Skin-to-skin contact between mother and infant in the delivery room is associated with an increased likelihood for exclusive breastfeeding, according to an abstract presented Oct. 28 at the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) National Conference and Exhibition in Orlando. When combined with a mother's intent to breastfeed, the likelihood was even greater.
"We should treat our mouths with kid gloves through cancer treatments; as nearly half of us who go through chemo and or radiation deal with oral problems–especially people with head or neck cancer or who’ve had a bone marrow transplant. Here’s some of why the pain and trouble swallowing happen, and what you can do to keep your teeth and mouth healthy during and after treatments.
What’s the connection between cancer treatment and oral problems?
Chemotherapy goes after all rapidly dividing cells, the good and the bad ones. Cells in our mouths are among the most rapidly dividing ones. So you may have problems with your teeth and gums; moist lining of your mouth; and glands that make saliva. The consequences? Pain (from inflammation). Dry mouth (from reduced saliva). Changes in taste known to some as “metal mouth” (from irritated taste buds). And then there are the lovely mouth sores.
The American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology recently released new cardiovascular disease prevention guidelines. They are an egregious example of much that is wrong with medicine today.
The guidelines propose a vast expansion of the use of statins in healthy people, recommending them for about 44 percent of men and 22 percent of healthy women between the ages of 40 and 75.
(The Last Laugh) University of Arizona Cancer Center member Dr. Mark Pagel will receive a $2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to study the effectiveness of personalized baking soda cancer treatment for breast cancer.
"As cholesterol is metabolized, a potent stimulant of breast cancer is created—one that fuels estrogen receptor (ER)-positive breast cancers, according to new research. This compound may also defeat a common treatment strategy for those cancers.
A multidisciplinary team, from the University of Texas Southwestern in Dallas, discovered that a cholesterol metabolite called 27-hydroxycholesterol, or 27HC, promotes tumor growth in ER-positive breast cancers, which are the most common type of breast cancer. ER-positive breast cancer was previously believed to be stimulated primarily by the female sex hormone estrogen and it is commonly treated using endocrine-based medications that starve tumors of estrogen.
The discovery of 27HC as another driver of breast cancer may explain why endocrine-based therapy is often unsuccessful, providing a new target for therapy, the researchers say.
“This information can be used to develop new therapies that inhibit 27HC action or production, or increase its metabolism, in effect cutting the cancer off from a key growth stimulator,” said senior author Philip Shaul, MD.
The implications of the research, which have been published in Cell Reports (2013; doi:10.1016/j.celrep.2013.10.006), are significant. One million new cases of breast cancer are diagnosed each year, and about two-thirds of those are hormone receptor (HR)-positive, meaning they contain receptors for the hormones estrogen and/or progesterone. ER-positive breast cancer is particularly prevalent following menopause."
Throughout history and across all cultures, there are stories of water that can heal. We have identified a possible basis.
Through a decade of research at the University of Washington, we have uncovered evidence for a fourth phase of water, beyond the commonly known solid, liquid, and vapor. This fourth phase could be the root of water’s purported healing properties.
Many drinking waters contain some fourth-phase water. Those with the most may produce the most health benefits. Testing this hypothesis constitutes a major thrust of this scientific effort. We will evaluate the benefits of pure fourth-phase water (produced by the filterless filter), as well as various other waters deemed likely to have health benefits.
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