Health Updates 21 July 2011

  • Cancer risk higher in tall women: “A British study of more than 1 million women found that every 4-inch increase in height corresponded to a 16 percent hike in cancer risk.  The finding offers little comfort for tall women, whose height – guided by genes, nutrition and other environmental influences – was established in their 20s.  But it could shed light on a common cancer-causing mechanism.” (ABC News)
  • Minimally invasive cosmetic surgeries sharply rising: “In the last decade, minimally invasive procedures have skyrocketed in popularity, from 5.5 million performed in 2000 to 11.6 million in 2010 – a 110 percent increase, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.  The best-known and most commonly used, Botox, jumped 584 percent.” (LA Times)
  • Great news for older veggies! “Belgian researchers purchased an assortment of fresh produce and measured its antioxidant content, then stored them at room temperature or refrigerated them.  They continued to check the antioxidant levels of both groups until spoilage occurred, and found that the fruits and vegetables did not lose any phenolic compounds, ascorbic acid or flavanols – the trio of chemical types associated with antioxidant content.  And in some cases, the total count of phenolic compounds actually increased prior to spoilage.”  So instead of throwing tired-looking  produce out, turn it into jams,  or add it to soups and stews or cobblers or other baked goods.  (
  • Restaurant calorie counts not always accurate: “About 20% of meals tested by scientists pack at least 100 more calories than indicated on the menu, a study finds.  Some foods are off by as much as 225 calories.”  And this is a surprise? (LA Times)

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