Posts Tagged ‘Cancer’

Breast and prostratic cancers are common in India: Dr. Vasishta

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

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Dr. VG Vasishta is the founder & CEO of SBF Healthcare & Research Centre Pvt Ltd. Wg Cdr (Dr) VG Vasishta (Retd) joined the Army Medical Corps as a specialist medical officer with a passion to serve the country. However, the best in him was reserved for something better. He was instrumental in designing and implementing clinical studies to evaluate the use of Sequentially Programmed Magnetic Fields (SPMFTM) in treatment of arthritis and Cancer.

In the last seven years Dr. Vasishta has treated over 5000 cases (both cancer and arthritis patients) using this therapy. SBF Healthcare has centers in Bangalore and Mumbai and are the only centers that offer the modality of treatment pioneered by him.

Dr. VG Vasishta answered Sify readers’ queries related to the above in an exclusive chat. Read the transcript below.

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e-Cigarettes: boon or bane?

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

IMG_01_240X240With sales of electronic cigarettes, or “e-cigarettes,” going up and expected to hit 1.5 billion dollars this year, concerns over potential health risks of using the trendy devices are also gaining momentum and political clout.

An article in Chemical and Engineering News (C and EN), the weekly magazine of the American Chemical Society, delves into what scientists and regulators are doing about e-cigarettes, which are now being cleverly marketed under more appealing names such as hookah pens and vape pipes.

The battery-powered devices deliver an inhalable vapor, with or without nicotine. Deirdre Lockwood , a C and EN contributing editor, notes that they are often viewed as a safer-and tastier-alternative to smoking cigarettes.

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Seven million deaths caused by air pollution in 2012

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

arti_04_240x240_mar27The World Health Organization estimates that seven million people have died as a result of air pollution in 2012.

Its findings suggest a link between air pollution and heart disease, respiratory problems and cancer, the BBC reported.

One in eight global deaths were linked with air pollution, making it “the world’s largest single environmental health risk”, the WHO said.

Nearly six million of the deaths had been in South East Asia and the WHO’s Western Pacific region, it found.

The WHO said that about 3.3 million people had died as a result of indoor air pollution and 2.6 million deaths were related to outdoor air pollution, mainly in low- and middle-income countries in those regions.

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Oats could help ward off cancer

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

image_2_240x240mar20Scientists have found that oats may help in warding off cancer, as there is growing evidence that it has a ntioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-itch and anti- cancer properties.

Scientists revealed that the type of phenolic compound avenanthramide found in oats can help in protecting the heart.

Dr. Shengmin Sang of the Center for Excellence in Post-Harvest Technologies at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University said that though the data to support the importance of oat beta-glucan remains, these studies reveal that the health benefit of eating oats may go beyond fiber.

Sang added that they have discovered bioactive compounds in oats, which may provide additional cardio-protective benefits.

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Experts warn against following diet trends blindly

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

image_1_240x240mar19Experts have warned against following diet trends blindly after a research, which suggested that middle age people who are on high-protein diet are at greater risk of dying from cancer, caused many people to believe that they should totally exclude protein from their diets to avoid cancer.

Associate professor and head of the human nutrition department at Kansas State University, Mark Haub, said that the problem is when the headlines come across in social media, they allude to cause and effect.

So if somebody is only looking at the headlines or the first paragraph, they may see that and think they need to avoid protein, when in fact due to the weaknesses of the study, that’s not going to be the case for everybody, he said.

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How yoga benefits breast cancer survivors

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

saf_240x240_mar4A new study has found that yoga can benefit women who are undergoing treatment for breast cancer, as it regulates stress and fights fatigue.

The research has found that patients, who participated in yoga exercises that incorporated controlled breathing, meditation and relaxation techniques into their treatment plan, experienced improved ability to engage in their daily activities, better general health and better regulation of stress hormone cortisol.

The study, conducted by researchers at the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, revealed that Women in the yoga group were also better equipped to find meaning in the illness experience and it can benefit cancer patients by comparing their experience with patients in an active control group who integrated simple, generic stretching exercises into their lives.

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Flaxseeds help fight cancer: Dr. Namita Pandey

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

doc_02_240x240_mar3Dr. Namita Pandey, a Consultant Breast Oncosurgeon at IOSPL, Hiranandani Hospital, Mumbai has years of experience handling numerous cases in breast cancer at Hiranandani (Mumbai), Tata Memorial (Mumbai), Indo American Cancer Hospital (Hyderabad), Apollo Hospital (Hyderabad) and GKNM Hospital (Coimbatore).

She takes care of the Comprehensive Breast Clinic where all breast related issues like lactational disorders, nipple discharges, breast pain, non-cancerous lumps, breast cancer prevention counseling, patient education, breast cancer survivorship programs and cosmetic aspects of breasts are dealt under one roof.

Dr. Namita Pandey answered Sify readers’ queries related to the above in an exclusive chat. Read the transcript below.

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Broccoli with enhanced anti-cancer benefits to be produced

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

food1_240x240_03marResearchers have found a way to produce broccoli that has more anti-cancer benefits and won’t spoil quickly in refrigerator.

Jack Juvik, a University of Illinois crop sciences researcher, explained that the combined application of two compounds, both are natural products extracted from plants, increased the presence of cancer-fighting agents in broccoli while prolonging the post-harvest storage period.

The researchers used methyl jasmonate (MeJA), a non-toxic plant-signal compound (produced naturally in plants) to increase the broccoli’s anti-cancer potential, which they sprayed on the broccoli about four days before harvest. When applied, MeJA initiates a process of gene activity affiliated with the biosynthesis of glucosinolates (GS), which are compounds found in the tissue of broccoli and other brassica vegetables (such as cauliflower, cabbage, and kale).

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Exercising regularly reduces risk of cancer, CVD

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

saf01_240x240_feb17A new study has found that exercising regularly keeps our heart healthy and even reduces the risk of developing cancer and other diseases by targeting the heart cells’ powerhouses – the mitochondria.

Eduard Sabido, Francisco Amado and colleagues explain that despite the well-documented benefits of exercise, the exact way that it helps the heart is not well understood. Sure, it helps strengthen the heart muscle so it can pump more blood throughout the body more efficiently.

And people who get off the couch and exercise regularly have a reduced risk of developing heart problems and cardiovascular disease.

One estimate even claims that 250,000 deaths every year in the U.S. are at least partially due to a lack of exercise, but how this all happens in the body at the molecular level has perplexed researchers – until now.

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Nutrition diet for cancer patients

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

image_1_240x240feb04Nutrition is an important part of cancer treatment. The nutrient needs of people with cancer vary from person to person. Eating well means eating a variety of foods that will give your body the nutrients needed to help fight cancer.

It’s important to eat extra calories and proteins to keep you strength up during treatment.Chemotherapy, radiation, and other cancer treatments can be hard on your body, hence making healthy food choices can help you feel better and speed up your recovery.

Choose Healthy Foods like whole grains, pasteurized 100% fruit or vegetable juices, lean meat like fish & chicken, dried fruits. Limit the intake of red meat, processed foods and sugary foods which has lots of calories but very little nutrients.

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