problems associated with diabetes can only become a concern when you neglect your health. It’s also important that you take care of your feet and check them every day for any potential problems. If you find any then it is essential that you visit your doctor as soon as possible so that you can be prescribed a treatment that will be effective.