The Tao of Politics

One of my main concerns is: how can I make a difference? There are thousands of political blogs out there. It’s easy to get lost in that ocean. So I may blog about politics on occasion, or I may blog about health issues, depending on where my interests lead me, and where I feel I can contribute something of significance.

Friday, November 17, 2006

Black women are using cosmetic products that might make them more likely to get breast cancer? Apparently it’s something about hormones in the cosmetics. I’d like to know why these products exist anyway, and whether or not the women are being warned about them. Also, I’d like to know if there is any relation between breast cancer and hormones in beef and milk.

Here is great news about ovarian cancer: there is a new treatment that has cut the risk of death by more than 50 percent.

In patients who can tolerate it, doctors today use a combination of platinum-based chemotherapy plus drugs called taxanes. Most recently, they've begun injecting the drugs directly into the abdominal cavity. It seems to work better than older treatments.

The bottom line: Compared with single-agent chemotherapy without platinum-based drugs or taxanes, the new combination -- given by abdominal injection -- cuts the risk of death by more than half (55%). When given in other ways, the combination cuts death risk by 42%.

Platinum-based drug combinations without taxanes cut deaths by 40% when given by abdominal injection and by 30% when given in other ways. Taxanes alone don't do much good.

Results of the research were published in the November 15 issue of Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

Doctors are telling pregnant women it’s ok to drink a little alcohol? Wow. Well, if there’s medical evidence to say that it’s ok, then I guess why not? I just like to err on the side of caution. Then at least I know I have done all I could do to arrive at a healthy outcome, and I have no regrets. Besides, there are already enough chemicals sloshing around inside the uterus as it is. It doesn’t make any sense to add alcohol to the mix.

Eating omega-3 fatty acids may reduce a man’s risk of getting colorectal cancer. In any event, it can’t hurt, and why not try to eat a healthy diet?

Do you need another reason to quit smoking? What about the risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis?

Here’s a study that says older people who regularly attend religious services are healthier than those who don’t.

It turns out that all you have to do to avoid prostate cancer is to have sex more often? Right . . .

There is evidence to support the contention that getting a flu shot may reduce the risk of having a heart attack.


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  • At 7:32 PM, Blogger sage said…

    hia Ed,

    I gotta tell you, your blogs are filled with such wonderful information and facts; I just love to come by. Let's see, where do I begin?

    hugs,
    sage

     

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