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MONDAY, Jan. 28, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Using a new blood test for pancreatic cancer alongside the current blood test may improve early detection and help screen people at high risk for the deadly disease, researchers say.
The combination approach detects 70 percent of pancreatic cancers with a less than 5 percent false-positive rate, according to the team led by scientists at the Van Andel Research Institute in Grand Rapids, Mich.
“We hope that our new test, when used in conjunction with the currently available test, will help doctors catch and treat pancreatic cancer in high-risk individuals before the disease has spread,” study senior author Brian Haab said in an institute news release.
Because it often doesn’t cause obvious early symptoms, pancreatic cancer is difficult to diagnose. In many cases, the cancer is at an advanced stage by the time it’s discovered. Only 8.5 percent of patients survive past five years.
Both blood tests measure levels of sugars produced by pancreatic cancer cells. The sugar measured by the new test — sTRA — is produced by a different subset of pancreatic cancers than CA-19-9, the sugar measured by the existing test.
When used together, there’s a better chance of detecting pancreatic cancers that may have been missed by one of the tests alone, the researchers said.
On its own, the current CA-19-9 test detects only about 40 percent of pancreatic cancers. It’s used to confirm a pancreatic cancer diagnosis or track disease progression, but not to screen for the disease.
The higher detection rate achieved by the combination of the new and current test means this approach could prove useful for screening and early intervention, particularly in people at higher risk for pancreatic cancer, according to the report.
That includes people with a family history of pancreatic cancer, those who’ve had pancreatic cysts or chronic pancreatitis, or those who were diagnosed with type 2 diabetes later in life.
“We believe using these tests in a complementary fashion will help physicians detect pancreatic cancers much sooner in the disease process, which significantly improves a patient’s chance for survival,” Haab said.
The results were published recently in the journal Clinical Cancer Research.
Haab and his colleagues are conducting further research to confirm the effectiveness of the combination testing.
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The importance of getting enough dairy into your day has likely been drilled into your brain thanks to the slogan, “Milk does the body good.” Dairy helps support muscle growth. It provides nutrients like vitamins, minerals and amino acids. It helps maintain bone health. It reduces your risk of heart disease, types 2 diabetes and blood pressure.
Dairy can be a tough arena to navigate, though, when you’re trying to lose weight. You may avoid it because of its fat content. A gram of fat yields 9 calories, compared with 4 calories per gram for carbohydrates and proteins. High-fat dairy products also have long been thought to raise the risk of early death—particularly from heart disease, stroke and cancer—because of their high levels of saturated fat.
However, high-fat dairy products may not be as awful as they’ve sometimes been made out to be. In fact, in one large review, consuming high-fat dairy was associated with a lower risk of weight gain over time. And a more recent analysis yielded some conflicting results, indicating that dairy seemed beneficial to circulatory health relating to the brain, and cheese yielded some surprisingly good results; however, milk itself was still associated with a greater risk of death from heart disease.
Confused? So are the experts, who say the jury is still out on full-fat milk and other dairy products.
But, one thing is certain: Dairy contains good nutrients and, with its protein and fat content, can contribute to satiety—that feeling of fullness that lasts a while. If you eat dairy in moderation and consume mostly low-fat dairy, you can enjoy it while also watching your waistline.
Here are some of the best dairy products to help promote weight loss.
Yogurt helps turn up your body’s fat burn. Both low-fat and regular-fat yogurts contain probiotics. That’s the friendly bacteria that may help reduce how much fat your body absorbs. Cells containing calcium also burn off more fat than those that don’t have it. This yogurt-containing orange creamsicle smoothie is the perfect choice for breakfast, dessert or snack time.
Delicious and creamy Greek yogurt increases levels of hormones that promote fullness. It’s made by removing whey and other liquids, creating a creamier and richer yogurt. Regular yogurt, especially flavored varieties, contain hidden sugar and additives. Plain Greek yogurt boasts plenty of protein. (Just be sure to opt for ones with little to no sugar.) Its tangy flavor goes well with nuts or berries, which also increases its mineral, fiber and vitamin content. Or, use it as a substitute for sour cream in sauces and dips. It’s made by removing whey and other liquids, creating a creamier and richer yogurt. This green smoothie will replenish nutrients and works for breakfast, lunch or a post-workout snack. The healthy fats and protein in the avocado and yogurt will keep you feeling full for hours.
You may think you have to give up cheese to lose weight. However, studies suggest that the calcium in cheese can help ward off fat. It prevents cellular changes in your body that cause fat stores. A study in Appetite found that cottage cheese’s filling effects are similar to those from eggs. Cottage cheese is an excellent source of protein and low in calories, too. It’s packed with nutrients like B vitamins, calcium, phosphorus and selenium. Even better is that it’s a great no-cook way to get some energy. It’s usually high in salt though, which isn’t good for your health and can make you thirstier. Seek low-sodium options. Looking for a low-fat snack? Try this Sweet Cottage Cheese recipe. Or whip up this Whole-Wheat Vegetable Lasagna. Veggie lovers will enjoy the fact that it has plenty of vitamins, protein and other nutrients thanks to its mixture of vegetables and cheeses.
Low-fat chocolate milk
Your childhood beverage of choice may do your waistline some good after a hard and long workout. A report found that chocolate milk is a great post-exercise recovery drink. It contains twice as much protein and carbs compared to regular milk or popular sports drinks. The combination of carbohydrates, protein and electrolytes in the milk helps your muscles recover faster. Because chocolate milk is high in sugar, stick with unsweetened milk at other times.
Portioned cheese spreads
A thin slice here, a thick slice there. It can be difficult to control how much cheese we’re eating. Portioned cheese snacks like spreadable wedges eliminate that portion control guesswork. Just don’t overdo it on the crackers.
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THURSDAY, June 14, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Doctors can’t yet predict if someone exposed to the flu will become sick. But such predictions may be getting closer to reality, new research hints.
Researchers at Stanford University School of Medicine say they’ve identified a “biomarker” that indicates a person’s susceptibility to flu viruses.
“We’ve been after this for about four years,” said study senior author Purvesh Khatri, an associate professor of medicine and of biomedical data science.
“To our knowledge, it’s the first biomarker that shows susceptibility to influenza, across multiple strains,” Khatri said in a university news release.
A blood-based gene called KLRD1 reveals the presence of a type of immune cell believed crucial for halting flu infection in the early stages, the study authors said.
The higher the levels of this cell in someone’s blood, the less susceptible they are to the flu, the investigators said.
Khatri noted that the link between KLRD1 levels and influenza susceptibility is only an association, and doesn’t prove cause and effect. The next step is to find the mechanism that may be at work.
“It will be crucial to understand the role of natural killer cells’ protection so that we can potentially leverage that in designing better flu vaccines,” he said. “Since we see that natural killer cells are protective across different strains, maybe that would be a path to a universal flu vaccine.”
The ability to identify people at highest risk for flu infection could be very useful in certain situations, the researchers said.
“If, for example, there’s a flu epidemic going on, and Tamiflu supplies are limited, this data could help identify who should be [preventively] treated first,” Khatri said.
The study was published online June 14 in the journal Genome Medicine.
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WEDNESDAY, June 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Elevated blood pressure in your 50s might raise your risk of developing dementia later in life, a new European study has found. People with a systolic blood pressure of 130 or more at age 50 were 45 percent …
If you were offered the opportunity to find health problems before they started, wouldn’t you jump at the chance? National Women’s Checkup Day is a good time to remind you all that just one day of paying attention to your health could add years to your life.
Yet, despite that chance, when you consider the bulk of your to-do list, it’s no wonder that you might feel a bit weighed down with all the things competing for your time and attention.
And without fail, the something that almost always falls to the bottom of the list is you.
Yet, that thingâ€”that most important thingâ€”is too important to ignore. Sadly, many women feel that it’s selfish to put themselves first. This is the reason HealthyWomen partnered with GCI Health to launch the HealthiHer Movement. This new movement encourages women to make self-care a priority in their lives. Check out the HealthiHer Facebook page for more information and join our movement for a healthier life!
Taking care of yourself doesn’t mean you have to abandon all your responsibilities and escape to some far-flung paradise or escape to a spa for the day or even a few hours. It doesn’t mean you need to ignore everyone around you and only do things that bring you joy and fulfillment.Â
Read about Self-Care Activities That Won’t Break the Bank.
National Women’s Checkup Day was created by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to remind women to take care of themselves and their health by scheduling appointments with their health care providers. It is celebrated annually on the second Monday of May as part of National Women’s Health Week. This year’s date is May 14.Â
There are countless ways to stay healthy, but it all starts with taking control and making the time to see your health care provider.Â
By taking control, you can often find problems early, when the chances of treatingâ€”and curing themâ€”are better. By taking control, you have the opportunity to discuss and explore the proper screenings and exams that can rule out certain problems and highlight others.Â
By taking control, you can get an idea of what’s going on in your bodyâ€”things that you might otherwise be unaware of. For example, your blood pressure. High blood pressure is called “the silent killer” for a reason: You can have it and not know it. That’s because there are usually no symptomsâ€”until it’s already done considerable damage to your heart and arteries. The best way to protect yourself is to have it checked and know what the numbers mean. Â
Likewise, cancer and cholesterol screenings, vaccinations and your lifestyle and family history are all important matters worth exploring to help you stay healthy.Â Â
It may cost a little bit of your time, but an annual checkup should not cost you anything extra if you have health insurance. Most health plans cover certain preventive care benefits without a co-pay, coinsurance or having to meet your deductible. (For those who need to find other options regardless of your ability to pay, click here.)
Different women need different things, depending on their age and health status. Here are some of the particulars (tests, medications or vaccines) the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services suggest a woman in her 50s should ask about each year:
- Low-dose aspirin
- Â Blood pressureÂ
- Colorectal cancerÂ
- Hepatitis B and hepatitis C
- Lung cancer (55 and older)
- Measles, mumps and rubella
- Pap and HPV
- Sexually transmitted infections
- Tetanus, diphtheria or whooping cough
If you don’t fall into that age group, click here to see what you need to do to take control of your health at any age.Â
I urge you all to do it today.Â
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Make self-care a priority in your everyday life, so you can ultimately become a “healthier her”â€”for yourself and your family.
HealthyWomen, GCI Health, the leading healthcare-focused global public relations agency, and REDBOOK magazine, the iconic women’s magazine that reaches millions, partnered to launch a HealthiHER survey of women ages 30-60 years old to better understand how women feel about their health. CLICK HERE to read more about the results in REDBOOK magazine.
When you put your health first, everything else falls into place. Like most things, establishing a self-care routine that works for you will take time. Sign up for the weekly HealthiHER newsletter, which provides motivation, education, and healthy living tips you can realistically execute.
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Want to get started right now?! We love it. There isn’t one right way to take care of yourself, so we’re giving you lots of options. These pillars from the International Self-Care Foundation are at the core of self-care. Start small, pick one thing to focus on and then build up.
When you don’t understand or can’t act on your own health care, it can contribute to poor health. If you don’t comprehend instructions, you may have difficulty taking your medicine correctly or managing a health condition. CLICK HERE for how to improve your health literacy in 7 steps.
Self-Awareness of Physical and Mental Conditions
It’s important to measure and monitor your health. Key measurements of health include:
Knowing your family’s medical history. CLICK HERE for a printable family medical history questionnaire.
Staying up to date with preventive health screenings.CLICK HERE to see preventive health screenings for women.
Knowing your BMI. CLICK HERE to calculate your BMI.
Tracking your sleep patterns. CLICK HERE to find out how much sleep you really need.
Managing daily stressors. CLICK HERE for 6 tops to manage stress.
Focusing on your mental health. CLICK HERE for signs of mental illness.
Regular exercise can significantly improve your overall health and mood. CLICK HERE to calculate your target heart rate.
Food is fuel for your body. Feed your body well, and you’ll feel well. CLICK HERE for healthy recipes.
Risk Avoidance or Mitigation
The key factors here are to:
Avoid smoking. CLICK HERE for 22 reasons you should quit smoking today.
Limit alcohol intake. CLICK HERE for signs of alcoholism..
Use sunscreen. CLICK HERE for how to use sunscreen the right way.
The most important part of hygiene is so simple: wash your hands. In addition to that, CLICK HERE for feminine hygiene tips.
Rational and Responsible Use of Products, Services, Diagnostics and Medicines
Think twice before you use over-the-counter medicines. CLICK HERE for OTC medicine safety guidelines.
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