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Probiotics May Help Prevent Cancer

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  • Micky Woolf
    HEALTH NEWS Probiotics May Help Prevent Cancer A new study from Belgium suggests that daily intake of probiotics (friendly bacteria) and prebiotics (substances
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 15, 2007

      Probiotics May Help Prevent Cancer
      A new study from Belgium suggests that daily intake of probiotics (friendly bacteria) and prebiotics (substances that nourish friendly bacteria in the intestines) may reduce the activity of enzymes in the colon that produce carcinogenic compounds. A small study that included 53 young, healthy volunteers who took probiotics, prebiotics and synbiotics (a combination of probiotics and the foods that foster their growth) found that certain probiotics and prebiotics decreased levels of enzymes believed to be involved with the development of colon cancer. The synbiotic didn�t appear to help. We�ve got to learn a lot more on this subject than this study reveals � as one of the researchers noted, it didn�t show that people will live longer, healthier lives because of the new findings. The study was published on February 28, 2007 in the advance online issue of the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Meanwhile, in the United States, the growing popularity of products with probiotics (now one of the top five foods people say they want to add to their diets) generated concerns that consumers have no way of knowing the exact strain of what they�re getting or how much probiotic a product contains.

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      Exercise to Avoid Incontinence
      That conclusion comes from the ongoing Nurses� Health Study that has been tracking the health of more than 100,000 women since 1976. Harvard researchers checked data from the study to see how women who developed incontinence differ from women who aren�t affected. They found that the most active women were 15 to 20 percent less likely to report incontinence than those who are least active. Women who walked the most (the popular activity among the group) were 26 percent less likely to have symptoms than those who walked the least, and women who exercised most were 30 percent less likely to report stress incontinence � urinary leakage that occurs in response to sneezing, coughing or lifting something heavy. The link was seen in all categories of body weight; even slender women who were inactive were at greater risk of incontinence than active, lean women. The researchers suggested that exercise may help by strengthening the pelvic floor muscles that can slacken and allow for bladder leakage. The study was published in the March 2007 issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology.

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