We recently asked viewers, both online and in our studio audience, which cancer they think kills the most women. Here is what everyone thought:
- Breast cancer – 33%
- Ovarian cancer – 23%
- Lung cancer – 21%
- Cervical cancer -15%
- Colon cancer – 7%
- Endometrial cancer – 1%
The correct answer is actually lung cancer.
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in both women and men in the United States and around the world. Here in America, lung cancer claims over 155,000 lives every year. We all know the habit that boosts your risk the most, which hopefully you’re not doing, but what most people don’t know is that there is now a screening test for lung cancer that can literally save your life. In fact, the results of a new survey from the American Lung Association found that 84 percent of people at a high risk for lung cancer didn’t even know there was a screening test. Well, that changes today.
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Today, we’re digging into a ‘self-help’ sorority that allegedly requires naked photos for admission, brands members with a medical instrument and urges them to follow a near-starvation diet. These are the shocking allegations I’ve recently learned about a group that’s long been at the center of controversy. That group is NXIVM. Based in Albany, it was founded in 1998 by Keith Raniere, promises to take participants on a journey of personal discovery and development. Some former followers claim the man who sells enlightenment is really pitching something else, so I travel to upstate New York to investigate.
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On the surface, the Manson Family appeared to be happy, peace-loving hippies, yet despite their harmless demeanor, they were responsible for the murders of nine innocent people. Their leader, Charles Manson has been called, “the most dangerous man alive.” The most famous of the Manson killings was starlet Sharon Tate. The slaying of the movie star shook Hollywood to its core and left the county in fear—marking the end of the 60’s love-and-peace era.
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Spit test may detect concussions. According to a study published in the JAMA Pediatrics, a saliva analysis may reveal if someone has a concussion and determine how long their symptoms may last. With youth concussions on the rise over the last several years, this discovery could help diagnose the injury early on and determine a more accurate treatment plan. In a study of concussed children, teens, and young adults, researchers identified five molecules known as microRNAs in the saliva, which impact protein functions in the body, and found that they can predict which children would have symptoms 30-days out with 85 percent accuracy, compared to 65 percent accuracy when using a standard survey to assess the condition. Want to learn more about concussions? Take a look at this fact sheet. (CNN)
PTSD often follows a cancer diagnosis. Research out of the National University of Malaysia in Bangi has found that many people diagnosed with cancer also develop PTSD and may continue to have this condition after their cancer subsides. Lead study author, Caryn Mei Hsien Chan, Ph.D., evaluated 469 adults who had been diagnosed with various types of cancer. They were assessed for PTSD symptoms six months following their diagnosis, and again four years later. At the six-month mark, Chan and her team found that participants had a 21.7 percent incidence of PTSD symptoms, and that dropped to 6.1 percent at the four-year check-up. However, one-third of the participants diagnosed before showed constant and/or worsening signs of this condition at that point. These findings highlight the importance of screening for PTSD in cancer patients early in the process to allow for maximum treatment and healing. If you want to learn more about PTSD, here are the important facts. (MN)
Proteins in breast milk may prevent allergies. Researchers at Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical Study have found that exposing egg to the breast milk of mothers during pregnancy and breastfeeding may prevent egg allergies in newborns. In this study, which was conducted on mice, they found that the newborns were given the most allergy protection when their mothers were exposed to eggs before and during pregnancy and breastfeeding, as opposed to just being exposed to eggs during pregnancy but then not going on to breastfeed. In another study, it was discovered that feeding peanut-filled foods to babies at an increased risk of peanut allergies actually decreased the odds of developing a peanut allergy. Allergy specialists are now recommending that expectant mothers do not avoid typical allergy foods (milk, nuts, eggs) during pregnancy and breastfeeding, assuming they do not have those allergies themselves. (SD)
Did you know you can use your slow cooker to make dessert? Give it a try with this creamy cheesecake recipe from lifestyle expert Martha Stewart. Get the recipe.
On today’s show, Dr. Oz sat down with Olivia Newton-John to talk about her breast cancer recurrence. The world-renowned singer and actress was treated for breast cancer 25 years ago and discovered this past spring that it had returned when a painful metastasis was found in her sacrum. She had radiation treatment which relieved her pain and is on a regimen of natural herbs and minerals, including a mix of strains of medical cannabis selected for her by her husband Amazon John Easterling.
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The Federal Trade Commission has found a group of online marketers guilty of publishing deceptive dietary supplement and skincare advertisements after they sold over 40 health and beauty products using unsavory practices. With a combination of false health claims, made-up testimonials, deceptive ‘free trials’, fake websites like “goodhousekeepingtoday.com” and “womenshealthi.com,” and the unauthorized use of celebrity images – including Dr. Oz, Jennifer Aniston, and Paula Deen – the defendants tricked consumers into spending around $179 million over the course of five years.
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A new pill that ‘talks’ to your smartphone has been approved by FDA. The Food and Drug Administration, in a groundbreaking decision, approved a drug with a digital ingestion tracking system, which senses when a pill is swallowed and sends the data to a smartphone. The new pill, called Abilify MyCite, contains an ingestible sensor that can help patients (and their doctors and caregivers) keep track of whether they are taking their medication as directed. Abilify MyCite is approved for the treatment of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, and as an add-on treatment for depression in adults. People who meet the criteria for Abilify MyCite can decide which members of their care team have access to information about when they’ve taken the medication, how much has been ingested, and self-reported mood levels. Psychiatric diseases are not the only illnesses that may benefit from this new type of drug; this innovative way to track medications could help manage a variety of chronic illnesses. However, the rise of digital drugs also raises questions about patient confidentiality and coercion. Want to learn about other smartphone health uses? Watch this clip about a breathalyzer app. (T)
Watching too much TV negates the effects of regular exercise. The new study presented this week at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions in Anaheim, California investigated the connection between television viewing and blood clots in the legs, arms, pelvis, and lungs. Researchers examined data from more than 15,000 middle-aged people who answered questions about their TV habits over 20 years. During that time, doctors diagnosed 691 blood clots in the group. People who said they watched TV “very often” were 71% more likely to have developed a blood clot, compared to those who “never or seldom” watched. Among those who did the recommended 150 minutes of weekly physical activity, those who watched TV very often were still 80% more likely to have had a blood clot than those who rarely or never watched TV. The study serves as a reminder that even physically fit people should avoid sitting in one position for too long. Learn more about blood clots here. (T)
Women less likely to get CPR from bystanders. A study from the University of Pennsylvania discussed this week at an American Heart Association conference in Anaheim showed that women are less likely than men to get CPR from a bystander and more likely to die. Only 39 percent of women suffering cardiac arrest in a public place were given CPR versus 45 percent of men, and men were 23 percent more likely to survive. The study reviewed close to 20,000 cases around the country and is the first to examine gender differences in receiving heart help from the public versus professional responders. Researchers think that rescuers may worry about removing a woman’s clothing to get better access to her chest or worry about touching their breasts to do CPR. The findings also suggest that CPR training may need to be improved, as practice mannequins are usually male torsos. (ABC)
The truth is this: sex occupies much more time in our minds than in real-time, that’s for certain. So when you bring up the recent inescapable news cycle telling us of fallen stars, predators, and sex addiction at your next dinner party, brace yourself for strong opinions from every side. Sex is natural. Sex is fun. But sex for someone who is addicted is a cycle of craving, minimal attachment to a partner, and an inability to stop in spite of negative consequences.
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Study finds any type of sexual harassment can cause psychological harm. A new study, published in the International Journal of Public Health, which has come at a time when sexual misconduct is in the public eye, has determined that any types of sexual harassment, be it inappropriate comments, unwanted attention, unsolicited images, etc, takes a serious psychological toll on the victim, causing or worsening low self-esteem, poor body image, anxiety, and depression. One of the study’s authors, Leif Edward Ottesen Kennair, studied two groups of Norwegian high school students, 3,000 participants altogether. After reviewing their survey responses his team found that 62 percent of both male and female students said they’ve experienced non-physical harassment and reported mental health issues such as anxiety and depression. These findings are remarkable because the effects of non-physical abuse are not often under the microscope to the same extent as physical harassment and abuse but the numbers show that the fallout is just as great. (T)
Mushrooms may have anti-aging benefits. New research published in the journal Food Chemistry says that certain types of mushrooms have two antioxidants that can prevent aging and improve health. While it’s known that mushrooms have the highest amount of ergothioneine, there wasn’t as much information out there about glutathione, another important antioxidant. Porcini mushrooms were found to have the highest amount of both these two antioxidants after researchers tested 13 different kinds. They also found that when mushrooms had high amounts of one antioxidant, they tended to have high amounts of the other as well. You can learn more about the medical uses for mushrooms here. (MN)
Ultra Low-calorie diet can reverse type 2 diabetes. A team of researchers at Yale University has found that a very low-calorie diet can quickly reverse type 2 diabetes when tested on animals. When conducted on mice, they cut their daily intake down by 75 percent and found that their blood sugar levels lowered and they decreased fat as well. As one in three Americans will develop type 2 diabetes by 2050, determining how to prevent or treat this condition is of the utmost importance. Researchers will now have to test human subjects next to determine if these findings hold true for them as well. If so, it may change the types of drugs that are given to treat this all-too-common disease. You can try this negative calorie eating plan if you want to adjust to a low-cal diet. As always, speak to your physician first before beginning any new diet. (SD)