Tree Nuts Reduce Colon Cancer Recurrences
Results of a new study that will be presented at the 2017 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting in June suggest eating tree nuts—at least 2 ounces per week—can cut the risk of death from colorectal cancer in half in people previously treated for the condition. According to researchers, tree nuts like cashews, hazelnuts, walnuts, almonds, and pecans significantly reduce the risk for stage III colorectal cancer recurrence.
Previous studies have shown that tree nuts have a number of health benefits—from improving heart health to lowering obesity risk—and this new study suggests they can also help increase survival rates in certain colon cancer patients. The study involved 826 people treated with chemotherapy for stage III cancer—colorectal cancer that had spread to the lymph nodes.
Using a dietary questionnaire, researchers determined the risk of colon cancer recurrence was 46 percent lower and the risk of death was 53 percent lower for stage III colorectal cancer patients who ate at least 2 ounces of tree nuts each week. Peanuts (which are actually legumes, not nuts) and peanut butter did not reduce the risk.
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Infections from Contaminated Pool Water Rise
With Memorial Day—and the unofficial start of summer—a little more than a week away, many people throughout the United States are thinking about vacation. If your plans include relaxing in a swimming pool or frolicking in a water park, use care. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), outbreaks of diarrhea caused by a parasitic infection have doubled in the U.S. since 2014.
In 2016, at least 32 outbreaks caused by Cryptosporidium (“Crypto”) were associated with contaminated water in pools and water parks. Crypto is not easily killed by chlorine and can survive up to 10 days—even in water that has been properly treated. The parasite spreads from person to person through contact with water contaminated with infected fecal matter.
A mere mouthful of contaminated water can make an otherwise healthy person sick—with diarrhea, nausea and vomiting, and stomach cramps—for up to three weeks. To reduce the risk of infection, do not swim—or allow your child to swim—with diarrhea, avoid swallowing pool water, shower before swimming, and change young children’s swim diapers frequently.
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How Exercise Improves Bone Health
It’s widely known that weight-bearing exercise—walking hiking, jogging, playing tennis, for example—is good for the bones. Now, for the first time, a new animal study shows that physical activity actually burns fat within the bone marrow—improving bone health and increasing bone mass.
Results of the study were recently published in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research. According to researchers, the beneficial bone fat reducing effects of exercise may be greater in individuals who are overweight or obese.
Bone health is an important part of overall health and can be affected by several factors. Medical conditions like diabetes, arthritis, and others, and the use of steroid medications can weaken the bones. Results of this study suggest it may be possible to reverse some adverse effects on bones through exercise.
Sourced from: ScienceDaily