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Study links agressive breast cancer and sleep
More sacktime can lessen risks for women
Published Thursday, November 1, 2012 11:53 am
by Michaela L. Duckett

Not getting enough sleep has been linked with more aggressive breast cancers, according to a study conducted by University Hospitals Case Medical Center.

“This is the first study to suggest that women who routinely sleep fewer hours may develop more aggressive breast cancers compared with women who sleep longer hours,” said the study’s lead author Cheryl Thompson Ph.D. in a statement. “We found a strong correlation between fewer hours of sleep per night and worse recurrence scores, specifically in post-menopausal breast cancer patients.”

According to the study, more dangerous tumors were common in women who reported six hours or less of sleep per night. Thompson said that although the study suggests that lack of sleep may cause more aggressive tumors, more research is needed to determine what accounts for the association. She recommends six to eight hours of sleep per night.

The study appeared in “Breast Cancer Research and Treatment” and was supported by the National Institutes of Health. For more information on breast cancer risk factors and prevention, visit www.womenshealth.gov.

New milk formulated for children
Smart Balance announced the launch of a new line of milks specifically formulated to support the growth and development of toddlers and children, ages 12 months and up. Smart Balance Kids Milk comes in three varieties – whole milk, reduced fat, and chocolate low fat milk.

Each is blended with nutrients such as calcium and extra Vitamin D to support strong bones, as well as DHA and EPA Omega-3s to help support brain and heart health with two glasses a day.

“I am all too familiar with the struggle to get kids to eat healthfully,” says Smart Balance Senior Vice President and General Manager John Becker. “Smart Balance Kids Milks provide wholesome milk and a blend of nutrients to give kids a strong nutritional foundation during critical stages of development.” The product line was first introduced in North Carolina and is now sold at all Harris Teeter stores. For coupons or more information, visit www.smartbalancekids.com

Weightlifting can reduce risk for Diabetes 2 in men
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, men who consistently weight train reduce their risk of Type 2 diabetes and when aerobic exercise is added, the risk may drop even more.

Researchers followed 32,000 men for two decades. After making adjustments for other lifestyle factors, researchers found that men who did at least 150 minutes of weight training a week cut their risk of Type 2 diabetes by more than 30 percent. Men who did both aerobic exercise and weight training reduced their risk by more than 60 percent.

Research studies have also found that moderate weight loss and exercise can prevent or delay Type 2 diabetes among men and women who are at high-risk of diabetes. To find out more, visit www.cdc.gov.


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