Fish oil may alleviate cancer
- The New Straits Times, March31, 2009
oil may protect men against potentially deadly aggressive prostate cancer.
Omega-3 fatty acids found in oily fish such as herring, salmon and mackerel,
may help to prevent prostate cancer by combating inflammation, researchers from
the University of
California wrote in the
journal Clinical Cancer Research. They say a high intake of omega-3 fatty acids
could reduce the risk of developing the disease by about 60 per cent. It will also reverse the effect of an
inherited gene which is known to increase the risk of aggressive prostate
cancer. Omega-3 intake has also been
found to have a major impact on the effect of a hazardous variant of the COX-2
gene, which promotes inflammation and is known to be linked to prostate
cancer. Inflammation, which is an inappropriate
immune system response, can be affected by diet, bacterial and viral infection,
as well as genetic make-up.
Music and visual neglect
- The New Straits Times, March 31, 2009
may help restore sight to those recovering from a stroke. Stroke survivors can suffer impaired visual
awareness called visual neglect which is caused by stroke-related damage in
brain areas that integrate vision, attention and vision.
at Imperial College London said patients with visual neglect lose awareness of objects in the opposite side of space in
relation to the site of the brain injury.
For example, if the stroke is on the right side of the brain, patients
lose awareness of visual information thatís to their left. This occurs even though thereís no damage to
the brain area associated with sight, according to the study. Their findings suggest that positive emotions
triggered by listening to pleasant music may result in more efficient signaling
in the brain. In turn, this may improve
the patientís awareness by giving the brain more resources to process stimuli.
Study suggests soy curbs breast cancer risk
- The New Sunday Times, March 29, 2009
who regularly ate soy as children have a lower risk of developing breast
cancer, a study of Asian-American women suggests. Researchers found that among nearly 1,600
Asian-Americans with or without breast cancer, higher soy intake throughout
life was associated with a lower risk of the disease. But the strongest effect was seen with
childhood soy intake. Regular soy
consumption in adulthood was linked to a 25 per cent reduction in breast
still not clear why diets high in soy have been linked to a lower breast cancer
risk. Some researchers suspect that
estrogen-like soy compound called isoflavones may offer some breast cancer
protection. It has been suggested that soy isoflavones block the action of
estrogen, promote the destruction of abnormal cells and reduce inflammation in
The D factor in heart disease
- The Sun, March 24, 2009
with lower levels of vitamin D have a higher risk of heart disease and diabetes
and are significantly more likely to have high blood pressure and blood sugar,
a recent study reported. Those with the
lowest level of vitamin D were four times more likely to have metabolic
syndrome, a cluster of heart disease and diabetes risk factors including
elevated waist circumference, high blood pressure, and low levels of good
body produces vitamin D in response to exposure to the sun and it can also be
found in a number of foods such as fortified milk, fish and eggs. Vitamin D aids in maintaining strong bones
through absorption of calcium and also helps maintain blood levels of
phosphorus and calcium. It is a
fat-soluble vitamin and low levels are common among those who are overweight or
have abdominal obesity.
Early autism indication
- The Sun, March 24, 2009
of interest in other people by a young child could be an early indication of
autism, according to a German medical association. Generally, children begin to babble or use
signs to communicate with others by 12 months.
If, by 18 months of age, a child has not spoken, or at 30 months, the
child has not constructed two-word sentences, parents should have their child
checked for autism. A check-up is also
advisable when a child begins losing verbal skills.
is currently no cure for autism, but individual therapy can help many children
make good progress if the condition is detected early.