Georgia State Research Paves Way For Early Detection Of Liver Cancer

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doctorLed by Georgia State University, researchers have developed the first robust and noninvasive detection of early stage liver cancer and liver metastases, in addition to other liver diseases, such as cirrhosis and liver fibrosis.

Their findings were published Wednesday (May 13) in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

More than 700,000 people are diagnosed with liver cancer each year. It is the leading cause of cancer deaths worldwide, accounting for more than 600,000 deaths annually, according to the American Cancer Society. The rate of liver cancer in the U.S. has sharply increased because of several factors, including chronic alcohol abuse, obesity and insulin resistance.

“Liver cancers associated with high mortality rates and poor treatment responses are often diagnosed in the late stages because there is not a reliable way to detect primary liver cancer and metastasis at a size smaller than one centimeter,” said Jenny Yang, lead author on the paper, Distinguished University Professor and associate director of the Center for Diagnostics and Therapeutics at Georgia State.

The liver is a common site for a variety of cancers, including melanoma, breast, pancreatic and colon cancers. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is the leading imaging technique to detect disease without using radiation. MRI contrast or imaging agents aid MRI techniques to obtain tissue-specific images.

As reported by Yang, the applications of MRI contrast agents are not effective for early detection of cancerous tumors because they are hampered by uncontrolled blood circulation time, low relaxation rate or sensitivity, and low specificity. Most contrast agents, she said, are rapidly excreted from the liver, not allowing sufficient time to obtain quality imaging.

To more effectively detect cancerous tumors at an early stage, researchers from Georgia State, in collaboration with researchers from Emory University, Georgia Tech, the University of Georgia and the University of Virginia, have developed a new class of protein-based contrast agents (PRCAs) and an imaging methodology that provides robust results for the early detection of liver cancer and other liver diseases.

ProCA32, the researchers’ newly developed contrast agent, allows for imaging liver tumors that measure less than 0.25 millimeters. The agent is more than 40 times more sensitive than today’s commonly used and clinically approved agents used to detect tumors in the liver.

ProCA32 widens the MRI detection window and is found to be essential for obtaining high-resolution quality images of the liver. This application has important medical implications for imaging various liver diseases, the origin of cancer metastasis, monitoring cancer treatment and guiding therapeutic interventions, such as drug delivery.

“Our new agents can obtain both positive and negative contrast images within one application, providing double the accuracy and confidence of locating cancerous tumors,” Yang said. “These agents are also expected to be much safer with reduced metal toxicity.”

The researchers have shown proof-of-concept that ProCA32 can be used to detect cancerous liver tumors at an early stage with high sensitivity. They have also demonstrated that these new agents better aid the imaging of multiple organs, including the kidney and blood vessels, in addition to the liver and tumors.

“ProCA32 may have far-reaching implications in the diagnosis of other malignancies, which in turn would facilitate development of targeted treatment along with effective monitoring of reduction of tumor burden,” Yang said. “Our agent and methodology can also be applied to study the brain and monitor treatment outcomes in a number of disorders, including stroke and recovery after stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, brain tumors and gliomas.”

The research is supported by the National Institutes of Health.

Eye Cancer On The Rise: Reasons Prevention Is The Key To Saving Your Vision

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By Matthew Lynch

eyeMelanoma of the eye is one of the more common types of eye cancers and develops in melanocytes (the cells that produce melanin, which produces our skin colour). Whilst it is more common in skin, it can develop in the eye leading to eye cancer (sometimes referred to as choroidal or uveal melanoma).

In most cases, this type of cancer will develop in a part of the eye that isn’t visible from the outside, making it difficult to notice. It can start in the eyeball, the conjunctiva or the eyelid, but the most common starting point is the eyeball, or more specifically, the choroid, which creates the middle layer (the uvea) of your eye.

Treatments are available for these melanomas and depending on the case and the severity of the growth, vision may be unaffected. However, some larger melanomas can cause some vision loss.

The Symptoms of an Eye Melanoma

As mentioned previously, this type of cancer can go undetected due to the location of the melanomas and may only be noticed when someone has an eye test or undergoes laser eye surgery. It is not uncommon for companies to identify more underlying issues in their patients who come in for simple corrective surgery. Early warning signs include loss of peripheral vision, blurry or poor vision in one of your eyes, specks of dust (floaters) in your vision, a change in the shape of your pupil, flashing lights or a dark spot on your iris.

Should you find any of the above or you are concerned about your eye health, seek professional advice immediately.

Diagnosis Eye Melanoma

If your doctor is concerned about your eye health they may recommend further tests are carried out to establish whether or not you are suffering from an eye melanoma. They may conduct eye examinations, which involve looking for enlarged blood vessels on the outside of your eye; if these are present, it could indicate that a tumour is growing inside your eye. They will then look at the inside of your eye using specialist equipment that generates a bright light.

Ultrasounds of the eye may also be used to detect any growths. The eye specialist will place a transducer on the front of your eye or closed eyelid and the high-frequency soundwaves will enable them to spot any anomalies.

Angiograms can also be used in these cases, which involve injecting a dye into your bloodstream. This will enhance the blood vessels of the eye and will allow the doctor to take images of these around the affected area.

Available Treatments for Eye Cancer

How your doctor treats your eye melanoma will depend on the size and location of it. If it’s small and isn’t affecting your vision, they may choose to closely monitor it in case it grows. Or, if it is causing complications, surgery to remove the tumour may be considered. In severe cases where the tumour is particularly large, the eye may be removed (enucleation). Radiotherapy and laser treatments may also be offered as an additional precaution.

If you are concerned about your eye health or you’ve noticed some changes in your vision, get in touch with your eye specialist today to arrange an appointment.

– Matthew Lynch has wanted to be an optician ever since he was 15 years old. Now well on his way to his dream career Matt wants to share his passion with more people. He doesn’t feel there is enough awareness of eye health and hopes his articles will help on that front. Visit Laser Eye Surgery Hub if you’re interested in learning more about laser eye surgery options.

Roles Of Probiotics And Prebiotics In Colon Cancer Prevention

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By Mary Toscano

healthywordsColon cancer is linked to microbial problems in the gut. Medical science has not really come up with any definitive cure to cancer till date. However, along with regular treatments and therapies, regular intake of probiotics and prebiotics can help majorly. Taking in beneficial bacteria has proven to lower DNA damage and thus reduce the rates of colorectal cancer. Along with the intake of probiotics, it is also important to know different factors that can help like the best time to take probiotics, what probiotics to take, how much to take, etc.

Prebiotics and probiotics work simultaneously to promote good health. They work together to produce good bacteria and eliminate the bad bacteria in your digestive tract. Let’s find out as to what exactly are probiotics and prebiotics and how do they work for curing cancer and what all foods to consume to get them.

Probiotics are believed to reduce the risks of cancer significantly. They help in the following ways:

▪ Eliminating aflatoxin, a common carcinogen found in peanuts
▪ Decreasing recurrence of bladder tumors
▪ Detoxifying potential colon carcinogens
▪ Enhancing elimination of environmental toxins from the large bowel
▪ Enhancing immune cell activity

Probiotics also lessen the risk or progression of other malignancies. The combination of probiotics and prebiotics has shown to reduce cellular DNA damage that may lead to cancer and also improve immune responses largely.

Keep the bad bacteria in check

The digestive tracts in our body contain as many as 400 million different kinds of bacteria. Both bad bacteria and good bacteria exist and the bad bacteria could have some unfavorable health issues in the longer run if not checked. Poor nutrition, stress, and consumption of antibiotics are some of the circumstances that kill the good bacteria and lead to ailments such as irritable bowel movements, diarrhea, and other such issues.

Probiotic bacteria are friendly and healthy for our systems. These gut-friendly bacteria are found in fermented foods on a large scale and the topmost food being yogurt and yogurt products.

Prebiotics, as the concept goes, are not bacteria at all, but they act as food for friendly bacteria. Probiotic bacteria do not grow by itself in the human body and therefore, there is the need to consume prebiotics which lead to the generation of such healthy probiotic bacteria. The analogy works in the same way as water works for the growth and nourishment of plants.

Eat the right foods and heal the gut lining

Prebiotics come from fibers contained in some kinds of food. These fibers do not digest easily but stay in the gut and act as food which stimulates the growth of probiotic bacteria. Examples of probiotic rich foods are bananas, garlic, onions, honey, tomatoes, barley and other beans and whole grains. The importance and benefits of probiotics are increasing and more and more people are getting aware of its various positive effects. They are also added to various health drinks and foods and can also be purchased in the form of nutritional supplements additionally.

healthyplateFermented foods are an excellent source of probiotics. Make a yogurt and banana smoothie and you’re sorted on your dose of probiotics. There is no better source for such healthy probiotic bacteria than natural foods and fibers.

Studies suggest that probiotics relieve chronic diarrhea and some of the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome. Prebiotics additionally produce vitamin K which boosts the immune system, assist in the absorption of calcium and may lower the risk of colon cancer. Breast milk is rich in prebiotic content which gives the lactating babies additional protection to their immune system and also generate good bacteria. This is the reason why prebiotics are now being added to many baby foods and brands.

Thus, in addition to curing colon and other such cancers, there are various other benefits of probiotic and prebiotic foods and people need to consume these on a regular basis to eliminate any potent diseases in the body and produce and maintain these good and healthy bacteria in the system.

– Mary Toscano is a dedicated wife, a busy mom of two toddlers, an animal shelter volunteer, a health freak runner, and a passionate health and wellness blogger. All of these are her many jobs besides her day job. She aspires to having her own YouTube channel one day about healthy living and clean eating. Spending a major part of her day writing about health and wellness at she educates readers about probiotics. Her goal in life is to inspire and encourage people to take care of their bodies and health. Mary’s message to the world is, “Where there is health, there will be joy, wisdom and wealth!”

Making Sense Of Revised Breast Cancer Screening Guidelines

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didyouknow?With the recent announcement of revised breast cancer screening guidelines that lean toward a later and less frequent approach for average risk women, some may be confused about what screening plan path to take. Experts from the Lester and Sue Smith Breast Center at Baylor College of Medicine offered advice to help sort through the confusion.

“The American Cancer Society guideline changes relate only to those women of average risk,” said Dr. Emily Sedgwick, director of breast imaging in the Smith Breast Center. “Women with known risk factors do not fall into this group and should follow a different screening plan as recommended by their doctors.”

Understanding your risk

Bottom line, every woman should take a proactive role in knowing and understanding their risk for breast cancer. “Unfortunately, three out of four women I diagnose with breast cancer have no risk factors,” Sedgwick said.

It is important to note the revised guidelines said women between the ages of 40 – 44 have the choice to start annual mammograms if they wish to do so.

Those known risk factors include:

* Women with a strong family history – first degree relative such as a mother, daughter, sister

* Known genetic mutation such as the BRCA gene

* Previous breast biopsy or abnormal mammogram

* Early menstrual cycle (starting at 11 years or younger)

* Being overweight

* Having a dense breast tissue on mammogram

It has been shown that women who have dense tissue on their mammograms are at least four times more likely to develop breast cancer. If a woman does not receive her screening mammogram at age 40, she would not know if she was at increased risk of developing breast cancer.

A link to the new guidelines, announced by the American Cancer Society yesterday, can be found online here. The group calls for screening to start at age 45 for average risk women and continue annually through age 55. Patients may choose to have an annual exam or every other year after age 55. Women should continue to have mammograms as long as they are in good health.

Women with a family history should start screening 10 years younger than the diagnosis age of the first relative. For example, if mother was diagnosed at 40, daughter should begin at age 30.

The younger women issue

Younger women are still diagnosed with breast cancer, which is a constant source of confusion surrounding screening guidelines. It’s important to know the facts, Sedgwick said.

“Most women who are diagnosed are postmenopausal,” she said. “But about 25 to 30 percent of women are diagnosed below the age of 50 which is a significant number of women.”

It is important to talk to you doctor and make a decision when to start, she said.

Bottom line, every woman should take a proactive role

“The issue with younger women and early screenings is that they tend to have more false positives,” said Sedgwick. “False positives may lead to more follow up tests including additional mammograms, biopsies, MRIs and ultrasounds. This testing, even if normal, can be psychologically stressful for some time to come. We overcome some of that anxiety by providing same day mammography work-up and biopsy at the Smith Breast Center.”

Sedgwick said the introduction of new technology, such as the three dimensional mammography screening, reduces false positives, which can be a particular problem in younger women with dense breast tissue.

“The issue of cancer screening guidelines and constant revisions is heavily reported in the news,” said Sedgwick. “I encourage women to understand their own risk of developing breast cancer and to work with a physician who can help them understand. A physician can help you make sense of what may be misleading information reported on a very important topic.”

The Smith Breast Center is a major component of the Dan L. Duncan Cancer Center at Baylor, an NCI-Designated Comprehensive Cancer Center.

3D Mammography Most Effective Technology Available For Breast Cancer Screening

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womanarmupThree-dimensional digital breast tomography, or 3D mammography, is the most effective technology available for early detection of breast cancer, said experts in the Lester and Sue Smith Breast Center at Baylor College of Medicine.

“Mammography technology has been rapidly advancing since the 1990s. We have cut breast cancer deaths 30 percent as a result of early detection,” said Dr. Emily Sedgwick, director of breast imaging in the Smith Breast Center at Baylor, which is equipped with 3D mammography equipment. “3D mammography is the latest advance in the field and an option all women should be aware of.”

3D mammography has several advantages over two-dimensional mammography, Sedgwick said.

More accurate cancer detection

While 2D mammography would catch approximately four cancers in 1,000 women, 3D technology catches almost double that, Sedgwick said. “There are fewer false positives and an improved cancer detection rate,” she said.

“One of the biggest issues with 2D mammography is the ‘structure noise’ created by overlapping tissue in the breast,” said Sedgwick. “3D mammography reduces that noise to eliminate overlapping structures.”

She used the example of a view of a loaf of raisin bread. “2D is like looking at the outside of the loaf, it looks like raisin bread but you cannot be exactly sure,” said Sedgwick. “There might actually be walnuts in there, or both. 3D gives you an inside view of the bread so you can tell the difference between what might be a walnut or raisin or in the case of breast cancer, benign or malignant growths.

The result has been a significant improvement in detection of invasive cancers –approximately 40 to 53 percent, Sedgwick said. “For these types of faster growing breast cancers, early detection in critical.”

Additionally, the technology is better at detecting cancer in dense breast tissue.

More images in short period of time

Like 2D mammography, 3D takes images in an arc over the breast in a short duration of time (4 seconds), Sedgwick said. “Fifteen images are taken with 3D versus four in 2D.”

Reduced radiation dose

seniorwoman2While radiation exposure in mammography is not a significant risk, 3D mammography has reduced the radiation exposure rate by approximately 45 percent.

“The amount of radiation exposure endured during a 2D mammogram is equivalent to the amount in an airplane on a cross country flight, so this is not a major concern but we’re able to use less exposure with 3D technology.”

Reduction in the recall rate, or need for additional pictures, is also a factor, Sedgwick said.

“The use of 3D mammography is a win-win-win situation for women,” said Sedgwick.

The technology, approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2014, is still new and therefore not all insurance companies are paying for it, Sedgwick said. “Hopefully in the next year more payers will come on board.”

Medicare and Blue Cross Blue Shield are among the groups currently paying for it.

All women should receive a screening mammogram annually beginning at age 40, Sedgwick said.

Think Pink And Fight Breast Cancer!

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Now is the time for businesses to prepare a promotional cause marketing campaign to align with Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October.

newsOctober is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an annual campaign to promote awareness of and education about the disease that will affect 1-in-8 U.S. women and 1-in-1,000 U.S. men during the course of their lives. Breast cancer is a pervasive and deadly disease. Breast cancer is a commonly-diagnosed cancer in U.S. women, second only to skin cancer. And breast cancer death rates for U.S. women are higher than for any other cancer besides lung cancer. Yet when breast cancer is detected early, the five-year survival rate is 98%.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month shines a spotlight on this devastating disease and the importance of having a plan in place to detect the disease in its early stages. The pink ribbon is a dual symbol of the disease and the power of early detection and intervention to prevent the spread of the disease.

There are many ways, large and small, for businesses to participate in Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and the time to prepare a promotional cause marketing campaign for October is now. Businesses can:

* Fund local charity walks that funnel dollars to breast cancer research

* Sponsor fundraising events that provide mammograms for women in need

* Sponsor breast health education workshops

* Promote public service announcements that remind about the importance of breast self-exams, mammograms, and clinical breast exams

On a smaller scale, businesses can simply raise awareness about the disease and the importance of early detection by developing custom products emblazoned with their logo, along with the pink ribbon, and passing them out to staff and clients.

Christine Marion, Director of Retail Operations for EmbroidMe says, “Whatever role a business decides to play in promoting Breast Cancer Awareness Month, EmbroidMe offers businesses the ability to customize products that show support for women’s health in general and breast health in particular.”

Whether businesses are in need of branded clothing, branded office supplies, corporate apparel, or other promotional products such as mugs, keychains, and wristbands, EmbroidMe has hundreds of Resource Centers around the world to help your business develop the perfect promotional products to honor Breast Cancer Awareness Month. EmbroidMe’s on-site specialists are ready to provide you with first-class service and products of the highest quality. Just click EmbroidMe Locations to find the Resource Center nearest you, or call (877) 877-0234 to speak to a trained design professional.

Moderate Exercise May Make Cancer Treatments More Effective

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newsKansas State University kinesiology research offers encouraging information for cancer patients: A brisk walk or a slow jog on a regular basis may be the key to improved cancer treatments.

Brad Behnke, associate professor of exercise physiology, and collaborators have shown that moderate exercise on a regular basis enhances tumor oxygenation, which may improve treatments in cancer patients. Now Behnke is using a $750,000 American Cancer Society grant to study moderate exercise as a way to make radiation treatments more effective, especially for difficult-to-treat tumors.

“If we can increase the efficacy of radiation treatment, then the patient’s prognosis is enhanced,” Behnke said. “An intervention like exercise has almost universally positive side effects versus other treatments that can have deleterious side effects. Exercise is a type of therapy that benefits multiple systems in the body, and may permanently alter the environment within the tumor.”

The National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health recommends exercise for cancer patients and cancer survivors, but little research shows what happens within the tumors during such exercise. That prompted Behnke to combine his expertise in integrative physiology with cancer research. He also has received support from the university’s Johnson Cancer Research Center.

“I became interested in finding out what happens within the tumor during and after exercise as a means to enhance treatment outcomes,” Behnke said.

For the latest research, Behnke is using prostate cancer tumor models to find ways to enhance oxygen delivery to tumors. When a tumor is hypoxic, or has low oxygen, it is often very aggressive, Behnke said. Because oxygen is a “radiosensitizer,” it helps destroy cancer cells. As a result, low-oxygen tumors often are resistant to traditional cancer therapies, such as radiation therapy, and interventions, such as concentrated oxygen breathing, are used to get more oxygen to the tumor before treatment.

“If we manipulate all the systems in the body — the lungs, the heart and the blood vessels — with exercise, we can take advantage of the dysfunctional vasculature in the tumor and enhance blood flow to the tumor,” Behnke said. “The tumor becomes the path of least resistance for the elevated cardiac output of exercise, which results in a substantial increase in tumor oxygenation during and after exercise.”

But the key is moderate exercise, said Behnke. Too little exercise may have no effect, but too much exercise may have a negative effect and may shut down blood flow to the tumor region or impair the immune system.

Moderate exercise is an activity that uses 30 to 60 percent of someone’s aerobic capacity, Behnke said. The activity is nonstrenuous and is something that most people can perform, such as a brisk walk or a slow jog.

Research also has shown that moderate exercise can help cancer patients counteract some of the side effects of treatment — such as low blood count, fatigue, cachexia and lost muscle mass — which has led to many researchers labeling this as “aerobic exercise therapy” for patients with cancer, Behnke said.

“There really aren’t any negative side effects of moderate-intensity exercise,” Behnke said. “Exercise is often prescribed to improve the side effects of cancer and treatment, but what exercise is doing within the tumor itself is likely beneficial as well.”

Behnke and collaborators have published their exercise and cancer research in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

At Kansas State University, Behnke is collaborating with Mary Lynn Higginbotham, assistant professor of clinical sciences; Katie Heinrich, assistant professor of kinesiology; and David Poole, professor of kinesiology. The American Cancer Society grant, “Modulation of tumor oxygenation to enhance radiotherapy,” also involves University of Florida researchers in tumor microenvironment biology.

Connecticut Dermatology Group Provides Complimentary Skin Cancer Screenings

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informationredIn recognition of Skin Cancer Awareness Month, Connecticut Dermatology Group offers a complimentary skin cancer-screening event May 16th at their Norwalk location.

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in the course of a lifetime. However, most skin cancers can be treated with great outcomes if found early.

With three offices in Connecticut, located in Norwalk, Milford and Stamford, Connecticut Dermatology Group (CDG) strives to make their patients and the entire Fairfield County community aware of skin cancer risks and the importance of early detection.

CDG will hold it’s second annual Free Screenings for Skin Cancer day at their Norwalk location, located at 761 Main Avenue this Saturday, May 16th from 8 AM – 12 PM.

This year they have launched the “Get Naked, Save a Life” campaign to focus on the life-saving aspect of a skin cancer screening.

CDG treats and cures more than 1,500 cases of skin cancer annually through Mohs Micrographic Surgery. Their Mohs Surgery Skin Cancer Treatment Center is the largest in Fairfield County and provides same-day, on-premise, and minimally invasive treatment of skin cancer tumors. Managing Partner and Castle Connolly Top Doctor 2015, Dr. Steven A. Kolenik III has completed over 19,000 Mohs procedures. He will be at the event to answer any questions.

In addition to the free screenings, the first 50 people to attend will receive a complimentary t-shirt. There will also be a raffle and free giveaways. Register here or call 203-810-4151 for more information!

About Connecticut Dermatology Group

Connecticut Dermatology Group (CDG) is a leader in dermatology services in Connecticut. Since it’s founding in 1964, CDG has provided comprehensive skin care to tens of thousands in Connecticut through its Norwalk, Milford, and Stamford offices. CDG is Fairfield County’s largest physician-directed skincare center providing medical and surgical care, as well as state-of-the-art cosmetic services. CDG has been designated as a national dermatological testing center to conduct clinical trials for new and upcoming medical and cosmetic services. Managing Partner, Dr. Steven A. Kolenik III has been peer nominated as 2015 Top Doctor in Fairfield County by Castle Connolly. Dr. Kolenik III has completed over 19,000 Mohs procedures.

Study Looks At Effect Of Diet On Prostate Cancer Progression

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saladsRecent studies suggest that nutrients found primarily in vegetables and fruits can help lower the risk of prostate cancer and possibly slow its development, and those diets higher in these foods and lower in fat and meat may provide some protective benefit against the disease or its progression.

A clinical study called MEAL (The Men’s Eating and Living (MEAL) Study: A Randomized Trial of Diet to Alter Disease) is assessing whether a diet-based intervention to increase vegetable and fruit consumption can slow disease progression, and improve the quality of life for men with low-grade prostate cancer who are under active surveillance. Men are typically offered the option to undergo active surveillance if they meet very specific criteria, including the presence of a small low-grade tumor in their prostate. If there is a larger tumor in the prostate and/or the disease is of higher grade, then these men will likely be offered active treatment with surgery or radiation.

The active surveillance approach involves careful and close monitoring, and can postpone the side effects of active treatment, or even avoid those undesirable side effects. That is achieved by regular prostate exams and blood tests, and periodic biopsies.

With this approach, active treatment is not begun until the disease shows signs of growth or progression, and still allows the doctors and their teams to treat the disease while it is still in an early curative state.

Patients who enroll in the MEAL study are randomized either to a group that receives telephone-based dietary counseling and structured dietary education, or to a control group who receives a booklet on nutrition, exercise, and prostate cancer, but no ongoing dietary counseling.

Men randomized to the intervention group on the MEAL study will receive structured, individualized, one-on-one counseling achieved via half-hour telephone calls over a period of 24 months. The goal is to help them change their dietary patterns and to incorporate at least seven servings of vegetables and two servings of fruit daily.

“This study is the only open national clinical trial to assess a dietary intervention in this population, and has the potential to improve quality-of-life and the treatment of men with low-risk prostate cancer.” says Dr. Guilherme Godoy, assistant professor of urology and the principal investigator of the study at Baylor College of Medicine.

This study is open nationally through cooperative groups, such as CALGB and SWOG, and more information can be obtained at National Cancer Institute (NCI) website under the identifier: NCT01238172.

Baylor College of Medicine is one of the sites in Houston where the study is open. For more information or to participate in this clinical trial, please contact Charleen Gonzalez at 713-798-2179, or

Hydrogen Peroxide Teeth Whitening Dangers Can Include Risk Of Cancer

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malesmileWith teeth whitening continuing to grow in popularity, hydrogen peroxide teeth whitening dangers can include risk of cancer due to free radical oxidation damage to the gums and tongue. Dr Gerry Curatola shares these four tips to minimize this risk.

Teeth whitening, the most requested cosmetic procedure in America, uses a common peroxide-based bleaching ingredient, mainly hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide, that is raising health concerns. According to integrative cosmetic dentist and wellness pioneer, Dr. Gerry Curatola, “Most people are unaware that hydrogen peroxide teeth whitening dangers include the risk of oral cancer. Peroxide in teeth whitening is a potent oxidizer, and oxidation is the same process that rusts your wrought iron furniture.” Curatola explains that the uncontrolled use of these peroxide-based whitening products, especially OTC bleaching strips, gels and trays, bombard the mouth with thousands of potentially cancer-causing molecules called free radicals during whitening. It also lowers important levels of antioxidant protection to keep your mouth healthy, especially on your gums and tongue. “In a sense, we may be whitening our teeth, but ‘rusting’ our gums!” says Dr. Curatola.

To whiten safely, Curatola offers these 4 teeth whitening tips:

1) Avoid at-home whitening products. Whitening your teeth at a dental office is safer, where your gums are protected during the process.

2) Do not whiten more than four times a year, not less than three months apart.

3) Be sure you receive a dental examination prior to whitening to ensure there are no areas of decay, gum disease or loose crowns or fillings that can put your teeth at risk of permanent damage.

4) Restore and replenish vitamins and antioxidants in the mouth lost during the whitening process. Vitamins A, B, C, D, E, and Coenzyme Q-10 are all important for healthy teeth and gums.

Curatola developed his Brighten & Balance (B&B)™ Teeth Whitening process. The objective is to safely whiten teeth while restoring the important antioxidants lost during the whitening process, which are essential for health and protection.

He patented an in-office antioxidant gum mask called NuPath Bioactives®, containing powerful antioxidants, homeopathic microminerals and herbal extracts. Applied to the gums for six minutes after the whitening process, it is followed by a salt bath rich in trace minerals for a balancing and rejuvenating result.