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.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Health Notes
Symptoms of ovarian cancer are often ignored because they are thought to be indicative of something else. Closer attention to these symptoms might lead to earlier diagnosis, and might result in more lives saved. For example, "Any complaint of pelvic/abdominal pain, increased abdominal size/bloating, or difficulty eating/feeling full that is present more than 12 days per month and for less than one year was 57 percent sensitive for early disease and 80 percent sensitive for advanced cancer; and 90 percent specific for women over 50 years of age and 86.7 percent for women under 50 years of age." Research is being published in the January 15, 2007 issue of CANCER, a journal of the American Cancer Society.

This is important, ladies. It may be that nothing is more important than listening to your bodies.

Here is an article about a heart stent that dissolves.

Just a reminder: eating a calorie restricted diet seemed to have improved the immune systems of a group of monkeys, and may have helped them live longer.

It is possible for a person to appear slender, and yet have a lot of bad fat hiding inside his body. Here’s another article with good graphics.

Is there a better way of detecting prostate cancer than by giving the PSA test, followed up by a painful biopsy? A new test that measures the amount of HAAH [human aspartyl (asparaginyl) beta-hydroxylase] in the blood may be the answer. Read this article. It is very good.

Two points at least from this article: almonds may help lower LDL cholesterol; cranberries may help protect against heart disease and some cancers.

Teenagers who use cannabis may be twice as likely to develop a psychotic disorder. Using cannabis may not only make existing mental health problems worse, but may also trigger new problems such as schizophrenia.

Here is an interesting article on sweeteners, artificial and otherwise. This article is a few years old, so you might want to do further research, like reading this article on sucralose (Splenda) for example.

Is too much fat in our diets causing an increase in number of asthma cases? Apparently asthma is an inflammatory condition. I personally would do everything I could to reduce inflammation in my body. That includes losing weight.

This article says that an hour of exercise per day may reduce our risk of colon cancer. And this article says that women who smoke might be able to reduce their risk of lung cancer by exercising, although quitting smoking is still preferred.

Here is new research on breast cancer. Here is new research on blood cancer.

Would you believe that having an epidural during childbirth may affect how long a woman breastfeeds her baby?

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