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This section of nethealthbook is a collection of medical news items. It brings you very timely research that will help you understand medical problems better. Links to appropriate pages integrate the articles into the text of nethealthbook.com. One example: a news article finds that higher fiber content in the diet of males reduces prostate cancer risk. This is now part of the prostate cancer chapter under prostate cancer prevention. On the other hand an Australian study found that diabetes is a risk factor for the development of pancreatic cancer. Close blood sugar control in diabetics reduces this risk. That fact is also mentioned on the page of nethealthbook titled causes of cancer of the pancreas.

Mediterranean diet

Another study about Midwestern firefighters came to the conclusion that a Mediterranean diet benefits US workers. The diet consisted of lots of fruit, vegetables, nuts, fish, olive oil and whole grain. These firefighters had a 35% lower risk of developing metabolic syndrome, which translated into much less heart attacks over the years than a control group on a regular diet. The average consumer often overlooks this type of data from the medical literature, but it is very relevant to the average consumer.

Many short medical news items

Among the medical news items is a collection of short reviews of original research findings on many topics. Recently I reviewed a new malaria vaccine. Another item was an article about the benefit of having a nap. A completely different topic was the fact that circumcision may have long-term emotional consequences on adult socio-affective processing. Another story is how the Covid19 vaccine works. Finally, I wrote an article about how millions of Americans are exposed to toxins in drinking water.

Over the years information from these practical medical news items accumulate and become part of the database of nethealthbook.com.

Last modified: August 3, 2022

Are Several Smaller Meals Better than a Few Large Ones?

Are Several Smaller Meals Better than a Few Large Ones?

In an article in Medical News the question was examined “are several small meals better than a few large ones? “ The author reviewed meal frequency and fasting in detail. But there are many other publications that discuss variations of the standard 3 meals a day. Others suggest to con
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2-3 Cups of Coffee a Day Reduce Kidney Damage

2-3 Cups of Coffee a Day Reduce Kidney Damage

A new study found that 2-3 cups of coffee a day reduce kidney damage. 14,207 adults ages 45 – 64 were followed for a median period of 24 years. The researchers concentrated on the onset of acute kidney disease and on the consumption of coffee. They found there were 5 categories: 27% n
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Diets that Fight Inflammation

Diets that Fight Inflammation

Chronic diseases can be improved with diets that fight inflammation. It is chronic inflammation, which is associated with many chronic diseases such as arthritis, psoriasis, asthma, lupus and inflammatory bowel disease. The key to anti-inflammatory diets is an emphasis on fresh vegeta
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Personality Traits Determine whether or not you Get Dementia

Personality Traits Determine whether or not You Get Dementia

A new study showed that personality traits determine whether or not you get dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. Almost 2000 subjects from the Rush Memory and Aging Project, which followed adults from the Chicago area, were examined. The study started in 1997. Notably, the researche
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High Fiber Diet is Important to Reduce Cardiovascular Disease

High Fiber Diet is Important to Reduce Cardiovascular Disease

A 25-year long study was published in March 2022, which showed that a high fiber diet is important to reduce cardiovascular disease. Overall, 4125 subjects participated in 1989 to 1990 who were 65 or older at the time of enrollment. In particular, patients were given intermittent food
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Despite Personal Preference for Good Smells Molecular Structure Matters

Despite Personal Preference for Good Smells Molecular Structure Matters

The Karolinska Institute conducted a study to determine whether despite personal preference for good smells molecular structure matters. Notably, researchers chose a variety of ethnic backgrounds and investigated many different smells to separate personal preference from objective dat
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Some Artificial Sweeteners Cause Cancer

Some Artificial Sweeteners Cause Cancer

A large study on humans showed after almost 8 years that some artificial sweeteners cause cancer. Notably,  102,865 patients were followed over 7.8 years. Here are the results 13% cancer increase with the use of aspartame and acesulfame-K over about 8 years. No increase of cancer risk
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Any Physical Activity is Better than Doing Nothing

Any Physical Activity is Better than Doing Nothing

A recent review by cardiologist Christopher Labos from Montreal stated that any physical activity is better than doing nothing. He reviewed why today most health websites state that 10,000 steps per day would be the desired standard. He noted that this recommendation originated from a
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