Coffee Reduces Risk Of Prostate Cancer

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Heavy Coffee Drinkers May Have Reduced Risk For Prostate Cancer

Nicole Ostrow writing in Bloomberg News reported that men who consumed “six or more” cups of regular or decaffeinated coffee also had a “60 percent lower risk of developing deadly metastatic prostate cancer,” and one to three cups “cut the risk of lethal prostate cancer by 30 percent.” The findings suggest “non-caffeine elements in coffee” may provide the benefit.  Coffee contains “compounds that can reduce inflammation,” the study authors noted.  According to Steven Reinberg in Healthday, lead researcher Kathryn Wilson, PhD, pointed out that coffee is a “major source of antioxidants that might have anti-cancer effects,”

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Older Residents In Rural Areas More Likely To Have Certain Surgeries Than People In Cities.

Lindsey Tanner writing for the Associated Press  reported, “A surprising study of nearly 46 million Medicare patients says older residents in rural areas are more likely to have any of nine common surgeries than people in cities.” The study, published in the Archives of Surgery, found that “back surgery, hip and knee replacements, and prostate removal were among the operations performed more often in rural Medicare patients.” The findings “seem to challenge the idea that city dwellers have better access to medical care, but experts say the research raises more questions than it answers.”

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Increasing Milk Intake Will Not Significantly Reduce Risk For Hip Fracture.

Laura Dean writing in Medwire reported that, according to a study in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, increasing milk intake will not significantly cut a person’s risk for hip fracture. The study looking at both men and women found no correlation between milk intake and reduced risk for fractures of the hip.

 

 

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Llama Treatment For Rheumatoid Arthritis

John Martens writing in Bloomberg News reported, “Ablynx NV, the developer of drugs based on the antibodies found in llamas, said an experimental rheumatoid-arthritis medicine licensed to Pfizer was found effective in a mid-stage clinical study.  Ablynx said in a statement that injections with “80 milligrams of ozoralizumab every four weeks reduced the incidence of swollen joints in patients with rheumatoid arthritis after 16 weeks compared with placebo.”

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Experts Note Lack Of Research On Pregnant Women With Physical Disabilities.

The Associated Press reported that “while  the vast majority of women with disabling conditions appear to have healthy babies, specialists say far too little is known about moms’ risks of complications, their special needs and barriers to good care.” Over one “million women of childbearing age have a physical disability – meaning they report needing some sort of assistance with daily living because of such conditions as MS, rheumatoid arthritis, spinal cord injuries or cerebral palsy, says a recent report in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology.” However, “when the National Institutes of Health convened experts to examine the issue, they couldn’t even find a good estimate of how many of those women give birth each year.”

 

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