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Drink to Your Health — with Coffee

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Two recent articles in the Annals of Internal Medicine suggest that coffee drinking may be good for your health.
One reviewed data from over 500,000 individuals from 10 European countries participating in the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition. With an average follow up of >16 years, the investigators found a significant reduction in all-cause mortality when those who drank coffee were compared to those who didn’t. Drinking one cup per day was associated with a 12% decrease in the risk of death, while drinking 2-3 cups per day was associated with an 18% reduction. The reduction in mortality was 12% for men and 8% for women, and did not vary by country.
The second reviewed data from nearly 60,000 individuals participating in the Multi-ethnic Cohort study in Los Angeles and Hawaii. With an average follow up of >16 years, the investigators found that compared with drinking no coffee, coffee consumption was associated with lower total mortality after adjustment for smoking and other factors. Specific benefit was seen for deaths from circulatory and digestive diseases.
I take mine black. No sugar, thanks.

Cancer Mortality Rates Decreasing In The US

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Newsweek (3/31, Silva) reported that the National Institutes of Health’s Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer indicated “death rates for the most common types of cancer dropped for men, women and children from all racial and ethnic backgrounds from 2010-2014.” Investigators found that “the rates of new cancers were lower for men but held steady for women.”
On its website, ABC News (3/31, Mohney) reported, “From 2010 to 2014, overall cancer deaths in men decreased by 1.8 percent per year, 1.4 percent per year for women and 1.6 percent per year for” kids. Researchers found that “in men…improvements included a decrease in lung cancer deaths by 3.5 percent per year, a decrease in prostate cancer deaths by 3.4 percent per year and a decrease in colorectal cancer deaths by 2.5 percent” annually. Meanwhile, in women, researchers found “a decrease in breast cancer deaths by 1.6 percent per year, in lung cancer deaths by 2.0 percent per year and colorectal cancer deaths by 2.8 percent per year.”
The report was published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

Breast Cancer News

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New breast cancer model developed for Hispanic women

A new model developed by Kaiser Permanente will help doctors assess the risk of breast cancer development in Hispanic women. The model is the first to assess breast cancer risk in Hispanic women. Previous models have been developed to examine breast cancer risk in non-Hispanic white, African-American, Asian and Pacific Islander women but not Hispanic women until now.

Researchers from Kaiser Permanente developed the new model as part of the National Cancer Institute’s online Breast Cancer Risk Assessment Tool. Click here for the full article.

Benefits of Exercising

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Age related loss of muscle mass and function can lead to lifestyle as well as socio-economic and public health challenges. A recent study from Denmark looked compared individuals at least 83 years of age who trained with weights three times weekly to those who did not, and found that weight training led to an improvement in muscle bulk and strength. The take home point here is that you’re never too old to benefit from exercise and a healthier lifestyle.