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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 19, 2019

New Arthritis Drugs Can Kill

New Arthritis Drugs Can Kill

For years doctors have been prescribing anti-inflammatory drugs for arthritis; now they find that the new arthritis drugs can kill. The “improved version” of them that have less stomach irritation are the COX-2 inhibitors. This includes celecoxib (brand names: Celebrex and Celebra). O
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Fiber Is Good For You

Fiber Is Good For You

Fiber is good for you as it has been proven to be beneficial for prevention of cardiovascular diseases and various cancers in the past; now it has been studied again in a much larger study population as was reported recently in the media. This news report was based on this medical stu
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Potassium Can Lower Risk Of Stroke

Potassium Can Lower Risk Of Stroke

A study published in the medical journal Stroke in Sept. 2014 showed that potassium could lower the risk of a stroke. 90,137 postmenopausal women from the Women’s Health Initiative Observational Study had no history of stroke when they were enrolled in the study. With the help of diet
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Calcium Supplementation Reduces Mortality

Calcium Supplementation Reduces Mortality

A study in the American Journal of Nutrition (August 2014) looked at the effect of calcium intake in diabetics and their risk to develop heart disease; not only did they fail to show a negative effect of calcium supplementation, but instead detected a reduction in all-cause mortality
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Testosterone Essential For Aging Men

Testosterone Essential For Aging Men

Apart from a loss of erections men lose muscle mass when their testosterone production slows down with older age. At a joint meeting of the International Society of Endocrinology and the Endocrine Society in June of 2014 in Chicago, IL a trial of men with limited mobility was discusse
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Genetics Used To Cure Cancer

Not long ago any attempt to use genetic analysis of cancers would have been labeled as outlandish, but now genetics can be used to cure cancer. CBS reported that a billionaire is investing his money in new ways of treating cancer by sequencing cancer cells of a patient and normal cell
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Vitamin D3 Saves Lives

Vitamin D3 Saves Lives

In 2014 several studies were released involving rather large numbers of subjects. A study in the British Medical Journal from April 2014 involved 849,412 men and women and had a follow-up observation of nearly 30 years (Reference below). Rajiv Chowdhury and colleagues selected 73 obse
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Hardening Of Arteries Reversed With Supplements

Hardening Of Arteries Reversed With Supplements

A meta-analysis in the Journal of Nutrition from August 2014 indicates that hardening of arteries can be reversed with supplements. Ammar Ashor and colleagues took 20 randomized trials including 1909 subjects aged 22 to 63. Arterial stiffness was measured by pulse-wave velocity or sim
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