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Archive Health News: June 2009
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   Stomach stapling surgery reduces cancer risk
  - The New Straits Times, June 30, 2009

  Women who have their stomachs stapled not only lose weight, they also may reduce their cancer risk by up to 40 per cent, new research says. Swedish researchers who studied more than 2,000 obese people who had surgery to reduce the size of their stomachs found that women who had the procedure were less likely to get cancer than those who did not. But for some reason, the surgery did not have the same effect on men.

A previous study had shown that stomach stapling surgery can prolong the lives of men and women by up to 10 years compared with those who didn’t have it.

   Tai chi away the pain
  - The Sun, June 22, 2009

  A new study by the George Institute for International Health in Australia reported that tai chi, an ancient Chinese martial art, has positive health benefits for people with arthritis. Researchers analysed seven randomised controlled trials that used tai chi as the main intervention for patients with chronic musculoskeletal pain. They found tai chi was able to decrease pain and improve physical function, tension and quality of life for patients suffering from the chronic musculoskeletal pain that accompanies arthritis. Tai chi was also found to reduce inflammation and patients reported benefits ranging from pain relief to lower blood pressure, the study said.

Based on their findings, the researchers are expecting similar benefits for people suffering from chronic lower back pain. Previous studies have shown that tai chi helps stroke survivors to improve balance. It has also had positive effects on people with other chronic illnesses such as multiple sclerosis.

   No proof that anti-aging hormones work
  - The New Sunday Times, June 21, 2009

  The American Medical Association (AMA) says there is no scientific proof to back up claims of anti-aging hormones. According to the AMA, evidence suggests that long-term use of HGH (human growth hormone) can present more risks than benefits such as tissue swelling and diabetes. According to AMA, there is no credible evidence that other hormones, so-called bio-identicals, are safer than traditional estrogen and progesterone products. The traditional hormones are only recommended for menopause symptoms at the lowest possible dose because of long-term health risks.

The AMA says anti-aging hormone promoters need rigorous studies to prove, or disprove, their claims.

   No link between breast cancer and eating meat
  - The New Straits Times, June 4, 2009

  A new study reveals that there is no link between eating meat – total red meat, or meat cooked at high temperatures – and the risk of breast cancer in older women. Researchers at the Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, New York, studied 120,775 post-menopausal women who participated in the NIH-AARP Diet and Health Study. The study subjects provided information on what they ate, the frequency they ate certain foods and cooking methods when they entered the study between 1995 and 1996. Over the next eight years, 3,818 women developed breast cancer.

From the findings, the researchers said that breast cancer risk was not associated with intake of total meat, red meat, white meat, processed meat, or meat cooked at high temperatures, or level of doneness of the meat.

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