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Detoxify With Di-Indole Methane

Are you looking for an effective way to flush toxins from your body and potentially improve your hormonal well-being? Look to di-indole methane, which research suggests may entail a number of health benefits when taken in nutritional health supplements.

Also known as diindolylmethane, this compound is commonly derived from a number of dark green, cruciferous vegetables or, simply put, from cousins of the broccoli plant.

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FDA revokes Avastin approval to treat breast cancer

A decision by U.S. regulators to yank approval of a drug used to treat breast cancer is placing fresh pressure on the federal government to make a decision about the medication’s future in Canada.

Avastin does not appear to delay tumour growth, prolong life or improve the quality of life for women with a form of breast cancer known as HER2 negative that has metastasized, or spread, to other parts of the body, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration ruled on Friday.

The drug can also cause side effects that are potentially fatal, including high blood pressure, bleeding, hemorrhaging, heart attack and development of perforations in the nose, stomach, intestines and other parts of the body.

“This was a difficult decision. FDA

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Former Football Players’ Brains May Benefit From Healthy Lifestyle

A healthy lifestyle may help reduce football players’ risk of cognitive problems later in life, a new study suggests.

Due to repeated head trauma, football players are more likely than athletes in non-contact sports and non-athletes to suffer cognitive problems as they age.

In this study, University of Missouri researchers assessed former college football players and found that those who ate high-fat foods had greater difficulty with recalling information, orientation and engaging and applying ideas, compared to those who ate less fat and had healthier diets overall.

The researchers also found that frequent, vigorous exercise was associated with higher physical and mental health ratings among former college football players.

“While the negative effects of repeated collisions can’t be completely reversed, this study suggests that former athletes can alter their lifestyle behaviors to change the progression of cognitive decline,” study author Pam Hinton, an associate professor of nutrition and exercise physiology, said in a university news release.

“Even years after they’re done playing sports, athletes can improve their diet and exercise habits to improve their mental and physical health,” she added.

The study appeared in a recent issue of the journal Physician and Sportsmedicine.

“Football will always be around, so it’s impossible to eliminate head injuries; however, we can identify ways to reduce the detrimental health effects of repeated head trauma,” Hinton said.

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More Targeted Treatments Key to Progress in War on Cancer: Report

HealthDay Reporter

THURSDAY, Nov. 3 (HealthDay News) — More targeted treatments and streamlining clinical trials are among the keys to speeding the pace of progress in finding more effective cancer treatments, a new report says.

On Thursday, the eve of the 40th anniversary of President Nixon’s “War on Cancer,” the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) released a report which pinpoints specific areas that need improvement to advance the cause of “personalized” cancer care.

“If we begin to make the needed changes, we believe that cancer research and patient care can become more targeted, more efficient and more effective,” Dr.

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Ginger Root May Reduce Inflammation, Improve Colon Health

Besides being a relatively effective treatment for an upset stomach, herbal supplements containing ginger root may be good for the colon, too. Researchers from the University of Michigan Medical School concluded as much after conducting an investigation into the merits of consuming the substance.

The team began by giving volunteers two grams of either ginger root or a placebo for a period of 28 days. After the test period, scientists measured blood samples for indicators of colon inflammation.

Participants who took ginger root extract experienced a 4 to 6 percent decrease in their levels of inflammation-related bloodborne molecules.

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Ottawa infection control breach points to need to scope all clinics

Some 6,800 Canadians are opening their mailboxes to find letters warning them they may have been infected with hepatitis or HIV while undergoing exploratory procedures at an Ottawa clinic – one that failed an inspection.

Canadians have faced similar scares before. Inaccurate hormone-receptor tests were given to breast-cancer patients in Newfoundland and Labrador between 1997 and 2005. In the tainted blood scandal, about 32,000 people were infected with HIV and hepatitis C between 1980 and 1990.

In this latest case, the patients had colonoscopy or gastroscopy procedures from April, 2002 to June, 2011, and though the risk of being infected by hepatitis B, C or HIV is considered “very low,” it is an unnecessary risk just the same. Patie

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