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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

11/18/14 Health News: ARSENIC IN RICE ♦ Plant-based omega-3 fatty acid ♦ Carrots might be full of lead ♦ Race, Hospital, Insurance Status Effect Cancer Treatment

Consumer Reports (CR) today issued new consumption guidelines for inorganic arsenic (IA) in rice and other grains. While past reports on the subject by CR and others have been complex and academic, this one is consumer friendly. CR says its new guidelines were developed in response to consumer questions after its 2012 study found measurable... Continue Reading

Nothing fishy about health benefits of plant-based omega-3 fatty acid
Increasing the amount of omega-3s in your diet, whether from fish or flax, will likely decrease your risk of getting heart disease, according to nutritionists. A substantial amount of evidence exists supporting the heart-health benefits of eicosapentaenoic acid and docosahexaenoic acid (EPA and DHA), marine-derived omega-3 fatty acids. However, much less evidence exists to demonstrate the positive effects of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), a plant-based omega-3 fatty acid. Continue Reading
Watch out, NYC, your backyard carrots might be pumped full of lead
The study found five out of seven garden plots had unsafe levels of toxic metals in the soil. Gulp.Continue Reading
Race, Hospital, Insurance Status All Factors in How Lung Cancer Is Treated
African Americans, Hispanics, and those who receive care at a community hospital are all significantly less likely than other patients to receive treatment for early stage non-small cell lung cancer, according to a report. The study is the largest to date looking at treatment received by patients with stage I non-small cell lung cancer, an early stage of lung cancer that has not spread to the lymph nodes and is characterized by a small nodules in the lung tissue. Treatment during this early stage offers the best chance for long-term survival Continue Reading

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