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This section of nethealthbook is a collection of 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.

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

Last modified: July 1, 2020

Gene Therapy for Diabetes

Gene Therapy for Diabetes

We do not often hear about gene therapy for diabetes. But there is new evidence, which makes this topic timelier. Dr. Fatima Bosch from the University of Barcelona, Spain has done impressive experiments on mice showing that obesity and diabetes could be cured. These mouse experiments
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Olive Oil and Other Beneficial Foods

Olive Oil and Other Beneficial Foods

The Mediterranean diet has long been known to include olive oil and other beneficial foods. These foods consist of lots of vegetables, fruit and fish. I has also become common knowledge that it decreases the risk of some cancers, high cholesterol, diabetes and to prevent heart attacks
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Should I Eat Breakfast or Fast?

Should I Eat Breakfast or Fast?

With all the dieting advice around, the question is, should I eat breakfast or fast? Some people who do intermittent fasting eat for 10 hours and fast for 14 hours. On this diet plan you are finishing your dinner at 7PM, skip breakfast and have a brunch at 11 AM the following morning
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Smart Phones Can Make Headaches Worse

Smart Phones Can Make Headaches Worse

An Indian study revealed that smart phones can make headaches worse. 400 patients with headaches were part of a study between June 2017 and December 2018. 194 were non-smartphone users and 206 were smartphone users. The headaches were the same in both groups except that 17.5% of the s
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Third Hand Smoke Is Also Dangerous

Third Hand Smoke Is Also Dangerous

New research detected that third hand smoke is also dangerous. There are three kinds of exposures to cigarette smoke. First hand smoke comes directly to the smoker from smoking cigarettes. Second hand smoke occurs when another person is in the same room as a smoker. This way there is
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Effect of Smart Phones and Social Media on Teenagers

Effect of Smart Phones and Social Media on Teenagers

In Ontario, Canada the effect of smartphones and social media on teenagers was investigated in a study published on February 10, 2020. According to this study serious mental distress increased from 24% in 2013 to 39% in 2017. Between 2009 and 2014 hospitalizations for suicide attempts
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A New Anti-Viral Drug Against Coronavirus

A New Anti-Viral Drug Against Coronavirus

Remdesivir is a new anti-viral drug against coronavirus that was developed by Gilead Sciences. At a press conference in Beijing Dr. Bruce Aylward, an assistant director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO), said that remdesivir was the only anti-viral drug he could think of
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Beneficial Effects of The Mediterranean Diet on The Gut Flora

Beneficial Effects of The Mediterranean Diet on The Gut Flora

Recently the British Medical Journal described the beneficial effects of the Mediterranean diet on the gut flora. It was a one-year study where 612 elderly people from the Netherlands, France, Italy, Poland, and the United Kingdom were observed. That is to say, 323 of them consumed a
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