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8/28/02

HealthWise at 5 From 8.28

  • Breast/Ovarian Cancer Connection

A new study is adding to evidence of a connection between Breast and Ovarian Cancers. Swedish researchers studied 30,000 women with Breast Cancer under the age of 70. After six years, they found these women to be twice as likely as women in the general population to develop Ovarian Cancer as well. The risk was particularly high in women who were diagnosed with Breast Cancer before the age of 40. The study also found that a family history of Breast Cancer or Ovarian Cancer also increased the risk of Ovarian Cancer. The researchers added that since there is no real screening method for Ovarian Cancer, women who determine thy have the highest risk of Ovarian Cancer may consider removal of the ovaries as the best prevention.

Researchers also found that patients who had a family history of Breast Cancer had a five to six-fold higher chance than other women of eventually developing Ovarian Cancer. But Breast Cancer patients with a family history of Ovarian Cancer had a 17-fold increased risk compared to the women of developing Ovarian Cancer. The research was conducted at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden.

  • Device to Replace Knee Surgery

Stroke Unispacer, a small, kidney-shaped device, is offering new hope to patients looking for an alternative to knee replacement surgery. The Unispacer Knee System is designed to help men and women with early stage Osteoarthritis. The cobalt and chrome device is inserted within the knee's natural structure and aligns itself with the patient's normal knee motion. There's no bone cement or screw, and surgeons are able to preserve as much of the natural bone as possible.

  • Cooking to Combat Cancer

Add a little fat to your diet, it could help reduce your risk of stroke. New research finds heart healthy benefits in certain cooking oils. Could a dose of sunflower oil help prevent a stroke? Ongoing research finds foods rich in Linoleic Acid, a fatty acid found in corn, sunflower and safflower oils and soybeans, may protect a person from the most common type of stroke caused by blood clots. An 8-year study of more than 7,000 men and women found a reduced risk of stroke in people with high levels of the fatty acid. Researchers believe Linoleic Acid may lower blood pressure and reduce the blood's ability to stick together, or form clots. A second study in rats found the acid also helped improve memory problems linked to hypertension. Researchers say more studies are needed to figure out dosing and possible side effects, but say their findings suggest adding a dose of the fatty acid may help keep you healthy. Nutrition experts note a diet high in refined fats and oils actually inhibits our body's ability to use the essential fatty acids we consume. There is no recommended dietary allowance (RDA) for Linoleic acid. The Linoleic acid blood pressure study was published in the august issue of stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association the Linoleic acid memory study was conducted at Loyola university medical center, and is being presented at the American Physiological Society .

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