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There is still time to take advantage of the great supply and variety of available fruits & veggies this month. Bon Appetite’s Healthyish blog offers 17 Summer Squash Recipes That Make the Most of the Season, Well + Good has 7 HEALTHY GRILLED CORN RECIPES THAT ARE A STEP BEYOND JUST SLATHERING IT WITH BUTTER, and Eating Well Magazine has recipe suggestions on their Healthy Blueberry Recipes page. If you aren’t sure what produce should stay on counter and what should be refrigerated, Better Homes & Gardens comes to your rescue with “We're Settling the Debate: Here's Where to Store All Your Produce.”
September 7 & 8 - multiple locations in Durham, NC
A weekend of rejuvenation of the mind and body in downtown Durham. Duke Integrative Medicine is one of the sponsors for this event and will have coaches conducting workshops on mindfulness, nutrition and fitness.
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.
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."
Research Highlighting Cancer Risk & Detection
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.”
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."
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.”
Health Research in the News
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 - 1-2 caffeinated drinks not linked with higher risk of migraines; 3+ may trigger them
The study involved 98 adults with frequent episodic migraine who completed electronic diaries for six weeks."Overall, the researchers saw no association between one to two servings of caffeinated beverages and the odds of headaches on the same day, but they did see higher odds of same-day headaches on days with three or more servings of caffeinated beverages."
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."
July 24 - "Published in Frontiers in Microbiology, a new study shows that organic apples harbor a more diverse and balanced bacterial community - which could make them healthier and tastier than conventional apples, as well as better for the environment."
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 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 - 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."