Rare blood cancer has higher incidence in African-Americans
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 11:28
Kathy Gram and Kimberly Alexander
Although it is a rare blood cancer, Multiple Myeloma is an aggressive and rapidly progressive illness that causes certain white blood cells, normally responsible for combating illnesses, to be overproduced. This proliferation of abnormal cells is known as myeloma cells, and can lead to the growth of tumors that may potentially spread to multiple sites in the body.
How breast cancer targets African American women: The importance of screening and what you should know
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 10:27
Dr. Avanti Mehrotra, Medical director of North Memorial's Humphrey Cancer Center
Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among African American women and the leading cause of cancer death for African American women aged 45 to 64 years. According to a report from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), breast cancer death rate for women aged 45--64 years was 60% higher for African American women than white women.
Tuesday, 28 October 2014 15:23
EarthTalk® E - The Environmental Magazine
Dear EarthTalk: I recently heard that Sweden is the greenest country in the world. Is this true and, if so, by what standards? And where does the U.S. rank?-- Raul Swain, New York, NY
It's true that Sweden came out on top in the recently released ranking of 60 countries according to sustainability by consulting firm Dual Citizen Inc. in its fourth annual Global Green Economy Index (GGEI). Norway, Costa Rica, Germany and Denmark rounded out the top five. The rankings take into account a wide range of economic indicators and datasets regarding leadership on climate change, encouragement of efficiency sectors, market facilitation and investing in green technology and sustainability, and management of ecosystems and natural capital.
The last two weeks I wrote about getting hydrated and dumping the excess sugar in your diet.
This week we are starting to focus on THE PLAN, or what to eat for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. When thinking about breakfast it's really important to make sure that you are starting your day with enough protein to give you steady energy and focus. The biggest mistake I see is when people have sugary cereals or juices or too many carbs without protein at the beginning of the day.
Last week I wrote about getting hydrated! Are you drinking your water? Remember the best time to grab a glass of water is right away when you wake up. Starting this habit will help you to realize when you are thirsty throughout the day!
It seems obvious that if our plants are wilting, we water them! Those of us with cats, dogs and other animals know that we must give them water or they will die. But sometimes when it comes to our own bodies, we forget to drink the life giving water that we need! There are so many beverage options for us that it seems we are "drinking" enough. In reality, drinks such as caffeine filled coffee, tea, soda, alcohol and beer don't hydrate us and even rob us further of the water our cells need.