A 67-year-old woman goes to her primary care physician concerned about abdominal pressure, bloating, and pain. The new symptoms were sudden, severe, and have been ongoing for several days. A blood test followed by an ultrasound revealed a mass in the patient’s abdomen, the result of late- stage malignant ovarian
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The importance of fiber in the diet cannot be overemphasized. Dietary fiber—what we used to call “roughage” or “bulk”—can help prevent or alleviate chronic constipation, hemorrhoids, diverticulosis, IBS, and possibly colorectal cancer. There is some early evidence suggesting that a high-fiber diet may lessen or prevent food allergies, and dietary
Any Physical Activity Better Than None for Survival in Cancer Patients
A recent study published in Cancer Causes & Control found an association between the occurrence of low-to-moderate frequency recreational physical activity and lower mortality in individuals diagnosed with various types of cancer. The data for the 5,807 participants included questionnaires
In 2008, the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion developed the first set of physical activity guidelines ever for the American public. These guidelines are the authoritative voice for how physical activity can help promote health and decrease a person’s risk of disease. But most Americans had difficulty following
Did you get your flu shot this year? A majority of adults usually ignores the annual public health advisory to get a flu shot, even though the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend a seasonal influenza vaccine for almost everyone.
Some people say they don’t get the vaccine because
Alcohol is so interwoven into our social lives that it can be easy to forget that overindulgence can have negative health implications, but alcohol misuse is the third-leading preventable cause of death in the United States. That’s why the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has issued a recommendation urging
The Folklore. Kale has aged well. In its youth, some 4,000 years ago, kale grew wildly in the Mediterranean region before being cultivated by Greeks, Romans, and Europeans, who brought it to the Americas in the 16th century. It built a reputation as a hardy, easy to grow cold weather
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has released the 2018 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, an update of recommendations published in 2008. “The new guidelines provide more evidence-based reasons to be active than ever before,” says Roger A. Fielding, PhD, director of Tufts’ Nutrition, Exercise Physiology, and
Whether your goal is to lose weight or to improve your health as a result of a diabetes or heart disease diagnosis, you must begin with your diet. For complete nutrition, make sure your meal plan includes plenty of vegetables, fruit, lean protein, and whole grains. Unfortunately, however, we often
For many types of cancer, having a family history of the disease places you at a greater risk of developing the cancer yourself. So, if you’re a man with a close relative who had prostate cancer, you might be bothered by a lingering question: Is prostate cancer hereditary?
No one knows