June 25, 2013 - Women with a family history of breast cancer are soon to be given a daily pill to prevent the disease, according to a recent report in the UK Daily Mail.
Health Editor, Jo Wiley reports that up to half a million women will receive either tamoxifen or raloxifene which could cut their chances of developing the life-threatening disease dramatically.
The move comes after new guidelines were issued by the National Health Service watchdog National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.
The CEO of Breast Cancer Campaign, Baroness Delyth Morgan is reported as saying that this was a truly historic moment in the treatment of women at increased risk of breast cancer.
The cost is reported as less that 7 pence a day per patient and the move was described as a "game changer" by experts in the medical profession. The treatment is already being prescribed for women after treatment for breast cancer to prevent the disease from returning.
However, while it can save lives, the new treatment is not without side effects. As the drugs inhibit the production of oestrogen, they mimic the effects of the menopause, causing hot flushes, night sweats, mood swings, sleeplessness, and other conditions which effect women during menopause, including an increased risk of developing post menopause depression and osteoporosis. This poses a dilemma for women who have been prescribed the drug as a preventative measure and some experts believe this is too high a price to pay for a healthy woman who may never contract the disease.
June18, 2013 -- Did you know that drinking red wine in moderation (1 to 2 glasses daily) is good for you? You might have heard that the antioxidants and resveratrol in red wine are anti-aging, but did you know that it can also have a beneficial effect on your gut.
Mike Geary from TruthAboutAbs writes in a recent issue of Lean-Body Secrets Ezine about a recent study (published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (Am J Clin Nutr. 2012;95:1323-1334). This study found that drinking 2 glasses of dry red wine per day can increase the level of beneficial bacteria and lower the level of harmful bacteria in the gut. This will help digestion, immunity, metabolism and skin health. The study also found that red wine decreased systolic and diastolic blood pressure, triglycerides, LDL cholesterol, and CRP (C-reactive protein) LDL and triglycerides. CRP indicates the overall inflammation in your body, so it appears that red wine reduces inflammation when drunk in moderation.
The polyphenols and resveratrol in red wine are responsible for the beneficial effects, according to the study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, but there also appears to be a a synergistic effect of the alcohol and other compounds in red wine as a control group consuming de-alcoholised red wine did not have as much decrease in their hypertension as those who were drinking the alcoholic version.
Mike suggests wines like Cabernet, Merlot, Pinot Noir or Shiraz as good choices because of their high content of polyphenols and resveratrol and notes that, while white wine share some of the health benefits, it is not nearly as powerful as red wine due to the lower antioxidant levels.
Red wine has a beneficial effect when consumed with a meal because it controls the blood sugar levels which result from eating, helping to keep hormones balanced, control insulin levels and the appetite, thereby protecting against obesity.
London, Jun 17, 2013
A conference with the theme Working together to improve outcomes will be held on 2nd Octmober 2013, The Barbican, London.
The organizers of this event believe that following recent public health reforms local authorities must play a leading role in improving the health of their communities
Newly formed health and well-being boards are expected to coordinate local strategies that improve people's health and lead to more positive outcomes
They are hoping to attract people who want to improve the health of local communities and reduce inequalities in health care by delivering innovative approaches.
Confirmed speakers include:
Subjects to be discussed on the day include:
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