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This page is updated regularly with interesting articles that we've been reading on the subjects of cancer and, more importantly, disease prevention. We hope that you come back regularly to see what is new.

Exercise & Activity
The Best Exercise for Aging Muscles The toll that aging takes on a body extends all the way down to the cellular level. But the damage accrued by cells in older muscles is especially severe, because they do not regenerate easily and they become weaker as their mitochondria, which produce energy, diminish in vigor and number.
CMAJ Mobile Although most patients with breast cancer die from other causes, a cancer diagnosis creates a "teachable moment" when patients are more receptive to healthy lifestyle changes. Regardless of whether these changes affect the prognosis, they will almost certainly improve patients' overall health.
Extreme runner endures downhill slide in health For almost seven days, Steve Birkinshaw ignored his body as it cried out to him to stop running. When he finally halted, he had broken a 28-year ultra-endurance record for running to the summit of all 214 Lake District peaks.
Diet & Nutrition
Night Owls Eat Less Healthfully Than Morning People Do Morning people may instinctively choose a healthier diet than night owls do. Finnish researchers tracked the diets of 1,854 men and women ages 25 to 74 and used a well-validated questionnaire to classify them as morning people or evening types.
Top Cardiologist Blasts Nutrition Guidelines One of the world's top cardiologists says that many of the major nutrition guidelines have no good basis in science. "I'm not a nutrition scientist and that may be an advantage because every week in the newspaper we read something is good for you and the same thing the next week is bad for you," said Salim Yusuf, MD, DPhil,(McMaster University), at Cardiology Update 2017 , a symposium presented by the European Society of Cardiology and the Zurich Heart House.
"Old" Food Reduces Lifespan What causes aging? "Scientists have been thinking about this question for centuries," says Harvard professor of medicine Vadim Gladyshev. It sounds almost simple, but in fact it's thorny and complicated, and although several theories have emerged-that organisms are "programmed" by nature to die, or that aging is the result of "hyperfunction" of biological activities, or that it's controlled by genetics-there are as yet no settled answers.
Sleep
The Brain's Connections Shrink During Sleep This mass downscaling stops neurons from becoming saturated-which may be one of the reasons why sleep exists at all.
The Purpose of Sleep? To Forget, Scientists Say In the years since, Dr. Tononi and Dr. Cirelli, along with other researchers, have found a great deal of indirect evidence to support the so-called synaptic homeostasis hypothesis. It turns out, for example, that neurons can prune their synapses - at least in a dish.
Why Jet Lag Is Worse than You Think A new study shows that baseball teams traveling from west to east give up more home runs, and the authors say that jet lag is to blame.
Mindfulness
How to be wiser What is wisdom? And can you learn it?
Why Olympic athletes are zapping their brains Several sprinters and hurdlers who will be competing for Olympic medals in Rio de Janeiro next month have been using a new training tool in preparation: stylish headphones that double as a brain stimulator. The device looks and works like real headphones but is engineered to precisely deliver mild electric current to the motor cortex, an area of the brain that coördinates movement.
Microbes Might Explain Why Many Diets Backfire The gut microbiomes of mice take time to change after bouts of weight loss, making them more vulnerable to regaining weight.
Prostate Cancer
Genetics Startup Helix Wants To Create A World Of Personalized Products From Your DNA | Fast Company Before his death from pancreatic cancer in 2011, Steve Jobs paid $100,000 to have his DNA sequenced. It was a rare and expensive move that, according to biographer Walter Isaacson, provided insight into potential treatments and allowed doctors to customize his drug regimen.
Men underestimate sexual dysfunction risks of prostate surgery Reuters Health - Men with sexual dysfunction after prostate cancer surgery are often surprised to learn that the surgery had put them at risk for those problems, a new study finds. The men in the study had come to a sexual health clinic because of problems they were having after removal of a cancerous prostate gland.
Liquid biopsy: Clues on prostate cancer drug resistance © 2015 American Association for the Advancement of Science. All rights Reserved. AAAS is a partner of HINARI, AGORA OARE, PatientInform, CHORUS, CLOCKSS, CrossRef and COUNTER. Science Translational Medicine ISSN 1946-6242.
Breast Cancer
Marcus Krause's lung cancer wouldn't stop growing. Then he took a new kind of blood test In late August 2014, Marcus Krause, a 53-year-old photographer from Atlanta, received a phone call from his oncologist. Krause had been waiting for this call for more than two weeks. He was to be informed whether his lung cancer was treatable or not. Marcus Krause's condition had been relatively asymptomatic.
Blood test that detects changes in tumor DNA predicts survival of women with advanced breast cancer - Scienmag: Latest Science and Health News Results of a multicenter study of 129 women with advanced breast cancer show that a blood test that spots cancer-linked DNA correctly predicted that most of those patients with higher levels of the tumor markers died significantly earlier than those with lower levels.
Mammograms lead to false breast cancer diagnoses, study says A new study by researchers in Denmark has found that mammograms lead to "overdiagnosis" of breast cancer. According to NBC News, researchers found that as many as one-third of women in Denmark who were diagnosed with breast cancer through mammograms had tumors that would never become cancerous,...
Cancer - General
The power - and the fear - of knowing your cancer genome hen it comes to cancer, all knowledge is power - even when that knowledge is scary. Knowing as much as you can about cancer lets you and your health care team act decisively in devising your treatment strategy. Even more important, it lets you act specifically in selecting treatments or clinical trials that might be best in treating your disease.
Blockchain Could Be the Solution to Health Care's Electronic Record Woes This morning, Senate Republicans moved Rep. Tom Price one step closer to the highest office of public health, rolling over a Democratic boycott in the finance committee and advancing his confirmation as Secretary of Health and Human Services to a full Senate vote.
The cancer lottery: precision oncology might save your life, or it might do nothing In her 30-year battle with breast cancer, Carmen Teixidor thought she had experienced every treatment doctors could hurl at the disease. She had endured multiple bouts of radiation and multiple courses of hormone therapy. She tried chemotherapy once, about 25 years ago, but it diminished the quality of her life so much that she's tried to avoid it ever since.