Tuesday, August 31, 2004

Annual CT scans boost cancer risk

Whole body CT scans increases cancer risk. A whole body CT scan delivers a dose of radiation 500 times that of a conventional X-ray and nearly 100 times that of a mammogram. However, the risk of dying of cancer increases by just .08% from one whole body scan. However, that is cumulative over a person's life as they have more of them. Unfortunately, we don't know if overall mortality is harmed. It may be that the gains from the scan may outweigh the costs. We'll keep digging.

Sunday, August 22, 2004

High Intake of Linoleic Acid May Cut Cancer Risk

Men who consumed the highest amounts of linoleic acid were 45% less likely to develop prostate cancer than those peers who consumed the least amount. Omega-6 fatty acids and polyunsaturated fatty acids also were correlated with protection against prostate cancer, all other things being equal. MedlinePlus: High Intake of Linoleic Acid May Cut Cancer Risk

Breathing training helps with Cystic Fibrosis

The study concluded that teaching patients to breathe a particular way "dramatically" improved lung function while also reducing anxiety and depression.

We believe that controlling breathing can have many positive effects in a person's life. This study shows this clearly. Reuters | Latest Financial News / Full News Coverage

Gingko to Get Dementia Test

Gingko has been used for centuries as a brain booster. The basic concept is that it causes blood vessels to dilate, thus stimulating the brain. In addition, it may have antioxidant properties that protect nerve cells. This study will examine 250 patients to see if gingko can also combat such maladies as dementia and Alzheimer's. Scotsman.com News - Latest News - Gingko to Get Dementia Test