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Is carrageenan safe to eat?

Is carrageenan safe to eat?

Carrageenan is a common food additive extracted from red seaweed. Manufacturers often use it as a thickening agent. The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have approved the additive for use, but concerns about its safety remain. Some scientists believe that carrageenan can cause inflammation, digestive problems, such as bloating and irritable bowel disease […]

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Do low vitamin D levels increase breast cancer risk?

Do low vitamin D levels increase breast cancer risk?

A new study from Brazil corroborates the evidence gathered by previous research, suggesting that women with low levels of vitamin D after menopause onset have a higher risk of developing breast cancer. How do our levels of vitamin D impact our exposure to breast cancer? The National Cancer Institute (NCI) note that “approximately 12.4 percent […]

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Foods with low nutritional quality tied to higher cancer risk

Foods with low nutritional quality tied to higher cancer risk

People who regularly eat foods with a low nutritional quality have a higher risk of developing cancer. The study authors state that more countries should now enforce food labeling that clearly specifies nutritional value. Countries need to implement better policies for food labeling so that consumers understand what they are buying. The British Food Standards […]

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What are the health risks of hookah smoking?

What are the health risks of hookah smoking?

A hookah is a water pipe that allows a person to smoke tobacco, often combining it with sweet flavors, such as apple, chocolate, coconut, licorice, or watermelon. People have used hookahs for centuries in ancient Persia and India. Today, people often smoke a hookah as a group, at home or in cafes or lounges. Other […]

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‘Junk DNA’ has role in cancer spread, say scientists

‘Junk DNA’ has role in cancer spread, say scientists

Bits of DNA that were once considered useless actually contain instructions for making molecules that help cancer spread, say scientists. What scientists thought was ‘junk DNA’ actually helps cancer spread. The molecules in question are called enhancer RNAs (eRNAs), and a new study conducted by the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) revealed that they […]

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What are the early signs of lung cancer in men?

What are the early signs of lung cancer in men?

The causes of lung cancer can differ between males and females, as can life expectancies. Also, some types of lung cancer are more common in males. However, symptoms tend to be universal. According to the American Cancer Society, lung cancer is the second most common cancer and the leading cause of cancer deaths among both […]

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Diets ‘devoid of vegetable matter’ may cause colon cancer

Diets ‘devoid of vegetable matter’ may cause colon cancer

A new study emphasizes the importance to gut health of eating plenty of vegetables such as cabbage, broccoli, and kale. Eating brassicas such as collards, kale, and broccoli may protect against colon cancer. Researchers from the Francis Crick Institute in London, United Kingdom, found that keeping mice on a diet rich in a compound known […]

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Experimental drug may treat ‘undruggable’ cancers

Experimental drug may treat ‘undruggable’ cancers

Many cancers are hard to treat because they share a faulty cell-signaling pathway that is very difficult to target. Could one new experimental drug on the brink of human trials be the much-needed breakthrough? A new experimental drug could be a significant breakthrough in cancer treatment. The cell-signaling pathway is called RAS/MAPK and it influences […]

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Everything you need to know about bibasilar crackles

Everything you need to know about bibasilar crackles

Using a stethoscope, a doctor can listen to the sounds of the lungs. One type of sound that can indicate a problem is called bibasilar crackles. The sounds of the lungs can provide clues that help a doctor to diagnose an underlying condition. In this article, learn about the conditions that cause bibasilar crackles. We […]