February 13, 2014

Health Roundup: Sugar and heart disease and cancer, the pillcam, Vit C, baldness, cocaine and exercise as best bet for osteoarthritis

Added Sugar May Boost Risk of Heart Disease, Death

Between 2005 and 2010, about 71 percent of Americans consumed 10 percent or more of their daily calories from added sugar, according to the study. The World Health Organization recommends limiting calories from added sugar to less than 10 percent of your daily total.

What's more, people who consumed between 17 and 21 percent of their daily calories from added sugar were nearly 40 percent more likely to die from cardiovascular disease over a 14-year period than those who consumed about 8 percent of their daily calories from added sugar, the study found.

What does cancer eat? Sugar, mostly, and other lessons from my dinner with a professor of pathology by Jane Macdougall

Just one can  of soda a day raised heart risk by a third.

Scientists have discovered an alarming link between excessive consumption of sugar found in fizzy drinks or processed food and heart-related deaths.  They found that even one fizzy drink a day was enough to increase the chances of dying from cardiovascular disease (CVD) by almost a third.  And for those consuming a quarter of their daily calories from sugar, the risk of heart-related death doubled.  Added sugar is that which is introduced to the processing of food products, rather than coming from natural sources such as fruit. .

Colonoscopies to be replaced by camera that comes in a PILL as FDA green lights revolutionary treatment

The PillCam, an ingestible camera that takes high-speed photographs as it works its way through the digestive system and helps doctors spot polyps and other early signs of colon cancer was just cleared by the Food and Drug Administration.
The device is designed for patients who have had trouble with the cringe-inducing colonoscopy procedure, which involves probing the large intestine with a tiny camera embedded in a four-foot long, flexible tube.

Vitamin C shows promise as cancer therapy

Intravenous vitamin C – combined with conventional chemotherapy – can kill cancer cells, the University of Kansas Medical Center reported.

Bald? Now there's a jab to make hair grow back

Scientists may soon be able to grow new hair on balding scalps, avoiding the need for a hair transplant. Researchers have succeeded in creating new human hair in the laboratory using tiny cells  called dermal papillae that fuel its growth.

Snorting cocaine increases the risk of a stroke by 700% in the 24 hours after use.

Snorting cocaine massively increases the risk of a stroke in young adults, a new study has warned.
Within a day of snorting the drug, users are six to seven times more likely to suffer an ischemic stroke, researchers found...Cocaine is thought to thicken the blood, thereby increasing the risk of a clot.

In 2012, Australian researchers dubbed cocaine the 'perfect heart attack drug' with users at much greater risk of suffering cardiac arrest than people who do not take it.  University of Sydney researchers found recreational cocaine users have higher blood pressure, stiffer arteries and thicker heart muscle walls than non-users – all of which can cause a heart attack.

Exercise is the best treatment for those suffering osteoarthritis say health chiefs dismissing the view it is 'just part of the aging process'   National Institute for Health and Care Excellence say exercise should be the 'principal treatment' for osteoarthritis.  'Physical exertion can ease pain.'

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