Tagged: cancer

I smell burnt toast! Acrylamide and cancer - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Jan 25, 2017

One way to help shore up public support for Brexit when there’s been a bit of post-referendum second-thoughts: vigilant enforcement of the stupidest possible Eurocrat regulations. Remind Britons why they want to leave. And the Eurocrats have come up with a doozey. Chris Snowdon points to the coming EU campaign against baked potatoes. Pubs and restaurants could soon … Read More

Casting a long shadow: Infection drives stomach cancer inequalities in Māori and Pacific peoples - Public Health Expert

Public Health Expert Nov 28, 2016

By Dr Andrea Teng, Prof Tony Blakely, Prof Michael Baker, Prof Diana Sarfati In this Blog we discuss our recently published study that shows that infection from the bacteria Helicobacter pylori is the major driver of stomach cancer inequalities borne by Māori and Pacific peoples in NZ. We also discuss a possible next step which could be for one DHB … Read More

Why are some preventable cancer deaths in Māori and Pacific peoples increasing? - Public Health Expert

Public Health Expert Oct 31, 2016

Dr Andrea Teng, June Atkinson, Dr George Disney, Prof Nick Wilson, Prof Diana Sarfati, Dr Melissa McLeod, Prof Tony Blakely Work we just published shows some adverse trends in cancer deaths by ethnic group, as well as some favourable trends. In this blog we discuss some of the key findings of this research and what the options are for NZ … Read More

Alcohol and mortality, yet again - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Sep 02, 2016

In a recent Dominion Post editorial Doug Sellman’s right about one thing: alcohol consumption does increase your risk of cancer. But unless your family history of cancer gives you a lot more to worry about than your family history of heart disease, you should be looking at the stats on all-source mortality rather than the stats for any particular disorder. The … Read More

Does burnt food give you cancer? - Guest Work

Guest Work Aug 12, 2016

By Simon Cotton, University of Birmingham If you’re offered a plate of blackened barbecue food this summer, you might think twice about eating it. It’s commonly thought that food that has been burnt could cause cancer. This is in part down to one particular molecule that forms when food is cooked at high temperatures, known as acrylamide. But … Read More

Moderate drinking linked to cancer risk: NZ study reviewed - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Jun 28, 2016

University of Otago has come out with another study on cancer risks from moderate drinking. I just can’t get too excited about these. Moderate alcohol consumption reduces your risk of some stuff and increases your risk of other stuff. On net, drinking about a standard drink per day reduces your risk of dying of anything by about 15% relative … Read More

The consensus on coffee and cancer - News

Erica Mather Jun 22, 2016

There is no conclusive evidence that drinking coffee causes cancer, but experts report that drinking very hot beverages ‘probably’ causes cancer of the oesophagus. The specialized cancer agency of the World Health Organization (WHO) – the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), held a press call last week where they released the results of a thorough investigation of the … Read More

Personalised medicine has obvious benefits but has anyone thought about the issues? - Guest Work

Guest Work Jun 17, 2016

By Nola Ries, University of Newcastle and Dianne Nicol, University of Tasmania US Vice President Joe Biden recently launched The Genomic Data Commons, an open-access database that contains genomic and clinical data of 12,000 patients. The aim is to allow researchers to better understand cancer’s development, which will help tailor treatments to individuals’ particular cancers. Read More

A link between the economy, cancer and corporate deviancy? - Pointing At Science

Steve Pointing May 30, 2016

A few quirky social studies have appeared in the science literature, reporting data that the authors variously claim links increased cancer deaths to economic downturn, identifies a ‘value’ for corporate misconduct, and shows that the effort you put in to a relationship depends on how your partner stacks up against the competition! Is there a link between economic downturn and … Read More