White House focuses on microbiome, the trillions of microbes that link to cancer risk

By Posted on 3 Comments on White House focuses on microbiome, the trillions of microbes that link to cancer risk

The bacteria and other microbes living inside us will soon get a much closer look, with the White House announcing a major new initiative today that promises to speed up our understanding of how the trillions of microorganisms play a role in diseases, such as cancer.

The National Microbiome Initiative is a collaboration of government and private industry and it has a broad aim to understand the microorganism communities on Earth and beyond. These communities include bacteria, viruses and fungi. As part of the Initiative the government pledged to support more than $121 million over the next couple years to research. That includes everything from investigating microbes’ role in land, sea, and space. It also involves looking at microbes in animals, including us humans.

1214977_sA lot of the microbiome research already involves human health. Largely ignored until recently, scientists now know that our skin, mouth, gut and almost every part of our body is teeming with microbes that we depend upon for good health. Whether these microbes outnumber human cells ten to one or they’re about even, we know there are trillions of them. And that they are important. Read more… “White House focuses on microbiome, the trillions of microbes that link to cancer risk”

SHARE:

    Final menu labeling rules released, how they can help cancer prevention

    By Posted on Leave a comment on Final menu labeling rules released, how they can help cancer prevention

    A year from now when you dine out, you’ll be seeing just how many calories you’re ordering up with that muffin, salad or drink, thanks to the just released final FDA guidance for menu labeling. If you live in places like New York, Philadelphia, Seattle and California, you already see this information, but these new rules – part of the Affordable Health Care Act – are the first national standards for menu labeling.

    bigstock-Eat-healthy-with-this-menu-of--35851439The requirements mean that any restaurant, concession stand, bakery or other eating venue with 20 or more locations will need to post calorie counts on their menu. Other nutrient information, such as saturated fat, carbohydrates, fiber and protein, will need to be available upon request.

    Some national restaurants have already started to do this. Enforcement for everyone begins in May 2016.

    This is an important tool for cancer prevention because Americans eat at least one-third of their meals away from home – usually with more calories than meals at home. With eleven cancers now linked to obesity, this information can help Americans choose healthy, moderate calorie meals more often and help prevent over 130,000 cases of cancer every year in the US. Read more… “Final menu labeling rules released, how they can help cancer prevention”

    SHARE:

      Behind The Headlines: Questions about AICR’s Stomach Cancer Report

      By Posted on 1 Comment on Behind The Headlines: Questions about AICR’s Stomach Cancer Report

      We’ve just released our latest systematic review of the global literature linking diet, weight and physical activity to an individual cancer; this time, it’s stomach cancer in the spotlight, and there’s some striking news.

      The report’s three major findings – that alcohol, processed meat and obesity increase the risk for stomach cancers – are entirely new. Much of the research makes important distinctions that previous research didn’t, and there’s more to know about stomach cancer risk than easily fits into a headline. Here, we answer questions about some of the nuances that have emerged.

      Two of these three new risk factors apply to distinct types of stomach cancer, cardia and non-cardia. What’s the difference? Read more… “Behind The Headlines: Questions about AICR’s Stomach Cancer Report”

      SHARE: