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Gestational Diabetes Linked to Heart Disease

Women with gestational diabetes are at higher risk for heart disease, according to a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine. Researchers assessed 89,479 eligible participants from the Nurses’ Health Study II study and tracked pregnancy rates, lifestyle factors, and heat disease incidences.

Soy Linked to Breast Cancer Survival

Intake of soy by breast cancer patients is associated with improved survival rates, according to a study published in Cancer.

Obesity Linked to 11 Forms of Cancer

Obesity increases the risk of developing or dying from several forms of cancer, according to a literature review published in BMJ.

Milk and Cheese Increase Risk for Breast Cancer

Dairy products including cow's milk may be associated with an increased risk for breast cancer, according to a new study funded by the National Cancer Institute.

High-Protein Intake Increases Risk for Heart Failure

High amounts of protein increases risk for heart failure in women, according to data presented this week at the American Heart Association’s annual meeting.

High-Protein Diets Cancel Out Weight-Loss Benefits

A high-protein diet does not promote healthful weight loss, according to a study published in Cell Reports.

Dairy Products Increase Risk for Ovarian Cancer

Dairy products increase the risk for ovarian cancer among African-American women, according to a study published in the British Journal of Cancer.

Hormone Replacement Therapy Increases Risk for Breast Cancer

Although previous studies have shown that postmenopausal hormone “therapy” increases breast cancer risk, a new study published in the British Journal of Cancer shows that the risk may be greater than had been realized.

Dietary Cholesterol May Increase Risk for Breast Cancer

Dietary cholesterol is linked to increased breast cancer risk, according to a meta-analysis published in Nutrition Research

Red Meat Linked to Earlier Onset of Puberty

Red meat intake during childhood leads to earlier onset of puberty in adolescent girls, according to a study published online in the Journal of Nutrition.

Processed Meat and Fish Increase Risk for Breast Cancer

Processed meats and fish increase risk for breast cancer, according to a study published in Cancer Causes & Control.

Vitamin C and Carotenoids Reduce Risk for Breast Cancer

Carotenoids and vitamin C found in fruits and vegetables reduces risk for breast cancer, according to a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

High-Fiber Diet Protects Against Breast Cancer

A high-fiber diet during adolescence lowers breast cancer risk, according to a study published online in Pediatrics.

Virus Found in Dairy Linked to Breast Cancer

A virus found in beef and dairy products may be a possible risk factor for breast cancer, according to a case-control study published in PLoS One.

Even Modest Drinking Increases Breast Cancer Risk

Having just one drink per day increases breast cancer risk, according to a study published in the British Medical Journal.

Plant-Based Diets Best for Breast Cancer Survival

A plant-based diet may prove best following the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer, according to a review published in The Permanente Journal. Researchers investigated long-term lifestyle choices and their impact on health risk factors such as heart disease, bone health, and obesity that influence overall survival.

Avoiding Red Meat Improves Inflammation

Women who avoid red meat are more likely to be at a healthier weight and have lower levels of chronic inflammation and oxidative stress, according to a study published in the British Journal of Nutrition. Researchers analyzed lifestyle and dietary information in an ethnically diverse group of 275 healthy premenopausal women and collected biomarkers of inflammation linked to cancer incidence.

U.S. Mothers Should Boost Vegetable and Fruit Intake to Improve Breast Milk Quality

According to a study published in PLoS One, mothers in the United States have lower levels of carotenoids in their breast milk than do mothers in China and Mexico. Researchers collected samples of breast milk and plasma from 60 mother-infant pairs over 26 weeks in Cincinnati, Shanghai, and Mexico City as part of the Global Exploration of Human Milk Study.

Plant-Based Foods Increase Breast Cancer Survival

A new report on breast cancer survival favors plant-based eating, as presented by the World Cancer Research Fund International's Continuous Update Project.

Red Meat in Childhood Increases Risk for Breast Cancer

Women who consume the most red meat during childhood are at higher risk for developing breast cancer, compared with those who consume the least, according to a study published in the International Journal of Cancer.

Potassium Helps Prevent Stroke

A diet rich in potassium reduces the risk of stroke for postmenopausal women, according to a study published online in the American Heart Association journal Stroke.

High Cholesterol Increases Risk of Breast Cancer

High cholesterol levels increase the risk for breast cancer

Fat Linked to Breast Cancer Risk

A high-fat, high-cholesterol diet increases the risk for breast cancer, according to a study published in Breast Cancer Research and Treatment.

Soy Does Not Affect Puberty

Soy products do not affect onset of menarche for girls, according to a new study in the Nutrition Journal

Breast Cancer Linked to Eating Red Meat

Eating red meat is linked to breast cancer.

A High-Fat Diet Increases Risk of Breast Cancer

Women who eat diets high in fat and saturated fat increase their risk of developing breast cancer, according to a study published by the National Cancer Institute.

Researchers looked at breast cancer subtypes defined by estrogen receptor (ER), progesterone receptor (PR), and human epidermal growth factor 2 receptor (HER2) using data collected from the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition-Oxford (EPIC) study.

Red and Processed Meat Endangers Health

Red and processed meat products increase women's disease risk, according to a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

Plant-Based Diet Can Reduce Breast Cancer Risk

A plant-based diet can reduce the risk of breast cancer, according to a new study published online in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

Height Associated with Cancer Risk

Tall women have a greater risk for various cancers, compared with those who are shorter, according to a new study by the American Association for Cancer Research.

Losing Weight Improves Memory

Weight loss among 20 overweight, postmenopausal women resulted in better memory skills, according to findings presented last weekend at The Endocrine Society's annual meeting.

Soy Products Improve Survival in Women with Lung Cancer

Soy products can improve survival from lung cancer, according to a new study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

High-Fat Dairy Intake Linked to Mortality

Women who consumed the most high-fat dairy products were more likely to die during a 12-year follow up, compared with those who consumed the least, according to a new study published by the National Cancer Institute.

Soy Protects Against Breast Cancer

Higher levels of soy product consumption do not increase the risk of breast cancer recurrence and may in fact reduce the risk, compared with lower intakes, according to a review published this month.

Diabetes Linked to Higher Risk of Breast Cancer

Diabetes increases breast cancer risk in postmenopausal women, according to a new study published in Cancer Causes and Control.

Low-Fat, Plant-Filled Diet Reduces Weight and Symptoms of Menopause

Women who were encouraged to eat a low-fat diet with more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains were more likely to lose weight and reduce hot flashes and night sweats, according a new study in the journal Menopause.

New Study Shows Soy Products Protect Women from Breast Cancer Recurrence

A new report in the July edition of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition shows that women previously diagnosed with breast cancer have less risk of cancer recurrence if they consume soy products.

Soy Isoflavones Help Reduce Hot Flashes

Women dealing with hot flashes have found relief from soy products, according to a new study published in the journal Menopause.

Statin Drugs Boost Type 2 Diabetes Risk

Cholesterol-lowering drugs called statins increase the risk of type 2 diabetes, according to a study in the Archives of Internal Medicine.

Women on Vegan Diets Have More Long-Chain Omega-3s, Compared with Fish-Eaters

Women following vegan diets have significantly more omega-3 "good fats" in their blood, compared with fish-eaters, meat-eaters, and ovo-lacto vegetarians, according to a new report from the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC) Study.

Carcinogen in Grilled Chicken May Worsen Breast Cancer

A carcinogen found in grilled chicken may worsen breast cancer, according to new research. In the October issue of Toxicology, Imperial College London researchers shared results of a study treating human breast cancer cell lines with PhIP, one of a group of carcinogens called heterocyclic amines.

Soy Decreases Risk of Breast Cancer Recurrence

Women consuming the most soy products have a lower risk of breast cancer recurrence, according to a new study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.

Vegetables Reduce Breast Cancer Risk

Women consuming more vegetables have a decreased risk of breast cancer, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology.

Dietary Lignans Reduce Breast Cancer Risk

Postmenopausal women whose diets include plenty of lignans, natural compounds found in whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and flax and sesame seeds, may have a lower risk of breast cancer, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

Vegetable Intake Increases Ovarian Cancer Survival Rates

Women with the highest fruit and vegetable intakes have better ovarian cancer survival rates than those who generally neglected these foods, according to a new study in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association.

Vegetables, Fruits, Soy Help Prevent Breast Cancer

Consumption of soy, fruits, and vegetables helps reduce the risk of developing breast cancer, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

Soy Boosts Survival in Breast Cancer Patients

Soy consumption improves breast cancer survival, according to a report in today's Journal of the American Medical Association.

Soy Intake Decreases Risk of Hip Fractures

In a new study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, intake of soy products reduced the risk of hip fractures as much as 36 percent among women who consumed more than the least amount of soy.

Soy Decreases Cancer Risk for Men and Women

Soy intake reduces the risk of prostate cancer and breast cancer in men and women, respectively, according to two new studies that will be released tomorrow in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

Soy Intake in Childhood Reduces Breast Cancer Risk Later in Life

A new study looking at more than 1,500 Asian-American women living in California and Hawaii showed that those with the highest intake of soy during childhood (younger than 12 years old) had a 60 percent lower risk of developing breast cancer later in life.

Mushrooms Protect Against Breast Cancer

Mushrooms may reduce the risk of breast cancer, according to a case-control study conducted in southeast China.

Hormone Therapy Linked to Brain Shrinkage

A new study shows that postmenopausal women who take hormone therapy have significantly lower brain volume in the frontal lobe (p=0.004) and hippocampus (p=0.05), compared with a placebo group.

More Fruits and Vegetables and Less Fat Help Reduce Hormone-Related Cancer

High-fiber, low-fat diets reduce recurrence of breast cancer by 31 percent in women with higher estrogen levels, according to a new report from the Women's Healthy Living and Eating Lifestyle Study.

Diabetes Drugs Linked to Increased Fracture Risk in Women

Avandia and Actos, two diabetes drugs, double the risk of bone fractures in women with type 2 diabetes, according to a new report by researchers at Wake Forest University and Britain's University of East Anglia.

Breast Cancer Epidemic Looms in China

China is on the cusp of a breast cancer epidemic, according to the current issue of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

Meat Consumption Increases Risk of Breast Cancer

The study showed women with genes that rapidly activate these carcinogens are at particular risk of breast cancer if they eat meat.

New Study Links Cancer to Body Weight

A new study published in the British Medical Journal links cancer to body weight.

Cutting Dietary Fat May Reduce Ovarian Cancer Risk

A new study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute shows that a low-fat diet may reduce the incidence of ovarian cancer.

Mammography and Hormone Use Are Correlated with Breast Cancer Rates

A new study in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute suggests that breast cancer rates have been heavily influenced by the use of mammography and hormone therapy.

Vegetables and Fruits Double Breast Cancer Survival Rates

Results from the Women's Healthy Eating and Living (WHEL) study show that, in women previously diagnosed with breast cancer, diets including at least five fruit and vegetable servings daily, when coupled with physical activity, reduce mortality by nearly 50 percent.

Two New Studies Add Evidence That Animal Products Increase Cancer Risk, While Plant Foods Reduce It

Results showed that those who consumed the most animal products had nearly four times the risk of cancer, compared with those whose diets were derived primarily from plant sources.

Low-Fat Dairy Products Linked to Increased Infertility Risk

A new study found low-fat dairy product consumption is linked to an increased risk of infertility.

Soy Foods Lower the Risk for Ovarian Cancer

A new study from the American Journal of Epidemiology finds that soy foods may lower the risk for ovarian cancer.

Decline in Hormone Use Linked to Drop in Breast Cancer Incidence

A new study finds that a recent drop in postmenopausal hormone use was soon followed by a decline in breast cancer incidence.

Red Meat Consumption Increases Breast Cancer Risk

A recent analysis from Harvard's Nurses' Health Study II found that red meat consumption increases breast cancer risk.

Dairy Products and Ovarian Cancer

A new report from the Harvard School of Public Health shows a higher risk of ovarian cancer among women with increased intakes of lactose, the primary sugar in dairy milk.

Breast Cancer Risk: Do Genes Determine Diet's Effect?

A new study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology shows that the power of fruits and vegetables to protect against breast cancer may depend on a woman's genes.

Ovarian Cancer Risk and Consumption of Milk Products and Lactose: Meta-Analysis of Epidemiological Studies Finds Some Support for a Link

An analysis of 21 studies that have investigated the link between ovarian cancer and the consumption of milk products and lactose has found some support for the hypothesis that high intake is associated with increased cancer risk.

HRT Postpones Hot Flashes, Rather Than Eliminating Them

Hot flashes can be suppressed with estrogens and progesterone, but symptoms are likely to return as soon as the treatment is stopped, according to a new report from the Women's Health Initiative.

Vegan Diet Proves Its Acceptability

A new study shows that a major diet overhaul is easier than most people might have imagined.

HRT Use Plummets

Tomorrow's Journal of the American Medical Association reports that the use of hormone replacement therapy has plummeted in the U.S. since studies confirmed that HRT increases risk of breast cancer and cardiovascular disease.

HRT Provides No Heart Benefit, Increases Risk of Blood Clots and Gallstones

Hormone replacement therapy did not reduce the risk of heart problems in 2,763 postmenopausal women with coronary heart disease participating in the Heart and Estrogen/progestin Replacement Study (HERS) for 6.8 years, according to a new report published in JAMA.

If "B" Is for Beef and "C" Is for Chicken Wings... Could "A" Be for Alzheimer's?

Women whose cholesterol levels are in the top 25 percent have a 76-percent increase in risk of developing dementia, compared to women with lower cholesterol levels, according to a study of 1,037 postmenopausal women enrolled in the Heart and Estrogen/Progestin Replacement Study.