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Saturday, November 1, 2014

11/1/14 Health News: Antifreeze added to food and drink ♦ Improving breast cancer chemo ♦ Breathe easier: Get your vitamin D ♦ Polyunsaturated fat lowers risk of heart disease

How often is 'antifreeze' added to food and drink?
31 October 2014 Last updated at 15:33 By Magazine Monitor A collection of cultural artefacts Bottles of a flavoured whisky brand have been removed from shops for containing high levels of an antifreeze ingredient. How often is propylene glycol used in food and drink, asks Chris Stokel-Walker. Fireball Cinnamon Whisky "tastes like heaven… burns like hell", its … Continue Reading
Improving breast cancer chemo by testing patient's tumors in a dish
A technique that monitors the response of 3D chunks of a patient's tumor has been developed to determine how effective different anti-cancer drugs will be before starting chemotherapy. In a new article, the engineers describe applying the technique to the three major forms of breast cancer. They report that the test can detect significant drops in the metabolic activity levels of all three types of tumors within 72 hours when exposed to an effective drug whereas tumors that were resistant to a drug show no change Continue Reading
Breathe easier: Get your vitamin D
Asthma, which inflames and narrows the airways, has become more common in recent years. While there is no known cure, asthma can be managed with medication and by avoiding allergens and other triggers. A new study points to a convenient, free way to manage acute asthmatic episodes -- catching some rays outside Continue Reading
Replacing saturated fat with polyunsaturated fat linked with lower risk of heart disease

People who swap 5 percent of the calories they consume from saturated fat sources such as red meat and butter with foods containing linoleic acid -- the main polyunsaturated fat found in vegetable oil, nuts, and seeds -- lowered their risk of coronary heart disease events by 9 percent and their risk of death from CHD by 13 percent, according to a new study. Continue Reading

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