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Another reason why exercise can rescue you from depression

Whilst anti-depressants are still the number one choice for treating depression they have many limitations.   Exercise on the other hand has very few limitations and many benefits. Lets compare these two treatment options. Anti-depressant drugs The first major limitation that may surprise you is that Anti-depressant medication is only effective in less than 50% of  patients (1).  Anti-depressants have numerous side effects including loss of libido, increased sleep, weight gain, dry mouth, and many of these side effects seem to plague older adults (2).  Anxiety and diarrhea are often… Read more Another reason why exercise can rescue you from depression

A diet rich in whole grains may lead to modest improvements in gut microbiota and immune response in healthy adults

A recent study reminds  us that bread is actually good for you, but it has to be bread made from whole wheat.  A recent 6 week study on diets high in whole grains found that  eating more whole grains foods (such as  wholewheat bread, brown rice, oats) can improve your immune system and your gut microbiota. Here’s the original article and reference. 6 APR 2017 | Andreu Prados Dietary fibre is a key nutrient for optimizing gut health through fermentation by commensal microbiota in the colon. The vast majority of studies… Read more A diet rich in whole grains may lead to modest improvements in gut microbiota and immune response in healthy adults

Prostate Cancer stems cells resist radiation and we now might know why

It may not be commonly known by the general public but radiotherapy treatment for prostate cancer is not as effective as we would have hoped. In fact it is now understood that radiotherapy is not consistently eradicating 100% of the prostate cancer and instead leaving behind cancer stem cells . Cancer stem cells are  necessary to form new tumours and when these are left circulating in the  body it  increases the likelihood of the cancer returning.  Until now the reasons why stems cells resist radiotherapy have not been  understood. A recent… Read more Prostate Cancer stems cells resist radiation and we now might know why

Obesity Is Linked to at Least 13 Types of Cancer (A NYT Article)

By NICHOLAS BAKALAR   A review of more than a thousand studies has found solid evidence that being overweight or obese increases the risk for at least 13 types of cancer. The study was conducted by a working group of the International Agency for Research on Cancer, part of the World Health Organization. Strong evidence was already available to link five cancers to being overweight or obese: adenocarcinoma of the esophagus; colorectal cancer; breast cancer in postmenopausal women; and uterine and kidney cancers. This new review, published in The New England… Read more Obesity Is Linked to at Least 13 Types of Cancer (A NYT Article)