Entries by Janet

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Two Changeable Risk Factors for Prostate Cancer Death

Hey, wait, come back!  This story sounds grim, but it’s actually hopeful!  There are two things you can do right now that raise your odds of not dying of prostate cancer: Stop smoking, and lose weight.  Both of these can make a big difference. For several years now, doctors have known that there was a link […]

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Boomers: Take Care of Your Brain!

Troubling news from a new study, published in the Journals of Gerontology: Social Sciences:  Baby Boomers’ brains aren’t aging well.  Compared to previous generations, Boomers in this ongoing study, of 30,191 Americans over age 50, are experiencing a sharper drop in cognitive function, and are more likely to develop dementia.  And… PAUSE! Before we start […]

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Cancer’s Sweet Tooth

Cancer loves sugar, and sugar really loves cancer.  Isn’t that sweet?  Actually, no, it’s more like a match made in hell – because sugar (glucose) makes many types of cancer grow faster. Scientists have long known that cancers soak up glucose like a sponge; in fact, German physiologist Otto Warburg, who found that tumors extract […]

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COVID-19 and Male Hormones: What’s the Connection?

Why has the COVID-19 virus killed many more men than women?  What does the virus have to do with male hormones?  Well, quite a lot, it turns out, and a lot of what scientists now know about this male hormone (androgen)-virus interaction comes from scientists studying prostate cancer.  Scientists whose research happens to have been […]