Tagged: Breast cancer

Monday Micro – sloths a source of new drugs?! - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Jan 20, 2014

As a parent, I have watched the Ice Age movies more times than I care to admit. I quite like Sid the sloth but had no idea just how important his descendants could be in our fight against disease. Sloths are slow-moving tree-dwelling mammals found in the jungles of central and south America. They … Read More

What Kiwis die of – Part II: The battle of the sexes - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Jan 31, 2013

Two weeks ago, we asked Kiwis what they thought they would die of, and compared their responses to the primary causes of death recorded by the Ministry of Health for the 29,204 people who died in New Zealand in 2009. Mike Dickison produced a beautiful infographic* of the causes that were responsible for more than 1% … Read More

Do we talk about the right cancers? - Kidney Punch

John Pickering Dec 12, 2012

We all want a cure for cancer.  This is evident in the ideas put forward for the NZ Science Challenges (http://www.thegreatnzscienceproject.co.nz/home).  Will these ideas reflect the true need in New Zealand? Are all cancers equal or are some more equal than others?  Does the public perception of what is most important reflect the true health … Continue reading » … Read More

Vitamyths - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Dec 29, 2011

Vi♦ta♦myth [vahy-tuh-mith; Brit. also vit-uh-mith] A factoid about vitamins that is wildly inaccurate or untrue Vitamyths come from both ends of the vitamin spectrum. Those who promote the consumption of vast amounts of vitamins are usually happy to make outlandish claims about their efficacy. This is, in some ways, quite understandable, as it is in [...] Related posts: … Read More

Breast Cancer Awareness Month Plug - Skepticon

Darcy Cowan Oct 04, 2010

October is Beast Cancer Awareness Month, or as The New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation is re-branding it “Action Month“. Because of this my post last week regarding the screening technology Thermography has been picked up and included in a blogging carnival. If you are not yet aware of blogging carnivals they are collections of blog [...] … Read More

Vitamin Victims? - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Apr 19, 2010

Here is a good illustration why newspapers desperately need proper science reporters: Major research finds link between multi-vitamin pills and breast cancer Women who regularly take multi-vitamin pills face a much higher risk of breast cancer, a study has found. The Swedish study, which looked at more than 35,000 women aged between 49 and 83 during a 10-year [...] Related … Read More

Confusion reigns over multi-vitamins and breast cancer - Griffin's Gadgets

Peter Griffin Apr 19, 2010

Consider these two headlines published in the last couple of days: New Zealand Herald:  Major research finds link between multi-vitamin pills and breast cancer BusinessWeek: Supplements might reduce breast cancer risk Both are top search results on Google News, but don’t they seem to contradict each other? Let us look a little more closely at the … Read More

Poisoned Plastic? - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Jan 10, 2010

Yesterday’s Weekend Herald contained a couple of articles on Bisphenol-A, otherwise known as BPA. BPA is used in the manufacture of polycarbonate plastics – the commonest plastic used to make drink bottles and linings of cans. There have been studies in rats and mice that show that BPA causes altered sexual development, aggression and obesity. [...] Related posts: … Read More

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