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Cheers and Jeers

Posted Oct 31 2011 2:46pm

Cheers to…

Aspirin, which may decrease the risk of bowel cancer.  A recent study with a group of 861 patients at risk for bowel cancer showed that two doses of aspirin a day over two years reduced the occurrence of the cancer by 63%.  Additionally, patients taking 600 milligrams of aspirin a day developed 44% fewer tumors than those taking no aspirin.  Some see this study as further evidence that aspirin could help fight other cancers.  Learn more about the study here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-15475553

Yoga and stretching, which can ease chronic back pain.  A study funded by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine found that yoga and stretching had similar positive effects on levels of chronic pain.  Sixty percent of participants in a 12-week yoga program reported lower levels of pain, while 46% in 12-week stretching classes felt relief.  Read more about the results here: http://www.foxnews.com/health/2011/10/25/yoga-and-stretching-both-ease-chronic-back-pain/?test=painmgt#ixzz1cD6zvAA1

 Jeers to…

Levy-Izhak Rosenbaum, who pleaded guilty to organ trafficking in the United States.  Rosenbaum received at least $120,000 for each of three illegal kidney transplants he arranged in New Jersey.  According to the prosecution, this is the first conviction under a federal statute banning sales of kidneys by paid donors.  Get more details about the case here: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/28/nyregion/guilty-plea-to-kidney-selling-charges.html?_r=1&ref=health

Tanning beds, which increase your risk of cancer.  A 20 year study conducted by researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard University found that for every four visits a year to a tanning bed, there is a 15% increase in the risk for basal and squamos cell carcinoma and an 11% increase in the risk for melanoma.  The study also found that the younger the user of the bed, the higher the risk of cancer.  Read more about the study here: http://www.latimes.com/health/boostershots/la-heb-tanning-booth-skin-cancer-melanoma-basal-squamous-cell-20111025,0,2064749.story

By Laura Jungreis


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