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Sunday, December 14, 2014

12/14/14 Health News: Controlling obesity with potato extract ♦ Testosterone contributes to colon cancer ♦ Brain mechanism that causes us to eat glucose

Controlling obesity with potato extract
A simple potato extract may limit weight gain from a diet that is high in fat and refined carbohydrates, according to scientists. The results of their recent study with mice were so surprising that the investigators repeated the experiment just to be sure.  Continue Reading
Smoking still causes large proportion of cancer deaths in the United States
Despite significant drops in smoking rates, cigarettes continue to cause about three in ten cancer deaths in the United States, a study has found. "Reducing smoking prevalence as rapidly as possible should be a top priority for US public health efforts to prevent future cancer deaths,"  Continue Reading
Brain mechanism that drives us to eat glucose discovered
Scientists have discovered a mechanism in the brain that may drive our appetite for foods rich in glucose and could lead to improved treatments for obesity. Continue Reading
Testosterone may contribute to colon cancer tumor growth

Evidence suggesting that the male hormone testosterone may actually be a contributing factor in the formation of colon cancer tumors has been discovered. "Previously, scientists believed that female hormones may have lent some sort of protection against tumor susceptibility," the lead researcher said. "However, by showing that removing testosterone from rats leads to a drastic decrease in colon cancer susceptibility, it appears that male hormones may actually contribute to colon tumor growth." Continue Reading

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