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Why breast cancer may be more aggressive for obese patients

Women who struggle with obesity are at higher risk for breast cancer, and a look at hormones like estrogen and androgen is providing some possible explanations. A recent study by the University of Colorado Cancer Center and CU School of Medicine examined obese rats with breast cancer and found some important insights. The tumor cells in these animals had especially sensitive androgen receptors as compared with leaner rats. This allowed those cells to amplify growth signals from testosterone. The tumors of the obese rats grew due to androgen receptor activity.



The researchers thus showed that internal experiences, such as recalling personal memories, are associated with the simultaneous activity of different cognitive systems.

Researchers at Bar-Ilan University are bringing us closer to understanding memory: how we can vividly recall an episode from childhood; remember what we did just five minutes ago; imagine and plan in detail our next vacation; and be moved to tears by the story of an absolute stranger or even a fictitious character.

Lipids Management, European Style: EAS (European Atherosclerosis Study)

Our research article today features an interview with the President of the European Atherosclerosis Study, Dr. Catapano. A key point in the interview dealt with the subject of bad cholesterol (LDL-cholesterol). We’ve known for a long time that higher blood levels of LDL-cholesterol increases risk of heart disease and cardiovascular death. We know it’s the LDL-cholesterol that deposits cholesterol in the wall of the artery that ultimately leads to narrowing of the arteries or atherosclerosis.

Higher vitamin C levels improve metabolism and lower the risk of dementia

Integrative health experts have long maintained that a vitamin C deficiency can increase the risk of serious conditions such as cancer, heart disease and diabetes. In fact, according to the Environmental Working Group, up to 40 percent of the U.S. population (alone) suffer from inadequate levels of this essential nutrient – which sets the stage for chronic inflammation and disease.

Cancer Researcher Found Dead Following 'Breakthrough' Discovery Doctor

Miguel Crespo died researching cancer cure in New York medical center By: Jay Greenberg

A medical researcher has been found dead after reporting a "breakthrough" discovery in the cure for cancer.40-year-old Dr. Miguel Crespo's body was found in the bathroom of the Weill Cornell Medical Center on the Upper East Side in New York where he worked after going missing for several hours.

Japan is poised to flood the Pacific with one million tons of nuclear water contaminated by the Fukushima power plant

Japan urged by experts to gradually release radioactive water into Pacific Ocean

Comes more than six years after tsunami overwhelmed Fukushima nuclear plant

The water is stored on site in around 900 large and densely packed tanks But if the tank breaks, the contents may not be able to be controlled

The Japanese government is being urged by experts to gradually release radioactive water in to the Pacific Ocean more than six years after a tsunami overwhelmed the Fukushima nuclear power plant.

4 ways to avoid liver disease

Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, or NAFLD, is now endemic in the United States, with the National Institutes of Health reporting that over 90 million Americans are currently affected. In severe cases, NAFLD – which accounts for over 75 percent of all liver disease – can progress to life-threatening complications, including liver failure and cirrhosis. In fact, some researchers fear that the condition is poised to become the next global epidemic.

Beyond Viagra: Three Natural Aphrodisiacs for Men and Women

The average adult on the street probably hasn’t a clue what the drug Losartin1 is used for, but few would be at a loss if you asked about Viagra. Since its release to the consumer market in 1998, Viagra has been the subject of much press, much conversation, and much controversy, as well as the butt of countless jokes (“What’s the difference between Niagara and Viagra? Niagara falls”). It’s also been a veritable goldmine for the pharmaceutical company Pfizer, which earned over $2 billion from the drug in 2012 alone.1

I Was Once Transgender. Why I Think Trump Made the Right Decision for the Military.

I think he made the right decision—and as someone who lived as trans-female for several years, I should know. Walt Heyer | July 26, 2017

I Was Once Transgender. Why I Think Trump Made the Right Decision for the Military. On Wednesday, President Donald Trump tweeted that he wouldn’t allow transgender individuals to serve in the military:

After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow...... — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 26, 2017