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7/13/05

HealthWise at 5 From 7.13

  • Cancer Curry

Scientists are turning to the spice cabinet for an important lab ingredient. Now that they believe the pigment in the spice Turmeric not only gives yellow curry its vibrant color, it could also play an important role in the fight against cancer. The pigment, called "Curcumin" has been found to prevent melanoma cells from growing and actually stimulates tumor cells to kill themselves, but keep in mind that Turmeric is not regulated by the FDA. Which suggests you should check with your doctor before taking any supplements.

  • Asthma

If you have asthma, you might be at a higher risk for getting heartburn. A study published in the Journal Chest found patients with asthma were at a higher risk for developing Gastro-Esophogeal Reflex Disease or GERD within the first year of their asthma diagnosis. GERD can cause heartburn, regurgitation, chronic coughing, hoarseness and chest pain. Researchers plan for more studies to find out what why asthma patients appear at a higher risk.

  • Carb Obesity

Guess which sex is better at tolerating obesity? The answer is women. A study from the Journal Chest suggests men don't process carbohydrates as efficiently as women, putting them at a higher risk for diabetes, obesity and heart disease. Researchers say this is the first time men have been considered worse off than women for problems related to body mass index. The men in the study had a lower oxygen uptake compared to women and higher fasting insulin levels. The bottom line researchers say men were less tolerant of being overweight and therefore more at risk for health problems associated with obesity.

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