In the News: Women With Advanced Cancer Are Living Longer, Social Networks Ranked in Terms of Mental Health, Five Critical Things to Look for on a Nutrition Label

Women with advanced cancer are living longer. In a study conducted between 1992-1994, and 2005 and 2012, the survival rate for women with advanced breast cancer has gone from 18 percent to 36 percent. For women aged 50-64 the survival time went up from 19 months to 30 months. Experts describe the findings as positive and speculate that they are due to better treatment offerings. One drug in particular, Herceptin, may be responsible for lengthening lives. To learn more about breast cancer check out this fact sheet. (WP)

Social networks ranked in terms of mental health. The Royal Society of Public Health and Young Health Movement released a report that scored various social networks in terms of mental health. What they discovered was that Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, and Instagram all had a potentially negative impact on users. Participants stated that these platforms actually increased feelings of anxiety and depression, while YouTube came in first, having a positive impact on users. It’s not clear exactly what causes these negative feelings but some speculate that it’s due to how image focused these platforms are, leading to feelings of inadequacy. (MASH)

Five critical things to look for on a nutritional label to prevent diabetes. If you or a loved one are predisposed to developing diabetes, it’s important to know how to prevent this condition before it’s too late. Experts suggest checking for the following things when reading a nutrition label: fiber, sugar, calories, carbs, and fats. Fiber is linked to decreased blood sugar spikes which is why it’s important to monitor, watching your sugar is a key component of diabetes management, calorie counting is valuable because being overweight or obese can increase the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, certain types of carbs can also lead to type 2 diabetes, and saturated or trans fats can raise cholesterol which can lead to diabetes too. If you have diabetes and want to manage it better, here are four easy ways to take control of your condition. (RD)