Green tea may upset cancer cells
Green tea is known for its many health benefits and now helping to prevent cancer may be added to the list. A new study published in Metabolomics found an element in green tea can hinder the metabolism of pancreatic cancer cells, thereby limiting the growth and risk of the cancer.
This reaction occurs when epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) subdues lactate dehydrogenase A (LDH), an important enzyme in cancer metabolism. While it was previously reported that green tea may have cancer fighting benefits, it wasn’t exactly clear why until this study from the Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute.
The researchers figured out this reaction by implementing state-of-the-art metabolic profiling techniques and analyzing the frequency of disrupted molecules in the metabolic pathways of the pancreatic cancer cells.
Scientists are hoping this new information can help fight cancer by targeting the metabolic system in cancer cells, as well as contribute to cancer research and prevention.
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Sourced from: medicalnewstoday.com, Green tea component upsets cancer cell metabolism
Do men feel more pain than women after surgery?
It’s often debated that men and women feel pain on different levels, with women being able to withstand more pain than men. New research from Europe adds to this debate by concluding that men may experience more pain during major surgeries and women may experience more pain during minor treatments.
More than 10,000 patients at a German hospital were observed after undergoing various surgeries. Patient interviews showed men reported experiencing more pain than women. The findings were collected over four years.
Men reported more pain after major surgeries and women reported more pain after minor procedures. Many factors affected the outcomes. Men, for instance, reported less pain when an attractive female nurse treated them compared to an older male nurse.
The reason may be due to hormonal differences between genders. For example, testosterone is shown to decrease pain, and women gain a higher pain threshold over the years because of their menstrual cycle. Cultural and psychological differences may also play a role.
So do men feel more pain than women? The study doesn’t provide a definitive answer, but it provides some interesting insights.
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Sourced from: bbc.com, Men ‘feel more pain after major ops’