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Breath and Urine Tests Detect Breast Cancer


Early-stage breast cancer can be accurately detected via a simple breath test and urine sample, report researchers at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, in Israel. Using electronic nose sensors and gas-chromatography mass spectrometry to analyze breath and urine, respectively, they were able to identify biomarkers for breast cancer, the most commonly diagnosed cancer for women worldwide. “Our new approach… with inexpensive, commercially available processes, is non-invasive, accessible and may be easily implemented in a variety of settings,” says study co- author Yehuda Zeiri, Ph.D. Mammography, the common


screening test for breast cancer, is typically 75 to 85 percent accurate, a figure that drops for full-bodied women and those with dense breast tissue. Dual-energy digital mammography is more accurate, but increases radiation exposure, and MRIs are more expensive. The Israeli research, published


in the journal Computers in Biology and Medicine, compared breath and urine samples taken from 85 women with breast cancer and 81 healthy women. The electronic e-nose device, picking up on a unique breath pattern, detected cancer cells accurately 95 percent of the time. The urine test proved 85 percent accurate. “With further study, it may also be possible to analyze exhaled breath and urine samples to identify other cancer types, as well,” says Zeiri.


Eating Well Protects Hearing


A healthy diet can lower the risk of moderate to severe hearing loss by 30 percent or more, conclude researchers from Harvard Medical School’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Studying the diets of 33,000 women for 22 years, they found that hearing was better retained


among those that ate closer to the


Mediterranean Diet— with more fruits, vegetables, whole


grains, legumes, nuts, fish and virgin olive oil. The Dietary Approaches to Stop


Hypertension (DASH) diet, high in fruits and vegetables


and low-fat dairy, as well as low in sodium, also was associated with better hearing.


Eating Walnuts Boosts Gut


Bacteria Eating a handful of walnuts daily boosts certain types of healthy gut bacteria that appear to contribute to cardio, metabolic and gastrointestinal health, according to a study of 18 adults by University of Illinois scientists published in the Journal of Nutrition.The researchers found that eating walnuts increased species of healthy gut bacteria, while decreasing species of unhealthy bacteria. Eating walnuts also improved cholesterol levels.


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