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Teresa L. Johnson, MSPH, RDN, is a nutrition and health communications consultant with a long-time interest in the role of plant-based diets and cancer prevention. Her work draws on elements of nutritional biochemistry, phytochemistry, toxicology, and epidemiology.
Organic food is one of the hottest topics in nutrition today – a quick googling yields more than 18 million results – and nearly everyone has an opinion on it. A recent survey found that nearly half of all Americans report choosing organic foods when possible.
There is concern that pesticides used on conventionally-grown foods may pose a cancer risk, particularly to agricultural workers. However, it is not known whether eating conventionally grown foods poses health risks. Findings from a new study published last week in JAMA Internal Medicine suggest that organic foods may lower cancer risk.
Cigarette smoking markedly increases the risk of developing lung cancer. Historically, that risk has been gauged by how much and how long a person smokes, often described in pack-a-day terms over a period of years. However, data from several large population-based studies suggest that a person’s ethnicity and race influence risk. Findings from a recent review suggest that biomarkers of tobacco exposure may be better determinants of risk, reconciling these two disparate views.
Pancreatic cancer is a relatively rare cancer compared to breast, colorectal, prostate and lung cancer, but it is highly aggressive and expected to claim the lives of more than 44,000 Americans in 2018. The lack of reliable screening tests, the indeterminant symptoms and the relative rarity of pancreatic cancer mean that it is often not diagnosed until the disease is at an advanced stage. But even when diagnosed early, it has a poor prognosis – only about 8 percent of people who develop pancreatic cancer survive longer than five years. Findings from a recent study published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition suggest that diet may play a key role in preventing pancreatic cancer. Read more… “Folate and Vitamin B6 Intake May Reduce Pancreatic Cancer Risk”
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