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Welcome

 

September is National Cholesterol Education Month!
A great free resource from NIH’s National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute is Your Guide to Lowering Cholesterol With Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes (TLC).
A few of the topics covered in this downloadable guide include:
What cholesterol is and why it matters
What affects cholesterol Levels
Explanation of cholesterol numbers
Info on cholesterol-lowering drugs as well as lowering your cholesterol through Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes

 
 
 

September is also Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month
Thyca.org (Thyroid Cancer Survivor’s Association) is a great site for information covering diagnosis, treatment, and other helpful resources.

Know the signs to discuss with your physician:
You feel a lump in your neck or notice fullness in the neck, voice changes, or difficulty breathing or swallowing.


 

Recent Studies Making News


Upcoming Events

Living with Melanoma Symposium (Free) - AIM at Melanoma Foundation
Information on new developments, innovative advances in melanoma treatment options, and emerging therapies.
Thursday, Sept. 12 - Location: Yale Cancer Center, Smilow Cancer Hospital, New Haven, CT
Saturday, Sept. 14 - Location: Huntsman Cancer Institute , Salt Lake City, UT
You can also register to watch via livestream.

FACT OR FICTION? CLL (chronic lymphocytic leukemia) TREATMENT AND SIDE EFFECTS-The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (Free Webcast, you will need to register)
Sept. 17th, 2pm ET to 2:30pm ET/11am PT to 11:30am PT
Join us for a free webinar covering the latest information for patients and caregivers

Pediatric Moving Beyond Cancer to Wellness event (Free)
Sept. 21, 9:00am to 2:30pm - Seattle Children's Wright Auditorium
"A free educational conference featuring breakout sessions led by experts in the fields of nutrition, fertility and reproductive health, cognitive function and school issues after cancer, emotional and mental health and building resilience."

CHRONIC MYELOID LEUKEMIA: KNOW YOUR OPTIONS -The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (Free Webcast, you will need to register)
Sept. 25th, 1:30pm ET to 2:30pm ET/10:30am PT to 11:30am PT
Join us for a free webinar covering the latest information for patients and caregivers

Weekly Event - Sundays, 9:00am PT/Noon ET
Livestream Sunday Meditation
”Do you want to stress less and find more calm and peace in your life?”
The Center for Mindful Living LA offers a weekly 30 minute guided meditation through Facebook Live.


 

Research Highlighting Cancer Risk & Detection

Aug. 16 - Nordic walking may benefit breast cancer patients
"Nordic walking, an aerobic activity performed with walking poles similar to ski poles, may benefit patients with breast cancer, according to a review of existing research. The low-impact exercise improved swelling, physical fitness, disability and quality of life, the study authors conclude in the European Journal of Cancer Care."

Aug. 14 - Exercise associated with benefit to patients with advanced colorectal cancer
"Patients with metastatic colorectal cancer who engaged in moderate exercise while undergoing chemotherapy tended to have delayed progression of their disease and fewer severe side effects from treatment, according to the results of a new study. Even low-intensity exercise, such as walking four or more hours a week, was associated with a nearly 20 percent reduction in cancer progression or death over the course of the six-year study, said researchers from Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, reporting in the Journal of Clinical Oncology."

Aug 1 - Stress may drive up death risk in cervical cancer patients
According to a study published in Cancer Research,Patients diagnosed with a stress disorder or a stressful life event had a 33 percent higher risk of dying of cervical cancer. Those who faced a stressful life event had a 20 percent of dying from the disease.”



July 24 - High blood sugar increases pancreatic cancer rate.
The study published in Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism “… found that as blood sugar levels rose, the rate of pancreatic cancer significantly increased not only in diabetic populations, but also in those with prediabetes or normal range of blood sugar levels.”


 

Health Research in the News

Aug. 7 -     Eating more plant-based foods may be linked to better heart health       “While you don’t have to give up foods derived from animals completely, our study does suggest that eating a larger proportion of plant-based foods and a smaller proportion of animal-based foods may help reduce your risk of having a heart attack, stroke or other type of cardiovascular disease...”

Aug. 7 - Eating more plant-based foods may be linked to better heart health
“While you don’t have to give up foods derived from animals completely, our study does suggest that eating a larger proportion of plant-based foods and a smaller proportion of animal-based foods may help reduce your risk of having a heart attack, stroke or other type of cardiovascular disease...”

Aug. 21- Low grip strength linked to impaired cognition, memory loss in older Americans
"... the researchers interpreted the findings to mean that a reduction in grip strength is associated with neural degeneration, which underscores the importance of muscle-building exercise."

Aug. 14 - Abnormal Blood Pressure in Middle And Late Life Influences Dementia Risk
"Although not designed to show cause and effect, the study suggests that maintaining a healthy blood pressure throughout life may be one way to help decrease one’s risk of losing brain function."

Aug. 13 - Flavonoid-rich diet protects against cancer and heart disease, study finds
"They found that people who habitually consumed moderate to high amounts of foods rich in flavonoids, compounds found in plant-based foods and drinks, were less likely to die from cancer or heart disease." Researchers found "Participants consuming about 500mg of total flavonoids each day had the lowest risk of a cancer or heart disease-related death." Linus Paul Institute has info on flavonoid rich foods.

Aug. 9 - Regular exercise may slow decline in those at risk of Alzheimer's
"Moderate exercise is not only good for memory as people age, it also appears to help prevent the development of physical signs of Alzheimer's, known as biomarkers, in those who are at risk for the disease, according to research presented at the annual convention of the American Psychological Association."

Aug. 8 - More than two daily caffeinated beverages could raise migraine risk
The study involved 98 adults with frequent episodic migraine who completed electronic diaries for six weeks. “1-2 servings of caffeinated beverages were not associated with headaches on that day, but = 3 servings may be associated with higher odds of headaches…”

Aug. 6 - Stressors in middle age linked to cognitive decline in older women
"A new analysis of data on more than 900 Baltimore adults by Johns Hopkins researchers has linked stressful life experiences among middle-aged women—but not men—to greater memory decline in later life."