Scientists have found that high levels of insulin in the blood, which is associated with Type Two Diabetes, may also increase the risk of colon cancer. The study of nearly 500 men shows those with above normal levels of insulin had a higher risk of the cancer compared to the men with normal insulin levels. It's believed that problems with insulin regulation may help trigger the growth of colorectal tumors. Earlier studies have shown that people with diabetes are at an increased risk of colon cancer. Researchers say this latest finding is helping show how the two diseases are connected. Likewise, the study in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute also suggests that a healthy lifestyle will reduce the risk of both colon cancer and diabetes.
Results of a new study raise more questions about the use of antidepressants in children. A report in the British Medical Journal reviews six studies looking at antidepressant use in a total of nearly 500 children. Their findings suggest the studies research consistently exaggerated the benefits of those drugs in kids while downplaying the potential side effects. The journal offers concern that biased reporting could mislead doctors and the public about the safety and effectiveness of such drugs in kids. Antidepressants have not been thoroughly studied in children, but new research released last week finds preschoolers are among the fastest growing group of antidepressant users in the country. Last month, the FDA issued an advisory asking doctors to watch their pediatric and adult patients for signs of worsening depression and suicidal thoughts. The Australian study was led by researchers at Department of Psychological Medicine, Women's and Children's Hospital, North Adelaide, Australia and is published in the British Medical Journal. Two of the study authors Peter Mansfield and Jon Jureidini are officers in the group Healthy Skepticism an international non-profit watch dog group that looks out for misleading drug information.
Each year some 76 million Americans suffer from a food born illness, 5,000 die, and several hundred thousand are hospitalized, according to the American Medical Association. But now, doctors have a new tool to help diagnose and treat illnesses that can be spread by what you eat. It's a new handbook from the government to help physicians recognize new infections, what to watch for and when to report symptoms to the health department. As for you the consumer which means the cookers and the eaters, the government reminds us we can usually avoid food born illness like E-Coli, Listeria and Salmonella simply by using good hand washing techniques, separating raw meats from other foods, and following proper cooking and chilling methods.