Monthly Archives: February 2011

How Long am I Going to Live With my Metastatic Breast Cancer?

Metastatic breast cancer (MBC) is a disease that is essentially incurable.  Women with MBC are given chemotherapy at some stage of their illness to extend their lives.  When starting chemotherapy for MBC, most women would like to know how the … Continue reading

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Yunzhi Slows Progression of Advanced Non-small Cell Lung Cancer

Non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) is a leading cause of cancer deaths, but most patients (over 69%) were diagnosed at advanced stages.  Although polysaccharide peptides (PSP), isolated from the fungus Yunzhi (Coriolus versicolor), have been reported to have anti-tumor effects … Continue reading

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Finger Length Can Tell Whether You Are at Risk of Prostate Cancer?

Some people say Chinese palm reading is superstitious.  I disagree.  In Western Medicine, scientists also use retrospective studies to  identify individuals at risk of developing certain diseases (such as lung cancer).  In the latest issue of British Journal of Cancer, investigators analyzed … Continue reading

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Exercise Linked to Lower Risk of Death from Colon Cancer

In November of 2010, a study reported that women who exercised for at least 150 minutes a week might have a reduced risk for endometrial and postmenopausal breast cancer.  Now, a new study conducted by the Siteman Cancer Center at … Continue reading

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Green, but not Black, Tea Reduce Risk for Coronary Heart Disease

We have previous reported that black tea can prevent lung cancer and modest tea consumption can cut cardiovascular disease.  Now, another new study confirmed that green tea, but not black tea, has a protective role against coronary artery disease (CAD).  … Continue reading

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Exercise Improves Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a bowel disorder characterized by chronic abdominal pain, discomfort, bloating, and alteration of bowel habits.  Currently, there is no cure for IBS.  Medicines (such as laxatives, antispasmodics, antidepressants, prokinetics and anti-gas) are usually given to … Continue reading

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Escitalopram (Lexapro) Relief Hot Flashes in Menopausal women

Recent concerns regarding the risk associated with estrogen and progesterone have resulted in its declining use and increased interest in nonhormonal treatments to manage menopausal symptoms.  A 8-week, multicenter, placebo-controlled, study on 205 women found that escitalopram (an antidepressant) might … Continue reading

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Xifaxan Relives Symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Our previous article reported the beneficial effects of exercise to relieve symptoms of irritable disease.  Now, two studies indicated that treatment with antibiotic, rifaximin (Xifaxan), for 2 weeks provides long-lasting, significant symptom relief in patients who have irritable bowel syndrome … Continue reading

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