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Summer is a great time to add more seasonal fruits and veggies to your menu and the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council website offers recipe ideas plus health facts on this small fruit that packs a big nutritional benefit. Eating Well Magazine also has recipe suggestions on their Healthy Blueberry Recipes page. During a 2013 study led by Dr. Eric Rimm, women who ate three or more servings of a half a cup of blueberries or strawberries each week, reduced their risk of a heart attack by as much as one-third according to results published in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.
July is also Sarcoma Awareness Month
"Sarcoma is a rare cancer in adults (1% of all adult cancers), but rather prevalent in children (about 20% of all childhood cancers). It is made up of many “subtypes” because it can arise from a variety of tissue structures (nerves, muscles, joints, bone, fat, blood vessels – collectively referred to as the body’s “connective tissues”)." - Sarcoma Foundation of America (SFA)
Race to Cure Sarcoma - virtual 5K on July 27 - Registration Fee is $35
SFA invites you to join them from any location across the country! “You can run, jog, or walk on the road, on the trail, on the treadmill, at the gym or on the track (or even at another race).” Their goal is to get participants across all 50 states!
New Approval for Metastatic Breast Cancer: Alpelisib - Webinar presented by Living Beyond Breast Cancer
July 22, 12:00 - 1:00pm EDT
The FDA recently approved the targeted therapy alpelisib (Piqray) to treat certain hormone receptor-positive, HER2-negative breast cancers. "Join us on July 22 to hear from our speaker Adam Brufsky, MD, PhD about this new medicine, how to access it and some of the side effects that come with it."
PIERCE COUNTY CANCER SURVIVORSHIP CONFERENCE (FREE)
August 7, University of Puget Sound campus, Tacoma, WA
WHO SHOULD ATTEND - ”The Pierce County Cancer Survivorship Conference is an annual event to support and celebrate the community of cancer patients and survivors in the South Sound." Sessions are available throughout the day which explore topics supporting cancer fighters and survivors.
MD Anderson Lunch & Learn - Eating to reduce inflammation
View session online at myCancerConnection.org or attend for free at Mays Clinic in Houston, TX
August 13, 12:30 - 1:30pm CT/ 1:30pm - 2:30pm ET
Learn what foods to eat and what foods to avoid when following an anti-inflammatory diet.
RECENT STUDY HEADLINES
July 16 - Save Your Money: Vast Majority Of Dietary Supplements Don’t Improve Heart Health or Put Off Death
Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers analyzed the findings from 277 clinical trials, which included data gathered on 992,129 research participants worldwide and found "The majority of the supplements including multivitamins, selenium, vitamin A, vitamin B6, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin D alone, calcium alone and iron showed no link to increased or decreased risk of death or heart health."
July 15 - An inflammatory diet correlates with colorectal cancer risk
Study participants who followed an inflammatory diet had almost twice the risk of developing colorectal cancer. "An inflammatory diet is usually characterized by the consumption of refined carbohydrates, red and processed meat, and saturated or trans fats. In an antioxidant diet, the consumption of vegetables, legumes, fruits and nuts predominates."
Summer Book Releases for New Recipe Ideas
July 9 - 30-Minute Frugal Vegan Recipes: Fast, Flavorful Plant-Based Meals on a Budget
July 30 - Vegan Comfort Cooking: 75 Plant-Based Recipes to Satisfy Cravings and Warm Your Soul
Aug 1 - Rachel Ama's Vegan Eats: Tasty Plant-Based Recipes for Every Day
Aug 27 - Eat More Plants: Over 100 Anti-Inflammatory, Plant-Based Recipes for Vibrant Living
Since bookstores seem to be an endangered species these days, a great way to preview a book is through your town or city library card, which should allow you access to a new release to check out before deciding to buy.
Research Highlighting Cancer Risk & Detection
June 10 - Vitamin D and Colorectal Cancer Survival. "A small clinical trial, called the “Sunshine Trial,” found the odds of dying from colon cancer were lower for those with high levels of vitamin D in their bloodstream than for those whose blood contained lower levels." Researchers are working with the National Cancer Institute to conduct a national trial and at this point are not recommending high-dose vitamin D as a routine practice until they can confirm the results in a larger group of people.
June 10 - Unhealthy Gut Promotes Spread of Breast Cancer, Study Finds. “Melanie Rutkowski, PhD, of UVA’s Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Cancer Biology, found that disrupting the microbiome of mice caused hormone receptor-positive breast cancer to become more aggressive.”The study author stated that a healthy diet, high in fiber as well as exercise and sleep all promote a healthy microbiome and there is "...growing evidence demonstrating that a healthy microbiome is vital for many aspects of good health."
June 10 - Tart cherry shown to decrease joint pain, sore muscles in certain breast cancer patients. “This randomized, double-blind trial compared the consumption of 1 ounce of tart cherry concentrate in 8 ounces of water daily for six weeks with a placebo group in women with stage 1, 2 or 3 non-metastatic breast cancer.” Study results revealed "Patients who completed the trial recorded a 34.7% mean decrease in pain compared to 1.4% in the placebo group."
June 5 - Listening to music eases pain and other symptoms in patients with breast cancer. “For the study, 60 participants listened to music in five 30-minute sessions per week. After 6, 12, and 24 weeks, the music therapy reduced symptom severity, pain intensity, and overall fatigue.”
June 4 - Melanoma can occur on skin that doesn't get much sun. In a recent article in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, authors write "...for some melanomas on peripheral body parts like palms and soles, and on mucosal surfaces, sun exposure is not the primary cause, ...”
May 22 - New study estimates preventable cancer burden linked to poor diet in the U.S. Researchers found “… Low whole grain intake was associated with the largest number and proportion of new cancer cases, followed by low dairy intake, high processed meat intake, low vegetable and fruit intake, high red meat intake, and high intake of sugar-sweetened beverages…”
May 15 - LA BioMed-led Study Finds Low Fat Dietary Pattern Decreases Deaths from Breast Cancer. "... Dr. Chlebowski and his team concluded that a low-fat dietary pattern, including increased vegetable, fruit and grain consumption is an effective way to reduce the risk of death from breast cancer in postmenopausal women."
April 17 - Moderate red and processed meat eaters show increased risk for Bowel (Colon) Cancer according to UK researchers. The study found that people eating on average around 76g (2.6 oz) of red and processed meat a day, had a 20% higher chance of developing colon cancer than those who only ate on average about 21g (.74 oz) a day.
March 31 - Excess Body Weight Before age 50 is Associated With Higher Risk of Dying From Pancreatic Cancer. Researchers examined data from 963,317 U.S. adults with no history of cancer and those with a higher body mass index (BMI) had an increased risk.
Health Research in the News
July 19 - Take a Warm Bath 1-2 hours Before Bedtime to Get Better Sleep, Researchers Find. "Researchers in the Cockrell School of Engineering found that bathing 1-2 hours before bedtime in water of about 104-109 degrees Fahrenheit can significantly improve your sleep."
July 15 - Study demonstrates stress reduction benefits from petting dogs, cats
According to researchers at Washington State University, '“Students in our study that interacted with cats and dogs had a significant reduction in cortisol, a major stress hormone.”'
July 14 - Healthy lifestyle may offset genetic risk of dementia. The study led by the University of Exeter “…found that the risk of dementia was 32 per cent lower in people with a high genetic risk if they had followed a healthy lifestyle, compared to those who had an unhealthy lifestyle."
June 26 - Women exposed to triclosan, a chemical used as an antimicrobial agent in consumer goods and personal care products, may be more likely to develop osteoporosis than women who don’t have this exposure, according to a new study in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. “For the current study, Li and colleagues examined data on 1,848 women in the U.S. and found that those with the highest levels of triclosan in their urine were two and a half times as likely to have osteoporosis as women with the lowest triclosan levels."
June 21 - Plant-Based Diet Leads to Crohn’s Disease Remission, According to Case Study. The case study followed a man in his late 20s with Crohn’s disease who removed all animal products and processed foods from his diet for a 40-day religious observation and then noticed a total absence of symptoms. "The patient decided to maintain the new dietary pattern—which was based on fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes—and experienced a complete remission of Crohn’s disease."
June 20 - UBC research shows upbeat music can sweeten tough exercise. "New research coming out of UBC’s Okanagan campus demonstrates that upbeat music can make a rigorous workout seem less tough. Even for people who are insufficiently active." Stork’s research revealed music has the power to enhance people’s workouts and may ultimately give people the extra boost to stick with a workout program.
June 13 - Two hour ‘nature dose’ boosts health. "Research led by the University of Exeter’s European Centre for Environment and Human Health found that people who spend at least 120 minutes in nature a week are significantly more likely to report good health and higher psychological wellbeing than those who don’t visit nature at all during an average week." The study found that it didn’t matter if the 120 minutes was achieved in a single visit or over the course of several shorter visits.
June 12 - Increasing red meat consumption linked with higher risk of premature death. "People who increased their daily servings of red meat over an eight-year period were more likely to die during the subsequent eight years compared to people who did not increase their red meat consumption, according to a new study led by researchers from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health."
June 10 - Just one change per day can make your diet more planet friendly. “Food production is an important contributor to climate change, accounting for about a quarter of carbon emissions globally.” In a new Tulane University study, researchers found that making one substitution of poultry for beef a day revealed close to a 50 percent reduction in a person’s carbon footprint. "They found that the 10 foods with the highest impacts on the environment were all cuts of beef..."