Seeds are packed with protein, minerals

By Matthew Kadey
Posted on July 29, 2021

There is an old saying that “great things come in small packages.” When it comes to edible seeds, don’t let their diminutive size fool you: “In many cases, the nutritional make-up of seeds rivals that of nuts,” said Julie Andrews, MS, RDN, The Gourmet RD. “Each seed has a unique nutrition profile, but they’re all similar in the sense that they’re very nutritious.” So,... READ MORE

Radiation drugs track and kill tumor cells

By Carla K. Johnson
Posted on July 28, 2021

Doctors are reporting improved survival in men with advanced prostate cancer from an experimental drug that delivers radiation directly to tumor cells. Few such drugs are approved now, but the approach may become a new way to treat patients with other hard-to-reach or inoperable cancers. The study tested an emerging class of medicine called radiopharmaceuticals, drugs that deliver... READ MORE

Eating right to support kidney health

By University Health Network
Posted on July 27, 2021

Our kidneys play a vital role in protecting our overall health. What exactly are their main functions? – Remove wastes and excess fluid: They filter about 200 quarts of blood daily to create one to two quarts of urine. – Assist in the creation of red blood cells: They make a hormone called erythropoietin which signals bone marrow to make red blood cells. Red blood cells deliver... READ MORE

Illness-related fatigue: More than just tired

By Jennifer Crystal
Posted on July 26, 2021

“Tired” is a nebulous word that covers a broad spectrum of levels of fatigue. A crucial distinction, however, is between regular fatigue and illness-related fatigue. Everyday fatigue that is not illness-related starts with a baseline of health. You may feel sleepy, you may in fact be sleep-deprived, or your body and mind may be worn out from long hours, exertion, or unrelenting... READ MORE

What can I take to prevent colorectal cancer?

By Andrew Chan, M.D.
Posted on July 23, 2021

Colorectal cancer (CRC) is the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States. There is compelling evidence that screening to detect CRC early to find and remove precancerous polyps can reduce CRC mortality. However, screening has associated harms, including procedural complications, and inherent limitations. For example, colonoscopy, the most common screening tool in the... READ MORE

Setting the record straight on whole grains

By Densie Webb
Posted on July 22, 2021

Whole grains are recommended, with few exceptions, to be included as part of a healthful diet. The latest 2020-2025 U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend three servings a day of whole grains and point to whole grain amaranth, barley, brown rice, buckwheat, bulgur, millet, oats, popcorn, quinoa, dark rye, whole-grain cornmeal, whole wheat bread, whole wheat chapati, whole grain... READ MORE

Breathe easier with these asthma products

By Suzy Cohen
Posted on July 16, 2021

If you’ve ever had your bronchial tube go into a spasm, you know how scary it is! A bronchospasm occurs when the breathing airways suddenly contract, making it hard to breathe and causing that high-pitched, whistling sound called wheezing. If this goes on chronically, it is termed bronchial asthma, or just asthma. About 25 million Americans have asthma, and attacks may be mild and... READ MORE

Studying a drug for Alzheimer’s agitation

By Margaret Foster
Posted on July 13, 2021

Alzheimer’s disease is devastating to a patient’s family not only because of memory loss but because of changes in a loved one’s behavior. In addition to wandering away from caregivers, patients can become anxious, irritable, agitated or even violent. Now a study is under way to see if a drug can help alleviate agitation caused by Alzheimer’s. Sponsored by Avanir Pharmaceuticals... READ MORE

Health News — July 2021

By The Associated Press
Posted on July 09, 2021

New targeted drug may help lung cancer patients U.S. regulators have approved the first medicine for patients with the most common type of lung cancer whose tumors have a genetic mutation long considered untreatable with drugs. The Food and Drug Administration in May said it has approved Amgen’s drug Lumakras to treat non-small cell lung cancer with the mutation in patients who have... READ MORE

Try out Virtual Reality (VR) to help research

By Margaret Foster
Posted on July 08, 2021

It’s something out of a fantasy novel or a movie: You strap on a pair of oversized goggles, and suddenly you’re somewhere else. When you turn your head, you can see new scenes: a kitchen, a grocery store, your hands, and other 3-D images that aren’t really there. Rather than just leaving these high-tech devices to the younger generation, researchers want older adults to take part... READ MORE