Confused About the Latest Research? You’re Not Alone

If you’ve ever found yourself wondering why so many nutrition studies seem to contradict each other – and why studying nutrition and cancer is so difficult – you are in good I recently returned from the American Society for Nutrition meeting at the 2013 Experimental Biology conference in Boston and as usual, this was a prominent topic of conversation.

This year at the conference a session that particularly drew my attention was sponsored by ILSI North America. Presentations and videos from this session are available on the ILSI website.

One of the speakers in the session, statistician David Allison, PhD, suggested provocative actions that challenge the way research is traditionally conducted and publicized. According to Dr. Allison, all too often published research is distorted and misleading.

Some of the reasons for this include the common practice of not reporting all the analyses that are conducted in a given study, not publishing (or being able to get published) results from studies don’t find effects, and overstating the importance of a study’s findings. Continue reading

Cancer Survivors and an Aging Population

More people are living with cancer – and living longer – than ever before. There are currently nearly 14 million cancer survivors in the United States and this number is expected to increase to nearly 18 million by 2022, less than 10 years from now. Is our healthcare system ready for this?young people with children

A new study by Janet de Moor from NCI’s Office of Cancer Survivorship and colleagues addresses the challenges that will be facing our nation over the coming years. The study was highlighted in this week’s issue of Cancer Research Update.

According to the authors, by the year 2020 two-thirds of all cancer survivors will be aged 65 or over. This population will be facing the challenges of aging as well as the challenges of being cancer survivors. The needs of cancer survivors vary widely according to their initial diagnosis, treatments they received, and their other health concerns and issues. The authors note that compared to people who have never had cancer, cancer survivors tend to have poorer health and functioning overall. Continue reading