Sugar rich western diet can trigger breast cancer

High fructose diet can lead to breast cancer and lung metastases, warns an American research. Researchers from the University of Texas carried out a study where they fed mice with high fructose diet and normal diet. They found that 58% of the mice that had a diet high in sugar had mammary tumours by the time they were six months old. Researchers believe the sugar affects a particular enzyme called 12-LOX (12-lipoxygenase) which increases the risk of breast cancer and lung metastases. The risk was higher in fructose, in table sugar and high-fructose corn syrup, often used in western diet. Previous studies have showed cancer cells grow and spread more rapidly on sugar. The study was published in the Cancer Research Journal. Read more here.

Too much of email can cause stress

Leaving email services on the whole day and checking emails early in the morning and late at night can cause stress, shows a British study. Researchers from a London-based Future Work centre conducted a psychological research on the effects of email on some 2,000 workers from different occupations across the UK. The findings showed that push notifications that automatically update emails cause high levels of stress. Those who found it most useful also showed the highest levels of email pressure which eventually affected their personal and professional life as well. The study was presented at British Psychological Society’s Division of Occupational Psychology. Read more here.

Surgery patients can take shower two days after surgery

Taking shower two days after surgery doesn’t increase the risk of infections around the incision site as many tend to believe, study suggests. Researchers at national Taiwan University hospital enlisted 444 patients who underwent surgeries on the thyroid, lung, face and abdominal hernias. Half the participants were in a position to shower after days of the operations, while the rest of them had to wait. After two weeks of surgery, four patients in the shower group and six in the unwashed group developed superficial infections with redness and swelling. Showering can improve patients’ spirits and help them recover faster. But most doctors advise against it, fearing infection, until stitches are removed and it can take many days, or even weeks. The study appeared in Annals of Surgery. Read more here.

Black raspberries can reduce stroke and cancer risk

Black raspberries contain antioxidants and can help people with a heightened risk of stroke, heart disease, cancer, arthritis and asthma, claims a Polish research. Researchers from the University of Agriculture in Krakow have found that certain black raspberries like exotic Goji, Acerola or Acai berries have enormous health benefits compared to plain raspberries or blackberries.

Researchers measured the content of phenolics and anthocyanins in black raspberries, red raspberries and blackberries and their potential health benefits. They found that the amount of antioxidants in black raspberries was three times higher than in other fruits. The study was published in Open Chemistry. Read more here.

Compiled by Abhijit Ahaskar

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