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The sexual health of many patients is being ignored

Cancer treatments impact on sexual health in myriad ways, including loss of libido, erectile problems, vaginal dryness and dyspareunia. A new study has found that oncologists rarely broach the subject with their patients and patients are often hesitant to raise the issue themselves, fearing embarrassment and the possibility of interfering with their cancer treatment, so sexual dysfunction remains largely undiagnosed and untreated. The ULCA Livestrong centre has issues guidance on how health professionals  can start a dialogue about sexual dysfunction with their patients - read more
Certain probiotics shown to protect us from "colds" 

  A growing interest has been directed towards the role of probiotics in preventing upper respiratory track infections. Several studies have now confirmed that their regular intake reduces the incidence and severity of colds. For most of us this is a troublesome annoyance but of those with other illnesses this could lead more to serious consequences. For athletes colds can interfere with their training programme - hence why probiotics are recommended to the Australian national team. It is very important however to take a reputable brand with high manufacturing standards - read more

Women at risk of "long term" depression after breast cancer 

Researchers used the Danish national registry to identify 1,997,669 women with no diagnosis of cancer and followed them for 13 years. Within the 44,494 who developed breast cancer there was a significant increase in depression and taking antidepressants. Although not surprising in the short term after diagnosis the main concern this study uncovered was that depression was also increased as long as 8 yrs later. -read more

Lactose intolerance inked to lower cancer risk - complex reasons 

A study (BMJ) involving 23,000 Swedes with lactose intolerance found they had lower rates of lung, breast and ovarian cancers. The study author concluded this was not because they drank less milk but more likely they tend to have lower calorie intake due to lower milk consumption and tend to eat plant-based beverages used in place of milk which have phytoestrogenic benefits. They also tend to take more probiotics

Don't spend too long on your mobile!

A pool analysis of 2 published trials was this month. 1,498 cases of glioma and 3,530 (87%) controls participated. Mobile and cordless phone use was found to increased the risk of aggressive brain cancer (glioma) particularly of the lobe closest to the ear (temporal lobe). The risk increased per 100 hrs of use and the earlier in life phones started to be used. It would be wise to encourage children to use ear phones - more 

Healthy fats help flight bacterial induced indigestion 
A laboratory study published recently found that linolenic acid and other fatty acids can kill a wide range of bacteria, including H. pylori. More than half the world's people are infected with H. pylori, which is usually treated with antibiotics but the bacterium is rapidly evolving antibiotic-resistant strains. As well as a healthy plant based diet, high quality supplements help to increase omega fat intake - more
Online micro-nutritional testing - optimise your nutritional status
nutritional testsMost top athletes measure their body's essential micro-nutrients to ensure they have the correct nutritional balance for optimal performance. These tests are now available for everyone especially those concerned about or who have survived cancer. A online micro-nutrient service has been developed by cancernet which measures over 50 of the bodies essential micro-nutrients and anti-cancer enzymes (read evidence base).  The results of the detailed blood test are issued with a comprehensive bespoke advice programme which empowers the recipient to a diet and lifestyle which corrects deficiencies and lowers excesses to restore optimal nutritional status - read more about micro-nutrient testing
Lifestyle and Cancer - the facts

Lifestyle after Cancer The 2011 edition of Lifestyle and Cancer dispells the myths by providing clear evidence based advice, to help readers cope with side effects, speed up recovey and reduce the risk of relapse after cancer  Order online


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Another interesting summary about the benefits of polyphenols

Pomi-T Study