Health Updates 28 June 2011

  • Study finds mammograms reduce cancer deaths: “The longest study yet to examine women who undergo mammography shows that it reduces deaths from breast cancer by at least 30%, a finding that many doctors say may help ease the recent controversy surrounding the procedure.  The three-decade study in Sweden showed that one breast cancer death can be prevented for every 414 to 519 women who are screened, a much lower number than the 1,000 to 1,500 that had been projected in previous studies”. (LA Times)
  • OTC wart remover yanked because of burn risk: “An OTC wart remover product has been recalled by its manufacturer after the company learned that its active ingredient – calcium oxide – can cause severe chemical burns, the FDA announced.  Nature Relief, of Miami Beach, Fla., has recalled its Instant Wart and Mole Remover and advised customers to put any unused quantities of the product in a plastic bag and throw it away to ‘avoid further handling’…The statement was dated June 22 and it indicated that Nature Relief – identified as ‘a five-month-old startup company with one employee’ – had halted operations”. (John Gever, MedPage Today)
  • Does doing cardiovascular exercise on an empty stomach burn more fat?  “The idea, advocated in popular fitness books over the past decade, is that exercising on an empty stomach forces the body to dip into fat stores for fuel instead of the carbohydrates quickly available from a pre-workout meal or snack.  But while it seems to make sense, research shows that exercising in this way doesn’t offer any benefit and may even work against you”.  Bottom line: working out or exercising on an empty stomach does not help burn more fat ;-(.  (Anahad O’Connor, NY Times)
  • Lab-grown blood vessels give researchers optimism: “For the first time, scientists have given several diabetic patients blood vessels grown in a lab from donated skin cells.  The work is a key step toward creating a supply of ready-to-use veins and arteries that could be implanted in dialysis patients, soldiers with damaged limbs, children with heart defects, people having heart bypass surgery and others”. (Associated Press)


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