Here's the thing: I snoop for my Christmas presents. I read the last page of a novel first. I found out the sex of my children the very day their little-boy parts dangled into view. I even devour horoscopes—not because I'm certain the universe holds the key to my life, but because it just might. So when WH asked if I would consider learning which diseases could eventually take me out, I had only two words: Hell yes.And so, on my 39th birthday ("Stay positive!" beseeches my horoscope), I tear open a glossy package from 23andMe, a California-based personal genetics company that sells $429 testing kits online. I spend the next five minutes hawking up sputum like a teenage boy; I need enough saliva to top off a test tube, no air bubbles allowed. As I vigorously work my mouth, I think about the different illnesses—diabetes, cancer, heart disease—that killed off my relatives, and whether or not these ailments are hiding deep in my own DNA.I shove the vial into a plastic … [Read more...] about Should You Get a DNA Test?
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At the recent European Crohn's and Colitis Organization (ECCO) annual meeting in Lyon, France, Abbott Laboratories announced that HUMIRA (Adalimumab) is successful in the treatment of fistulas in susceptible Crohn's patients. inflammation of the wall of the digestive tract. The disease involves constant cycles of flare-ups and remission throughout the life of the patient, and without proper treatment, must be addressed surgically. It is considered an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), similar to ulcerative colitis. Up to 43% of Crohn's disease patients develop painful and embarrassing fistulas, which are tunnels that connect affected organs to surrounding tissues such as the bladder, vagina, or skin. These are difficult to treat, can cause fecal discharge in abnormal locations, and can thus lead to incontinence, infections, and complications that will necessitate surgery. infliximab and other TNF-α blockers. It has been approved in several countries for treatment of many … [Read more...] about Hope For Crohn’s Patients With Fistulas Found In HUMIRA/Adalimumab
Olive oil, rich in monounsaturated fatty acids, is a major component of the Mediterranean diet. Populations from that region have longer life expectancies and lower risks of heart disease, high blood pressure and stroke, compared with North Americans and Northern Europeans. Monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFAs) are considered a healthy dietary fat, as opposed to saturated fats and trans fats. This MNT Knowledge Center feature is part of a collection of articles on the health benefits of popular foods. Olive oil is a fat obtained from the fruit of the Olea europaea (olive tree), a traditional tree crop of the Mediterranean region, where whole olives are pressed to produce olive oil. The oil is used in cosmetics, medicine, cooking and soaps, and was also used as a fuel for traditional lamps. Although originating in the Mediterranean countries, today it is used worldwide. Greece has the highest olive oil intake per person in the world. Greeks consume, on average, 24 liters … [Read more...] about Olive Oil: Health Benefits, Nutritional Information
The most popular spices are cumin seeds, fennel seeds and of course there’s turmeric. But fenugreek seeds may be one you don’t know yet. It’s an incredibly flavorful spice, and the benefits of fenugreek seeds are seemingly endless. Fenugreek is considered one of the oldest medicinal plants, and is grown throughout India, the Mediterranean, Egypt, the Middle East, Argentina, and North Africa. The use of fenugreek was first recorded on ancient Egyptian papyrus around the date of 1500 BCE. The fenugreek plant is an annual herb that grows two to three feet tall, its leaves are used in cooking, and the pods carry about 20 small yellow-brown, flat, aromatic, and pungent seeds. Fenugreek has been used in many cultures, and therefore has multiple names including methi, methika, Greek clover, trigonelle, woo lu bar, hu lu ba, Greek hay, bockshornklee, bockshornsame, and bird’s foot. What is it about fenugreek seeds that make them so nutritious (1)? Fenugreek seeds … [Read more...] about Fenugreek Seed Benefits for Weight Loss, Diabetes, Hair, and More!
It is recommended that Americans get anywhere from 25 to 38 grams of fiber per day, depending on their age and sex, but many people do not eat the recommended amount. Fiber has many health benefits, particularly for digestion. It also can help prevent obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. Now, a new study from Harvard University researchers is suggesting that fiber can help prevent breast cancer too. In the study, researchers tracked 44,000 women over a 20-year period. The women were surveyed about the diets they ate in high school. Every four years during the time of the study, the women completed questionnaires about their current diet. The researchers found that the women who ate high-fiber diets as teenagers were less likely to develop breast cancer later in life. Women who ate around 28 grams of fiber per day as teenagers were found to have 24% less chance of developing breast cancer before menopause compared to women who only ate around 14 grams of fiber. As well, women who … [Read more...] about High-Fiber Fruits And Vegetables Can Reduce Risk of Breast Cancer