Monday, 25 March 2019

An orange juice a day keeps the doctor away!

Drinking a glass of orange juice each day may cut the risk of deadly strokes by almost a quarter, a major study suggests.

Volunteers who downed a juice a day saw their risk of a brain clot drop by 24%, according to the decade-long trial.

Researchers in the Netherlands say it is not just orange juice that has the benefit, other fruit juices also appear to cut the risk.

Fresh fruit juices have long been thought of as healthy. But consumers in recent years have been put off by warnings over their high sugar content.

But the latest study suggests the health benefits in terms of stroke prevention could outweigh the risks from sugar content.


Cancer tumours in the gut feed off sugary drinks, new study shows

Sugar could be fuelling cancer by speeding up the growth of tumours in the body, according to a new study. 

Scientists at Weill Cornell Medicine in New York, found that mice consuming high-fructose corn syrup, used in biscuits, ice cream and energy drinks, saw intestinal tumours grow faster.

The amount was said to be the equivalent of people drinking about 12 ounces of a sugary drink a day.

Dr Lewis Cantley, a co-author of the study from Weill Cornell Medicine, said: 'This observation in animal models might explain why increased consumption of sweet drinks and other foods with high sugar content over the past 30 years is correlating with an increase in colorectal cancers in 25 to 50-year-olds in the United States.'


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Long-term hormone use after menopause tied to Alzheimer's risk

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Women who take hormone replacement therapy (HRT) to ease menopause symptoms like hot flashes and night sweats may be slightly more likely to develop Alzheimer's disease, a large Finnish study suggests.

Many women have been reluctant to use hormones for menopause symptoms since 2002, when the Women's Health Initiative (WHI) study in the US linked treatments containing man-made versions of the female hormones estrogen and progestin to an increased risk of breast cancer, heart attacks and strokes.

The current study involved almost 85,000 women diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in Finland between 1999 and 2013 and a control group of about 85,000 similar women without this diagnosis. Roughly 30% of women in both groups used hormones; most took "systemic" hormones in tablet or pill forms but some used vaginal treatments.

Compared to women who did not use systemic hormones, those who did were 9% to 17% more likely to develop Alzheimer's disease. The biggest risk was for older women who used HRT for more than a decade.

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