|Moms'' Vitamins Cut Kids'' Brain Tumors? |
Women who take multivitamins before and during pregnancy may be less likely to have children who develop brain tumors by age 5 years.
But the findings aren''t rock solid and need more study, write Greta Bunin, PhD, and colleagues in Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers & Prevention.
Bunin is on staff at Children''s Hospital Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania.
Before you read about the study, know this: Brain tumors are rare in children, and doctors can''t always tell why they occur.
Bunin''s team doesn''t promise that prenatal vitamins will prevent kids'' brain tumors. The researchers also aren''t blaming kids'' brain tumors on women who don''t take multivitamins.
About the Study
Bunin and colleagues focused on 315 children aged 0-5 years with a type of brain tumor called medulloblastoma.
Evidence-Based Guidelines Needed for Diabetes Diet
Monday I featured an online segment of dLife TV that highlighted the two sides of the debate about which type of dietary recommendation someone diagnosed with type II diabetes should receive. On one side we have those who feel recommending a low-carb diet, and thus advising a radical dietary modification, is an exercise in futility - either because the patient cannot or will not limit carbohydrate to control their disease; on the other side we have researchers publishing study after study with statistically significant improvements and physicians and healthcare professionals already making the recommendation to use a low-carb diet, who insist that when patients "see the pay off they stick with it."In the comments, Kevin Dill, who follows a low-carb diet himself, asked a good question:I guess my only question is which definition of a low carb diet are we going to use?? While Dr Atkins has provided the most popluar version, is it any better than Protein Power, South Beach, the Zone, or any of the other of myriad interpretations of low carb when it comes to controlling blood sugar?.
Atkins Not A Temporary ''Crash'' Diet, But Rather A Permanent ...
Have you been watching these amazing videos that Atkins weight loss success story Kent Altena has been making lately? If not, then you are really missing out on some fantastic informational videos that answer some of the most common questions people have about livin'' la vida low-carb to help get them through the pitfalls that may come to them. Here''s a recap of the videos Kent has made so far:1. Music video about his 200-pound weight loss2. "How to do Induction" 3. "What You Can Eat on Induction" 4. "What About Loose Skin After Atkins Weight Loss?"5. Induction Flu: Signs Of Problems Or Progress?"You won''t want to miss a single one of Kent''s videos, so be sure to subscribe to his video feed at YouTube. Share these with your friends and family members who are skeptical about the Atkins/low-carb approach and let them know that the man doing these videos lost a whopping 200+ pounds on the Atkins diet! Whoa! I think that gives him some credibility to talk about this, don''t ya think?In fact, Kent is VERY interested in using his new video platform to answer any of YOUR nagging questions about the low-carb lifestyle, so please feel free to post a comment below if you have any new ideas that you would like for him to address in future videos.
Medical Edge: Diet soda an indirect factor in esophageal cancer
Answer (from Dr. Claude Deschamps, Thoracic Surgery, and Jennifer Nelson, dietitian, at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.):
The quick answer is no. But the quick answer doesn''t tell the whole story. There are interconnections between soda, obesity, gastroesophagel reflux disease and esophageal cancer that may indicate it''s best to go easy on soda.
The incidence of esophageal cancer continues to increase, and so far, researchers can''t pinpoint a single reason for the increase. But there are two important risk factors associated with soda consumption.
First, frequent or constant heartburn is the most common symptom of gastroesophageal reflux disease. While heartburn seems like just a nuisance, about 5 percent of people with GERD will develop Barrett''s esophagus, a condition that occurs when acid reflux stimulates changes in the lining of the lower esophagus.
Hoodia Diet Pill Shipments Being Detained at Canadian Border by ...
Shipments of Hoodia, the latest appetite suppressant craze throughout North America have been detained at various Canadian border entry sites because they contain an endangered African plant species. Canadian federal wildlife and customs officials have detained and seized over 2,000 of shipments of the increasingly popular diet pills since May 2006. Many Hoodia distributers are now relying on the positive media exposure of the supplement after it was featured on a prominent television news magazine and print media providers. All are touting Hoodia as safe, natural and highly effective. Wildlife enforcement officers are reporting daily interceptions at international mail centres, courier facilities and airports in Montreal, Quebec City, Mississauga, Calgary and Vancouver because importers do not have the proper permits namely Appendix II of the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).
A better diet through online shopping?
We all know that people should eat less saturated fat, but it can be hard to achieve changes in behaviour. Rachel Huxley and colleagues from the George Institute for International Health in Sydney, Australia, wanted to find out whether dietary advice delivered through an internet shopping system could help people make healthier food choices. They conducted a randomized trial, offering participants using an internet shopping system the chance to receive either general dietary advice (the trial''s control) or tailored advice which prompted shoppers to replace items with alternatives lower in saturated fat. The researchers found that participants receiving tailored advice bought foods containing less saturated fat, on average, than the participants only getting general advice. These results show that low-cost technologies delivered through the internet have the potential to motivate users to change their behaviour.